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Log Doctor Quick Tips
- Be sure your over-hangs are a minimum of 30 inches and extend existing ones if they’re too short.
- Rain gutters are a must; a dry log is a happy log!
- Spray a borate on all raw logs!
- Keep a quality stain and chinking/caulking on the home with regular maintenance updates!
- Keep your shrubs away from the log home!
These are critical steps to ensure a healthy and happy log home for generations to come.
Top questions answered by the Log Doctor over the past year:
NEVER POWERWASH your log home or cabin! The pressure drives the water so deep into the wood fiber that it will never dry out properly. The best way to strip a home is with corn blasting. It’s a dry process and keeps the logs dry for the staining process.
NEVER PAINT your logs! Paint doesn’t allow the logs to breathe properly!
Even for the experienced Do-It-Yourself-er, WE DO NOT recommend you try replacing logs yourself. Several factors have to be addressed prior to removing any log in the home.
DON’T FILL CHECKS unless they run into a door or window jam and allow wind, water, and/or bugs to enter the interior of your log home or cabin. Checks are a natural way for the logs to breathe. If you do have to fill some, be sure to inspect them at least twice a year for breaks in the caulk. If water gets behind the caulk, it can’t dry out fast enough and will cause log rot!