Log Cabin Installation Hints, Tips and Essentials

Foundation

It is imperative that the foundation is flat, level and of sufficient size.

(*** It is important to note that any deviation in the cabin foundation will transfer to the log cabin and will affect the solidity of the floor, the smooth operation of the doors and windows, the alignment of locking mechanisms, place undue strain on the cabin corner connections and also create an uneven level of the wall / gable connection.***)

Product layout preparation

It is recommended that once the cabin joists have been positioned on the foundation, the wall elements are poisoned adjacent to area they will be installed and stacked in reverse order as they will be needed. This will ensure that limited viewing of the wall plans takes place and windows etc will be installed at the correct height. Please keep an eye out to ensure that walls with storm rods must have pre-drilled holes at the end of each log.

(*** A little time spent on the product layout now will save huge amounts of time and limits the chance of error when construction takes place. This also confirms you have everything you need to complete the shell***)

Starting construction

Ensure the foundation beams are centred correctly as per manufacturer plans. (Should you wish to use a DPC, please install above and below the foundation joists) Starting with the half logs, lay the 1st row of wall logs ensuring the cabin joists at each end are set slightly inwards to allow a drip edge to form by the grooves under the log. Pre-drill and screw the corners. Once 3 or 4 logs high, it is imperative you measure the diagonals. This is the only way to ensure the building is fully square.

(***Failure to do this will create ill fitting floor boards, roof bards and fascias***)

roof boards

Build up

Ensure the tongues and grooves of the logs are free from debris, and that the knocking block supplied is used to protect the tongues. Once the gable and roof purlins are installed please ensure they are fixed into position.

Storm Rods

Please insert the storm rods, tighten all fixings and cut away any excess rod material.

(***If this is left too long, when the building settles it will push up and push through the roof***)

Floor and Roof Boards

Ensure that a 10mm expansion gap is left at the start and at the end. It is imperative that each floor and roof board is not butted up too close to the next board and must be fixed with 2 fixings per board per joist.

Shingles

(***Before applying the shingles, ensure that the eaves fascia is installed to give the full area required to be covered***)

Please follow the build guide as to how to start and finish your tiling. It is imperative that you nail the shingles on in the location shown in the below image. This ensures that it not only holds the shingle you are on, but also that of the one directly underneath. Each shingle will the end up with a double row of nails holding it down.

shingle built guide

Door and Window Fascia

It is imperative that any door and window fascia is fixed onto the frames only and not into any logs.

(*** Any nails penetrating the logs will stop the natural settling process and create gaps between wall logs***)

Settling and Fixtures

A typical log cabin can expand and contract up to 50 mm across the 4 seasons. It is therefore imperative that nothing is fixed to restrict this movement. Electrical conduit is the most common item to cause issues. This needs to be installed to allow for this movement i.e. expandable joints and surplus cable or elongated fixing holes to allow the conduit to move with the walls.

Treatment & Sealant

Treatment should take place as soon after installation as possible. Treatment must be of a micro-porous nature to allow the timber to protect and breath. Once fully coated and dried, silicone sealant must be applied from eaves to foundation in the external corners to bring the wind proof corner connection joints to weather resistant.

Spring Log Cabin Maintenance Tips

Spring maintenance can be a chore so let's narrow it down to the most important items.

Living in a log cabin is all about being close to nature, but when it comes to the care and longevity of your logs, it's best not to be TOO close to nature.

Spring is a great time to step outside and look closely at your log home. Check for any obvious damage from the winter winds and freezing:

  • Dark areas can indicate leaks and rain tracks; mud or dirt splatters will show where rain is splashing onto the walls. Spray or splash a bit of water on your logs and see what it does: if it beads up and rolls down you're good for another year. But if it soaks in you should be considering a new coat of stain on the outside for this spring maintenance season. It's especially important to check the log ends as end grain tends to soak up moisture more.
  • Check that your plants and trees around the perimeter of the log cabin haven't grown and gotten too close to the wood. These can direct rain onto your logs and block the sun and air circulation from drying any moisture in the area. You should have a good 1' - 2' space between your logs and any shrubbery so cut them back or re-plant.
  • Make sure that the earth around your log cabin isn't too close to the wood as well. You want a minimum of 2" between the base and the ground to minimize rain splashing back onto the logs, especially if you don't have wide overhangs to direct the rain away. You should also be sure that there are no low spots in your property that catch the rain and keep it from draining away.
  • By now it should be obvious that moisture control and water management are key in the long-term longevity of your log home. If you don't have gutters already installed, they can be a great investment in caring for your larger investment in your log cabin. If you do have gutters, take the time to clean them out and ensure that the discharge is directed away from your house where it can drain away.

These Top 4 Spring Maintenance Tips can help keep your log cabin in top condition. Once you've finished them you can open the doors, let the dogs run and enjoy the spring!

Adjusting doors and windows on your cabin

Adjusting doors and windows on your cabin

Due to the cabin being made from wood, the wood reacts to the elements expanding and shrinking, this can effect the position and opening of doors and windows, please download our instructions on how to adjust the doors and windows in order to correct these issues.

Door hinge adjustment for your log cabin

Door hinge adjustment for your log cabin

Your Lillevilla log cabin will require some adjustment to the door and window sets as the cabin naturally expands and contracts from season to season. This will be more apparent shortly after installation as the cabin settles initially under its own weight. Please find below a set by step guide on how to make these adjustments.

Window hinge adjustment for your log cabin

Window hinge adjustment for your log cabin

The window is held on by a two part ball joint hinge. The lower part of the hinge is screwed securely into the window frame, making this part unable to move. The top half is screwed straight into the window and sits on the ball joint on the lower half. This top half is the adjustable portion.

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