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Question: What is this overscribe that some builders use?

Answer: A logs diameter can shrink as much as 6% from when it is cut until it reaches its equilibrium moisture content. The implications of this are far reaching in log home building. We use an overscribe method that we have developed over the pat ten years to allow for this anticipated shrinkage so that the joints in your house actually get tighter the dryer the logs get. This means that the notches are up to 1/2 inch tighter at the start of a project than the lateral but experience has shown that this is the only method that will ensure tight fitting notches and laterals in the future. If a builder does not use this method then you can expect to see large gaps in your notches and laterals as the logs dry.

QuestionIs your work guaranteed?
Answer:  Yes our work is fully guaranteed in writing for materials and workmanship as specified in our Log Shell Construction Agreement.

Question: Some builders offer to pre-stain the house at their yard- is this a good thing?

Answer: Pre-staining your house on the construction site has its pros ands cons. First it is quite easy for the builder to spray a coat on the logs which will protect them during transit. But- if during transit there is any rub marks or minor damage due to trucking (straps and road grime) then these marks will be clearly visible and must be restrained on site which can be difficult if not impossible to match the shade of the existing stain. I always recommend that the logs be treated on my site with a product that restricts mildew and sun damage and that the logs be stained within one month of delivery so that they can be protected with 3 coats of stain. This ensures even tone and shade of stain and overall is a much better finish.

Question: How do I know if a builder is reputable?
One of the first questions to ask a prospective builder is where they get their wood. Good house logs are expensive and some builders will use inferior quality logs to try and increase profits. Make sure the wood has a high growth ring density. This indicates lower moisture content and a much more rot resistant log.
Look at the contract- a reputable builder will have a solid contract that clearly outlines the responsibilities of the parties. 



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