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Question:


We live in a house that was built in 1924. It is made with whole logs and mortar type chinking. We are getting ready to restore it. We have about 6 half logs that have rot in them and the chinking is falling out in places. Should we use that wood rot repair or cut them out and replace them. Also, should we take out the chink and replace it with the newer modern chink? Thanks for your time

Answer:

I would recommend cutting out bad logs and replacing. As for the chinking if the logs are not resting on it and it is supporting the logs you should remove it and install Grip Strip for a backer to chink on. If the logs are being supported by the mortar and you remove it all you could get some settling of the logs. A lot of time you can chink right over old mortar if it doesn't have too many rough edged or isn't too wide. You can call Dave at Timeless Wood Care Products 800-564-2987 for tips and the materials that you will need.

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