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The log jam chinking on my 15 year old cabin is br

The log jam chinking on my 15 year old cabin is breaking away from the logs along the bottom edge of the 4” chinked joint between the logs. The cabin construction consists of logs with 4” 2x4 spacers and foam insulation between the logs. The “chinking” system consisted of a 1/2” in foam covered with log jam. What is causing the log jam to break away from the logs along the bottom edge of the chinking?

The logs on the outside of the house have sap com

The logs on the outside of the house have sap coming through them is this normal and can we stop it and or remove it

Installed T&G log siding, now water is wicking fro

Installed T&G log siding, now water is wicking from the bottom to the inside of wall. What did I do wrong?

We recently bought a pine log cabin built in 2001.

We recently bought a pine log cabin built in 2001. The interior walls are so dry they are rough. I applied a little Murphy Oil Soap to a wall and it feels much happier. I want to be sure we treat the wood correctly, though. What is the best way to treat the unfinished walls? The oak floors have some large gaps between the boards, some have what appears to be a little black mold, and other areas are darkened from sun exposure and it is obvious where the rugs were. After sanding, what action should we take? And lastly the exterior of the log home is painted. After corn blasting what is the best product to use to seal/finish our home? Thank you for the awesome forum!

Hi!Purchased a log home over a year ago. The

Hi! Purchased a log home over a year ago. The home is located in the Midwest and it was mid December. Unknown but appears the exterior stain/sealer looked recently applied by former owners, and all was dry. Unknown the type of wood, or the stain/sealer possibly used. Immediately after the purchase, (not to say it wasn't present before) I noticed a chemical smell coming from the exterior walls at certain areas. Did not think twice about it other than odd but perhaps the home had been recently stained/sealed and being winter it was taking longer to dry. Very early in the Spring I started landscaping next to the homes exterior walls and the smell was still very much present. Now, over a year has passed and the smell us still very much present. Your thoughts????? Thank you

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