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"Live edge" Hemlock slab siding

Looking for anyone who has put this on their house or camp. I love the look but am leery of the amount of maintenance required. I've seen way too many places sided with it or with roughcut board and batten that has turned an ugly dark gray or darn near black. Looking for success stories including what type of UV protection has worked for you.
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Re: "Live edge" Hemlock slab siding

Have a buddy of mine who did his place with it , love the way it looks , so much so that as soon as our shell is finished this summer, this is the way we are going to go.
I have two board n batten sheds at camp that I used CWF Flood stain on ,looks great.
Have a 16x24 board n batten shed at home I still need to stain as soon as we get a decent weekend .


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Re: "Live edge" Hemlock slab siding

My Mom and Dad have it on their house as siding......it has held up good, it just needs re stained every so often.......a good stain to use is Sikkens it is a little salty, but its the best stuff you can get

PS it is called a "Flitch Cut" and the boards are called Flitches......

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Re: "Live edge" Hemlock slab siding

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My Mom and Dad have it on their house as siding......it has held up good, it just needs re stained every so often.......a good stain to use is Sikkens it is a little salty, but its the best stuff you can get

PS it is called a "Flitch Cut" and the boards are called Flitches......
I remember one old timer calling it that. Then when I asked at a local mill, all
i got was a funny look.

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Re: "Live edge" Hemlock slab siding

Flitches are live both sides. Most milled live edge siding has one edge squared and beveled, the one that is hidden by the next lap. You can side with flitches, but its a pain as you "gain" considerably on the way up the wall.

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Flitches are live both sides. Most milled live edge siding has one edge squared and beveled, the one that is hidden by the next lap. You can side with flitches, but its a pain as you "gain" considerably on the way up the wall.
Yea, we used flitches and just squared one edge up with a circular saw......

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Re: "Live edge" Hemlock slab siding

A while ago there was a fella on here that had a old tilme recipe for Kero/used motor oil stain that was put on with a pump sprayer. This was said to be the reason most of the old camps stain was so dark. On thing I thought was funny in the post was how he decribed how it kept the bug, critters and rot at bay better then anything on the market and that when you put the stain on you should do just before you leave as the smell would be to bad for anyone to stand. He said put it on and leave for two weeks. LOL I thought that was funny for some reason.

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Re: "Live edge" Hemlock slab siding

New Tranny fluid cut with Kero gives you a nice reddish color. I can't remember the exact ratio but we put it on with a pump sprayer.
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Re: "Live edge" Hemlock slab siding

You can use spent hydraulic fluid put on with a can sprayer. Most machine shops pay to dispose of it so if you ask around you can get it free. Hydraulic oil comes in several colors, golden or red would be the best choices for a camp. Test it on a piece of the siding to see if the color is what you are looking for. It too will keep out bugs and critters and the color lasts a long time.

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Re: "Live edge" Hemlock slab siding

I used Cabot water base waterproofed with Teflon, good for 5 years so far, left the color natural.

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