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Chinking and Caulking

  Question: I have a 40 year old cabin in Denver Colorado that hasn't seen much maintenance (there are some traces of a previous coating, maybe paint). It is gray, but the logs are good and solid (6" D logs with cement chinking). My first question is, does it hurt to just leave the exterior the way it is? It hasn't degenerated much in the last 20 years, does it hurt to leave it another 10-20 years without refinishing? If I do decide to do freshen it up, what would you recommend? Is corn cob blasting
  Question: I have a 20 year old cabin with a flexible-type chinking (brand unknown) that is cracking. Can I chink over the existing chinking or do I have to dig out the old? Width of chinking is approximately 4" wide.
  Question: how much chinking do i need for a 30 x 40 home 8"logs 14 logs high?
  Question: I have a house I would like to side with log siding.Top part of house is wood with batten strips and bottom is stone.Iwould like to run 2x4s next to batten strips so I can extend down and cover the stone.There will be a 1-1/2 gap behind siding. Can I fill this with great stuff.
  Question: I have a honka log home. we have lived in it for 9 years so it was stained that long ago for second time by previous owner. it is getting quite dark. what do you recommend for process of cleaning and restraining. painter here said he would clean first with tsp. your thoughts?
  Question: We have a log home that was built in 1997. The bathroom chinking between the interior logs is soft and squishy in places. It leaks when it rains. What is the best repair for this problem? Thank you.
  Question: I will have a home built with log-slab siding affixed to stick-construction on the interior as well as exterior. I plan to use recycled-denim-batt insulation to fill the space surrounding the stick construction. The siding will have a hand-hewn finish with full dovetailed ends. Although the siding will be milled to fit flush with each piece, a significant amount of natural chamfer will taper toward each flush edge, but will create the illusion of a natural full log.

What advice do you have f
  Question: Should we caulk all cracks from log checking on both outside and inside of pine 8" log home ?
  Question: Many cedar fence posts in our GA mountain home have chinks in them. What can I use to fill these prior to staining? Will they need to be sealed prior to staining?
  Question: We are installing a hardwood floor in a very old log cabin that has very irregular shaped logs where the logs meet the floor. We need to scribe the 3/4" thick hardwood to the logs while leaving a 1/2-3/4" expansion gap. Can you suggest a flexible filler that we can use to fill the expansion gap, that will allow the wood to expand and contract?
  Question: I bought a 31 year old log home that has been badly neglected for a log time, has a lot of gaps and cracks, and the exterior of it has been painted over in a horrific grunge grey color. We are trying to repair everything, as the property overall has a lot of potential to be nice, but have no experience with log homes. We also are thinking or repainting it as we hate the color and don't know how to get rid of the old paint- plus the wood is in bad shape. How do we fill the painted over cracks
  Question: We recently realized an old home we bought is a log cabin. We have removed drywall and exposed interior logs. #1 how do we clean the wood #2 does it need sealed #3 what's best for chinking/caulking 6-8" gaps? Thank you!
  Question: What is the best way to fill the gaps between the logs in a log cabin. Thankyou ..
  Question: I'm restoring an 80 year old log barn into a cabin. The 6'' diameter logs are vertical and exposed to the interior of the building. The spacing between the logs varies between an inch to 4 inches. The average spacing is approximately 2 inches. A mixture of clay and straw was originally packed between the popular logs. I have since cleaned out the mixture, and removed all the bark. I'm thinking of packing the space with baton insulation. What I'm looking for is a suggestion as to what I can
  Question: I have purchased a log home that has been painted with exterior paint. Can I chink over the paint?
  Question: What's the difference in using round backer rod verses trapezoid? I used the trapezoid where the gap exceeded 1 1/4" however the instructions for Triple Stretch say that round backer should only be used on joints 3/4" or less?? Will this be a problem?
  Question: I built a 6"x4" cedar log cabin and where the logs butt there is the odd crack. Not all but a few of them mostly because they were not cut perfectly square. Should I route out a groove and caulk it or is there another way to fill them in.
  Question: I am adding a raw cedar accent wall to our master bedroom. Planks attached to Sheetrock wall with approximately 1.5-2.5 inch gaps between. Can you suggest a chinking product to use to fill gaps for a nice, rustic look?
  Question: just purchased log home it is in pretty good shape but has small gaps between ends of logs that I can see light and gaps at roof line. what the best products to fix and do you do both inside and out to fix gaps.
  Question: In about a week or two I will be going to Tennessee to purchase a 40-year-old log cabin, what type of issues should I expect as normal wear and tear that might need to be repaired?
I'm also referring to issues like pest.
  Question: I now own a family cabin built in 1951, in Montana. My grandfather had it built and they used a black, tar like caulking material between the logs. The inside is in great shape but I need to redo the outside. I'd like to use something like the black so the outside and the inside remain consistent. Any ideas? Also, the cabin out side has had several coats of some sort of varnish, one called Raw Hide I believe. Can you put protectant over that? Also some of the logs are stained with mildew.
  Question: We just purchased a two story log cabin, some of the logs inside have 1-2 inch splits horizontally and a couple vertical logs have some large splits, probably from settling. Should they be filled in or left alone?
  Question: Can you chink between logs and drywall. Or will chinking not adhere to drywall
  Question: We are decorating our bedroom to look like a cabin. We have 8" pine boards that have been stained. We are getting close to chinking our boards. The space between each board averages about 1.5 inches. I am wanting the chinking material to be as cheap as possible. What would you recommend? Also, will we need to put anything like chicken wire in between the boards to keep the chink from cracking? Thank you.
  Question: Do you have a depression era chinking recipe? We are building a small cabin using no technology
  Question: What is the best product to use to give a chinked appearance on 12" shiplap siding with a 2" grove
  Question: In the early stages of thinking about building a log home. I want to use my own oak logs from my farm to build it from. I'm leaning toward milling them into a D shape and using the butt and pass method. Would it be too strange an idea to lay 2x4 lumber down between each log to maintain consistent spacing between logs and possibly insulate it better?
  Question: I live in a log cabin with squared tongue and groove logs. The gaps between the logs are small, about 1/8" to 1/4" and we're thinking about chinking. Whens the best time to start this project. It's almost winter and getting cold in the house. Do we have to wait till spring?
  Question: What's your opinion on yellow pine logs? I really want to use them building my home.
  Question: I inherited my family home several years ago. Ever since I have been trying to figure out an affordable way to replace the chinking in the log part. It was a large log cabin that over the years my parents built onto. I have 4 large walls in different areas that the interior chinking is falling out of. Money is limited. What is the cheapest way to go and look good? When I price 5 gal. buckets it would cast close to 1000.00.
  Question: Hi, we have this cabin that belonged in the family for over 100 years now and are refurbishing it. What can I use to fill the cracks between each log?
  Question: Can Big Stretch be used on the exterior of a log home for calking?
  Question: I have an old log home place that is great condition. It is roughly 67 feet perimeter and 10 logs high. The logs are dovetailed together. The gap between logs on the walls is roughly 4-6 inches in height. The depth has been dramatically decreased by placing ripped 2x4s in the gap. What would be your recommendation for backing rod for the large area? Could I use fiberglass insulation between the 2x4 and future chinking? Thanks in advance
  Question: I live in Montana, we just bought a log cabin that was not finished. We are going to chink the logs in the next few weeks. We are thinking very strongly about using the mortar chinking. However, we are very opened minded. I would love to hear your recommendation and why. We are not experts and are doing research right now. Thank you. Renee
  Question: I just bought a 20 yr. old log cabin. Flies are getting into the cabin around a patio door & the bedroom windows on the 2nd floor. I can't find any gaps around the windows or doors. There are checks in these areas. Do I need to fill them? If so, what product should I use?
  Question: What is the best recommendation for mulch type when mulching foundation shrubs at a log home
  Question: We have a split level log home built in 1985.Stained and chink over 7 years ago,We also have a gravel driveway and the front door to the driveway is 28 ft from the easement gravel driveway.

,My question is can excessive traffic on this driveway,Gravel Sandblast and ruin my staining on THE LOGS? We have a problem with the easement and all the traffic,At the same time the home front door faces South,The front is showing more wear and less stain than the back or sides . We are sure it has a lot
  Question: Recently, I just got a spring cleaning job on a log cabin and the interior walls are cedar filled with oakum as caulking/chinkin. So I was wondering what would be the best way to go about cleaning the interior of the walls without ruining the oakum?? That's when I thought of possibly using Murphy's Oil Soap. Or would it ruin the oakum??
Thanks in advance for your suggestions,
Heather Stoness
  Question: We moved into our custom log home in 2002. We had to corn blast the interior because the builder used the incorrect stain. It left a lot of log sawdust which has been dropping from cracks in the logs and now is dropping out from under chinking that is pulling away from logs. What should we do?
  Question: I have a 20 year old white cedar log home I just blasted and borated and I am preparing to stain. What are best products to patch and fill afew checks and numerous knot holes, some which were homes to insects. Should you fill knots which have receded but still have sap wood in them?
  Question: I all ready put a polyurethane over my oil base finish will the chinking stick to it?
  Question: To whom it may concern,

