How many of you are ready to accept that summer is on its way out? Oh, I know that we have the entire month of August yet, but summertime will soon be fading into a fabulous fall. Fall is probably my favorite season, but as it approaches, some chores must be accomplished and schedules re-introduced. At our house, that means getting in the hay and firewood, cleaning up the gardens and getting ready for school to begin again.
- Make sure you do not have firewood or other debris stacked too near or against the log walls. If you live in an area where you get snow, the stacked wood, being too close to your walls, will trap moisture causing potential problems.
- Inspect for any summertime insect damage or infestation. Look for any piles of "sawdust" around your home. Use any kind of insecticide you feel comfortable with and deal with this right away. A borate based product will be safe for you and your pets.
- Look for any damage created by the hot summer temperatures. UV damage from the sun can sometimes create issues with the stain. Look for discoloration or peeling.
- Keep an eye on any checks in your logs. Are they widening? Do you see new ones? You are looking for any large (1/4"), up-facing checks or checks with signs of bug or water damage. Keep in mind that the length of the crack is not as important as the width.
- Take a look at the condition of the chinking on your home. Make sure it is not pulling away from the logs. You do not want to see any gaps.
Until next time,
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