Lok-N-Logs

Greetings all, A question to a few contractors out there.
Friends purchased a kit by Lok-N-Logs about 4 years ago.
The home was never built and the logs are stacked up there.
They have been exposed to the elements - sun, snow, rain for the past four years.
Can the logs still be used in the construction of a home?
Thank you. Eddy
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long eddy wrote:

It would probably be best to contact the manufacturer and see what they say.
http://www.loknlogs.com/new_site/contactus.asp
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Hello Eddy, I'm not a contractor but I built my house and garage from Lok-N-Logs kits. I'm not very confident that your friend could still construct their house from the logs if they were exposed as you described. Some of the logs may have twisted during their stay, especially if they absorbed water and dried cyclically. There is a good tendency for them to be homes for a variety of insects. Also, there may be a lot of rot if the logs could not dry. I've left many logs and pieces in my woods and have seen some significant rot in those logs that could not dry. Carpenter ants have made a few of then homes. In the early 90's, LNL began treating their logs with sodium borate which will hinder many insects from invading but this salt will leach out when the logs fet wet and there may not be much activity after 4 years. Sad that they could not have gotten the square up and roofed- that's an expensive pile of wood. Only after seperating the stacks and inspecting for rot and bugs would you be able to determine if they are useful. The twist part is insignificant- that's what saws, come-alongs, and chinking are for. Marc
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