I'm currently doing some HVAC work at a park model sized mobile home that has been constructed out of either pine or spruce timber logs halved to create the flat wall interior, the lady I'm doing the work for recently graduated from Med school with a pediatrics major, and is doing charity work for a children's summer camp which really hit home with me, which is why I feel the need to go the extra mile for this lady. Anyways the home is no older than 2 years and
  Question: Need to remove old Log Jam Chinking that has pulled away from the logs. Any ideas on how to do this?
  Question: We have a cypress dog trot home that is cypress inside and out. The cypress plank walls have gaps range from 1/4-1/2 inch. What can we do to fill these gaps in? We plan to white wash the walls, and wonder if we should fill in the gaps, or take them all down and put back up so there is no gaps. Suggestions??
  Question: We had a professional painter recommend we brush our logs before we re-stain. We understand brushing fluffs the logs. What should we do.
  Question: How do you keep bugs out of a log cabin in the olden days?For example,how did Abe Lincoln keep bugs out of his log cabin?
  Question: The previous owner put drywall around the round logs but there are large gaps. What can we use to fill in these gaps?
  Question: We replaced several logs and now need to chink and paint/stain. One contractor told us is was better to chink after painting. Is it better to chink before or after painting?
  Question: I have a new cabin and chinking has bleed down the side of the logs. How do I remove it from the stained logs. This is mostly on inside of cabin and bottom 3 logs on opposite side of room from wood burning stove. Most of cabin this was not a problem. No chinking on outside of cabin yet and will do it when weather warms up.
  Question: We have a 14 year old tongue and groove cypress 2 story log home. The logs are D-faced. During heavy storms with wind, water seeps through the logs. It is not chinked or caulked. What do I need to do to correct this problem?
  Question: We live in a dog trot log cabin that was built by my family in 1858. I am wondering how to go about rechinking the house. I have no idea where to start, who to call, how much it might cost, etc.
I would appreciate your help in pointing me in the right direction.
  Question: Hi, we are looking at buying a 10 yr old log home in northeastern pennsylvania that has whole northern pine logs. It does not have chinking but it is caulked. Is it possible (or worth the money) to chink the house now? Also do you know of an inspector in this area? Thank you.
  Question: Have a 20 year old log home. Had the house refinished 8 years ago. Do not know what they used to caulk, but I have water coming into the house during high wind storms that I did not have before. Need to know what needs to be done and if there is a contractor in my area that does that work (Illinois South of Chicago)
  Question: Inherited 28 year cabin has cob webs in it and dust can u wash the chink with mild soap and water on the inside to get dust and grime off
  Question: I own a log kit home that I bought and some of the interior walls are 2x4 with GWB. At the head of the walls they intersect log floor rafters10" logs. I have gaposus were GWB meets log. Any ideas on a clean trim or chink?
  Question: Some of the exterior sides of the logs are rotting and I believe it may be because they have been painted
  Question: Hello,
I'm a carpenter from Ireland. Building with timber is not common here, but I just completed a medium sized workshop built from reclaimed railway sleepers, lying horizontally.
I installed a backer rod between the timbers, and am now ready for chinking. Sadly, caulking/chinking products are not readily available here. The only sealant type products which adhere to this old, treated timber are very expensive.
I'm wondering if a sand/cement/lime mixture might be best? I could easily poin
  Question: My grandfather built a log home in the 1970's. Recently we had a family get together and I noticed the logs. That run from a window to a door, about 5' long, are literally starting to collapse out. The door seems to be holding them in place. I'm a contractor but have done built a log home. I plan to build a temp support on the inside to hold up the second level and then remove the door and readjust the logs and install a new door. My question is what should I use to seal the cracks and what c
  Question: A friends house has exterior cedar beams that have weathered grey. What would you suggest would be the best way to restore these beams to the original condition and still keep the rough saw look.
  Question: How to fix or fill in where bore bees and wood pecker had made hole in the logs
  Question: My 20 year old house is built with round Alaska Pine logs. I am renovating the kitchen and want to flatten the logs so the cabinets can sit flush against the wall. How do you suggest I do this. Power Planer maybe? I know it is a big job but I am willing to take it on. I just need some advice.
  Question: 1. Backing for chinking on exterior of structure? 2. Backing for chinking on interior of structure? 3.Open cell vs Closed Cell backing application/where-where not and why? 4.Blue/Pink Board Acceptable application? Log gaps are variable from end to center to end. Confused???? Thanks for best answers not mfg based for sales
  Question: have a 13 year old log cabin. Make out of spruced. Not been restain since build. Log on two side are weathered other protected by porches. What can I do to restain, not wanting tto remove all the stain. Do not want to different looks
  Question: We are just finishing-up our handcrafted log cabin. The logs were cut last November so we are going to wait one heating season to stain. However, can we go ahead and caulk? Or, will there be too much movement and shrinkage with the logs to do it now?
  Question: I am building a square beam cabin. I am milling logs into 8by8 beams. My question is is it better to plane a champfer on the corner of each log? Or would you suggest milling 1/2 to 3/4 in. boards between the beams to leave chinking space.
Also, do you recomend the modern strechy chinks or a more! traditional mortar sand mix? Thanks for any help you can give
  Question: I have an interior bathroom wall that has had barn boards fastened to it (nailed into the studs) and had lath behind it. The gaps in between the boards are approx. 1 inch in depth and 1 inch in height. The boards are unsealed barn board. I plan to leave them unsealed. What would be the appropriate product to use to fill these gaps? Thank you!
  Question: looking at a log home for sale. The logs seem to be square and come together with just a small gap seems to be no more than a quarter inch or so. The chink look i guess strip of foam with grit look on outside glued in groove about 2 inches wide. lot of it is gone. where can you buy to replace, what's it called and do you caulk seam before replacing it? or can you caulk and just paint the cut out place to suit? new at this. thanx for any insight on what i'm looking at and what it is. Than
  Question: we have a 1780 log cabin which is on the historical register which needs to be partially rechecked. What materials should we use?
  Question: We just exposed walls of 3 sided logs and can see daylight. I am wondering what to do with very thin cracks between logs, seems too small to chink? thanks
  Question: We are looking into buying and renovating a 1972 log cabin in mid-Ohio. It is very run down and needs a lot of work. What is the best option for insulating the walls of the existing cabin? We are considering putting up drywall with insulation between the log wall and the drywall.
  Question: What can you use instead of chinking, for space between barn boards pine, this is an interior wall.
  Question: I built my grandkids an ash log cabin after the ash bore killed them in my woods. I wanted them to expierence the pioneer spirit so we used 2 parts clay/1 part wood ash and 1/2 salt an early settlers recipe my question is how long will it take to set or cure? Winter is approaching and I'm concerned its been 3 months and its soft to touch, it has been wet this year not ideal conditions.
  Question: I own an old barn built in the 1840's I believe.
It is double pedistal in design with a tongue and groove dog trot (?) between the pedistal. That floor has since rotted into dirt. The hay or wheat was brought into the middle loose, then forked into the loft above with animals below. The gaps between the logs average 3" to 4"s. I would like to convert one of the areas below the loft into a tack room to house the horses tack.
I would like to fill the gap with chinking but I'm unsure of the pr
  Question: Log Dr questions
I have a log home with logs showing on the interior only. We found letters in it when we removed the old chinking dating back to 1803. The logs are huge square dove tailed logs. We have removed the old chinking and cleaned the logs so they are not sealed ...just raw wood. We are trying to decide whether to go with old fashioned mortar chinking or synthetic chinking. Would love tsynthetic chinking but price is a major factor.
Question #1 if we go with the synthetic chinkin
  Question: I am restoring one of the rooms in our log home( the rest where to cut up and we just studded and drywall them). The log are not notched therefore I have gaps that span from 3in to 12in. the outside is covered in wood siding then vinyl over the wood. I am removimg all the old chinking which consisted of wood and clay mixed with straw. I'm planning on using fiberglass insulation to fill space between and behind logs then attach wire mesh and some form of masonary chinking. Is this a good way to
  Question: im looking to build my first log home i live in indisna and best trees on the property i own are popler i would like to know if these would be good trees to use as i have heard of other homes being made of them and what would be the cheapest material i can use for chinking any tips ?
  Question: How do I place oakum for chinking on my round log home?
  Question: Want to buy a 15 year old D log home with a product called oakum used as chinking. What kind of maintenance is involved?
  Question: How do u get dust off inside rough wood walls? Never lived in cabin before. State of Indiana
  Question: I am trying to carve a cypress log (a tree that I had to cut down)into a totem pole of sorts. I am trying to get it to dry evenly to avoid cracking, but the cracks are starting to come anyway. What can I use to fill them in the end? Is there a trick to drying out the log.
  Question: I Had my log home built 26 years ago and it is a D log. I have seen here lately that Im having water leaking inside on the interior logs and was wanting to know what is the best product to use to seal the outside cracks in the logs where they but up together?
  Question: I would like to know if you can use Froth-Pak (closed cell) spray foam on the exterior of an 1898 hand hewn log cabin to better insulate it. I would like to cover the entire walls/ all the logs on the exterior.
  Question: I have a old barn beam log cabin with cedar siding at top. What is the easiest and best cleaner for both? After cleaned what is a easy all-in-one clear stain that will waterproof and preserve that I can put on the logs and cedar siding? Thanks
  Question: I have a barn beam log cabin with mortar chinking. The mortar is not cracked and still good but it has pulled about 1/8 of a inch or smaller away from the logs in places. Can I use perma chink caulk to fill the small gap between mortar and log or what is the best solution for a watertight/air tight seal? Thanks
  Question: I have a 200 year old log cabin (chestnut). I have two logs with water damage that can not be replaced. What is the best product to use to repair these logs?
  Question: We have a cabin with 1/2"*10" hemlock siding with a 2" gap between each board. The original builder filled the space with glued on foam board insulation cut into strips then painted over with a textured paint. The foam board is starting to fall off in places and needs to be fixed. Should all the foam board be removed and use chinking or is there a product to put over the foam board to re-seal the house?
  Question: 40 years ago I restored a 1850 all cedar log cabin and used oil soaked oakum for chinking. Over the years it has loosened and pests (squirrels, chipmunks...) have pulled out oakum where the gaps were large. I've been thinking of redoing the cabin with one of the modern synthetic caulks but my concern is that the oil based oakum will compromise the caulk. Any suggestions?
  Question: I purchased a hand hewn log cabin. A previous owner painted it. I had the paint cob blasted. The logs are solid, but the checks and log ends are filled with tar. Can I stain and seal over the tar?
  Question: I bought a honka log home 13 years old, as the logs must have settled there are open air gaps between the logs on some where they meet. The previous owner stuff them with some type of fiberglass and it looks terrible. What should I use to correct this, still some see through gaps.
  Question: I have a hand-hewn log cabin on the Mulberry River in Arkansas that was built around 1885. There is some termite damage, but not too bad. I would guess that 10-20% of the chinking has fallen out, so daylight is visible in places. I believe that most of the chinking is Portland or some type of concrete. My friend thinks I should totally remove all the chinking and start from scratch. However, some of the logs are irregular shapes, so some of the gaps between the logs would be huge, which woul
  Question: im building a log cabin in georgia out of hickory. can i use reden clay for the chinking?.
  Question: We have an oak log home built in 1984 and the old mortar is cracking and falling out. Couple of questions. On a budget for my mother, is it ok to stuff news paper in the cracks and chink over that? What brand of chink should I purchase? Perma chink ? Also the logs have never been stained, what stain should I buy and how should I clean the logs before the stain? Thanks!
  Question: We are redoing the outside of our log home which was built in the 1930's. We are estimating that the previous owners last did this in the 1980's or early 1990's. The logs have cracks on the east side of the house and were filled with some type of wood filler that has started to warp and push out of the cracks. Now that we have removed this filler, what is the best way to repair them and what products should be used?
  Question: I have a log home built in 1980 we are the third owners there is some rot, we would like the logs covered with a material to keep the look but become sealed like a drive it stucco look can this be done
  Question: How long does the overhang on butt and pass log ends have to be? Is there a minimum length to ensure structural integrity?
  Question: We have a hewn log cabin, built in 1985. Our chinked area is 4 feet tall and about 6 inches deep. The chinking is on something flimsy like cardboard and there is batting insulation behind that (in front of plastic sheathing). All the chinking is falling off the house.

We want to redo all the chinking but need to know what to put the chinking on so it doesn't fall off. Since our gaps are so wide, should be do it the way they did (batting, chinking on something against the insulation).
  Question: Certain areas of the logs on the outside of our log home are grey and weathered and we don't want it to go any further or fall apart, so can you tell me how to clean the logs without removing the bark that is still on the logs and without damaging the chinking?
  Question: Need the name of a contractor or someone with knowledge to help us preserve our 100yr old homestead log cabin in the Madison wi area.Needs chinking, window repair etc. Thanks
  Question: Interior log wall found . Home is 100+ yr old. Cleaned off paint and plaster from them. Can they be further cleaned with Murphy's oil soap? There is no finish on the logs. Will be sprayed with sealer as you have recommended. There is 6"-8" of block wood between logs. Grip strip and permanent chink to rechink? What email address may I use to forward a pic?
  Question: Is it OK to Chink over cement..would appreciate as much insight as possible
  Question: I have a two story log barn, c. 1890, in an area of severe temperatures fluctuation. Built to store hay, the logs are not finished, but stacked as round logs with large spaces in between to air out the hay. I'd like to finish part of the building for habitation and need to chink these gaps. Some are five or six inches wide. What's the best way to chink this kind of construction?
  Question: Can I use concrete to fill the gaps in my log cabin
  Question: If I wanted to build a cabin out of cider logs what would I use to seal the cracks in-between?
  Question: I live in Papua New Guinea in an old log cabin that was built with non-uniform logs and the old chinking (made with sand, lime, etc) is falling out and in the highlands of PNG it gets cold. We don't have many urban areas in this country and none that would carry the kind of chinking mixture that we need. We could have things sent from Cairns Australia. Lots of chinking needs to be replaced, can you advise us? Thanks,
Beth (Working with Wycliffe Bible Translators in PNG)
  Question: We just purchased our log home a year ago, it was built in 2007 and this spring I'm noticing some minor leaks near the Windows, but this post winter we definitely noticed some drafts. The home was done with permachink, but what would be the best course of action, I am going to do the work myself and want to do it right.
  Question: We have a log home that suffered water damage to the interior. Large checks on the interior side of the "D" logs developed as a result of drying. The owner wants the checks filled and finished to match (basically put back to its pre-damaged condition) or have the logs replaced. any idea of fillers that can be used and then stained to match. The current interio finish is just a clear urethane.
  Question: We just bought an Appalachian Style home, white oak logs, about 10 years old. The chink is in great shape everywhere. The logs have never been sealed/stained and the wood is grey. Our inspector told us to stain/seal the logs. First, should we stain/seal it? Second, if we do, should we pressure wash first? Last, would I have to hand paint every log and try to not get stain on my perfectly nice chink? Thanks!
  Question: I just bought a log house. 10 years old. Scandinavian style. second floor is lumber. logs are unprotected inside and out. chinking is not visable. its hidden in the construction it needs maintanace and finishing. I want to rechink and stain or treat somehow. what can you recommend?
  Question: We own a 7 year old log home in Tennessee. Logs are huge round and it was originally sealed with permachink. It is no longer airtight and we can see some sunlight in corners and around some window frames. Electric bill shows it is leaking air. Suggestions have been made to have an infrared test be done (cool the home, create suction, and use special cameras to see leaks), then sealing will be done only where needed.
The house is large (7200 square feet) so focusing the work where needed wil
  Question: If caulk isn't good to fix checks, is there something else I can use to fill them or if not, something nonpoison & safe for wood I can spray into them (cedar oil?) to keep bugs from nesting there? The bigger checks make perfect spider/other bug hiding/nesting places. Thanks!
  Question: Have a 30 year old log home, and looking to replace some windows where the door and window trim has been chinked (perma-chink) to the exterior to form a seal. What is the best way to remove that old chinking prior to re-chinking the new trim?
  Question: We have a 2 yr old log cabin. The outside posts are full shaved trees. There are a few spots maybe 4" X 4" here are there that are basically crumbling. There are no visible bugs or moldy spots, and the logs have been stained. Any idea what this could possibly be, and how we should treat it?
  Question: I just purchased a 25 year old log home and it looks like the exterior logs needs a good washing, caulking, and staining. Can you give me general guidelines on how to go about doing this and caulking and staining material I should use. Thanks.
  Question: I'm building an 8" pine dovetail log home in Muskoka, Ontario. Log gaps vary from 2" to 6". I understand you don't recommend spray foam as chinking backer. I have already installed closed cell backing & chinking on exterior....2 yrs ago. Now I want to insulate and air-seal log-gap before installing interior backing & chinking. IMO fibreglass or Roxul cannot be cut & installed in a variable log gap properly and getting a good air-seal with chinking is questionable. My idea is to cut & install l
  Question: I have a log home built in the 1980's. I've been told that it was likely tar that was used for the chinking. The inside looks great and I love the black color but would like to go over the outside again to get any holes/natural wear, etc. but still keep the black color. Any ideas on what I can use that will work? Thanks.
  Question: Can I use Liquid Nail Heavy Duty instead of like Permachinks checkmate or energyseal? Also would staining with liquid nail be ok?
  Question: We are renovating a house that we have exposed an interior log wall. Appears to possible be cottonwood (we live in the Midwest close to Missouri River). We have sanded the wall and now looking at staining (just to add some color) to the wood they coat it and then chink it. Is this the proper process and should we use Polyurethane or Lacquer to cover the wood? Will chink have a problem if we coat the wood first? Thanks in advance!!
  Question: The exterior logs on our home are starting to look very dry, and some of the checks are starting to open up a little bit. We would like to apply a few coats of log home oil. Do we need to replace the chinking every time we restain? The chucking looks like it is in great shape.
  Question: Thanks for the site. I built a log cabin 25 years ago. I followed advice of inexperienced friends (free labor) who were helping instead of the instructions from the manufacturer and used too many spikes and the cabin cannot settle as the logs dry. When built the cabin was tight, now the logs have dried and shrunk to the point that daylight passes easily. What is the best product for a repair. I have gaps from 1/8" to 1" mostly 1/4" to 1/2" though. Logs are Swedish Cope design round except for a
  Question: Hi,

We own a log home that requires new chinking. We're debating doing it in 2 stages in order to lessen the financial commitment. If you had to choose, would you chink the interior or the exterior of the home first and why?

