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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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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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Cabin Security Systems and Tips 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...
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...
Things That Go 'Bump' on the Dock
Things That Go BUMP on the Dock
Dock Bumpers are an important accessory to have for any boat owner. Learn more about what dock bumpers are and why you should c...
Winterizing: TLC for Your Boat
Winterizing: TLC for Your Boat
When Old Man Winter comes knocking at your door, make sure you properly store and care for your boat.
The Right Dock for Your Waters
The Right Dock for Your Waters
A dock can add a lot to a waterfront property. Learn about the different types of docks that you should consider getting for yo...
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Should You Remove Your Dock Before Winter?
Many lake cabin owners in the Frostbelt have wrestled with this question: Should I remove my dock from the lake before winter, ...
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Winterizing: Closing Up the Cabin?
Winterizing: Closing Up the Cabin?
Closing up the cabin for winter? Check and make sure you've completed everything before it's too late.
Septic System Alternatives
What Are the Alternatives to Septic Systems?
A reader writes in inquiring about waste-system options for a tricky lakefront lot.