Employee Spotlight: Kenny Stodola


I’ve been a lifelong resident of Becker. I graduated from Becker High School in 1969. I worked at Electric Machinery in Minneapolis from 1969-1980. I farmed for 5 years before coming to Country Lumber in 1985. I’ve worked here for 32 years, February 3rd will be my last day of full time employment. I plan to work part-time as long as I can. The picture is my retirement party held at Russell’s last month.

*Though Kenny retired in 2017, he continues to help us in the summers, and is an incredible contributor at Country Lumber!

Condensation in your home

315807334_f57641773eABOUT CONDENSATION

During cold winters, there is a great temperature difference between the inside of a house and the weather outside.  When the temperature drops outdoors, the glass on you windows and doors tends to have lower temperatures than other surfaces in your house, and is the first place that you’ll notice condensation in your home.  This is not due to any defect in your window or door; it’s simply a sign of thea high humidity in your home.  Warmer air is capable of holding much more moisture than cooler air.  When the temperature reaches its dew point, the moisture condenses, attaching to the nearest cool surface.  The first surfaces where you’ll notice this happening is the glass on windows and doors.  Condensation is an unsightly problem.  The last thing you want on your windows is a fog blocking the view.  But the problem goes deeper than that—if condensation is a chronic occurrence in your home; chances are it is accumulating on other harder to see surfaces such as wall and roof cavities.  If left uncontrolled, excess moisture can have serious consequences, including:

  • Mold or mildew
  • Wood rot and warping
  • Roof ice build-up
  • Damp, ineffective insulation
  • Discolored, blistered or bubbling pain
  • Damaging moisture inside walls and attic

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Deck season

azek_vintage_darkhickory_premier_slategray_deck_high-dtWhen it comes to choosing the right deck there are many things to keep in mind. Such as size, location and materials.

The first step is planning. You will want to ask yourself a few questions.  How will I use this deck? Is it a private area for you to relax and enjoy your views or will I be entertaining on my deck?

What is the location or exposure to the sun? Do you want to take advantage of morning sun or evening sun? Decks on the south can get very warm in the evening. In which case you may want to consider a covered deck or screen porch.  Next you will need to check with your local building official on what codes and setback you may have on your property.  Take moment and think about future plans. Someday do I want a hot tub or would I want to turn it into a screened or four season porch? If you are thinking of any of these things you will want to plan for them right away. You will save yourself headaches and money to have the proper structure in place for your future plans. Now it’s time to make bring your deck to life. Having your plan drafted will give you the chance to see you deck before it is build. You will get to see what all your planning has accomplished. Getting a drawing of your deck is the first step in getting a building permit.  Most building official will want to see a set of blue prints of your deck to verify it will meet all local codes.

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