  Question: We have a 30-year-old cabin. The inside is chink nicely, but the outside is a mish-mash of chinking (painted over), insulation painted over, caulking (not painted over) and in some places it appears nothing. The chinks are various sizes due to log shift. How do we go about fixing this--pull all of it off and start over or chink over? We want to paint it when done.
  Question: I have a caben made of D logs they left the bark on them should I take
it off . The cabin has been in place senice 1987 I wanted to stain
  Question: Own a D style log home in Mass. Permachinked the outside myself but I need to do the inside as well. Gaps on inside flat walls vary from almost nothing to 1/2 inch. What material do I use and how do I apply it. Do I use compressor like I did on the outside? thanks
  Question: Hi! We are building a cabin and milling our own boards. The boards are goin to be white fur. We are trying to decide what to do for chinking and wondering if there is a product we can apply before the logs dry that will be flexible and expand as the wood drys??
  Question: We have purchased a 100 year old hand hewn cabin which was custom fitted/dovetailed with no chinking. What should we use for an air and pest barrier between the logs? We would prefer the material not be seen. Thank you for your help!
  Question: Hello, we have a log home from the late 1700's. The logs inside are exposed just prior to us buying it a few years ago. The outside is still covered in quartersawn lap boards. We would like to expose those as well but heard the logs must "slant" the right way or we will have problems. Any input?
  Question: We just added a 3 sided stick built addition onto the side of our log home.We want to drywall the addition,our question is, Should we try to cope the drywall to fit around the d-log walls or is there something to fill this gap that would work better? Thanks!
  Question: I am preparing to finish the interior of our pine log home. Where sheet rock meets the logs there is lots of old caulk I need to remove from the logs. Any ideas on how to remove it would be appreciated.
  Question: I have a camp in Louisiana. The interior walls are pecan.they have three quarter inch gaps between each six inch board.the boards run horizontal. Can I use dyed sheet rock mud to fill these gaps
  Question: have 100 acres with too many beech trees in southern indiana. no commercial value so i thought i might build square cant retirement cabin and use scrap as firewood. cant find much info on using beech. i have woodmizer and wonder if i can build without drying?
  Question: We recently exposed the old logs in our home that were under old horse hair plaster. We have wire brushed them and are going to leave them exposed and have them rechinked. There are several that have insect damage and now look much lighter then the rest. Is there anything that can be done to restore them and make them look more natural like the others? Thank you!
  Question: Thank you for your last knowledgeable answer. Todays question, after repairing mortar chinking, I'm looking for something to cover/blend mortar, like Brushover, that they don't make anymore. Something in a color or I can tint. Cabin is 72 year old cabin, hand hune logs, so chinking is in varying widths. I don't think a bright white would compliment, many irregularities would stand out. I like this site very informative. Thank You JT
  Question: I am in the process of buying a log home, I have seen many and many with logs that are stick out further than the others on the exterior wall surfaces (not talking about the ends of the logs), in other words the exterior wall surfaces are not flat, is this normal or is it poor craftsmanship?
  Question: Hi Doc, I have a 72 year old cabin I am redoing as a retirement project. I read an answer to a question about using foam insulation and your advice was not to use it. Can you explain why not? After removing loose mortar, I cob blasted, filled small voids with "Great Stuff", and repaired and replaced mortar chinking, was that a mistake? I also intend to pull up floors, install new to level, wanted to spray foam on foundation and joist, will come in contact with inside of bottom logs in crawl spac
  Question: I live in an old lakefront log cabin community. We are doing an addition to an older log structure. The addition will be conventional framing with half log with chinking - per the historical committee to resemble the old structure. My contractor has wrapped the addition in Tyvec and installed expanded metal sheets over it. Has started to side the home with half logs. So many people have come out of the woodwork with input. Should there be treated lathe between the Tyvec and expanded ste
  Question: I am restoring the log cabin my grandfather was born in (1886), in South GA. What would the original chinking (outside) have been and how would it have been made?
  Question: I have a 1850's log farmhouse that I have just exposed the logs in a bathroom. The chinking has shrunk and is loose. I'm looking for the least amount of work to fix it and look nice. Any suggestions?
  Question: We have a 16 year old log house. The dry wall was cut to fit the size of the logs. As the logs shrank, the gap in the dry wall has gotten bigger; what do you recommend to fill that gap?
  Question: I have old wood floors that need Chinking and am strongly considering layering them with Gyp-Crete! Any suggestions on where to start as far as materials and do's and don'ts?
  Question: We want to paint the interior chinking in our log cabin. Can we paint it with something other than chink paint? Chink paint is so expensive! If so, what type of paint would be good?
  Question: just had southern pine cut debarked and getting ready to be milled D 6 1/2 X 9 1/2 with 3/4 TnG will 8 months drying time be enough for a butt and pass
  Question: Hi, we rent a 1918 cabin in WV, we want to chink interior walls for heating efficiency this winter. We have two questions, what are the best, most economical materials to chink with and what temperatures are too cold for application?
Thank You!
  Question: im building a stacked log home and was told by the one miling my logs 10x10 that i should cut stress lines every so often in the logs should i ?and hould i put any type of insulation or foam in between the stracked logs? there getting stacked green..tks
  Question: Very old 1 room log cabin! Outside ligs are vertical split logs! Can I refinish the interior with horizontal split logs? Paneling is in use now!
  Question: We recently bought a cottage that has faux log siding. The house is framed from 2x4 and the exterior is covered with what looks like 2x8 with a log shape milled into them. There is no type of tonque and grove on the board edge.

The interior os the house is open with no wall board or insulation. We can see evidence of water and would like to caulk the boards before insulating.

What type of caulk should be used on the horizonal seems?

Was this type of siding common? It loooks origina
  Question: It's fall and I still need to chink. What temperature is too cold to chink?
  Question: I am Building a rain barrel from one by four tongue and groove Cedar and would like to know the best chinking/caulking material that would best be used to waterproof between and along the joints of each board. Something flexible that will hold water. Any suggestions on brand name or style would be helpful.
  Question: We purchase a log cabin in East Tenn. It is need of a good cleaning and stain. Also it needs to have backer rod and caulked installed. Can I do this before I have it pressure washed and stain next summer
  Question: i have to put two coats of perma chink clear ckt on a log cabin, what size tip do i uas in my sprayer.
  Question: My project is simple until now. I have a single 34" long oak log that has been planned flat on two sides. I sanded the sides smooth ready to coat. I countersunk 13 1 1/2" holes for candles. I left the piece in my bedroom finished w/prepping. I have now found hairline cracks running the length of the log down the middle from hole to hole, one end to the other. Why & what can I do to fix it & still look natural. Thanks
  Question: I am looking for a professional log home chinker in the Mississippi or southern states. I have a 2 story 8 inch log home
  Question: I am using Grip Strip backer rod between my logs and didn't want to purchase the expensive synthetic chinking on the market today. Could I apply mortar and make it stick to the backer rod? If so, what recipe of mortar chinking do you recommend? Thanks
  Question: We are looking for a contractor to finish chinking and sealing our log home. please call or e mail 724-354-2343. We are using permachink product
  Question: I have a D log cabin in western NC and constantly have an invasion of small scorpions all year long. I was thinking of using a commercially availably acrylic caulk in as small of a bead as possible to seal all log joints. Has any one that has done this have advice on products and process? Don't want to be stung again. We ate coming up on the best weather conditions for caulking, early fall in the 60-70 degreed and moderate humidity.
  Question: For getting dust and cobwebs off the inside logs. How do I do that
  Question: Have a log home. the dormer, though, has regular wood siding w chinking (about 2 inches thick) between the board.It's all rotting out and I have to replace about 10 sq ft of the siding and chinking.
Let's say I rip the bad area out and the backing board has rotted. I can replace that, but I don't know the next step. Someone said apply chicken wire for the chinking to stick to. I assume I put the chicken wire, then the siding, then just apply chinking.. At a loss here. I really don't want to
  Question: Six sided log house with round on round logs built in 70s. The logs protrude at the corners making it difficult to reach with caulk there are 3x3 inch voids stuffed with something that looks like horsehair. Can spray foam be used in the corners to fill the voids?
  Question: I have some large cracks in some of my logs, to fill before I can chink....Can I use spray foam to fill most of the space before I use chink instead of pre made stuff ?
  Question: Hello, just visited Yellowstone. I was wondering what the very heavy coating of exterior dark red paint/stain is used on the log structures there (General stores cabins ect.) It's almost as if the wood is encased in a red shell! Can you suggest a brand?
Thanks much!
  Question: We have a shop with upright logs,the chinking looks like black tar and is hard and cracking what do you suggest we use to seal the cracks. Cracks range from 1/8 to 1/4 someplace more. thank you
  Question: we built a log home in the high plains of Texas. very little moisture, over the years the logs have dried out, now when it does rain it seaps through.
what can i use to seal the logs on the exterior
  Question: Can you paint over chinking? we have a large log home that we were staining and some places stain got slopped over the chinking and my husband wants to paint over it with a white paint but we're not sure if this is possible and if so what is the best brand paint?
  Question: I am building a log cabin with Oak logs. Many of the logs have tiny crack by the hundreds. most cracks are less than a 1/16 inch wide very few cracks are over an 1/8 inch wide.
I used Perma-chinks ultra7 stain and clear top coat expecting these cracks to seal up.
Yesterday was the first hard rain since I stained it, water is coming through the logs. In some cases directly through a log and in other cases it comes through a log and travels between logs until it finds a way out into the house
  Question: We have a log cabin and the walls are log. When we purchased it 8 years ago we didn't notice the gray caulking in between the logs, on the inside walls. I would like to chink the inside walls, but my husband thinks it will look funny. My question is should we chink the inside walls, and what would be the cheapest, but looks good, product to use. Outside logs are chinked. I'm trying to break up all the wood inside and draw a little more attention to the walls. Thanks
  Question: We are just now building a log home and the logs don't have any chinking. They fit together without it. Is this ok?
  Question: Do I have to use chinkking with dovetail corners or can the jigs be adjusted to have a tight fit between the logs?
  Question: I bought a 20 year old flat log (tongue and grover boards) home and one side of the house that gets the weather has no stain left, while the other side has a brown stain. I plan to go to a grey semi transparent stain.

1 - If I chemically strip the brown stain will the strip leak to the inside walls and cause damage?

2 - Do I need chinking or will a stain and sealant do the trick?
  Question: Howdy from Jackson Hole! Following bad advice, I screwed slab lumber over old siding & had a pro put on synthetic chinking. Repeated catastrophic chinking failures are caused by moisture migrating up behind it. I'm considering putting round 1" mini louvers with screens in new chinking. Also, putting silicone or chinking goo (which do you recommend?) under the bottom "log" to limit vapor migrating up. Replacing the slabs is just about impossible. Help! I'm at my wit's end! Happy Trails!
  Question: I have just purchased a log home that has loose cracking chinking in places and has had other products put on it seems to be like caulk and silicon. What product can I use that will adhere to these surfaces. interior and exterior has the same issue.
  Question: We have a gallon of chinking which has been in the garage for a year. Garage is heated. It now is thin, is there a product to thicken the chink so that it can be used?
  Question: My log home was built in1977, the inside of the walls are varnished. I was told if the inside was finished not to do anything to the outside. Now my home owners insurance is telling me I have to seal the outside. The outside has no finish at all on it.
  Question: hi, we have a an older lodge type home with oak plank flooring, 1/2 wide gaps and several coats of polyurethane. What product should I use to fill the gaps? I want them to have the look of white chinking. Seems like a lot of work but, we have oak everywhere and need to break it up. Thank you---
  Question: We have a new log house with some leaking windows. Can you recommend someone in the Sharps Chapel TN area to help us?
  Question: Have a log cabin on a lake that was built in the 40's. The original chink appears to be a petroleum based product and is dark brown in color. We need to make minor repairs to the chinking. What product do you recommend that will be compatible with the existing chink? Many thanks.
  Question: What product would you recommend for protecting and preserving a log home in arid south central Idaho?
  Question: can you chink over caulking ? Or do you have to dig out caulk and install backer rod ?
  Question: My D style log home is about 14 years old. All the outside has been stained with 3 coats of Sickens and is in pretty good shape... On the NE corner that gets barely any sun I've got some log rot on my ends with some hollowness near the end... I went the "rot doctor" approach and used the solvents/epoxies and it worked for about a year but its back... Is there any way to just replace the log ends from the bottom up say going up about 8 logs about 2 ft each? I haven't asked my builder yet, how
  Question: I would like to restore an outside wall (now an interior wall of an enclosed porch) of an old log cabin (over 100 years old). All chinking has fallen out and there are boards and smaller pieces between the 14" pine logs. We have been told that cement be can be used to chink these logs. Is this true?
  Question: What is the best mixture for making old style chinking ? Type s mix and sand ? Would like it to last for a little while with min. Cracking... Thanks
  Question: i have a round log home with insulation mesh and motar for my chinking. Is there something i can replace it with or re do it like it is, my interior walls are covered with a stud wall
  Question: I used 1x12 rough cut lumber on the intreior walls of my man cave. The boards are spaced 1 1/2 " apart. Can I use drywall mud for chinking? I used backer board as my foundation, underneath the lumber. Thanks, Joey
  Question: I recently had a contractor chink my cabin.It was cold and the chinking has already cracked. Should I have him chip it out and replace it or can it be repaired. It cracked within the first month.
  Question: Hi! I have a 16x20 3 sided spruce log cabin in a windy area. I would like to perma-chink to reduce heat loss. As you know the edges / gaps are variable. Is this a good idea and what type of backer rod would work best for this type of log?
  Question: Our log home is 30 years old. We have never had problems with air coming through between the logs. We are now, going to have our logs refurbished. And was thinking about using using energy seal. We are unsure if we should use it or not. Your input, would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Debbie
  Question: just had an energy audit and discovered cold air seeping through barn siding on the interior walls. 5 1/2" insulation behind the walls. Cedar siding outside. I don't want to cover the walls with wallboard and paint. Currently the wood is a rough hewn plank which has a grey wash on it. suggestions
  Question: What kind of caulking do you recommend for the Exterior of a log Home built with pine hand peeled logs?
  Question: Our hoe was originally built in 1850...with hand hewn logs and original chinking. Parts of the chinking were replaced in the 1980's with the original mix of portland cement, horsehair, clay etc. We are wanting to patch interior walls where some of the chinking is starting to crumble. What is the best breathable patching method. We have used thin set but I wonder if there is something more appropriate and breathable.
  Question: I am cleaning and restoring the logs on an old Adirondack camp. The existing chinking is rope. I am not sure, but I beleive it to be either a Hemp rope or a horsehair rope. The owner would like to install new rope chinking on the walls that are weathered , keeping the walls that are protected "as is" (rope is in good shape on those walls} Any ideas on what may have been used originally? (1920's) and what I might be able to use today that would closely resemble rope chinking?
  Question: We are currently renovating the interior of our log home. Every room has 2 interior framed 2x6 walls that will be drywalled soon. I want to chink the interior log walls. Should I do this before the drywall or after, or does it matter? Thanks.
  Question: should you chink inside or outside or both sides, we have a 1400sq ft home. Just trying to now what to do. Thanks
  Question: Can a curved or flat wall of wood be chinked as a design treatment? Thank you!
  Question: if a log home has an issue with not being bolted/rodded corectly during construction what kind of issues and cost would this be
  Question: The side of my condo which is constructed of barn boards has gotten a "button up" approach meaning the boards were caulked up for winter to prevent water penetration is this bad for the boards and what will it look like in the Spring?
  Question: getting ready to energy seal and re-stain my 9 yr log home.I read somewhere Sherwin Williams Woodscapes latex stain could be used on logs. Do you have any experience with this product or know anyone who has used it ?
  Question: we are looking at buying a log home it was done with 6x9 solid milled yellow pine logs we have notice many cracks in the log is this normal, the house was built in 2005 and is in missiouri the log were purchased from north caralina
  Question: I am looking to add extra rooms to our log home. We added two in the loft area and was wondering if its possible to close in the opening that looks down into the living room and dining room and put in two more rooms
  Question: We have purchased some log cabins that currently have perma-chink on them and would like to cover the perma-chink with another material that doesn't need the maintenance that the perma-chink requires. Also, the perma-chink shrinks and pulls away and doesn't provide much in the way of insulation. It can easily be damaged even with people's fingers being pushed into it. We thought of using some kind of material and adhering it with a contractor's glue then caulking around it. Do you have an
  Question: We just bought a D log home that is 6 years old in Vermont, the previous owners used clear silicone for air leaks. This did not work and now I want to clean out the silicone and use Sascho conceal. The inside pine logs were sealed with a polyurethane finish I think. Do I have to just "mechanically" clean the silicone out or do I need to clean it with a chemical? If so what type? Thanks
  Question: We have a very old log home that is made of axe hewed logs. The log home was orginally an old train depot station that was dismantled and rebuilt many years ago by great uncle and grandfather on the Greenbrier River in Wv. Several years ago (15 years +/- a few years)the logs were painted grey to imitate original look. Of course this did not give the expected results. Researching recently that painting was a bad idea. My question is cob blasting the best solution to returning the logs to or
  Question: I have several logs that have separated from the chinking and the log below them . Is it ok to rechink them due to the fact it is a interior wall and it is the dead of winter or is there a better way of doing it ?
  Question: I have a log cabin that was built in the 1960's with round pine logs. Wood slats were used as backer on the interior walls and it was chinked with mud, which is now falling out. Should I use a bond breaker or apply synthetic chinking directly to slats and logs?
  Question: my log cabin has chinks in the inside supporting beam that runs the width of the cabin. The chinks are about and inch wide and are horizontal on the beam. the cabin is about 30 years old. do I worry?
  Question: I am an insurance adjuster and would love to have a questionnaire to fill out that would allow me to quickly describe the log walls is there a resource that would describe the types of log home construction. For example, D log, Swedish cope or other types of wall construction..
  Question: What is the best way to get rid of cluster flies!
from a Pan Abode log home?
  Question: We live in a house that was built in 1924. It is made with whole logs and mortar type chinking. We are getting ready to restore it. We have about 6 half logs that have rot in them and the chinking is falling out in places. Should we use that wood rot repair or cut them out and replace them. Also, should we take out the chink and replace it with the newer modern chink? Thanks for your time
  Question: How do I estimate the amount of oakum needed to re chink a historical early 1900s log lodge.

