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Question:


I rent a early 1800's log cabin and am currently remoldeling it. I was wondering if you would know the style morter they would of used way back then or if you had any advice on what i could replace it with? The house is on of the oldest in fort loudon pa!

Answer:

They used a mortar mixture:

parts (volume)material
MIX A
1/4cement
1lime
4sand
1/8dry color
hog bristles or excelsior
MIX B
6sand
4lime
1cement
MIX C
1portland cement
4-8lime
7-10sand

Mix A (Donald A. Hutsler, "Log Cabin Restoration: Guidelines for the Historical Society," American Association for State and Local History, Technical Leaflet No. 74, "History News," Vol. 29, No. 5 (May 1974.)

Mix B and C are reprinted from "Log Structures: Preservation and Problem-Solving," by Harrison Goodall and Renee Friedman, Nashville, TN: American Association for State and Local History, 1980.

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