Subject: Indiana Log Home
Date: Sat, 27 Apr 2002
Attached are some pictures of rotted logs from my log home. The logs are 6x12 with styrofoam and latex chinking. I need some suggestions on how to go about repairing the damage. Also is there anything available to stop rain water from penetrating through knot holes?
Good pictures, and thank you. I'll get to each one in a moment.
First, let me answer the knot hole question: The solution is to treat
the knot hole first with CPES (Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer) for soft
wood hardening and permanent rot protection, and then a day (or longer)
later come back with a paste mix of our Layup & Laminating Resin and
sawdust and fill the hole. It will never leak again and the repair is permanent.
Everything you do to repair the rot damage to your home must be preceded
by soaking the deteriorated area first with CPES (Clear Penetrating
Epoxy Sealer). This thin epoxy sealer is absorbed by the wood, and then
basically sterilizes the wood and encases everything in a thin epoxy
film. Rot fungi and bacteria cannot then attack the wood...it will be
rot-proof indefinitely. The wood must be reasonably dry, and the CPES
applied until the wood will absorb no more. After at least a week after
the CPES treatment, you are then free to come back and fill the vacant
areas in and around the treated deteriorated wood with a putty mix made
from our Layup & Laminating Resin and sawdust. We have very fine
sawdust, or you can use something local. It is simply packed in until
the void is filled, and it bonds at the molecular level with the CPES
treated wood. This treatment is permanent, and will withstand the
harshest of environmental conditions.
Now, picture-by-picture, here is the amount of product I believe you
will need to repair each area:
Saturate with CPES and fill with the L&L Resin mix.
2 qts CPES, 2 qts of the L&L Resin.
As above, same quantities of material.
Again, saturate and fill.
2 quarts of the CPES and 1 quart of the L&L Resin.
More damage here, and I estimate 1 gallon of the CPES and one gallon of
the L&L Resin.
Nice house! Looks good except for those little details.
Adding the above together, I come up with the following estimated
quantity of our materials that would be required:
* Two of the 2-gallon CPES units. This is above the total for the above,
but our experience is that on log homes the wood always absorbs more of
the CPES than you think it will.
* One 2-gallon unit of the L&L Resin. I think this will be plenty,
especially if you can mix it with a coarse sawdust. The L&L Resin mixed
with sawdust cures as a VERY hard wood-toned fill.
We will also be available by email or phone (even on weekends) to answer
any specific questions you may have.