  Question: I have a square log building built in 2005. One log now has rot on the upper side. It is the bottom log. I discovered it when I was power washing and noticed a fungus growing out from the joint. I have now reamed out the area (about 5 feet long, 2-4 inches deep and 2 inches wide) and have a nice day to get the area dry. What do I fill this long strip of log with and how?
  Question: I have dreamed of a log home for 20 years. I just purchased some property and ready to build. After reading these posts I am now reconsidering! If I used cedar would that prevent some of these issues? And also what do you think of dove tail construction and v grooved square logs they will have no chinking! Thanks
  Question: We have a cedar half log sided home. The contractor stained the logs with sherwin williams woodscapes, two coats. There was no top coat applied as sherwin williams said that is was not required (and the contractor wasnt about to absorb the cost of another coat). Thus the 2 sunny sides of the house have a good portion of the stain baked off. We are ready to clean and restain these two sides and would like to add a topcoat this time. Can I use perma chink topcoat with the sherwin williams sta
  Question: The weather didn't hold out during the construction of our roof on our newly built cabin. We installed toy the & groove pine roofing but was unable to get it covered before we were hit with a rain/snowstorm. It looks like we have some buckling & warping. We are trying to dry it out with propane heating units on the inside while we are also continuing with the remainder of the roof process. Any suggestions on what we should do. Once the wood dries out will it go back to normal? Ideas would
  Question: The caulk on our log home is approx 38 years old and clearly needs replacing. The logs are too short to reach the length of the walls. So, the vertical joints between these shorter logs are approximately 1/8" wide. Is that width too narrow to allow movement of logs without caulk failure, and would it be wise to use a dremel to open the gap slightly and form a fresh surface for the caulk to adhere to. I'm doing the work myself and prefer to do this. (6000' in AZ)
  Question: We purchased a log home last month. Last week, we had a heavy rain storm and noticed that water is seeping through the cracks in the logs. What is the best way to prevent this? Which chalking should I use to fill in the cracks on the exterior side?
  Question: We have just purchased a log home in Eastern Ohio and among other maintenance issues we have a synthetic chinking in the house which is dirty and dinghy from everyday dust, dirt and smoke and we would to know if you have a suggestion on how to clean it.
  Question: New small northern cedar cabin. Very rustic with half to 3 inch gaps between logs. Don't want to use mortar but synthetic chinking is too expensive for this lightly used cabin. Is oakum a cheaper alternative (with strips of split wood in larger gaps)? I plan on using linseed oil on the outside. Should I cut it with turpentine? Would straight linseed oil be sufficient for ends of logs? Thanks so much.
  Question: How can I tell what kind of sealer was used on my exterior logs. Are there compatibility issues that I may be better knowing? How about weatherall over ... latex sealer?
  Question: I have a channeled log siding house... channel about 2" wide and 1/2" deep. Is their a chink look alike paint or can I mix sand or other material in paint for a more authentic chinking look, rather than just paint the channels??
  Question: Hi!
Can poliuretanic foam be used as sealant for chinking a pine log cabin?
I live in Romania and we don't have on the market perma cink or any other kind of sealant.
  Question: Im building a cabin with 8"x10" white pine sawn timbers purchaced from a saw mill.2 questions.How much time should I wait to permachink the exterior gaps? When stacking my logs I am planning on using 5 1/2" wide x 3/16" thick foam seal R sill plate gasket that can be puchaced from Home Depot between each log(timber).Do you recommend this?
  Question: What is the best way to finish between concrete piers and log posts(about 12 inch diameter). The log posts are attached to metal brackets in the concrete and there is a gap of about an inch between the meat of the log and the concrete. Concerned that chinking won't allow water to drain out of the log. Other ideas? Thanks for any help.
thinking of purchase of 80 yr old cabin in eastern WA.
Can you rec a local inspector?
  Question: We have a 16 year old hand hewn log cabin approx
400 square feet in Northville NY that the chinking is getting soft and holes in it
what would average cost be to rechink and where do we find someone to do the work?
  Question: We have a d-log home in SD that was built about 10 years ago. It was about 4 years old when it was chinked with Energyseal. Foam backerod was used where needed. We have had a very dry summer this year and we are noticing many area of separation between the bottom edge of the chink and the log. I assume this is due to the logs drying more than usual and that they will dry even more during the winter. Should we wait until spring to rechink or do you think we need to fix now? Should we use En
  Question: we just sandblasted our log cabin and are getting ready to re seal logs and have several MOST areas where there are cracks thru the chink do we have to remove it completely or can we go over it with more chink or what would you suggest we use THANKS!!!
  Question: My fiance and I are interested in purchasing a log home, we know it needs some work! The whole house needs to be chinked, and very few logs replaced. We would like to know how to get an estimate for someone to hire to do this work? And is anyone willing to travel to Roblin, Manitoba, Canada to do so? An estimate for all this asap would be greatly appreciated!
  Question: I want to protect the vertical log posts 12" diameter, alternative to copper cap, maybe an epoxy type material brushed on?.
  Question: I have a log home that is caulked between logs on the exterior. I am having the existing paint and stain glass blasted off. Will the media remove the paint from the caulk, or will I end up with clean logs that have red (current color) beads of caulk between them?
  Question: I have a lob cabin built in the 40's, with original mortar chinking. the logs average 6-7" diameter. The chinking is 1 to 1.5" wide. Do I have to remove the existing chinking or simply cover the existing. I would remove any loose chinking.
  Question: I have an ancient log cabin, which has a stick-built addition attached. I need to know how I should interface the drywall of the Addition with the old log cabin. Should I: 1. scribe drywall to match the chinking and logs or 2. chink the interface or 3. scribe a long board, or 4. something else. The width to be covered is about 3 inches, floor to ceiling, from door casing trim to log face.
  Question: 1930's log with concrete chinking. Needs protective stain. How do you stain and keep the stain from running onto the chinking?
  Question: We bought a log cabin 2 years old. It is chinked and there are some gaps in it. A bat has been getting in upstairs ,we think in the bathroom, and the ceiling is very high. Is there any kind of infrared light gun or heat gun we could use to detect the hole?
  Question: I have a square log dove tailed log home with caulk and sand grit chinking. It is 16 years old. when some the chinking pulled away from the log. I purchased several tubes of new chinking and applied it to the old chinking and the new chinking is peeling away from the old chinking. What should I do now? We are located in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan and the logs are Norway pine. Thanks
  Question: I have a handbuilt log home from the 70's that has black tar / mastic chinking (Black Jack?). Logs are a poorly scribed Swedish cope, so the gap is small 1-2". A mortar chink intrigues me (serious DIY), especially cost savings over synthetic. Logs are very stable, haven't seen any movement or history marks of settling. Is my gap too small for mortar. And will future buyers be put-off by mortar chinking? Thanks!
  Question: wanting to use 6"x 6" square logs. Can I use liquid nails in between them, along with lag bolts, on a butt and pass design?
  Question: I have a log home with 8 inch swedish cope logs, I have some ends that are rotted and some logs near the end that are rotted . I can get replacement logs from the mfg but can not find any information on how to replace this type of log, can you help. I live in Palmer NE Thanks Tim
  Question: how do you clean water stains off of interior [unfinished] log wall without having a `bleached' look?
  Question: I have a cedar home with a lot of nooks and crannys outside and bugs inside.I pulled the Panal off the wall inside and found 1x6 cedar boards on the walls (not lap siding just plain boards(but) there a 1/16 to 3/8 cracks between each board. calking gun tip is to large and don't want to get filler all over the boards. Any Ideas ------????? Help, thanks Paul
  Question: What is the best method to cut through an outer log wall (exterior/interior wall about 8-12 inches thick) from the interior to the exterior in order to vent a hanging microwave/vent?
  Question: My husband and I purchased a home about an hour south of St. Louis 3 years ago. The home was built around a 2 story log cabin from the 1800's. The logs are hand-hewn and square. The exterior of the logs is covered by siding. The interior had plaster over it at one time and is in desperate need of re-chinking. Being it is the interior, what is our best option for "cleaning" or sanding the logs w/o hurting them to remove the plaster remnants? Also what chinking method do you suggest that wil
  Question: I have a customer that wants me to fill all the larger checks in his vertical logs they run from 3/8- 1 1/4 inch . the logs will be stained with an Oil based natural stain Whats the best product to use to fill the large checks in the logs? Thanks
  Question: We built a house a yr. ago, we have pine log siding, nothing has been done to the logs, can you suggest what would be the best thing we need to do to seal them, and if we need to caulk or chink between the logs? Thanks, Tracey!
  Question: We have a pine Log home, three years old. When they built it somehow they forgot to vent the stove exhuast out... I am curious what and how I should cut a hole to add the vent.
Thanks GregC
  Question: i purchased a log home 2 years ago its about 900 sq feet and the bottom two logs on the north side have quite a few rotten spots can you cut out pieces of the logs or large sections to fix problem without house falling in
  Question: We purchased a log cabin in Oregon built in the 60's with vertical 1/2 log siding and rough cut on the inside. We beleave it was a kit type 20 x 24. We would like to add an addition and looking for vertical logs to match. It looks like they are groved with a slats in between. Do you know of any manufature that still makes these type of logs.
thanks alot.
  Question: Some of our exterior chinking has gaps and needs to be filled. The log home is about 8 yrs. old and there is a concern of patching with PermaChink and having the new patch not match up. Would the old chink have faded with time or does it retain its color? Or can the gaps just be filled with caulk instead? Will patch need to be painted to match up?
  Question: I'm plaaning on building a milled square log wall with dovetail corners.My question is " do I need to leave a chinking/settling gap.If not then I guess cutiing a groove or two in the middle of each timber to fill with some sort of insulation and then a chinking or sealant inside and out? Do I need to cut a grrove in just the bottom timber?
  Question: I have a client who bought a log cabin. In the main area's there are large wood planks with about 2.5" space in between. The material in between the spaces is like some sort of fiber glass paneling or something. My client would like to fill the space with something else. Like wood or some sort of mortar. Any ideas about this?
  Question: We have a log home build of 8 x 12 cedar. What are the best tools to remove and reinstall new chinking? Some of the chinking have pulled away from between the logs.
  Question: We recently purchased a log home in northern MO. It is about 15 years old, is half log inside and out over inner walls. The logs are cedar and we have flexible chinking inside and out. I notice inside that we have gaps where the logs have moved anc created webbed or open spaces and we can feel drafts from some of those areas. To repair, does the old chinking need to be removed first or do they just patch over it? Thanks,
  Question: We built a log 2400sq ft cabin two years ago. It's safe to say that pretty much every log whether looking at the exterior or interior the chinking has split. Some logs more significantly than others. Is this normal? What type of chinking would you guess it is? Should be contacting the builder for a do-over? We are having a huge fly/stink bug problem within the cabin.
  Question: i am building my cabin from jack pine cut and sawed this summer and it is in the garage drying now--my question is this - the logs are 4" by 8" and i am thinking of putting a 2x4 between the logs for a 1 and 1/2 inch gap--i will have the 2x4 flush on the inside and painted-can i chink the ouside ga1/2 inch space-and do you think this will work ok-

  Question: Can i use Acrylic latex caulk with silicone to fill in-between logs if I do layers ( a little at at time) dry between layers?
  Question: This is a great site but I wonder if it is still active? I asked a question a week or two ago and can't seem to find it anywhere on the site. Just curious. Am I looking in the wrong place? I can't find any response in my junk e-mail file also.

