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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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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 tips and info to share here.
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How to Heat Your Cabin in Winter
Here are our best tips to beat winter's chill and keep your cabin nice and cozy, all season long.
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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!
How to Identify and Treat Poisonous Plants
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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Affordable Cabin Security
Keep an eye on your cabin, even from afar, with these smart solutions:
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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...
Using Drywall in Log Homes
Using Drywall in Log Homes
For those who long for a lighter, brighter interior, mixing in some drywall with the wood walls is appealing.
How to Replace Your Pontoon Floor
How to Replace Your Pontoon Floor
Is the floor on your pontoon soft, carpet moldy and rotting, and you’re wondering if the next wave you hit might buckle your pa...
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A Comprehensive Approach to Prevent Cabin Burglaries
After the second break-in, we adopted a simple cabin security regimen we are convinced has helped keep vandals at bay. We’ve no...
How to Refurbish a Teak Ski-Boat Deck
How to Refurbish a Teak Ski-Boat Deck
If your ski boat’s teak deck is looking a little weathered, restore it to its former glory with just a few simple steps.
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How to Build a Retaining Wall
Add a smart, secure retaining wall to your cabin landscape plan with these straightforward steps.
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DIY Pathway With Natural Landscaping
Your walkway is the first impression of every experience you have at your cabin. Dress up the pathway by yourself to create tha...
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Fail-Proof Fire-Building Tips & Techniques
Fail-Proof Fire-Building Tips & Techniques
Believe it or not, making a fire is easy once you know how to properly build it. Follow these fool-proof tip and tricks to buil...
Help Keep Loons on Your Lake
Help Keep Loons on Your Lake
How to keep a loon or duck on your lake is easy if you build an artificial nesting platform.
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15 Practical Cabin Landscaping Tips
Good landscaping adds value, privacy, and beauty to your property. Here's our 15 practical cabin landscaping tips that will enh...