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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 Maintenance - Doors

Water Damage to Log Homes & Doors

When you live in a log home you quickly discover that things like caulking and repairing wood damaged by the elements is priority numero uno. A small breach left untended can grow into a minor emergency requiring logs to be repaired, replaced or worse. Unlike most other building […]

Planning your log home?

Guest article sponsored by Mountain Creations Log Homes, located just north of Pittsburgh, PA, can guide you through the process of building your dream home.

Are you thinking about building a new home? When you are building a home, there are hundreds of significant and insignificant […]

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 […]

10 Common Misconceptions About Log Homes

Frequent contributors to this blog are Clyde Cremer and son Jeff, owners of American Log Homes, Inc. in Pueblo West, Colorado. The article below is from Clyde and I think you will agree it dispels many mistaken impressions about log homes. Enjoy!

1) Log homes are not energy efficient

Most of these rumors have […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]