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The Log Home Owner's Manual - A Guide to Protecting and Restoring Exterior Wood.
The Log Home Owner's Manual
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With an ancestry as old as the country itself, from camping cabin to magnificent mansion, log homes may be the quintessential American dwelling. Despite their enduring appearance, their exteriors require regular TLC, just like a stick house. But with log homes, it’s never been quite as simple as applying a few gallons of paint.
Author Jim Renfroe (president of Woodcare Systems), himself a 20-year veteran in the wood preservatives industry, has now taken much of the mystery out of taking good care of a log home.Chock full of information, yet written in a simple, informative style, Renfroe’s book literally covers the ground to the roof, and everything in between. Renfroe begins with a study of wood itself, and discusses the natural elements and man-made factors that can cause deterioration and damage. He walks the reader through various methods of regular maintenance of a log home’s exterior, as well as complete restoration, from stripping and repair to final finish sealant. He discusses the pros and cons of each method, and the uses and warnings for a wide variety of chemicals used in cleaning, preserving, sealing and preventing damage. He includes chapters on the care and maintenance of wood decks and cedar shake/shingle roofs as well. The book includes worksheets for determining the needs of each owner’s project, a quick reference check list for assessing problem, and a list of sources of material and additional information. Each discussion is amply accompanied by illustrative photographs, and the aesthetic quality of the book is enhanced by periodic drawings of several styles of log homes, Renfroe obviously has a deep affection for these structures, which colors his writing without diminishing its utility. THE LOG HOME OWNER’S MANUAL appeals for aesthetic and utilitarian reasons, and should be a popular addition to any expository collection.