Grand Rapids, Michigan is favored with the possession of a national treasure. The Meyer May Home, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908 and loving restored by funds from Steelcase, proudly awaits visitors and pilgrims seeking fine architecture. The Meyer May home at 450 Madison, SE reflects the prairie style of house, indicative of Frank Lloyd Wright design. It features arts and crafts and art deco design elements.
To prepare a newly constructed log home for sealing, we generally use a 12% chlorine/TSP solution. The chlorine will kill and remove any mold and mildew while the TSP removes dirt, construction debris and opens the pores of the wood. The solution is applied with a sprayer starting from the bottom and working up. Always start at the bottom. If you start at the top and work down, you will end up with streaks in the logs that are hard to remove creating unnecessary work.
However, if you have had your home for a couple of years, you may have noticed the stain is not looking as good as it once did. You may notice on the sunny side of the home premature fading and, or blisters and peeling. You may see black spots and patches showing through the stain that seem to be growing larger. I am often asked if this stain performance is the normal progression and is it to be expected. My answer is “yes under the circumstances.” However, the answer should be no if the log home is properly prepared to receive the stain. If any of this sounds familiar, there is a good possibility more is going on with your logs than you might imagine.
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Look at guidelines for your selected product and comply with them meticulously. Each individual kit may differ therefore be cautious that you follow the directions accurately. A number of kits are simply a stick-on patch whilst some call for adhesives and a far more involved procedure.
Yes, he could read it himself. That’s because the missive was written in English. And no, it had not been tossed into the sea in Russia. Nor had it sat buried in the Plum Island sands for years.
So what do you do if you notice these problems? You need to call a company, such as Doc’s, immediately. If you catch your problem soon enough you may only need a good cleaning, a new cap, a new crown, crown seal, a liner or flashing. Catch it too late and you may need us to tear down the chimney and replace it for you.
Once the stripping is completed, it must be neutralized and allowed sufficient time to dry before sealing. This usually takes two to four days, but the only way to know for sure is to test with a moisture meter. An 18% moisture content or lower is required before any type of finish is applied.
Finally, there is a good possibility the logs were not cleaned properly to remove not only dirt but more importantly mold and mildew. Too many times I have gone to a customer’s log home and found the same thing over and over again; logs that were not properly cleaned and prepped for sealing.
So there you have it. And all the while you thought you knew these people. Oh, and maybe the dirtiest secret of all is that I actually do live in a looney bin with seven people, a dog, four cats, a bird, and a hamster, but I’m not really a natural blond.