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
Can the logs still be used in the construction of a home?
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.
long eddy wrote:
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