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Log Home Stains - Which is Best?

When we bought our home from the former owner who had built the house, it was in need of re-staining. I asked the owner what he used and followed his lead. He was using a popular brand name product available from Home Depot. I elected to use the same stain for two reasons. One, the former owner had used it and I was anxious about mixing products to avoid any adhesion or coloration issues. Secondly, I was swayed by the manufacturer’s “X-year” guarantee. […]

Log Home Fall Project List

I mentioned the word ‘Fall’ to my bride yesterday and you’d have thought I brought up the name of an old girlfriend. She did NOT want to acknowledge that summer was slipping away or that fall was anywhere near approaching.

Well duh, “we just watched the Pittsburgh Steelers play football a few days ago… what […]

Log Home Maintenance – Log Steps

In my previous post, Log Home DIY Maintenance, I told you about our log steps that needed to be replaced. I filmed the removal and installation of our new log steps. Click on any photo to view the video of the installation process.

Much care was taken in removing the old staircase […]

Log Home DIY Maintenance

Wood rot… the ever-present foe of the log home owner. It can be a hidden pocket that forms in a log, an area where water runoff isn’t properly diverted, or it can be right in front of your nose.

This first image is a close-up of one of the stair treads leading up to our […]

Log Railings – Repair or Replace?

When you are looking at rotted or insect infested wood, there is only one way to attack the problem and that is to replace the wood and seal it properly. Water is one of woods worst enemies and if it is left to pool or soak into raw (or untreated) wood, the wood will begin to deteriorate almost immediately. […]

Our Log Home Deck Refinished

If you have ever received a bid from a company to perform such a job, you probably choked at the price, but I can assure you that mid-way through the project I was ready to call for help. Those companies that specialize in log home renovation or maintenance earn their money. […]

Log Home Maintenance – Restaining

I joke with my wife that we live the life of squirrels – it seems that almost everything we do is in preparation for the upcoming winter. No, we’re not stockpiling nuts, but chores such as replenishing the firewood supply, driveway repair, log maintenance, caulking, etc. are fair weather projects. As our forward-thinking squirrel friends have shown us, now is the time for action. […]

DIY Log Railing Gate

Got a dog? Want to keep it around?

That was our problem. We have the world’s finest watchdog who considers it her duty to keep an eye on our property and protect us from bears, mountain lions and those pesky ferocious ‘attack deer’.

Unfortunately, our “puppy” lives up to her Great Pyrenees breed’s reputation […]