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Your mortar should be at a slight angle in the chink joint. Meaning the top should be inset 1/2" or so with the bottom coming out flush to the log. This creates a drip edge.
Sorry I’ve been ‘off the air’. Somehow I missed seeing the additional posts to this thread. I thought I was suppose to be notified when a new post was added but I will check to see if that is not an option or if I need to change a setting or something. I am in total awe over the projects I have seen on this site.I just heard that the forest service expects to open the road to my cabin in a week or two so I need to get my game plan ready. First of all, I haven’t sealed the wood yet. Am I correct in assuming that I need to seal the wood before I chink it? As soon as I can get in, that is the first thing I will do. The logs are either pine or fir. Can you recommend a good sealer? Also, can I just brush it on or do you recommend I spray it on? Do I need to let the sealed logs dry for a long time before I can start the chinking?I am getting very excited to know that I am so close to finishing my cabin. Thank you so much for the recipes too. Looking at my cabin, can you ‘guesstimate’ about how many bags of cement, sand & lime I might need to finish the outside? Is it ok to do the inside a couple of weeks later or is there an advantage to doing it all at the same time?Thanks again for all the advice… I’d be lost without it!Jennie