Video: How to Repair Chinking on Your Log Home

Published on | Log Home Stains | Weatherall Company, Inc.

Owning a log home requires occasional maintenance — especially with your log home’s chinking.

You can save yourself time and money on repeated maintenance by using proper troweling technique when you’re chinking, and by not using too much water or alcohol in the solution so it bonds properly to the wood.

However, sometimes your chinking pulls away from the logs with time and weather.

In the video and tutorial below, you’ll learn how to effectively repair your chinking when it separates from the logs in your log-cabin.




  1. Load your chinking gun with chinking material. Use a half-inch nozzle.
  2. With slow and even pressure, apply chinking material wherever it has pulled away from the logs.
  3. Be careful to apply the chinking material in a modest, even layer. You want to make sure you’re adding enough material to bond to the log, but you don’t want a lot of excess build-up.
  4. Use a paper towel to remove any excess chinking material that may gather around the area.
  5. Lightly spray the chinking with the water and alcohol mixture, and use your finger to smooth the chinking into the crack between the logs.
  6. If you see the chinking sucking into the crack, it means you need to add more chinking material in that area. Repeat steps No. 4 and 5 if necessary.

Along with chinking corners and the occasional odd-angle certain areas of your log cabin may be more difficult to seal than others. Learn how to seal around the windows in your log cabin >