Winterizing

This weekend we got started on the project we’ve been dreading for the last year… winterizing the house.  With a cordwood house, there is a lot of shrinking in the wood that goes on the first year.  So, after the first winter, you need to go back and seal the nooks and crannies that have opened up.  We weren’t looking forward to this large amount of detail work.

Well, I’m happy to say that it’s not nearly as bad as we thought it would be!

We purchased some Permachink (a sealant often used on log homes) from a dealer not too far from us.  It comes in huge tubes that you squeeze onto the wall.  Toby would squeeze the ‘caulk’ around each log end and I would go behind him and smooth it out.  The color is an exact match to the white of our walls… unfortunately, the lower part of the exterior walls has some red mud splash back from the rain… so the caulk really stands out here.  I figure I’ll get Kaia to go splash in puddles near the house next time it rains and that caulk should be nice and dirty in no time :-)

spreading on the permachink

spreading on the permachink

permachink on left, none on right

permachink on left, none on right

Smoothing it out

Smoothing it out

We were able to do almost 2 sections (out of 8) this past weekend (with many interruptions!) So, we will hopefully be able to finish this in a few weekends.  Then, it’s on to the chicken coop!

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