  Question: We built a cedar log home 44 years ago..what is the best caulk to be used on the interior of the is not a is located on the Oregon Coast and does very well in this weather.

The exterior was recently caulked with Vulcom (sp?)
and does well....some issues on a se corner...

Thank you.........we are working on the interior today and will need to buy "type" available in area.
  Question: Great site. What is the best solution to avoid (or limit) log shrinkage and its impact on water/air/insect penetration? Is there a way for builders to "certify or warrant" the moisture content of logs? Should I avoid milled wood that is not dry? What percent moisture should I avoid? Other ideas?
  Question: I need to find someone experienced to disassemble and reassemble my 2000 sf panabode home. the 2000 sf basement will stay - the home will be rebuilt on a new foundation or deck. I have had local offers, but I dont want to end up with a puzzle that turns into expensive firewood.
  Question: We bought an early 1800s log house, 2 1/2 stories that we are currently working on. We are going to be pulling off the metal siding, asphalt siding to expose the logs. What is a good way to get all these layers off without ruining the logs and chinking?
  Question: My wife and I are building a log home in North Central Ontario (Algonquin area). The logs are hand hewn Eastern white pine, 8" thick, and vary from 14" to 18" in depth. The chink gaps are filled with expanding foam, and will be finished with Permachink.
I plan to build a false wall inside the log wall in the kitchen area, from which to hang the kitchen cabinets. This false wall will "float" allowing the cabinets to be securely fastened but allowing the logs to behind them to move as require
  Question: we had an unscrupulous contractor put lime plaster and in some places drywall mud between ceiling boards in an old barn. Nothing was placed on the wood to give plaster a "tooth", of course, now the plaster is falling out of the gaps between boards in chunks. Dry white powder is also falling out and dispersing. I imagine the lime in the plaster is not healthy to inhale and we are trying to figure out a solution to this. One handyperson has told us to leave it, as removal will be difficult, anothe
  Question: I am currently restoring a hand built log cabin for an eagle scout project. It was built back in 1990 by 4 men as a hobby project. The cabin is made of solid pine logs and is somewhat roughly put together. The roof is rotten and we are going to replace some of the rafters and put a new roof on. I was wondering what I should use for sealant on the logs. Also some of the chinking between the logs is cracked off and I was wondering how I am supposed to fill these holes.
  Question: Can you use perma chink over old plaster chinking?
  Question: My Mother inlaw lives in a restored hunting lodge biult in the 1800's and some of the old I think called (Oakum) chinking or filler has fallen out. It looks like what a bird would make a nest out of in there but I guess it's what they used back then for filling. I'd really like to use something similar if I could to keep the authentic look of there home and was wondering if there was a product out there that they made. I'm desperate as the weather is changing fast and it will soon be freezin
  Question: I used a top quality product (DEFY-UV for decks) on a deck for a log home last year and carefully followed manufacturer's instructions on cleaning, brightening, and sealing the deck. Now the deck is completely dry with no trace of the sealer, looks as if there's no protection on it at all. What would you recommend to redo the deck that will last more than a year?
  Question: I have chinked the outside with weather all chinking over grip strip and am about to chink the inside. I would like to fill space between the backer strips. White Styrofoam has been suggested is this the material you suggest?
  Question: We have to tear down a log home built in 1978 (long story). Logs @8' each. @1400 sq. ft. Chinked. Don't know terminology to describe type of log construction - logs cut out to fit into next. Want to be able to rebuild it on another location. What is the best way to disassemble? What is the best way to deal with spikes? Any advice appreciated.
  Question: I have built a vertical half log garage ,how soon can I caulk between logs, I believe the logs are not quite dry, they were cut and half sawn 7 months ago
they are 4 to 8" diameter
  Question: I have a full log house and some dry rot in the lower logs wondering how to fix that problem.
  Question: We have an 80 year old log cabin in montana on forest service land. It was chinked with what looks like particle board, about 2" thick. The "chink" is crumbling and in need of replacement. Being true to the history and originality of the place, what would you recommend? The forest service is a bit particular with the older cabins. Is the best any different? Any color more authentic?

Last, the logs have not ever been refinished. After removing all rotting logs, how would you rehab t
  Question: Last fall we paid $12,000 to have our log home chinked. This Spring, woodpeckers are ruining it. There are woodpecker holes in several places in the chink. We never had a woodpecker problem before the chinking was done. Any suggestions?
  Question: We have a 15 year old timber frame home that we recently purchased. On the interior there are some gaps between the drywall and the posts and beams. I assume this is from the wood drying. I wanted to know if there were any products I could use to fill in these gaps to give a more finished look.
  Question: We have drywall butting to log walls in the interior of our log home. As the house has settled, the drywall has pulled away. What can we do to fill in the space?
  Question: Hi- we have bought a logcabin build in the 1940s Southern NJ... Roughcut face stacked d-logs with a tongue and groove... there are many odd sized gaps running horozontal between logs that have opened over years after settling and shrinking I assume. What is the best way to seal all the gaps..Cement Chinking, latex Caulk, permachink etc?
  Question: My family and I live in a 36 year old tongue-and-groove log cabin. The interior of the house is a flat uniform wall. The exterior logs are somewhat rounded and not uniform. Orignally there was some kind of caulking/insulation strips between the logs in the tongue and grooves. I can feel cold air coming in between the logs. How do I seal/chink the house to prevent drafts without changing the exterior look?
  Question: we are thinking of using 2" x 12" x 16 ruff cut dried cedar planks for exterior siding on our MN cabin in the woods, we saw this with 1" chinking between the planks, but wondering how to install this properly, best stain,chinking,wrap, maintenace problems?
  Question: We built a log home out of spruce logs. This is are first winter in are new home, and have noticed checking about a 1" or more on vertical bearing logs that are in the loft holding are purlins up. Do we have anything to worry about and can we fill these checks with something?
  Question: We have a 30 year old log cape-style with horizontal log traversing cathedral ceiling in upstairs portion of house, no rafters. We are re-roofing and the contractor has begun to screw down plywood. We are now noticing existing horizontal checks are growing longer and deeper. Is this a problem and is the contractor making those cracks worse?
  Question: I built a log home 2 years ago with 6x12 square logs.It has the chink groove cut into the logs only 1/4 inch deep by about 2 inches. I have a wrap around porch so I'm not worried about any moisture getting on the walls. I am considering painting the chink groove with an exterior paint.Is this ok or should I use something else.It is white pine and has been stained.
  Question: Hello...great site..we bought a log cabin that is about 10 years old and it has never had any kind of sealer applied to it. It also has about 2 to 3 inches of chinking between the logs. I guess it will need blasted then sealed how do you keep from getting stain on your chinking?
  Question: I have a log house that is so cold and drafty!!! We live in the northeast. Can I chink just the inside or will this cause moisture problems if I don't do the outside too? My logs are round with a small arc cut on the bottoms to sit on the log below. What product/method do you suggest?
  Question: We have a white pine milled log cabin we have constructed. The logs fit tite with a gasket and calking between the logs. The edge of the logs have been draw knifed to give an apperance of a chinking line. The gap is 3/8 in. deep and about 3 in. wide. What do you suggest I use to fill the gap.
  Question: We have a 6-8 year old log home with synthetic chink- there are small gaps/cracks in the chinking that you can feel the cold air through!
What is the best way to remedy this?
  Question: Do square logs need chinked or chaulking to seal to make them weather tight or do you just screw log to log
  Question: We have a 30 year old pine log house in Prince Edward Island. The logs are 4"wide x 6" and the exterior seems to have been well caulked. The exterior has been finished with Sikkens 1-2-3. On the east wall (which has 3 large windows that were replaced last year) we always get leaking during Nor'easter rain storms. Can I apply vinyl siding to that wall to stop the problem?
  Question: We took down a family cabin built in 1983.Now its up new roof etc.Logs are not rotten,but in bad shape and it sat off so now there are gaps as well none of the gaps are more than 1". I am using a grinder on the interior and waiting to do the exterior until after winter.We are going to have someone Permachink (we hope this is best for here in Central BC)?Can I use a Sikkens Interior Log Product and still caulk or if necessary Chink.We hope to only chink the exterior,but we may end up having to do
  Question: We are looking to buy a log home and we had an inspector go out and look at it. He said he could not tell if they chinked the inside or not? Can you tell a big difference in chinking from the outside and inside?? You can tell the outside has been chinked but not the inside. HELP!!
  Question: I need to replace some chinking between logs and a stone fireplace, what product is best in the northeast?
  Question: I am cleaning and re caulking the exterior of my logs. Should i use latex or latex acrylic caulk or is there any difference. I am not caulking checks, just horizontal at each course. Thanks John A Mote
  Question: I have an old growth stand of oak, spruce, beech, yellow birch, and rock maple. I want to sell the wood as cutom orders for special projects due to the quality of the wood.
I got a person wanting to buy a log to make a mast for the their sailboat. And also, how do I find plank prices on the net? We have aged hardwood planks that have been drying for 20 years.
  Question: I recently began removing and re-chinking a log home in Door County, WI. I used a recipe of 6 parts silica sand and 4 parts type M mortar. The logs were kept dry and much of the work was done in the sun. The next day we had several hair line vertical cracks. What causes the cracks? How do I need to change the recipe to prevent the cracks? Do I need to redo the chinking?
  Question: We are trying to decide on the color of the chinking for our log home. The logs are a dark cherry color. The windows and doors are white aluminum.
  Question: I have a fairly new log home built with 6x8 D logs. Gaps have opened up between logs pretty much everywhere, some as wide a 1/4 inch. Previous owner has gone in a caulked to fill in voids. What do yo recommend short of covering logs with siding?
  Question: I own a 50+ year old log cabin that was originally chinked with oakum. I am preparing to chink the interior. In a number of places the oakum has come out of the log spaces, but in many places it is solidly in place. Can I apply chinking (Weatherall or Permachink) directly over the oakum, or must it be removed and replaced with a modern backer rod of some sort?
Thanks for your help.
  Question: I'm stripping my logs with sodium hydroxide. Will this harm the caulking on the logs? It is Log Builder caulking.
  Question: why does my roof leak in the winter,have 4 inches of high r plus a 3/4 air gap
  Question: I am building a small guest cabin here in northwest Florida out of long needle pine logs I cut off our property. They vary in size from 11 inches wide to 8 inches wide, and are from 9 inches to 7 inches in thickness-height. I am lapping on coarse, the butting the next coarse , then lapping the next, spiking them with 10 inch galvanished spikes. To do this I have to drill about a 3 inch hole and drive the spikes into the log below. So (1)is it okay to fill these holes with Liquid Nails caulking?
  Question: We have a 45 year old log cabin in the foothills of the Adirondacks. The bottom logs have rotted to point that we cut off the ends and filled with mortar cement. We get up to 400 inches of snow a winter and the snow is against it until late April. We would like to maintain the interior log look but must cover the outside to save this cabin. We want to make repairs to bottom log (s). One problem we have is that we built on an addition to the end of camp and it would be difficult to get at those l
  Question: Getting a neat chink line around the joints of our saddle notched logs isn't as easy as I expected. Any suggestions on technique for this?
  Question: Following advice, we filled all upward-facing checks in our logs with a product called Check-Mate. I read that you don't recommend this procedure because it can promote rot. So, now what? We are in a semi-arid climate.
  Question: We are interested in doing some chinking for our son (log home builder) and have experience on our own home but have no idea how much to charge. The house in question is about 2000 sq feet with D logs, to be chinked on the outside only, they will supply everything we will only charge labor. Cost?
Thank you
  Question: i installed a humidifier in my 10 year old loghome. mylogs startd checking on th interior. Why?
  Question: We have a three year old log home. The house has settled and we have numerous places where the logs on the interior and exterior have separated. How often should you tighten down a log home and how many turns etc. do you make at each corner.
  Question: My log home is caulked is oil base it needs to be redone and it is very hard to get a good smooth line.I was told that all you can do is use your finger with baby oil on it.can you tell me if there is any other way.this is a nightmare Thank you
  Question: We recently purchased a square pine log home that is 20 yrs old. some of the interior and exterior logs are showing gaps, but not all. with the square style, should i chink or just place a sealent between all the logs. all the pictures i see iwth chink have the round style, but the interior is square. I want to get this solved before it gets worse. I also wanted to know how to get 20 yr old paint off of logs or should i just cover it.
  Question: I was reading your Chinking vs. Mortar page and it disappeared. Can't find it!!! Important I read it as I'm doing a 1500 sf addition to my "new" kit log home with 200-yr-old logs. I want to use mortar but afraid it will crack and crumble. HELP!
  Question: I have become the owner of a hand hewn log home built 1930. I need to find something to fill in the space between the logs. The orignal mud is missing in between most logs.
  Question: I have always dreamed of having a log home however a friend of mine said they they are alot of work to maintain. I know nothing about them other that they are beautiful. Could you please tell me what is required in maintaining them.
  Question: My 1000 sq. ft. log home is about 8yrs old and sits on concrete slab. I have found drafts between the bottom log and concrete. I originally used silicone chaulk a few months ago but with the cold winter there was movement of logs causing 1/4" air drafts in a few areas. I know I must scrape out the silicone and chaulk or chink but which one? Will one adhere better between wood and concrete? Is there anything that improves conrete adhesion other than clean and dust free? I am a new log home
  Question: Hello,
We bought a 3 story butt and pass system log home. The previous owner put in mortar chinking, but my family and I don't like it. We do not want to replace all the chinking, but go over it with the synthetic chinking. Is that possible?

