How To Chink A Log Home

Log homes are one of the most popular construction styles today. They range from complete cave systems to fully open air structures. There are even some beautiful roof top structures!

While there is no definitive method for building a Chink in a Log home, this article will discuss some tips that can help you get started on your own. CONTINUE READING AFTER ADVERTISEMENT

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Get your chinking material

When you cut down the tree, you’re also removing some wood. If you took a moment to measure the size of your logs, you can determine if there are more pieces of wood in your chink in the material.

If not, then you are fine to skip this part. If so, then get your chinking material. There are many places to buy it, but make sure it is certified for log logging. You want to be sure that it is safe for your logger to use and that it will hold up over time.

Fill any cracks with the material

If you’re filling a crack with the plank material, it is important to make sure it is thick enough to prevent water and air from entering the crack. If there is a thin spot in the plank, water or sunlight can reach those areas and cause damage.

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If you are buying a new home, try these tips out first.

Clean your log home thoroughly

When entering a log home that is two or more stories high, be careful. At two stories, you have a limited amount of space to enter into the house.

If you are not able to go all the way inside the home, then get out of the house! There are many ways to clean your homes, and one of the best is to hire an interior designer to come in and do a quick cleanup.

Some ways to preserve your space and materials inside the home are to keep doors and windows open, and use air purifying bags or Roman blinds to cover openings. You can also build some curtains or buy some kind of blackout material if that is necessary!

Lastly, keep rooms self– explanatory.

Apply the chinking

Once you have built your log home, it is time to add the walls. You can do this in many ways, but the most fool-proof is to start with a full box of wood and add the floor later.

The way you do this is by using chinking that extends beyond the perimeter of the box. This allows you to add more length to your chinking as you grow and adds more room for error.

Because of this, it is important to know how much chinking you need when building out a new room. The general rule of thumb is two inches of chinking for each foot of new room.

When laying out your chinking, remember that every two feet or two yards equals one foot of chinking.

Let it dry

When the weather is right, give the timber a good soaking. This allows the water to dry out and helps prevent chinking damage. If you are planning on doing some kind of construction with this, this is also a good time to waterproof your joints and brackets.

If you are working with damp timber, take some extra care. Some species of timber can break into small pieces when wet or compromised. Check before proceeding with any construction!

When finished, check that all connections are tight and that there are no small gaps where wood separates. If there are any gaps, they can allow moisture back in. Make sure to keep those doors and windows closed to prevent air cooling or heating up the house.

Sand it down

When roofing a log home, the next step is to sand it. Once you do, you can explore all of the ways to shape your roof. You can sand it flat, add valleys, add valleys and roofs, or even create interesting shapes like crenels.

The key is to use enough material to create a level surface on which the shingles can sit. Too little will be hard to inspect and maintain. If you find that your roof is shingled rather than flat, then you should probably add some more.

We recommend starting with maybe two weeks of building time on your new roof. That way if you have some difficulties with the first run of shingles or two, you have some time to remedy those issues before start finishing off the house.

Reapply if needed

If you need to add more lumber or increase the size of the log you are working with, there are additional ways to chink a log home.

Using longer boards instead of shorter ones is an option. If you needed more room, you would just cut additional passes at the same thickness and length of the original board.

If you needed a larger home, than using two or four times as much lumber would work. Theoretically!

Another way to increase size is by using thicker boards. If one board was 1 inch thick, then the next would be 2 inches thick, and so on. Using something like 3 times as much board can help with this.

Wipe off excess chinking

Once the roof is completed, it is time to add the chinking. Creating a gap in the roof where the two pieces of wood join is this chinking off into. This creates a space where water can run away, and sunlight can enter your home.

When installing chinking, be sure to wrap all of the edges in heavy twine or cloth to prevent it from pulling away. Chinking should be added around the entire hole of the wood, not just on one end.

Once it is done, take a sharp knife and gently cut along the top edge of the chimney to release any trapped air.