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Repairing A Rotted Portion Of A Log On Your Home's Exterior

by Dawn Henry

If you have a log home, you most likely enjoy its rustic appearance and unique style. Making a repair to a log that has apparent moisture damage is a job you may be able to undertake on your own if the area is not very large. Here are some instructions you can use to make a repair to a small rotted portion on one of your home's exterior logs.

Find The Cause Of The Damage

Before you make a repair to a wood log, it is important to find the source of the moisture that had caused it to rot. Failing to find the reasoning for wood rot will just cause a fixed log to become damaged again. Check that your gutters are not in need of a cleaning, make sure the downspout is not clogged, and consider adding protection to an area of your home that becomes wet often. This can be in the form of a small plastic tarp to cover the wood, the planting of a tree or bush to block rain from hitting the portion of the home, or a sealant which is brushed on the logs periodically.

Prepare The Area For Filling

Remove the area where moisture is present by using a knife directly on the wood pulp. An electric drill attachment can also be used to bore a hole in the damaged portion of the log. When you have removed the bulk of the wet wood, allow the exposed interior wood to dry in its entirety before starting the filling process. A hair dryer can be used to move along the drying process if necessary.

Use Wood Filler To Plug The Hole

Wood filler will work nicely in filling in the area that was damaged. This is a soft material that can purchased from a hardware store in the lumber section. Simply roll the filler around in your hand for a minute or two to warm it and push the material into the damaged area with your fingers. Do your best to mold the edges over the existing wood so it the filler adheres properly. The putty will harden, blocking the interior portion from additional moisture retention. 

Do Finishing Touches To Hide The Flaw

Using a sander to remove any jagged edges that may be present within the hardened filler. A medium-grit sandpaper will work well at removing bigger chunks. Afterward, switch to a fine-grit paper to smooth the filler. The log can now be stained to match the rest of the home's exterior.

For bigger problems or entire sections of log that need to be replaced, contact a company that specializes in log home repair.

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