Will my logs shrink and crack?

/Will my logs shrink and crack?

Will my logs shrink and crack?

Light Log Checking

Minor Log Checking

Yes. And if someone tells you otherwise, back away from them slowly. Let’s explain:

Normal Checking

The important part is to get as much of the shrinking and checking (cracking) completed before milling the logs. This is commonly accomplished by either dry stacking or kiln drying the logs. We use kiln dried cants, and kiln dry our logs as well. This way you have a much better chance of seeing any movement and/or checking before the logs are cut. That said, some checking and shrinking will occur after construction. We do allow for log shrinkage in our point load systems and screw adjusters, but we have rarely had to adjust any of them in the past.

Abnormal Checking

Look out for major checking in logs.  These have a tendency to create a problem over time, especially if the check is facing up to collect water.

Bad Log Split in Wall

Bad Split in Log Wall (Competitor Log)

If the water collects, then freezes, you have a problem that will get much worse over time.

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About the Author:

Chris Sparks is an architectural designer specializing in residential log and timber homes. Practically growing up on job sites, he has been around construction and on sites since the age of seven (shhh! don't tell OSHA, it was okay back then). After graduating from the University of Tennessee, he began putting his construction knowledge and love of computers to use in the field of computer-aided design. Chris specializes in ArchiCAD. Chris lives in the Knoxville, TN area with his two children.

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