How to mount 'decorative' logs into stucco/block exterior walls - part 2

"I have a rather traditional territorial house that we are repainting and want to add a little more "western' touch too. Many homes out here have 16" - 18" long 4" to 6 inch round log/post sections protruding from the upper area of the exterior walls
What would be the best way to install these into an existing wall...we want to put one about every 10-12 ft. Are they normally just cemented into the hole bored into the block..or is there a fastener of some kind that is used.
I'm planning on renting a boring machine from the rental place to bore these holes uniformly. Will be using 4" posts and figured on boring 5" or 6" holes.
Thought about using a lag screw and anchor in the inside center of the hole...but simply cementing these in seems a lot easier and just as solid ?
Any and all ideas are welcomed...
Tim R
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I have a rather traditional territorial house that we are repainting and want to add a little more "western' touch too. Many home out here have 16" - 18" 4 to 6 inch log/post sections pertruding from the upper area of the exterior walls
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Greetings,
There is nothing wrong with what you have mentioned but you could also get yourself some smooth rebar (1/2" iron pipe might substitute if you can't get smooth rebar easily). Drill one foot into the wood and 8 inches (as deep as you can without puncturing the inside wall) into the block the diameter of the pipe (it should fit snugly but not split the wood) and then epoxy the pipe/rebar in place. Harbor freight sells two part epoxy packages for $0.79 that would probably be big enough to epoxy a single piece of pipe in place. Be sure to clean any oils / paints off of the steel first. I estimate the entire process will take less than 10 minutes per log once you have it down. This will save you a rental fee and some work but the way you have mentioned is just as good (or better). AGAIN, DON'T DRILL TOO DEEPLY INTO THE BLOCK OR YOU WILL BE DRILLING INTO YOUR BEDROOM BUT IF YOUR BLOCKS ARE HOLLOW YOU MUST DRILL ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE OTHER SIDE.
Hope this helps, William
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they're put in with large screws into the framing behind them, then they have stucco placed around them. they frequently leak, and have to be weather protected forever. they always wind up splitting too.
regards, charlie cave creek, az
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