The Oak Leaf - August 2014 By Lynn Gastineau President of Gastineau Log Homes, Inc. Welcome to the August 2014 issue of The Oak Leaf! For new reade


The Oak Leaf - August 2014


By Lynn Gastineau
President of Gastineau Log Homes, Inc.

Welcome to the August 2014 issue of The Oak Leaf! For new readers, this is a monthly newsletter that is sent by e-mail to those that have expressed an interest in Gastineau Log Homes. We use this as a way of communicating technical, design and industry information. For more information, check out our web site at

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Just received this photo of a home built in the late 90's in southeastern MO.


Who says a log home has to have wood everywhere? It is a custom home; you can finish it out exactly how YOU want it!

Trivia Question: Where did the month of August get its name and why is it 31 days long? (See the answers below.)

GLH Garage Sale: We have a lot of "orphan" interior and exterior doors, windows, small quantities of hardwood flooring, ceramic tile, imitation stone and T&G Pine, Cedar and Oak building materials for sale at extremely discounted prices. These are all "new/never been installed" items that were ordered by mistake or when someone changed their mind. Everything is here at our lumber yard in New Bloomfield. If you live close enough and have a remodeling project in your future, come see what we have!


But these folks wanted wood everywhere! Round interior Oak Logs, a wood ceiling and wood floor mean never having to paint again!


Log raising near Ste Genevieve in July. Watch for a log raising near you!

Stamped concrete that looks like solid log beams: See the two photos below. Believe it or not, that is stamped concrete! One of our customers extended their basement under their front porch to make a safe room/storm shelter/exercise room which meant the porch needed a concrete floor. The concrete finisher stamped it to look just like large beams. You can see the knots and nails and checks. The second photo is of the end grain which is amazingly realistic. I was extremely impressed with the attention to detail. So cool!


This is the top of the concrete and will be the porch floor.


This is the end of the porch floor slab. The stamping on the ends is the crowing glory of this floor. It is what makes the floor look so realistic.


This is the front side of the porch floor. The attention to detail continues!

Rub-R-Wall residential foundation waterproofing: Rub-R-Wall® Aqua Waterproofing is a solvent free, all polymer coating which will provide a seamless membrane around the foundation wall. It can be directly applied to masonry, concrete or ICF walls. It is sprayed on and cures in 10-15 minutes to form a seamless, impermeable, non-deteriorating rubber membrane that allows for expansion and contraction over a wide range of temperatures. It comes with a Life Time Warranty. See the photo below for the application on one of our homes.


This is Rub-R-Wall applied to one of our homes south of St Louis. This photo was taken at the July 19th log raising. It was applied by Janssen Waterproofing at 636-537-1112.


The end of the home when we arrived.

Results of a little maintenance by the GLH Maintenance Staff: First, this is NOT a Gastineau Log Home. (We do maintenance on other brands more than on ours!) The log home had been neglected and then sold. The new owner had us come do a cleaning and restaining. In just a few days the home looked brand new!


Some cleaning and spraying and it is good for another 5 to 7 years!

Construction Seminar Schedule for 2014:

Click here for information on our one day construction seminars.

Here is our schedule for 2014. Sign up soon!

Sept. 6th
Oct 25th

Open Houses:
Remember that the Model Home Center on I 70 in central MO is open 7 days a week! We have three houses there that you can tour!

Log Raising:
We are planning a log raising either Sept 13 or 20th near Rolla, MO. More details next month!

Answer to the Trivia Question: After Julius Caesar's (Mr July) grandnephew Augustus defeated Marc Antony & Cleopatra and became emperor of Rome, the Roman Senate decided that he too should have a month named after him. And since July had 31 days, Augustus's month should equal it. (Augustus could not have an inferior month!) The original calendar had alternating 30/31 day months other than February meaning August should be 30 days long. So they took another day from February and they switched around the last four months so that there weren't 3 long months in a row (July, August and September.) Thus we had to create the little song that I use today: "30th days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31 except February and it has 28." Doesn't rhyme but it works!

Quote of the Month: "“Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren't going to get rid of me that way!" - Betty White

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