Amazing Garden Arbor

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Portable arbor

Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works offers this Garden Arbor as a kit. This Arbor is great for your climbing plants and is large enough to hold a bench.

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Garden Arbor

It is built with a floor as a base which makes the Arbor sturdy and portable.

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Garden Arbor ready for the Wedding

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Beautiful!

Our Garden Arbor also makes a beautiful spot for a wedding! This Arbor will be moved to the garden to be a highlight of the garden. It was certainly a highlight of the wedding!

Call Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works at 816-506-5713 for ordering information.

Also see our website http://oakcabins.com/ for information on all of our Oak products Including greenhouse kits, Oak log cabin kits,  Rustic timber barn kits and specialty lumber.

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Oak Log Cabins and Log Shrinkage – Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works

A common question we get asked here at Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works is “what about log shrinkage as the Oak logs dry?”.Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works

Oak logs shrink there is no getting around that fact. When the Oak is selected and handled properly the drying process is seen as giving character and quality to the log home. As Oak dries it becomes much denser making it harder. Basically Oak gets better with age. With proper chinking and sealing the log cabin will remain insulated and water tight through the shrinking process.

When an Oak tree is sawn it has a very high moisture content (MC), sometimes up to 80%, where a dry piece of timber inside a building can have a MC as low as 8%. In the beginning as Oak dries it loses what is known as ‘free water’ from it’s cell cavities. Once the ‘free water’ is evaporated the timber is said to have reached its fiber saturation point (FSP). In Oak this is around 30% MC. Next the Oak will begin to lose what is called “bound water”, this is the water contained in the cell walls. When the bound water evaporates is when the shrinkage in the timber begins.Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works

An Oak log in a home can typically reach a MC of about 12% after several years. The rate of the moisture loss will affect how much an Oak log will shrink. The faster Oak loses it’s bound water in the cell walls the more it will shrink. Oak contains longitudinal cells called vessels which are straw like. When these vessels are allowed to dry very slowly in a stable manner shrinkage is drastically reduced.Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works

Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works allows our Oak logs to dry naturally to keep the drying process as slow as possible. When our logs are shipped the moisture content will generally be between 18-20%. This will allow the logs to dry slowly and naturally in their new environment.

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Caring for natural hardwood flooring- Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works

These are a few tips and tricks from Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works to keep your natural hardwood flooring looking amazing year after year.

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FINISH

A newly applied finish on your floor may appear to be too glossy at first. Keep in mind that as the floor ages and reaches its maximum durability the “sheen” will “die down”.

MOVING OF FURNITURE

No furniture for 24-36 hours. Place furniture down, do not scoot or slide. Curing of the floor takes thirty days to cure good and hard. Take extra care for the first days until cured. When moving a refrigerator onto finished floor use quarter- inch plywood or masonite to protect floor, heavy cardboard does not always allow enough protection.

AREA RUGS

No area rugs or throw rugs for one month to allow floor to cure in all areas. Air flow helps the curing process.

FLOOR PROTECTORS

There are “Scoot-N-Glides” which are made for wooden chair legs, to protect the wood flooring from being scratched. Also, available is a thick felt for other types of chair legs. “Scoot-N-Glides” need to rest flat on floor for optimum protection. If chair legs are cut at an angle, the glide can do damage to the floor.

SWEEPING

For maximum life and wear-ability of floor finish, keep floor as clean as possible from all substances that can scratch floors such as sand, gravel, etc. This can be accomplished by daily sweeping with floor brush sweeper attachment, dust mopping, or broom sweeping.

MOPPING

Harsh alkali cleaners may damage the finish and/or floor and should not be used. After 4 weeks of curing of finish, clean floors with a slightly dampened mop using 1 gallon of lukewarm water with 1 cup of white vinegar. A small area at a time wiped dry as you go will give the best results. Do not allow water to stand on floor and use as little water as possible. The “water/vinegar solution” will remove accumulated grease and sticky substances not removed by dry dust mopping or vacuuming. Remove food spills and other various liquids as quickly as possible with a dry or damp cloth.

WATER AND WOOD

NEVER use excessive amounts of water on wood floors. Even though urethane products are very water resistant, water can seep into open cracks, causing the finish to break loose from the wood, resulting in white spots, chipping or peeling. Remember water is an enemy of wood flooring: do not use excessive amounts.

