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Weathering Nicely

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Now that it’s officially summer, a few days ago I got around to removing the firewood rack from our deck that had been in place all winter. Doing so uncovered deck boards that have been protected from direct sunlight and still show the original coloring of the treated wood.

I am much happier with the weathered look of the exposed boards.

We’ve yet to decide what we will do about finishing the wood. I’m hoping to tap the advice of the professional crew we have contracted to seal the log walls of our house. It would be great if they would actually show up.

It’s a company that we’ve used once before, shortly after we moved here. There was an end piece of a log that was rotting and they replaced it and went around the whole house to caulk any spaces that needed it.

Last year they agreed to do the job of resealing the logs of the entire house but were iffy about whether they could fit it in before days got too cold. When it became obvious they wouldn’t make it before winter, they promised we would be early on the spring schedule this year.

When spring (and a certain pandemic) arrived, we contacted them to confirm they were still able to work. Yes, they said, work would begin as soon as days got warm enough.

When warm days arrived and we hadn’t heard from them, we checked again. Yes, we were next in line after their current job. He teased it might be the next week or the week after, depending on the weather.

A week later, granted after some inclement weather, I decided to start removing all the decorative trim from the outside walls in an almost passive-aggressive attempt to will them to suddenly show up.

We will give them one more week before checking anew to find out how many additional weeks remain before they start on our house, seeing as they were going to do it right away in the spring and we were only second in line on their schedule at the start.

At this rate, by the time they get here the logs of the house will be so faded they will match the weathered boards of the deck.

Maybe we should aim for the antique gray color of dried-out neglected wood for our house.

I do like a weathered look.

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p.s. Happy Birthday, Elysa! (you are weathering nicely, too!) [Oh, Dad…]

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Written by johnwhays

June 22, 2020 at 6:00 am

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  1. heehee, thanks, Dad! 🙂

    Elysa

    June 22, 2020 at 10:38 pm

  2. Also, just how hard is the process? I assume that it is sprayed on and the sprays are not too toxic. Is this a job that you could do yourself?

    wtbell

    June 22, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    • This was the end result for our deck project. Not an impossibility in the case of the logs of the house, but more steps of the process, more details, more heights and enough other various reasons we opted to hire this one out.
      If neither Cyndie or I had other things demanding our time, maybe…

      johnwhays

      June 22, 2020 at 9:02 pm

  3. John: do you have a firm quote from these people? Perhaps the value of your job is much lower that new ones that come in the door and they just bump you back because they can make more with new business and you do not seem to be going to a competitor? Is there decent competition in the service? Perhaps it is time to move on. I hate a supplier that does not meet their promises — particularly, if I have been touting their service — like you did describing the log end and the caulking they did.

    wtbell

    June 22, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    • All good points, Ward. Thanks. It’s such a struggle to get contractors to consider small jobs off their beaten paths, when I find someone to take the job, I’m loath to start the search over again. Of course, if he brushes us off one more time, I expect my tolerance will be much closer to exhausted.

      johnwhays

      June 22, 2020 at 8:58 pm


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