Grant S.
  Question: I am considering the purchase of a log home built in 1975ish, It has the d-logs but the logs themselves are only about 2-1/2 inches thick and 4 inches high with t&G. I live in PA and I am afraid that this place hard/expensive to heat because the walls are so thin.
Will I need to build insulated walls inside of the house to be able to heat the place? Is this house a loser and I should walk away?
  Question: restoring log home built in 1700's. permachink is just too costly for this size home can you recommend a recipe for something or could i use joint between logs is about 3-5". thanks
  Question: We are presently building a log home. We are doing a lot of the work ourselves. A family member came in this weekend to help us caulk the logs. Much to my dismay, he got caulk all over the logs and did a VERY poor job. Is there anyway to get the caulk off of the logs once it has dried without compromisiing the integrity of the logs?
  Question: I am considering purchasing a 30 y/o log home in southern Oregon. There are significant checks in the logs. Since the climate is very wet in winter, does this necessarily mean the house will need extensive repairs and/or do you know of anyone in my area that works on log homes?
  Question: I am rechinking an old log cabin, about 150 years old. I have seen the synthetic chinking and have also seen recipes for making chinking as well. I was wondering which one is actually the best? Someone told me that the synthetic chinking traps moisture behind the chink because it can't breathe. So which one is best?
  Question: Hi,
I live in Romania and I hired a contractor to build a beautiful log house for my family. The logs they will use are 35 cm wide and they said they have a special method of putting them together (they make 5 incisions in the logs) that will not permit humidity and other stuff to get in. The thing is that in Romania nobody does chinking, but after I studied few internet sites I think is a good idea to chink the logs after construction. Can you
recommend any products and approximate quantati
  Question: just finished chinking with homemade chinking cement sand,lime,mortar mix . how long before we can seal or paint it thank you for your help
  Question: I have been offered logs from a old dismantled 2 story log home, these logs have been laying on the ground exposed to the elements for about 20 years. I have not viewed them yet, could they possibly be restored or have they been exposed to long? Thank you, Kathy
  Question: As to a bark-on spruce log building 80+ yrs old, the oakum chinking needs to be re-done, can or how does one make their own, or can I use the oakum that is for marine use?
  Question: you recomend adding lime to chinking recipe - 1 part mortar mix, 1 part portland cement and 5 parts white sand so how much lime do i add? thank you. we are rechinking a 1870 log cabin.
  Question: have 30 yr old cedar log home - w/plank pine or cedar floors. Need to fill 1/4"-1/2" cracks between planks - concerned about filling with wood filler - afraid filler will fall apart as boards move from walking and moving furniture etc. - is there a good alternative or are my concerns unfounded. Appreciate your valued advice!
  Question: Is energy seal applied pre or post staining? I would like to stain before the temps drop below the reccomended temp during stain application
  Question: Your thoughts on using a stainable woodfiller (Minwax)to fill insect holes and groove in logs prior to staining w/ latex stain.
  Question: what can i use for a clear top coat over stain on the exterior of a deck that will hold up to the elements. polyurethane does not hold up. is there an epoxy or a marine product i can buy?
  Question: We have a 75 year old cabin. The chinking strips are very wide (abount 4 in). On both the exterior and interior chinkong, there are sections that have fell off in chunks. While no gaps are showing, the appearance has led to the state rangers inspections to have us fix them. It appears that the chinking is mortar-based. Wht is the best way to repair this and keep a cohesive appearance? Would the synthetic chinking material make it look "patched"? I also noticed chinking peeled away fro the
  Question: We purchased hand hewn timbers to remodel a basement to look like a cabin. We treated the timbers with borate and are ready to put them on the wall. The timbers are of different widths but our plan was to space them 3-5 inches apart. The depth of the timbers is close to 2 inches. Can I use chicken wire as a backer or would something else work better. We were going to put mortar as the chinking but want it a very light grey color. What is your recommendation.
  Question: The exterior Tamarack logs on our old cabin have a lot of cracks...some larger than others...the chinking seems to be ok...maybe lifted on the feathering edge a bit, but during heavy rains, I fear that rain is being driven into these cracks, both large and small. I may be all wet myself, but am wondering if concocting a wet cement and then sponging it over the logs...maybe jamming some extra cement into the larger cracks... does this idea have any change of working or should I slow down and me
  Question: 30 yr old log cabin w/ 6-8" exposed log interior chinked w/ mortar/lime. I want to apply a clear sealer via tank sprayer to reduce dust collecting and smoothe surface.What product do you recommend?
  Question: old log cabin w/ 2" white oak flooring . How best to fill the 1/4 to 1/2 inch gaps in the floor. I have been using rope and polyurethane.
Not concerned with color or beauty...
  Question: Log home needs help... leaks badly when it rains, rotting logs, drafts, etc.
Can you refer qualified contractor or indivual to evaluate and give recommendations, @ Harrisburg, MO area. From reading all these posts, sound like buying log home was a BAD idea!
  Question: Hi There ~
I am planning on building a log cabin out of juniper that is on my place can you recommend a chinking method would like to do it the way
the old timers did but would like your recomendations ? I have also heard of people putting insulation between the logs what is your thought on this?
Thanks for your time an help it is much appreciated!
  Question: The north side of my 28 year old pine log home needs at least 50' of logs replaced. I typically replace the outer side of the logs only. Other logs are not so bad and I have been using a combination of liquid epoxy and impel rods to arrest the rot. My question is when is it time to replace a log rather than try to save it. Also, can epoxy sealers go hand and hand with impel rods and boricide?
  Question: Most of the logs in our Alabama cabin are 160 years old. The square logs are 6" x 18" The gap between the logs varies from 1/2" to 3". I plan to re-chink. Dad put pieces of wood between the logs for insulation when he chinked with mortar in the 70s. Should I take out the wood. I was thinking of adding wool rope or Styrofoam behind the grip strip for the larger gaps. What do you recommend?
  Question: I have a contractor who has recommended Dow CWS as a chinking material. He says it will hold up well and can be stained over if we don't want a contrast. What is your opinion on the durability of this product and it's use as a chinking material? Will stain (Sikkens) adhere to this material satisfactorily? Thanks for your help. gary
  Question: I would like to re-chink my hand hewn doug fir log cabin with 8 in rounds. Should the perma-chink go over the current mortar chink or do I chip out the mortar, clean/stain the wood, install grip -strip and re-chink. What is the "right"/best way to proceed for lasting repair/good investment over time? Thanks
  Question: Should I paint a Log Cabin before or after chinking? Thanks, Tony
  Question: We just acquired a small log cabin and are in process of adding a 2-storey stick-framed addition (apologies to purists!) What products are out there to fill the gaps between the log walls and flat walls? The cabin is very tight, though 30 yrs old, and doesn't have or need chinking. Thanks for any advice you can give us.
  Question: Is there any stores in ohio that sells woodguard stains. I live in west-central ohio near marysville. Thank you.
  Question: log home has no insulation around windows/doors either inside or outside. How do I seal around windowsand doors?
  Question: What would you suggest to fill large gaps in the logs themselves? I have 1 to 1.5 inch gaps in the actual logs on the outside. If the gaps are facing down, they are not a problem. However, some gaps face upwards, where water flows into and remains. Thanks.
  Question: Hi - I rent a 3-sided log house in Interior Alaska. I get some major drafts from some cracks in the logs that are between 1/4 and 1/2 inch wide in places - especially at the corners. I've been told that all three sided log places should have cracks chinked because they are so drafty. Reading through your website, it appears you don't recommend filling them because they require a lot of upkeep. My landlord wants to fill with spray foam. I'm not crazy about that idea but it's not my place. De
  Question: Log cabin built in 1992. Owner used any kind of sealant he could find for chinking. I would like to pressure wash/clean re-stain and chink. It that the sequence, staining then chinking? Thanks.
  Question: i have a question, ..i have real large gaps where the logs have torn open the whole log it self. and the beams have twisted during the winter, i tighted the bolts but still have large gaps lots of wind comes in, i had the outside seams filled with seal, but the door part has opened twice as big, what should i leak, draft comes in and also bugs of many sizes. i need help
  Question: cracks in my chinking, interior and exterior. Very drafty in the winter. Not to mention the bee's and bugs that find there way in. I have roughly 2+ inch chinking. can I chink over gaps and blend it in? What product do you recommend?
  Question: I have a old log cabin built in the forties, that has several coats of red paint on it. Will corn cob blasting work to strip this old gem back to raw wood? If so, what grit is recommended?
  Question: We are refinishing a log home built in the 80's I already pressure washed it before I read your web site. What do I do now? how long before it is safe to stain? I was told that you have to use grip strip under energy seal caulking and chinking. The smallest grip strip is 3\4 so your caulking lines are going to be 3/4 to cover the grip strip. Also can you use grip strip in the corners where the logs come together (the zipper) or it is better to use backing rod? Please help. Everyone I ask has a
  Question: I have an eight year old square log home. I recently noticed that there is a gap in the top of the dining room window and under cabinates. Whicte foamy morsels have been periodically dropping from these gaps. I am wondering if a critter has disturebed some insulation put around these areas. Should I chink around the interior window and cabinate? Does this white foamy stuff sound like insulation...It squished down in my fingers. Also, is there a certain type of chinking safe for indoors...I
  Question: We are building a 6x8 D log log home and are in the process of stacking the logs now. From the inside they are not lining up as perfectly as we saw in the model. Some logs are slightly warped and some just seem to be slightly different depth than the others leaving a not so even appearance on the inside. The log home company said they will replace the really warped logs but they would need to replace about 75% to get that model smooth appearance. Is this normal? Should we try to plane some of th
  Question: I was also wondering if there is someone available who can come in and tell me what needs to be done and what I can do to fix some things that bother me. I live in Willow, Alaska
  Question: I just purchased a log home. The interior chinking is not very neat. It is not at all smooth and has dripped onto some of the logs. How can I repair this.
I also wanted to know why some of the logs on the interior are not as shiny. Do they need to be restained?
  Question: we just purchaed an awesome log home and moved in feb. we had a very bad storm which resulted in massive water coming into our first floor living room. there is also water coming into the mst closet and bedroom. the previous owners did not disclose anything to us about the water and have since told us that they had water numerous times before. re-chinking was done in sept of 2007 and the house is only 5 years old....any thoughts. we are very nervous about what is going on behind the wall an
  Question: I have a red pine log home with a stone fireplace and chimney. The prior owner had problems with birds and other animals getting between the chimney and the logs. There is an approx. 1.5-2.5 inch gap between the home and the chimney. They put insulation and then spray foam to seal the gap. I'm in the process of removing the foam and insulation because of it holding water and turning the logs black around the chimney. What would be the best way to seal this area and keep the logs from rotting be
  Question: Home, Bulid. 2004, (1200sq.ft )chinking not done right around windows, and on ouside logs, looks like contractor use old chinking, (morter), had ESt. for Perma-chink, taking out some of the old, and covering some of the old,
and restainig with perma stain and top coat, they where going to pressure wash then chink and stain, I know this is not going to be cheap, but thought $23,595.00 was way to much is this out of line is their somthing less coastly to use, we are trying to get other Est.
  Question: I've been contacted by an old lady who is building a log home for help. The house is located in Arkansas.

Her logs were left exposed for 10 months. Her contractor got to dry-in this winter and turned on propane heaters.

The logs immediately turned black with mold.

The contractor has told her that he's applied a "BRAND NEW" EPA Approved mildecide for interior use. He told her it's so nontoxic that you could lick the stuff but it kills the mold.

He says that he has applied oil
  Question: The chinking of the garage was not finished by the previous owner. I would like to finish it. It is hard to justify the expense of the perma chink for a garage. Do you have a formula for mortar chink. I have to cut some corners somewhere this chink repair and rechink is getting expensive.
  Question: my windows and doors in my new southland loghome needs to be insulated. what do you recommend I use, spray foam or caulking ? perhaps something of your preference.
  Question: I'm working on restoring a 70 to 80 year old barn. I would like to keep the original outside walls, that are in good shape. You can see through the vertical wood walls as with any barn in this age range. There are gaps of 1/2 to 1.5 between each board. I'm looking for a material that can be placed on the inside of the walls to prevent moisture(rain) from penetrating without compromising the exterior old look or rotting it. The material would have to run to the floor to keep water out. I plan o
  Question: Thankyou for your answer regarding our drywall concerns. You advised 2x4 and 6mm poly but didnt mention insulation.Should we use pink insulation?,styrofoam,or no insultaion.
We live in a northern climate.Thank you
  Question: Hi. I just bought a 15-year old Appalachian-style log home In W. KY in Sept and now have discovered that after a hard freeze, when it warms up, our walls are leaking inside where the roof meets the walls. The dripping water is only in a few areas scattered around the house and is coming from behind 4-inch wide trim. Where do I start? Thanks for your help. Pam
  Question: We are renovating our 200 yr old, hand hewn log cabin,we would like to drywall certain areas(all outsidewalls).Do we use the convetional method 2x6 insulation,6mm poly, and drywall.I am concerned about mold. How do we drywall the inside of our log cabin properly.
thx df
  Question: My summer log cabin is for summer use only. I am thinking of chinking the outside to keep the inside rustic and natural looking. My main goal is to avoid air and water seepage. Is this an appropriate way of proceeding? Can chinking be for outside use? If so, is chinking paintable and made to withstand cold winters?
  Question: I'm working on a portion of a log wall that was built in 1857. My problem is i don't know what to do about sealing the wall so that the loose mud will not fall out . The wall is exposed in our new family addition.
  Question: I purchased a log home buil in 1987. The chinking appears to a board with a permanent textured finish. It fits into a grove in the upper log and butts against a lip in the lower log. Several of these boards are water damaged due to an improperly installed deck. The deck is now a porch, can I purchase these boards anywhere or is there another suitable chinking method?
  Question: Hello, I have a log cabin one year old and i have already caulked the front of it, i mean i caulked all the checks. Will it be ok, now that i know you say not to do that. What should i do?
  Question: We recently buily a home and used the flat log siding which has the chinking stripes in it. We have stained it. Can I use a latex paint and add sand to this to paint the stripes to make it look like chinking? There are no gaps it is solid and I just want the look and not the actual thickness of real chinking.
  Question: I am wanting to replace the wood chinking in an 100 year old cellar. I want to replace with traditional wood chinking. What type of wood shims do I use and what should the width be?
  Question: I just bough a 20 25 year old post and beam home and fround some lasge cracks in the exposed roof beams. what do I do to fix it? The beam runs 20 feet and just a section is split..
  Question: Our recently purchased western cedar log cabin was built around 1974. Other than dusting, should the interior walls be cleaned regularly? If so, what should we use? Thanks,
  Question: my interior log walls (only 18 months old) are oozing white stains....what is that?
  Question: When using pre-mixed mortar, should lime be added to the mx?
  Question: Our log home is built with tongue-in-groove logs which sit flat on each other with afoam gasket seal. The seal has deteriorated so we need to caulk or chink, also around all windows & doors to fix a couple of water leaks. Then we would clean the logs & stain. The gaps between logs are at most 1/4". What material do we put in here to seal?
Can you suggest a contractor in southern NH who does this kind of work?
  Question: Do you know anyone in the Island Park Idaho area thar does log chinking/staining? We have a 8 year old log home that has never been chinked.
  Question: For the chinking mixture I have a recipe for 1 part morter mix 1 part portland cement 5 parts sand. Would that be red sand or white sand?
  Question: have just purchased a log cabin that was built in 1999. We have mold around the interior of the house. I use a blower a to clear the outsid foundaution and found dirt on the inside of the house witch came through the logs and the foundation. Do I still use CPES?
  Question: We are considering buying a 1990 log home. Current owner is BIG smoker- will smoke odor stay in logs? What could we do to eliminate it? We are very new to log cabins. Thanks for any help!
  Question: I have a log cabin, maybe 70 years old. The chinking is in fairly good shape, but there are a few spots I'd like to replace becasue it has cracked or drop out. It is almost a chalk like make up. I'd like to get a few different recioes to try and match this as close as I can. Do you have any recommendations as to what to try? It is almost white in color, versus the cement gray.


