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Making improvements to your cabin has never been easier.

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Tips for seasoning firewood to ensure a tinder-dry fuel supply
By Kurt Anderson
Published: October 1, 2014
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Swapping out wooden spindles for a cable system that opens up the view
By Mark R. Johnson
Published: July 23, 2014
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Cabin Life editor Mark Johnson travels to Sweden to help Husqvarna celebrate 325 years
Published: July 23, 2014
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By John Tiger
Published: July 16, 2014
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DIY “kit” docks can be a great option for replacing your must-have link between land and water, depending on your skill set, shoreline, lake conditions and budget
By John Tiger
Published: July 15, 2014
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A few simple steps are all you need to refinish your swim platform
By Mark Boncher
Published: June 3, 2014
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5 tips for successfully introducing your children to the wonderful pastime of digging in the dirt
By Jennifer Baker
Published: May 6, 2014
Yamaha PW3028 Power Washer
By Mark Boncher
Published: May 2, 2014
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natural landscaping walkway pathway
Dress up your cabin with this simple landscaping project
By Jennifer Baker
Published: March 4, 2014
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entryway closet makeover nook
Solve a crowded entryway by ditching a door and opening up the closet
By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: February 3, 2014
shelf hanging tips
Keep it up on the wall where it belongs with these shelving do's and don'ts
By Kurt Anderson
Published: January 2, 2014
entryway organization tips
Late winter is the perfect time to tidy up your retreat
By Kim Schlichting
Published: January 2, 2014
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A log and a chain saw are all you need to create this mesmerizing fuel source that burns for hours
By Gary Bartholomew
Published: August 19, 2013
outdoor shower plans DIY project
Here's what you need for this DIY project
By Mike Wilkus
Published: July 26, 2013
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Just a husband alone in the woods with his DIY project
By Mike Wilkus
Published: July 26, 2013
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A family tackles a project to keep helpful bats nearby but out of the cabin
By Emily Hare
Published: June 6, 2013
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From practical and useful to fun and whimsical, these products will enhance your gardening experience
By Emily Hare
Published: March 6, 2013
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An easy weekend project to add charm & beauty to your place

By Raj Chaudhry
Published: February 15, 2013
DIY Log Coatrack
Release your inner lumberjack
By Kurt Anderson
Published: December 1, 2012
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When getting your garden ready for winter, consider leaving your perennials uncut
By Jennifer Baker
Published: October 1, 2012
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It’s fun, educational – even magical – to build a birdhouse for the cabin with your kids or grandkids and then keep an eye on the feathered friends who move in

By Carrol L. Henderson
Published: June 1, 2012
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fire building techniques tips
Follow these basic guidelines, and you'll be lighting up the night like your Stone Age ancestors in no time
By Mike McQuaide
Published: May 1, 2012
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Experts from New York’s Adirondacks and Wisconsin’s lakes regions show you easy, low-maintenance ways to beautify your property
By Deb Wiley
Published: April 1, 2012
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11 Reasons to choose native plants for your cabin yard & shoreline
By Jennifer Baker
Published: March 1, 2012
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Weed-Proof Gardening
Expert tips for keeping your cabin landscaping looking beautiful, even if you can’t be there every weekend
By Kristin Sutter
Published: March 1, 2012
By Brian M. Collins
Published: December 16, 2011
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If natural loon habitat is disappearing on your lake, an artificial nesting platform may help keep these icons of the North calling your waters home sweet home

By Brian M. Collins
Published: December 16, 2011
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Why tear out your kitchen when you can give your cabinets a facelift?
By Kurt Anderson
Published: October 7, 2011
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This beautiful chair set will become a focal point of your deck or patio
By Kurt Anderson
Published: August 1, 2011
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By Kurt Anderson
Published: June 6, 2011
By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: April 28, 2011
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Protect your cabin with these simple tips and tools


By Dan Armitage
Published: March 24, 2011
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How to Replace Your Wood Decking with Composite Boards


By Kurt Anderson
Published: March 24, 2011
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: January 20, 2011
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Here’s how ...

By Kurt Anderson
Published: December 17, 2010
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How to pull stumps the right way – and have fun doing it!

