The Rot Doctor


Subject: Log Foundation (rot)
Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2000

I just purchased a small cabin that sets on a log foundation. The outer logs of the foundation are quite rotted. They have visibly deteriorated, wood is flaking off of them. Should I even consider restoring them. My original thoughts are get the wood up off the dirt by replacing the logs with cement. I assume the wood that is setting on the dirt is in worse shape than the exposed wood.


Rich V.

They are restorable with our products. The question is one of time and money. If the logs are dry, or reasonably dry, the infusion with our CPES (Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer) and then with a mix of our Layup & Laminating Resin and sawdust can bring them back to VERY strong, and virtually rot-proof forever.

The repair section of the log home section of our website gives basic log repair techniques. Epoxies are pretty fool-proof repair products for wood, but they are relatively expensive. On badly rotted logs, depending on their diameter, you can use as much as a gallon of CPES per 4' of log. And then there is the L&L Resin/sawdust to restore body and bulk and strength.

If you come back with some details on how many logs and how many linear feet, I can give you a rough estimate of the amount of product required.