Log Home Care and Maintenance: Everything You Need to Know to Buy, Maintain, and Enjoy Your Log Home

Log Home Care and Maintenance: Everything You Need to Know to Buy, Maintain, and Enjoy Your Log Home

by Jim Olsen Davis

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592283385
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2004
Edition description: First edition
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.48(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

Jim Davis earned a degree in forestry in 1976, and has worked in the log home industry ever since. In 1995, he started his own contracting company that builds, repairs, and maintains log homes in the West and Midwest. Davis also travels throughout the region conducting home-maintenance clinics for log home owners. He lives in Laramie, Wyoming.

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
About the Authorv
Introductionxiii
Why Do This Book?xiii
What This Book Isxv
Why Is Maintenance Important?xv
A Brief Historyxvii
1.Wood Chemistry and Moisture3
Wood Chemistry3
Log Shrinkage6
Equilibrium Moisture Content9
Moisture, Humidity, and Movement12
Testing for Moisture Content13
2.Home Design and Inspection17
Getting Started17
New Construction Design Considerations18
Log Delivery and Construction21
Closing in the Shell23
Existing Homes24
Existing Home Inspection26
Inspection Discussion30
3.Initial Applications39
Initial Log Cleaning39
Cleaners v Brighteners42
Preserving Logs42
Choosing an Exterior Wood Finish45
Finish Application Tips49
Applying the Finish52
Choosing a Sealant57
Backer Rod60
Applying the Sealant62
Weather Considerations64
Applying Caulk64
Applying Chink69
A Proper Bead72
Energy Efficiency72
4.Regular Maintenance75
General Log Component Inspection75
Stripping Methods79
Reapplying Preservatives84
Reapplying Finishes86
Reapplying Sealants88
Compatibility Issues91
5.Log Component Problems93
Weathering93
Rot and Decay96
Insect Damage101
Finish Failure107
Sealant Failure110
6.Log Component Repairs115
Checks and Cracks115
Loose Wood Repair116
Exposed Log Ends118
Epoxy Repairs119
Log Replacement Repairs121
Appendix AEvaluating Contractors127
Appendix BFinish/Sealant Estimating Chart131
Appendix CSample Product Record135
Appendix DInitial Log Home Maintenance137
Appendix EResources141
Glossary147
Bibliography151
Index153

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