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# Posted: 7 Nov 2020 14:52

It's time to chink my log cabin. I would like to do this myself, as the contractor has quoted $3400 for the job --the cabin itself is lodge pole pine, and measures 800 or so square feet. Seems like $3400 is excessive and that chinking shouldn't be that hard to do.

# Posted: 7 Nov 2020 16:54

Myself? Not sure. Wondering if you will let us know how long it took you. If you go that route. Lodgepole? Where are you and elevation? Temps changing quickly here in Colorado, 9850 feet.
Also, what are you chinking with? And finishing with?
Good Luck, enjoy the process

# Posted: 7 Nov 2020 17:52

Permachink is expensive. Check material cost if that is the route you want to go. Around 20 years ago I put the first daubbing (the name used for the stuff put on the inside and outside to seal up the gaps) on my now wife's 40 year old barn. I used Portland cement and native red clay. Last check the stuff was still there. Cabins were daubbed with various stuff for a long time before folks started using plastic. Some are still around a century later.


# Posted: 7 Nov 2020 17:56

I have never done any chinking, but a friend re-used some old reclaimed square hewn logs to build a home and did his own chinking a few years ago. He used a lot of hours.

What materials are included in that $3400, what type of chinking material, mortar or synthetic? Does it include backer-rod, or a substitute? How many linear feet of chinking and how thick of a space between the logs on average?

# Posted: 7 Nov 2020 19:10

Seems that going to the trouble of building a lodgepole pine cabin and chinking with plastic just aint right....

# Posted: 7 Nov 2020 21:08 - Edited by: toyota_mdt_tech

Quoting: jesunseri
It's time to chink my log cabin. I would like to do this myself, as the contractor has quoted $3400 for the job

Easy, best way is to pound a bunch of small nails in there to give some mortar something to grab onto. In as far in as you want the chinking. Now just squeeze in mortar and you are done. Spread it in with a squeeze bag. The logs will shrink a bit, so you may have a little gap open up as the log dries. Fill in with more chink. If logs are dry now, you are done.

Space nails no more than 3", bend them inwards, give the mortar something to grab onto. Start in an area where you wont see it, this way you get dialed in and into a groove. Dont stop midway, stop when you reach the end of a log or a window/door buck, otherwise, you will see the seam.

# Posted: 9 Nov 2020 10:35

Go onto Youtube and follow Shawn James (MySelfReliance)

He has a cabin in Ontario i think which he built himself mostly with hand tools - he has then built a sauna, kitchen and now doing a workshop

He has fantastic videos showing everything he has done and is doing

He is actually chinking his workshop now and has great videos on that as well

But there is a lot to learn from this guy IMHO

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