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Loghomeology definition

Backer Rod

A foam backing (filler) for chinking or caulk to reduce the amount of sealant necessary for a proper seal between the logs. The foam also serves as insulation and is available in three standard shapes, round, triangular, and trapezoidal.


Horizontal structural members attached to a post bearing the weight of the joist or other lateral member. (i.e. post & beam).  A structural member supporting a load applied transversely to it.


A truss or network of structural beams or timbers that make up a cross-sectional section of the frame.

Bird's Mouth

A V-shaped notch that looks a lot like an open bird's beak. The cut is made in the base of a rafter and laid on the plate.


Usually an oval shaped piece of 'prepared' (compressed wood or fibers) that is inserted in corresponding mortices in both members of a 'butt joint' (a floating tenon). Learn more...

Blind Mortise

A mortise that does not protrude through the timber.

Board Foot

A measurement for lumber represented by a board 1 foot long, 12 inches wide, and 1 inch thick or its metric equivalent.


Smaller timbers mounted diagonally between uprights making the assembly (wall, structure) more rigid.


Boards placed between beams or joists to prevent sway or sideways movement.

Bressumer (or breast summer)

An English term for a spanning beam supporting an upper wall of a timber framed structure that provides support for the wall or timber framing above it. A summer or girder extending across a building flush with, and supporting the upper part of a front or external wall; a long lintel often used above shop windows.

BTU (British Thermal Unit)

An acronym used globally in the heating and air conditioning (HVAC) industries.  One BTU is the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. 


The base of a felled tree, or the large end of a log. A 'butt cut' is the first cut above the stump or a 'butt log'.

Butt joint

A basic joinery technique in which two members are joined by butting them together end-to-end. The butt joint is the simplest joint where two logs on the same course join end-to-end.

Butt & Pass Corner

The butt-and-pass corner style is centuries old. Basically, one log continues beyond the fixed corner and the adjoining log butts into it. With logs on subsequent levels, the opposite log is cut longer and the adjoining log abuts to it as the picture at right illustrates.  Butt-and-pass keeps the logs around the entire structure at the same level thus producing a proportional look on both the inside and outside.  One clear advantage to using this style is the ease of building and no recessed notches or pockets that could trap water.

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