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American Log and Lumber Interview

Today we have a great interview with John Harper, the owner of American Log & Lumber based in Arkansas. John has a great perspective on the business and decades of experience in the commercial and residential sectors of the log home industry.

Tell us about American Log and Lumber; what products and services do you […]

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. […]

Buy, Build or Remodel that Log Home?

Depending upon where you call home, spring is either right around the corner or still buried under a few feet of snow. Regardless of how much shoveling you had to do this morning, we all know that St. Patty’s day is in just in front of us and trees budding with new leaves will follow […]

What do you know about log & timber screws?

Readers of this blog know that I’m a DIY type of guy. I LOVE tools and working with them and I’m always intrigued to learn something new about a specialty tool, fasteners or anything that is part of a building process.

Anyway, I bumped into Will Leverett the other day, he’s the owner of […]

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. […]

Pressure Washing Logs & Deck (update)

This picture shows how ugly wood can be if left unattended. In my case, this wood is receiving a great deal of TLC & attention as it has just been pressurewashed and is now drying in the sun. […]

Spring cleaning or log home renovation?

Donna P. from Vermont emailed me with a question today that is most likely something that every log home owner is faced with at some point. She asked…

“I am trying to find some information on cleaning the logs and beams inside of a log home?”

Although I am probably not THE most qualified person […]