By Andy Nygren
Published: August 20, 2010
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: June 18, 2010
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Even when you’re not there!
By Andy Bennett
Published: June 18, 2010
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: May 14, 2010
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By Kurt Anderson
Published: May 14, 2010
bench

A great use for leftovers

By Mike Portugue
Published: April 16, 2010
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9 TIPS for an easy, successful installation

By Kurt Anderson
Published: March 26, 2010
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A few tricks will go a long way

By Kurt Anderson
Published: September 1, 2009
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Use these tips & that firewood will warm you twice!

By Dan Armitage
Published: September 1, 2009
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cabin shed

Need-to-know carpentry tips

By Kurt Anderson
Published: July 1, 2009
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4 keys to building a retaining wall that will stand the test of time
By Kurt Anderson
Published: June 1, 2009

How to keep this task simple

By Kurt Anderson
Published: May 1, 2009
patio paver

A winning game plan so you'll look like a champ

By Kurt Anderson
Published: May 1, 2009
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Hanging a door

DIY tips for headache-free results

By Kurt Anderson
Published: March 1, 2009
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: February 1, 2009
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: November 1, 2008
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: November 1, 2008
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fell a tree

Make them safely fall where you want them

By Dan Armitage
Published: September 1, 2008
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By Jim Kneiszel
Published: September 1, 2008
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: June 1, 2008
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Don't skip any steps when installing a hillside helper

By Christy Heitger
Published: May 1, 2008
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By Christy Heitger
Published: May 1, 2008
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: May 1, 2008
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: March 1, 2008
Question and Answer Article
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By Marti Jentz
Published: June 1, 2007
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By Cherie Parker
Published: June 1, 2007
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cedar wooden shed small storage
The size of garage or shed you need depends on what tools and toys you plan to store
By Jason Amundsen
Published: June 1, 2007
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Can an average family truly build a log home by themselves? Hint — You'll need tools, friends and humor!

By Cathy Strasser
Published: May 1, 2007
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How to keep your slamming door from ruining your peace and quiet
By Gary Campbell
Published: April 1, 2007
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By Cherie Parker
Published: April 1, 2007
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By Cherie Parker
Published: April 1, 2007
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By Raj Chaudhry
Published: December 1, 2006
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How to transform your outdated fireplace using manufactured stone
By Mark R. Johnson
Published: October 1, 2006
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By Raj Chaudhry
Published: October 1, 2006
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By Cherie Parker
Published: August 1, 2006
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Published: August 1, 2006
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To hold all your small essentials
By Raj Chaudhry
Published: August 1, 2006
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By Cherie Parker
Published: June 1, 2006
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Create your own rustic accent with this easy project
By Raj Chaudhry
Published: May 1, 2006
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Spice up your life with a low-maintenance patch of homegrown flavor

By Jason Miller
Published: May 1, 2006
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By Cherie Parker
Published: April 1, 2006
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By Shirley Brandt
Published: December 1, 2005
Question and Answer Article
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Make this handy project in just a couple days

By Raj Chaudhry
Published: December 1, 2005
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You can have a blossoming winter – if you plan ahead
By Audrey Hillman
Published: October 1, 2005
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What you need to know before you get started
By Dan Ramsey
Published: October 1, 2005
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By Kira Obolensky
Published: October 1, 2005
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Simple, easy and oh-so-unique

By Raj Chaudhry
Published: August 1, 2005
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How to avoid the three most common mistakes

By Audrey Hillman
Published: June 1, 2005
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By Mark R. Johnson
Published: May 1, 2005
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By Jim Kneiszel
Published: May 1, 2005
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Build this simple condo to help keep mosquitoes at bay

Published: April 1, 2005
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Prevent erosion, or manage a steep slope
Published: April 1, 2005
toolbox workshop checklist
Do you have all these must-have tools and emergency supplies on hand?
By Jim Kneiszel
Published: December 1, 2004
U.S. flag guidelines
If you plan to display Old Glory at the cabin, keep these guidelines in mind
Published: June 1, 2003
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DIY weekend warriors: Is your arsenal at the ready?
By Steve Umland
Published: June 1, 2002
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