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We have boring insect damage to our 25 year old fu

We have boring insect damage to our 25 year old full log home. I believe it is from ants and powder post bees. What insecticide do you recommend?

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!

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