Winter’s a renovation project? About this time of year (early March), we in the upper Midwest wish it finished already. The contractor is taking too long. Yet, perhaps we see the wisdom of Thomson’s words: winter isn’t ruin, but, rather, a force for renewal. To which there’s a degree of truth (but only a degree). I feel so sorry for those of you living in the subtropics. Do you see what you’re missing? Shall we send you some renovation via a north wind?
By the way, two to four more inches of snow predicted for tonight and tomorrow in Northeast Wisconsin (March when this photo was posted). Next week? Predicted temperatures in the 50s F. I think I’m sensing the completion of the project.
Where sits the soul, intense, collected, cool,
Bright as the skies, and as the season keen.
All nature feels the renovating force
Of Winter, only to the thoughtless eye
In ruin seen . . . .
—from "The Seasons: Winter," by James Thomson
(for Poetography, Theme 164—Bright; Literary Reference in Pictures)
Water stains are the result of water contacting unprotected log surfaces. Before you begin to remove the stains on your interior log wall, you need to determine where the water originated. This may have occurred during the building process, gaps between the log courses due to settling or broken gaskets/caulking that have failed. Water stains can also be the result of a previous plumbing problem or just windows left open repeatedly allowing water to enter. Once you are certain the situation has been corrected, you can begin to repair the water marks.
Repairing Water Stains on Interior Log Walls
There are several methods used to remove water stains from an interior log wall. The best method may depend on the depth and severity of the staining. If they were caused during the building process and the staining is severe, you may want to consider hiring a log home professional to have the walls media blasted with corn cob, glass or walnut shells. Although this can be messy and will involve removing all objects from inside the room, it is very effective. Most log professionals will do their best to seal the area and help minimize dust from traveling into other areas of the home.
Usually water stains are in a more confined area and not too severe. If you decide to tackle the project yourself, start by using regular sand paper (fine to medium grit, depending on the log species) and a traditional palm sander. Begin sanding at the edge of the water mark. If they can not be easily removed it may be necessary to use an orbital sander or belt sander. Concentrate on blending the darker edges. It takes patience and care to remove the water stained area without removing too much of the log fibers. You can easily damage your log wall creating an uneven and undesirable look. You may be able to achieve good results by sanding the water stained area only and applying a pigmented stain. However for best results, once the water mark has been removed, lightly sand the entire log wall to allow for even absorption of stain and avoid color variations.
Staining Interior Log Walls
Interior log walls are exposed to areas of indirect or direct UV rays through skylights, windows and doors. Even if your interior log wall was not previous stained, chances are that over time the characteristic of the log wall will appear different.
Most log home coatings companies have developed products designed specifically for interior log walls. These products are typically water based and available in different finishes. Depending on your personal preference, you can choose a clear (non-yellowing) finish in a gloss or satin. If you prefer a pigmented stain, most offer different shades. Whether you are trying to match an existing log wall or deciding what color would best blend with your existing finish, most manufacturers are happy to mail color samples of their products. Applying a finish to interior walls … Read More
Benefits Having Functional Heating and Cooling Systems Advantages of Having Functioning and Cooling Systems
Due to global warming, climatic changes have become very unpredictable. Due to these changes, you always need to be prepared in terms of ventilating your premises.Maintaining or replacing the none performing heating and cooling systems in your house longer an option. For to be able to enjoy nice temperatures at the comfort of your home, you have to ensure that the systems are consistently working and they are also properly installed because poor installation reduces performance by also thirty percent, this later leads to shortened lifespan and raises the utility bill. Operational ventilation frameworks help in sparing portion of your vitality bills. The following are some of the points of interest of having a working warming and cooling frameworks in your home.
Unfunctional ventilation frameworks devour a great deal of vitality at your home. Having systems that are not working properly is not comforting with the rise of living standard. Saving money on vitality will come about to saving money on cost as well. If you have an old system you can consider replacing it with a new one which is more convenient than paying a large bill at the end of every month.
Furthermore, appropriate working framework Is additionally condition inviting has it makes no commotion or less clamor that has no much harm on the earth henceforth you will have a tranquil minute at your home. If your system is making a lot of noise, you will need to be serviced or replaced with a new one to avoid noise pollution. On the other hand, if your system is making noise, you can consider buying the new model with high- tech systems which have sound absorbing features which make the system to be felt not heard.
the free and smooth flow of air is another advantage of having a proper functioning ventilation systems. The features of these systems ensure that there is consistent flow of air and also helps in clearing air impurities creating a healthy and pleasant environment conducive to living.
With the emergence of new technology new heating and cooling systems has been designed in a way that allows you to regulate the temperatures in your home by use of the programmed thermostat. The modified indoor regulator works in a way that you pre-customized system to cool or warmth certain regions of your home even when you are at work or away from home, this helps your house stay fresh and well ventilated. In the event that you desire to have some sweet experience with this feature and your old heating and cooling system does not have, you can decide to purchase one for your own sake. As discussed above the benefits of having a functioning ventilation system are many, such as low utility cost, comfort, and suitability. Therefore you can get all that by either replacing the old system or doing some maintenance. … Read More