Subject: Deteriorated outdoor support logs
Date: Tue, 26 May 1998

Dear Doc,
Thanks for the info. We are ordering the CPES and L&L Resin. My next question is; in your third paragraph you said we may even want to consider following the CPES with pure L&L Resin, does this mean to follow immediately afterward if there are large vacancies inside the logs (by the way we expect that there will be)? If we are to follow immediately afterward with the L&L that will determine how much we should order. You wouldn't believe how many phone calls we made to get this information to no avail. Then the light bulb went on to try the Net. We found you right away and now are on our way to solving a problem no one else had ever heard of. THANKS A MILLION!!!!
Gary and Ce's

Gary & Cecilia:

It's a bit tricky to tell you exactly what to do. Much will depend on what you see as you drill. Pouring pure epoxy into logs can get expensive, hence the suggestion to mix in sawdust or wood flour as a filler. Since you're mixing it yourself, you can keep the consistency to a barely-pourable mixture and just let it flow in. The L&L Resin is slow-setting enough that it will settle. However, you may find yourself "betwixt-and-between", the log isn't quite hollow enough to take much of the mixture yet you still feel that there is some space in there that should be filled. That's where the pure L&L Resin would apply. This is often what we do on rotten wood in old boats, especially the larger ones. We follow the CPES with the resin. CPES per se isn't a wood filler, but a wood-consolidator, and follow-up resin is to make the final fill.

I know this doesn't sound too clear, but it's the best I can do without actually being there to look at the logs. When you get into the project, give me a call if you run into a situation you're not quite sure what to do, and I'll ask you some questions and give you my best advice.