Do butt and pass log walls shrink and settle?
Logs do shrink, but only in diameter not length. A notched log wall will have logs tightly resting one on top of another and as the logs shrink towards their center the walls will shorten in height – this is called settling.
There are numerous problems associated with settling, too many to mention here. And as a butt and pass log wall doesn’t settle, why do I need to bother discussing the problems when we don’t have them!
If you have the burning desire to discover all the problems with settling, just google it 🙂
A butt and pass log wall will NOT settle – A butt and pass log wall WILL NOT shrink in height but the logs will!
A butt and pass log wall is so tightly pinned together with rebar that when the logs do shrink (towards their center) they only shrink tighter onto their rebar not affecting the height of the wall.
Door ways and window frames can be secured directly against your log walls and you will not have any problems 🙂