Log home repairs depend a lot on weather conditions. Weather certainly plays an important role. When you can’t talk about religion, politics, or money there is always one subject that is acceptable to almost everyone: the weather. We all share the impacts of weather – both the gifts it bestows and the catastrophes it delivers.
Everything comes from light and the sun. We are dependent on photosynthesis and the water cycle but these boons can turn to catastrophe when nature’s forces combine to bring high winds and heavy rains or excess heat and drought.
Log homes share our vulnerability before the vagaries of nature. Sun beating harshly down on the south side of a log building can create weaknesses in the finish or caulking that allows moisture to enter the logs on a side of the building where you might assume water would evaporate and not create problems.
The north side might be in the best condition or it might be spawning molds or mushrooms in vulnerable areas. Rain may funnel down a poorly designed roof thereby shedding water on walls that causes logs to rot in a relatively short amount of time.
At Edmunds and Company, our job is to assess the affects of weather on a building and find ways to repair and protect it, but we also are subject to the whims of weather. We work outside; we work in the sun, the wind, and the rain; and when it’s cold or hot. There is hardly a day where the climate we work in isn’t a major factor.
Whether we work or not depends on at least two considerations: our personal comfort and the ability to perform any given task successfully, given the conditions. In both instances, we have to be flexible and adaptable.
Rarely is there a “perfect” situation for our personal comfort. It is often too cold, wet, or hot for optimal comfort. We put clothes on, take them off, or go running frantically for rain gear. In brief, a kind of mental toughness and equanimity must be cultivated. We can’t control the weather, but we can have some control over our attitude toward it.
The work we do on any given log structure can be limited, or even undermined, by weather conditions. For instance, we can’t stain an exposed building in the rain. We consult the smart phone for forecasts and try to gauge the likelihood of devastating storms hitting before the stain is dry. We stretch protective tarps over areas we are applying chink to, and sometimes protect vulnerable sections of fresh chink with plastic until it dries enough. And we take chances. A crew of 4-6 workers working a hundred miles from home is not likely to call a rain day and go home for supper. Only the worst conditions shut down our operation.
Weather and its capricious nature may be one of the most stressful parts of our job. It is also, perhaps, the most interesting. The variety of skills we perform in various places under unpredictable conditions has left us unable to experience that which some call boredom. It takes a certain type of individual to appreciate the challenges of working in environments that are mysterious and uncontrollable. It is not easy but there is hardly a dull moment. When it is 72 degrees with a mild wind and partly cloudy skies, we get a respite from our climate concerns only to find the building we are working presents us with some unexpected challenges.
Fewer people work outside these days, but we at Edmunds and Company are willing to take on the task because there is work to be done that requires skill, fortitude and challenges with the added bonus that we get paid to have all this fun. Click here to meet our team.