SPECIAL CLEANING

To remove grease, rubber heals marks or similar stubborn stains which might remain after a normal cleaning with “water/vinegar solution”, wipe with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits. Make sure that excessive amounts of fluid used for cleaning are not deposited on the floor. (Use rubber gloves!)

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WAX OR MURPHY’S OIL SOAP

Do not wax floors – no paste wax – no Endust – and NO Murphy’s Oil Soap. Once the finish has been applied to the wood there is a protective coating over the wood, and these products will lay on top of the finish dulling the appearance and catching dirt. They will keep an additional coat of finish from being applied should it ever be necessary.

SCUFFS & SCRATCHES

Bear in mind all surfaces even concrete will scratch. Toe-nails on dogs can have a scratching effect on the finish, be careful to keep toe-nails trimmed. Rubber sole shoes on “fresh finish” can also leave scuffs. Should you have a scratch in the floor, do not attempt to repair the scratch. First, call our office so that we can determine the best course of action.

HIGH-HEEL MARKS

Since wood is a product of mother nature, a high degree of pressure from a concentrated point like a high heel can crush the wood fibers leaving a “small indention” in the floor. The quality of the finish has no bearing as far as strengthening the wood fibers.

EXPANSION & CONTRACTION

The weather plays a part in this area. Since the wood is susceptible to the humidity in the air, natural wood fibers will pull in moisture causing the wood to expand in spring and summer months. During the winter months when the house is dry, there will be a “shrinking” effect in the width of the boards resulting in cracks. This is a natural trait of wood floors. A humidifier will help stabilize this condition. Wood floors need to be able to expand and contract with temperature and humidity.

CUPPING OF BOARDS

Should the individual boards “cup” at the edges, this is a sign of water damage from an outside source such as a leaking sink, back door threshold, refrigerator water line, etc. The floor will appear to have a “washboard” effect. Although you may not see visible signs of water, the wood will act as a sponge and will soak moisture up in a capillary manner through the grain.

 

1. Severe Cases of Water Damage                   Boards must be replaced, area re-sanded, and finished.

 

2. Average Water Damage                                Boards allowed to dry for 4 to 5 weeks, area re-sanded, and re-finished.

 

3. Slight Water Damage                                     Area allowed to dry, cupping may recede.

ADDITIONAL COATS OF FINISH

Floors can be reconditioned with an additional coat of finish, if it has not been waxed, and “water/vinegar solution” has been used on a regular basis. Wax will keep an additional coat of finish from adhering to previous coats.

PROTECTION FROM OTHER SUBCONTRACTORS

After floor has been finished should a painter or other subcontractor do any touch-up work, be sure to have him put down drop cloths. Any warranty service which requires moving of heavy furniture or appliances will not be the responsibility of Schutt Log Homes, LLC. or its subcontractors. Furniture and/or appliances must be moved prior to the service call. Unload the refrigerator before moving.

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The Benefits of Oak Log Homes

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Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works knows Log homes are back by popular demand. They are once again proving to be energy efficient as well as environmentally friendly. Natural log construction is on the “green” list, in part because it eliminates many of the toxic materials used in insulating traditional wood frame homes. Today’s log homes are both contemporary and traditional, with a style to suit every taste. 

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No longer only simple log cabins or small vacation get-a-ways, Schutt Log Homes and Mill Works provides log home kits which can be large dwellings with every convenience. The natural insulation properties of solid log walls is one aspect to be considered. Solid log walls are extremely slow to spread fire as compared to traditional frame walls. Since there are no air pockets or cavities in the walls, a fire is a usually a surface burn.

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A heating and cooling system in a log home can be up to 15 percent more energy efficient than the same system in a similar traditional wood frame home. Double or triple paned windows will add to the efficiency. Log walls are natural sound insulators too. Not only does the mass of the log prevent sound from passing through, but the log walls deflect sound by virtue of the texture created by their rippled contour. Yet another advantage is new tax laws that offer deductions or rebates for log homes. Check with a tax advisor to see how the laws apply.
Please call Patrick Schutt at 816-506-5713 or check oakcabins.com.
Read more:http://www.ehow.com/about_5341409_advantages-log-homes.html#ixzz32CoKhYGd

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