How To Restore Damaged Logs

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The natural beauty of log homes is hard to dispute. Of course, just like any other type of exterior sidewall, your log home will eventually need some restoration. The problem with restoring natural log walls is that it can be hard to patch and match the texture, grain and shape of an unmilled log. You cannot just go to the lumber store and find a replacement piece of wood to fix a damaged area. However, with a little bit of patience and the right tools, you can learn to patch and repair damaged logs. This article will explain how to restore moderate-sized (about 4" or bigger) holes or rot spots on the exterior walls of a log home.

The key to this remodel is making sure to have the right species of log to work with. In most cases, there will be leftover logs from the initial construction of your home, so most homeowners will have a spare log to use.

Preparing the Log

The first thing you need to do is prepare the damaged part of the log. This means you will probably have to cut out a small section of the log, where you will eventually glue on a piece of the replacement log. If you cut out the sliver, and still see deterioration deep into the log, you can fill the hole with foam mattress insulation or mastic. Later, when you attach the replacement log section, it will cover and seal the hole.

Cutting a Replacement Section

Now, take the piece you just cut out and trace it onto your replacement log. But, when you cut the replacement piece, cut it an inch thicker than the damaged piece. This is the piece that you will retrofit onto your log. You might need to make some running adjustments to get the replacement piece to fit the concave of the cut out area. But, don't be too concerned if there is a mismatched edge, because you will sand and plane it down later. Glue the replacement sliver in place and secure it with a couple of screws. Wait 24 hours for the glue to dry and then remove the screws.

Sand and Shape the New Section of Log

All you have to do now is sand, plane and/or chisel the replacement sliver till it matches the shape of the existing log. Since you are working with natural logs, you might need to purposely make the surface uneven. Do not just sand it down and make it perfectly round and uniform. This part of the job will probably take the most amount of time and patience. It is also important to note that you might have problems with new stain matching old, faded stain. This is why most people stain their entire walls after they make multiple repairs. This way there are no issues with matching tones and sheen of the old and new stain.

This technique will require a little bit of skill in practice, but you will get great results. It will look much better than if you just patch your holes with wood putty.

For professional help with tasks like these, contact a company like Joe Pine Builders Inc.


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