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We are building a new log home and do not want to

We are building a new log home and do not want to seal the logs with a clear coat because it tends to look yellow and shiny. We love the blonde flat finish. Is there a sealer that will leave this look and if we leave then natural, what do we clean them with?

I have a split log (to ensure I'm using the right

I have a split log (to ensure I'm using the right term - think of a stack of 12" firewood with concrete in-between them all). It's 70 years old and the wood looks to be cedar. Hasn't been looked after for a number of years, some logs are in good shape, some not so good near the bottom. We believe my grandfather finished the wood ends with creosote which was popular in the 60's. My first scrub with a wire brush to remove weathered loose wood took most of this old finish off and still allowed the log end to be flush (or better) with the exterior concrete. A lot of the original 'chinking' (concrete applied around the circular edge of the log sticking out of the concrete wall - approx. 1/4") is gone and was caulked at some point. We plan to remove as much of the severely weathered (and incorrect) caulk and scrub off the very crumbly weathered wood ends that hold much of this old creosote finish as best as we can. (Not sure about blasting as it may take off too much and cause an indenting of the log ends into the concrete wall - thoughts?). Also plan to extend the skinny soffit to help rain keep off the logs in the future. My question mainly lies with the refinishing of the logs. From you website, I've gathered that an oil might be our best bet? We do get a cold and snowy winters. Any suggestions of oil type?

Hi.. Your site is very informative and I appreciat

Hi.. Your site is very informative and I appreciate it..I have a 1978 dark stained white pine kit log cabin in NH..The logs hold so much heat in the summer time that it gets up in the 80's and is hard to cool down.. Even after it cools down to 70 degrees outside it will still be 80 inside.. Beyond AC units, backer rod with silicon and keeping curtains drawn do you recommend anything to lessen the heat release that the house has?.. In the winter it's the opposite but I burn a lot of wood so it's not so bad.. Thanks in advance.

Hello, My new log home (red spruce) is ready to

Hello, My new log home (red spruce) is ready to be treated both, interior and exterior. My father put an oil based varthane on the interior of his home and put Behr oil on the exterior of his home ( 35 years old). Wondering if these would be acceptable today to treat the logs with and is it best to paint by hand or spray it on. Thanks M

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?

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