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Cabin Maintenance

Keeping up with a cabin, especially if it's a second home, can feel overwhelming. We provide the best tips and advice on maintaining the cabin so there are less undiscovered surprises that pop up.

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Boat Lift Maintenance
Maintaining your boat life is important! Plus off-season care for your lift & cover.
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Mound Septic Systems for the Cabin
Tips for landscaping on your mound for your cabin's septic system.
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Keeping Deer at Bay
Although no plant is immune to the mouth of a really hungry deer, look to the mint or onion family if you want to plant perenni...
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Everything You Need to Know About Boat Covers
Get the boat cover that is right for you.
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How to Stain Your Log Cabin
Staining your log cabin is more than just an aesthetic choice — it’s essential protection to make your exterior last for the li...
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Get Your Cabin Ready for Spring
With the snow melting and the ground thawing, it’s time to get your cabin ready for the coming year. Here’s what should be on y...
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Winter-Friendly Flooring
What type of flooring should you use in your cabin that can withstand long cold winter months?
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Battery Powered Chainsaw
Editor Mark Johnson was never a fan of battery powered chainsaws, but after a more hands-on experience, he became a believer fo...
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Saw Safety Tips
Here are six important tips when operating any level of chain saw.
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How to Purchase the Right Chain Saw
Editor Mark Johnson recently traveled to Sweden for the anniversary celebration of the Husqvarna Group. He came away with great...
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Cabin Warmth
Beat winter’s chill and make your place cozy.
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Winterizing Your Summer Toys and Tools
Winter’s coming, and the summer toys and tools should be put away properly, or they may give you trouble when it’s time to star...
Avoid the Itch!
Avoid the Itch!
Prevent the dreaded ivy itch by educating yourself on the different types of irritants out there.
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10 Tough Wildflowers for Your Cabin Gardens
There are hundreds of native wildflowers from which to choose for your cabin garden.
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Trimming Trees, Seasoning Wood
Q: What is the best time for trimming tree branches? And how long should fresh-cut logs sit before using them as firewood?
Should You Build Your Own Dock?
DIY Dock: Should You Build Your Own Dock?
Your official resource to help you replace, complete building plans, or design and build your own dock on-site.
The Waterline Puzzle: How to Get Water from the lake Without the Water Line Freezing
The Waterline Puzzle: How to Get Lake Water Without the Water Line Freezing
Hoping to winterize the cottage but have not figured out a way to get water from the lake to the house without the water line f...