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I just inherited an old one story log cabin. The exterior chinking appears to be mortar. The interior chinking is a mystery material. It looks like it is loose because it is fuzzy, but it is hard to the touch and dark in color. I can not pull it out. This interior chinking seems to function well but it collects dust and Iseem to be allergic to it. Can you guess what it is? Can I apply a latex chinking over it?

The inside chinking material is Oakum. It is a rope type material that was soaked in a tar like substance and then shoved in between the logs. Yes, you can chink on top of it. You should also apply a fresh coat of latex chink on the exterior on top of the mortar.

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