  Question: Our 1933 log home has hand hewed wood chink in good shape, but many 1/8" and larger gaps are evident between the logs and the wood chink. The logs were harvested from the property and many of the upper logs are less then 8" diameter and some as small as 5 & 6 inches.
What is the best way to restore and re-chink this house?
  Question: We are going to install pine plank siding to our home. 1" x 10" with 1 1/2" space betwen planks. Is it necessary to score the back side of the planks? Also, we like the mortar chinking. Is the chinking installed before the pine planks are installed? What is the best recipe?
  Question: Bought a house with d-logs on first level and siding on the second. We don't trust( from what we've heard) the man was his own contractor when building this home. Now we've been trying to pick up the pieces. Anyway we cant see where caulking was used outside the house. We have no leaks, but would like to be sure on how to maintain a t& g, D-log home from rot and rain in future? Are there some log homes you dont chink or caulk? Any suggestions or remarks. Thanks
  Question: Our log home was built in 1979 and does not have any chinking. Is chicking a must or just a preference? I really don't like the way it looks. Can chinking be colored to match the logs?
  Question: Is it necessary to insulate under a log cabin. I am renting one now and there is no insulation under the house. I was told that it is not necessary. I'm worried what the heating bill will run this winter without it.
  Question: We have a 100+ year old home thats skeleton is squared off logs. We are currently remodeling and hoping to keep one small portion of the log wall exposed. We have removed all the old chinking and would like to re-chink. The logs are unevenly spaced. The chinking would be for aesthetics only not for weather protection at all. Do you have any recommendations for cleaning and chinking? Also I see you don't recommend foam for filler but would that be the same recommendation for an interior wall? T
  Question: The log cabin was built in the 1980's. The front and back are under porches and shielded from the sun. The logs in the front and back have turned black in color. The sides are brownish, bleached from the sun in Fla and need restaining. How do we get the black off the front and back logs, so the new stain will be the same all over???? HELP
  Question: We just erected a new log home on the Western Slope of Colorado (Collbran, CO). Can you recommend someone in this area that can stain & chink our log home?? We have received one quote but would like to get a couple more.
Thanks in advance for your reply!
  Question: I am thinking about purchasing a log home in the Central Florida. I would like to know how strong is a caben agent a hurrican and the maintenance of the wood for the weather conditions?
thank you for your time.
Milton Lopez
  Question: We just purchased a log home that was built in 1999. We are planning on restaining the outside. The exterior has not been stained since being built and there is an addition that has not been stained at all. I was wondering what the best way would be to go about refinishing our home.
  Question: when you say caulk the log cracks what type do you recamend.That will stay in and how do you sugest application of it.Also can you explain how and what to rechink with.old concrete is now between and falling out of logs. historic log cabin.
  Question: We are building a log home in northern NY, some of the roof purlins and interior logs have mildewed. How can I clean them without pressure washing or leaving bleached spots on the logs. what type of application
  Question: We have a very drafty log home. We had ithe outside chaulked with latex chaulking last spring. This past winter we found out that did not help. What would you suggest we try? Chinking? Inside or outside? If yes to chinking, do you know someone in our area? Crystal Lake, IL (40 miles nw of chicago.)
  Question: We are building a red pine log home.Now that the roof is on and the windows are in we have a lot of fungus and mold. Logs were treated with a fugicide, . They were winter cut. Lots of blue stain and wet. Can we stain?
  Question: We bought a log home built with black mastic asphalt roof sealant as chinking. We are remodeling putting in new windows and straightening the log courses. We need to rechink and do not want to use the mastic. Where can I find a black chinking that I can place over the old mastic that would be chemically compatible?
  Question: Can I caulk or seal checks in interior logs for cosmetic reasons up to 3/4 inch wide
  Question: Can i use spray foam between the logs to fill the gaps and insulated and then chink over it?
  Question: we have an 11 year old Scandiavian scribed 1.5 storey home.
This year I noticed rot in a butt end overhanging the deck and more rot in the bottom log beside the deck.
We do not have rain gutters, should we install them after the logs have been repaired?
The builder, who originally advised us not to add gutters, intends to replace the butt end log, and pour epoxy into the other bottom log.
  Question: Want to cob blast exterior of log home and stain. What type of stain should be used. Live in Wooster Ohio, need to find someone to cob blast exterior. Can you help find someoen? Thanks
  Question: We are about to purchase a 16x18 log cabin that has no chinking. we've looked into latex chinking but it's quite a bit more expensive than we were looking to spend (the cabin is temporary while we build). it's been suggested that we use cement but we're concerned that it will shrink. do you have any suggestions?
  Question: I have a new log home built last year. We've had two very big rain storms w/ wind driven rain. Both storms results in major leakage around the windows on the south and west sides. Should they be removed recaulked and reinstalled? Thanks, Phil
  Question: Would you know of someone in my area (Lake George,NY) who can corn blast and stain & chink my log home??
thank you
  Question: I own a log home built in 1999.
We are looking to have it media blasted back to bare wood and then restain. My problem is that I live near St. Louis and, short of going down to the Ozarks, there doesnt seem to be any dealers in my area who handle the cob blasting. I am still undecided regarding actually doing this myself or not, but would like to get a quote. Do you know of any contractors in or around the St. Louis area who do cob blasting?
  Question: Have a cabin built from used power poles - plan to sandblast , seal & chink w/permachink or mortar. Best sealer?? would 2nd coat of sealer after chinking be necessary?
  Question: help, the wood hornets are eating my home up.its about 10yrs.old an mever been treated. jan
  Question: We had a log home built this past year and nothing was used between the logs to prevent drafts. If we should caulk the complete exterior, please give me details as to what all that includes. And what is the difference between chink and caulk. Thanks for your help.
  Question: We nned to remove the old caulking from our cabin built in 1980. What is the best way to remove this caulking?
  Question: We just purchsed a 200 year old hand hewn log home. How do I care for the logs.The logs are brown in some parts but grayish in others. Also wood peckers have put holes in the foam chinking. How do I repair them?
  Question: Who does corncob blasting in central IL?? Is rental equipment & material available for do-it-yourselfers??
  Question: we recently bought and had built a new log home as did my inlaws but the logs are different they are supposed to be engelmann spruce i think my inlaws are but mine when we went to stain turned black in the parts that are blue stained every log in my walls are blue stained the man building it said when the company runs out of engl.spruce they send these blue stained logs my wife hates the color since i had to stain it orangey is there someone who can test my logs to see what they are could these
  Question: At Breezy Point Resort we have log stucture that was build in the 1920's, The Fawcett House. It has dark chocolate chip stain on it now and in need of re-finishing. We are wondering about cracks in the logs, do we fill them before re-finishing.
  Question: I have a pine log home that has been painted with SherW latex. There are many checks on the exterior 1/16th"-1/8th " some of which are letting in cold air. Is there a paint you could recommend that would seal the checking?
  Question: We recently bought a house built in 1930- it has squared log walls but has vinyl siding on the outside- the gaps between logs are 1/8 inch to an inch wide and are filled with some sort of bark- the filling falls out and is quite drafty. What should we use for insulation and chinking, especially because we don't have access from the outside and the gaps are very different sizes? thanks!
  Question: I am getting ready to build a new log home. I am going to use 10" full logs with swedish cope and saddle notched corners. Where could I find information on the proper ways of sealing between the logs, saddle notches and corners and also constructing and sealing around the windows and doors ? I want all of this to be done right from the beginning during construction. Thanks

  Question: Will borate keep wasps and bumble bees away from a log home, as well as all the other types of bugs ? If I apply borate to a new log home before staining and clear coating, is it totally bug proof for many many years ? Someone told me they used borate, but it only helped for a couple years and then the bugs and woodpeckers drove him nuts and he sold his log home and said he would never have another one, although he loved the homeyness and atmosphere very much. Thanks for any help and advice.
  Question: I just finished gutting out out a 1850's log house. Do I take all the old wood pieces out before chinking? If so what should I put in its place so that it will be insulation in between the logs? Jim
  Question: Have a log cabin built of old used power poles. Need recommendations for sealing inside/out for prevention of any creosote? leakage.
  Question: I am getting ready to build a new log home. I am going to do all of the work myself. It will be full round logs with swedish cope and saddle notched corners. My question is, on all outside vertical posts on porches, decks and larger vertical support logs, should I seal the ends of these with anything before installing and if so, with what ? Also the porch and deck rails and spindles, should I seal the ends that go into the joints before assembling them ? Once they are in place, there would
  Question: We are currently ready for the chinking process on the interrior of our cabin. In order to save a little money on the Permachink we were thinking of putting cement in the 1.5" gaps between the cedar planks. Then cover the cement with a thin layer of Permachink. Will their be any problems with this in the future? It is a log facing cabin.
  Question: I am getting ready to build a new log home. Why do 99.9% of all pictures of log homes I see, they have no gutters ? I definately like the look better, with no gutters. Can a log home be built in a certain way the you would not need gutters ? Thanks
  Question: I am getting ready to build a new log home that I have dreamed about for over 30 years. There is not a look I love more. After reading all of the many problems others have with log homes, now I am extremely discouraged. I am the type of person that if I like something well enough, I am willing to go to extra trouble to have it and go to the extra trouble of it's upkeep, but I have read so many horror stories and it seems like there is so much upkeep to be done and the chances of these proble
  Question: I am getting ready to build a new log home. Because log homes have so much wood inside and out that I will be staining and clear coating, I have strong concerns about a safe stain and clear cloat I could use that is prooven to not be toxic in any way and I'm even afraid of hearing ten years down the road that what I used and thought was safe was now prooven to be highly toxic. What would you recommend? Thanks
  Question: I am getting ready to build a new log home. Exactly what is a borate treatment and is it toxic in any way ? Thanks
  Question: We are building a new log home and are ready to stain/seal the exterior. Woodgaurd came with the kit. My question is Permachink a better product with less maintenance? We are do-it-yourselfers and want to use the best product. Which would you recommend Woodguard or Permachink?
  Question: Should pine,tongue & grove logs be treated with a varnish or stain on the back before installing? Does it have to be stained the first year?
  Question: We are building a NEW cabin and are ready to corn blast and sand. Once done, what is the proper order of application of stains and chinking etc.
  Question: We have a 20 year old cabin and the interior has never been finished so the logs have just darkened over time. What is the best method to lightened the logs?
  Question: My buddy and I took down a 1900 log home and reserected it at the lake we almost to the chinking stage but now face a problem. When the log home was built it was covered over with 4 inches of mud and grass on both sides of the wall and inbetween the logs were large pieces of wood as it was filedl with more mud and such. We want the cabin to have all its beauty so we are not going to cover over the logs...there are gaps along the logs some upwards of 4 or 5 inches..what is the best and cheapest t
  Question: We have a 12 year old hand peeled log home. The front of the house gets a lot of sun and has many small checks in most of the logs. We have used Conceal to take care of the large checks, but what can we do about all of the other checks that have formed? Someone recommended sealing them with the conceal as well, but this gives it a "plastic" look.

Any suggestions?
  Question: I have a 15 year old saddle fitted Douglas fir log home that has leaked on all exterior wall from day one. The design leaves no room for chinking, so how can we go about fixing this problem be fixed? My nerves are shot!
Thanks, Chris
  Question: I am building a new cottage in NC. One of the rooms will be made to look like a square log cabin. I intend to use i" thick planks spaced with 1.5" wide strips of wood 1/2" thick. I then want to fill the remaining 1/2" space with cement as chinking. Will the cement stick?
  Question: What is the best to do on outside of log home. Caulk/Chink? Which lasts the longest, which looks the best? I don't find any real hard answer to that question.
  Question: Where can I buy Oakum?
  Question: I am building a small hunter cabin kit. My question is what caulk do you recommended to put down a bead in-between each log as I lay it down? I really didn't want to buy the dealers $7.00 per tube caulk, seems a bit excessive. Is Energy Seal what you would recommend for this?
  Question: we are looking to buy a log cabin that was built in 1978 there are some issues with it, there are some gaps between the logs about 1/4" what is the best way to seal the gaps? also there are some small holes bored in the logs, most are the size of a pencil lead and some are about the size of a pencil. what can we do to take care of, this if any?
  Question: We are looking at possibly purchasing a log home that was built in 1984. There are two split logs on one side of the home. Unfortunately, we have not been able to see the extent of the split, as the owner has covered that side of the house up with some type of other wood. We do know that the split does not go into the interior of the home. Does it sound as if these splits would be able to be repaired? Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks - Cynthia
  Question: I just inherited an old one story log cabin. The exterior chinking appears to be mortar. The interior chinking is a mystery material. It looks like it is loose because it is fuzzy, but it is hard to the touch and dark in color. I can not pull it out. This interior chinking seems to function well but it collects dust and Iseem to be allergic to it. Can you guess what it is? Can I apply a latex chinking over it?
  Question: We have a 200 year old clap board house. While installing a new door we realized that it is a split log house with a layer of plaster between the logs and the clap board. I don't want to removed all the siding but would like to expose just the area around the back porch. Will I compromise the heat efficency by tearing off the siding and plaster? If the logs and plaster are sub par what are my options to make it look presentable? I've seen some homes which look like they've painted the pl
  Question: We have a new log home that we built ourself. It is made out of Poplar. What is the best type of stain or sealant to put on the exterior of the home?
  Question: I have a 1-story log home that i would like to cob blast and restain & seal. Is it difficult to do the cob-blasting? I have found a place to rent the machine and buy the cob blast. What steps should follow the blasting?
  Question: we have peeled logs to support our porches. Since installing them last year they haven't been treated, is there anything we can do to get that newly peeled look back? they look dried out and dull. Thanks for any help you can give me!
  Question: how can I fix cracks on yhe inside of my walls.The cabin has settled&there are some cracks about 3 eighths of a inch.a couple a half.
  Question: We just bought a log home that is over 100 years old and is in basically great condition. The spaces between the logs were once filled with concrete and rocks, but a lot of this material has fallen out. I thought that i would put concrete in a "pastry bag" and then squirt it into the opening. What do you think about this idea?
  Question: We are getting ready to chink our new log home & are disappointed that we purchased white chinking. We realize that we can paint over the chinking once it is finished, however, we would rather try to darken the chinking before we start. Do you have any suggestions. Permachink could not help us.
  Question: I am trying to find a caulk which is compatible with Woodguard finish. As suggested by Sherwin Williams, I am removing old caulk, and using MEK to remove it in the cracks, but there will be remnants which could cause their urethane caulk to fail. Any ideas on what type of caulk I can use? Woodguard told me silicone or latex won't be compatible.
  Question: Hi, Can I use Woodguard stain with Logbuilder sealant. The wood is tidewater red cypress. Thank, You-Stan
  Question: We recently purchased a Log Cabin Home that is 10 years old. The previous Owners stated that the home was solid and no leaks. Shortly after moving in we found out that the home leaks on almost every wall. The majority of the water comes in on the West Facing wall (the wall that is exposed to sun light/canyon winds the most). This wall also has balconies on the two upper levels which leak quite a bit where they meet up with the home.

The window trims leak a lot as well. Not the window b
  Question: We just purchased a 1960's log home, that has what appears to be cement used as the chinking (there is a bad under the deck) should I clean out all the concrete and replace with a regular chinking material.


Harold and Cathy
  Question: Is it personal preference whether you chinhk the inside or the outside of a log home.
  Question: The north side is exposed to n. wind and moisture. the home was never chinked properly and has poor sealing. Also i have an insect problem, termites, ants, spiders, roaches. i kno an exterminater can take care of most of that but what concernes me the most is is the insulation, moisture intrusion, termite and carpenter ant damage, and rot. chinking and caulking is my first option but bumble bees are eating holes everywhere. what can i do and what kind of moey am i looking at to restore this home
  Question: The Permachink on the south side of cabin is bubbled up in many spots some the size of baseballs and some strips a foot long. It looks like blue foam board behind the chinking. The chinking needs repair in some spots. Do I re-apply Permachink over the bubbled spots or do I remove old first? Thanks.
  Question: I have some rot in the east wall logs. After the rot is removed and treated.What do you fill the cavity with?
  Question: I am restoring an old, hand hewn poplar log cabin. The logs are about 7-8 inches thick and the space between them is 4-5 inches and at locations 6 inches. They are uneven logs. My concern is if a use round blocker rod, should I use two or cut one in half (for interior and exterior chinking), or is there a better product? Should I glue or mechanically fasten the blocker rod? On that wide of a gap, am I going to have enough stability? I have read everything I can find but nothing really addre
  Question: We have a 21 year old log cabin. It is sealed well, there are no drafts or leaks that we can find. The calking on the outside looks a little weathered and dry on the south side. There are no gaps or major cracks in it. Should we redo the calking? How long should it last? Is there a way to tell what kind of calking was used?

  Question: I am a soldier serving in Iraq. My wife has recently bought a log home in Kentucky. I have seen it for two weeks that I was home. She says the walls were leaking as a result of Hurricane Katrina. She says that all the chinking must be replaced. The house is less than 10 years old. I am not an expert on log homes but this seems extreme. The estimate is between $6000 and $10000 dollars. After reading all the questions people have written I am not sure this sounds correct. The chinking is about 3"
  Question: I'm considering purchasing a pine log home in Gaylord, Michigan. I recently had it inspected. The inspector says that the logs are infested with 4 types of insects and that there is also mold damage. The current owner says that the inspector doesn't know what he's talking about. Help?!
  Question: We moved into a 15 year old cabin about 2 years ago. The logs are saddle-notched, so you can't see the cauking/chinking ( and inside the house, we don't have dry wall on any of the external walls). I've notices that you can feel the heat in the summer (we're in middle GA) and feel drafts in the winter in several places where the logs meet. In one place where a had a picture hanging, it totally mildewed the back of the picture, so I know moisture is getting in too (the humidity here is horrib
  Question: We have a log facing home. We have small patches (10 inches long)of rot in a couple of logs and due to re-modeling, som chinking replacement need in a few other spots (3'x4' spots). How would you recommend that we restore these areas?

  Question: We have been building a log home and noticed the floor in one room feels damp at times. There is a wrap around porch with roof on that side of house, so it couldn't be coming from there. I'm not talking about the finished flooring but the subfloor. We dont want to lay flooring till we know what is causing this. Could moisture be coming through ceiling in basement? Thank you!
  Question: I have 1/2'' to 3/4" cracks in some of my logs,built in 1853, an inspector told me I should caulk them. Should I and if so what kind should I use.
  Question: I just bought a seven year old log home( square logs). These logs were never treated and are weathered (no rot) should i treat them and how
  Question: Really enjoy your website! We own a 1950's, 440 sq. ft. log cabin in China, Maine. The logs have horsehair stuffed between them. We would like to keep the look of the cabin by adding to the existing horsehair where needed. Any suggestions on where to get more?
Thanks. Merilee
  Question: I have an 11 year old log home with Permachink chinking. There are numerous cracks and pull-apart holes in the chinking. One repair service says we should rip everything out, replace the styrofoam backer and re-chink. Another says that's crazy, that all we need is a heavy coat of Permachink chink paint to fill and seal the cracks. What do you think? Will the chink paint or additional Permachink adhere to the old chinking? Thanks for your help.
  Question: Our 4 year old milled log, caulked and backer rod prepared house leaks between the logs and through knot holes. I have re-caulked and filled every crevice I can find. Is there some other way we can seal it from the wind driven rain? Thank You
  Question: Hi,
We live in a 12 yr old log house in New Zealand.
We've found the top corner logs are rotting and we have started digging away at the rot.
Unfortunately it seems to go deeper than we first thought.
Most of the rot is dry and powdery. Is there a simple way of preventing further rot or do we have to remove all the rot as far back as the good wood.
Is there a way we can fix the problem without removing/replacing the logs?
We can protect with flashing once we have treated the problem.
  Question: Have inherited a 25 yr. old hand peeled log cabin which is inhabitable due to flies and ladybugs. Construction is spikes, fiberboard splines and two rows of sticky back black gasket tape about 1/2 in. on each side of spline. Logs are irregular forming ledges with some spaces between logs extrememly small. Almost impossible to get caulk gun into spaces in many places. No sign of water damage but cold air in places. Should I find sheets of black foam, cut it to width and stuff spaces from in
  Question: we have a log cabin built in the early 50's Between the logs burlap and small logs were used. We have found 2 rotten logs on the north side around the fireplace. Should we remove all the original burlap material between the logs and use some chinking or caulking? We want to maintain the original look of the cabin.
  Question: Restoring a 1930 hunting cabin. Would like to keep the esthetics and seal from weather and insects. what would be the best product for owner install?
  Question: I have a 2 year old log home stained with Menwood. I'm not happy with the color or performance. I'm thinking of having it cob blasted & re-stained. Will the caulking that I have already done to the exterior have to be re-done after the cob-blasting?
  Question: We built a log home 4 years ago this house is half round tongue and groove logs. it was a tight house. but now logs have settled and all kinds of drafts come in. Is there a company to caulk the house for us?
  Question: Part of our house is a two story log cabin built pre civil war in Maryland. Strucure is covered, but I have revealed part. Seems to be two logs on top of each other, separated by 5 to 6 inches of space and then repeating. Space was filled with mud and rock. Mud has turned to dirt and can easily be pushed out. I want to refill spaces (Chinking?). What should I use?
  Question: We have a home built of milled red pine logs with tongue and groove. It is 18 years old. My wife pressure washed the house and found that the water entered the house at many points. We live in the Adirondack Region of NY and it is difficult to keep the house warm. Air can be felt entering between logs in many places. Most visible gaps between logs are 1/8"-1/4".
It is now the middle of November and temperatures have been steadily dropping. I would like to address this problem now, rather th
  Question: I just purchased a house originally built in 1750. The main portion of the home is constructed with log timbers (random sizes, some square, etc). The exterior now has aluminum siding... I pulled off the interior paneling (the logs were all covered) and I'm not sure how to get started in cleaning up and preparing the interior wall. The logs are dark brown and look like they've been parged with some type of plaster material. Is it ok for me to break off this material so that I can clean up
  Question: have just purchased a log cabin 1732 sq. ft., one level. this cabin has stack logs (I quess due to the fact that although rounded on the outside top and bottom are flat). My question is there are some spaces, none exceeding 1/2 inch on the top and bottoms of some of the logs do they require chinking? What would you recommend to fill gaps, they are few and far between but nonetheless still there and we wish to live here for a long time.
  Question: We have an outdoor furnace that blows smoke in the direction of one side of the house. The rooms on this side from time to time have a smoky odor. We have never chinked on the exterior nor calked on the interior. Would either of these help to reduce the infiltration of smoke? If so what do you reccomend?
  Question: I have just started working for a local Log Home Builder as a punch-out. I have many handy man skills that are reputible. However, I do not have Log Home experience. My first project was given to me to patch/fill full length cracks (big) in the center of D-logs. What do you recommend? I need answers soon.

  Question: We had a new log home built 4 1/2 years ago. We have had a problem with water leaking through the North and South walls since it was built. They have came back and rechinked and caulked and replaced the batton board on the upper story. This has not helped at all either. What do you think is wrong or what do you think I should do fix this problem. It is ruining our carpet and hard wood floors.
Missy Patton
  Question: What can I use to seal between logs that are tongue and groove and now allowing rain to come in--red cedar logs. thanks
  Question: What can I do to seal the horizontal joints between the logs on my log cabin home? The logs are flat top and bottom with interlocking grooves.
  Question: We own a two story log home in central Florida. When Terminex tented our home for Old House Wood bore three times, the process destroyed the gasket seals between our logs. Now rain blows in between the logs. Chalk cannot be use because the space is too small to apply it. Chink is not practical in Florida. Can you recommend something we can use to seal the spaces between our logs?
  Question: My log home is a bit drafty but I would rather not have visible lines of chink. Is there another option?
  Question: what is the difference between caulking and chinking? what do you perfer?
  Question: I have a cypress sided log cabin. What do i use to restore the cypress. Also the synthetic mortar is losing its water resistance.
  Question: I'm getting ready to restore our log home. Permachink, since the seams are so small between the logs, do I need a backer rod in place before i put the energy seal in, or will it have enough give to apply it directly to the logs?
  Question: we have bought a new log home,when the chinking work was done they left tons of smears on the lovely logs which is an eye sore, what would you reccommend to get the dried chinking off the logs without taking the finish off, thankyou so much for your help with this dilema. kindest regards
Jules Brune.
  Question: We are rebuilding a 100 year old log cabin and we need to now how to mack chink for in it?
  Question: I am restoring a 1940s vintage log cabin -- trying to replace old chinking. I do not want to use the new caulking and chinking products but wish to mix up a mortar or mastic suitable for use between logs. I know the new products are excellent but they don't look vintage. What is the best mixture I can trowel on. Thank you.
  Question: Would you please give me a reciepe/mix for mortar chinking (that contains lime) I have a small cabin and a small repair to do so I would just want to mix a pail or so at a time.
Thanks so much
  Question: My Recently purchased home is made of old barn timbers. While inspecting the Chinking I realized There was little (insulation behind it). I dont want to rechink and reseal. What problems would I encounter, sealing with great stuff doors and windows, or large gap. Bore a hole or two and fill the void. I understand how this should have been done to begin, Im trying to buy time. Thank you, Mark
  Question: I have just purchased a log home and am learing as I go. The experior and interior caulk is latex based and I have read that this is the wrong caulk to use. Should I replace it or should I just caulk over it with the appropriate materials. If I have to remove the latex caulk, are there any tools or techinques to use.

  Question: we found water damage and rotten wood in our recently purchased 11 year old cedar log home. Some of the water came inside along a window during a recent rain. All but 2 sides and one gable have porches. What are the next steps we need to take--to find the entrance of the leak, and repair rotten area (replace or repair )and prevent further leaks. This question is really several, but we would be interested in your opinion. We are do it yourselfers but only up to a certain point.
  Question: Have a log home about 15 yrs old and was never sealed between each log. Called a contractor and he wants to use dap silicone/ latex sealant. Would this be good or is regular chincking better? Would the latex crack and separate after awhle. Thank you Donald
  Question: We have a 2 year old log home that we did not build, but bought from a previous owner. We have had a terrible infiltration of ladybugs and wasps over the last 5 months. We know there are crevices that the builder did not seal well. We are contemplating getting it sealed and caulked. What is the difference between using a "log home" caulk and seal vs the best Lowe's has to offer with their caulk and seal? There is a big price difference. Love this site.
  Question: We are currently re-building and restoring a cabin that was built in 1930. We have found an original chinking recipe to put on the inside walls and were wondering if we needed to put powdered lime over top of it?
  Question: The interior caulking in our log home has cracked. With what and how should I repair it?
  Question: hi i just moved into a log home i noticed that between some logs there is chinking missing in some spots but there is a screen showing where the chinking was what do i use to fix it an also the home is hard to keep warm inside any sugestions
thanks harold

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