Maintenance

Find answers to your maintenance questions and get our best tips on how to deal with common problems.

wheelbarrel septic system landscaping
Septic do's and don'ts, and tips for landscaping on your mound
By Kurt Anderson
Published: April 2, 2014
boat lift maintenance cabin
Use these guidelines to ensure your lift is in ship-shape for boating season
By Mark Boncher
Published: April 2, 2014
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wood furniture care tips
Keep pieces looking beautiful for years with these maintenance tips
By Kurt Anderson
Published: April 2, 2014
Snowblower offseason summerize maintenance
Prep your winter machines for the off-season with these maintenance tips
By Mark Boncher
Published: March 4, 2014
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Early warning signs to look for if you have asphalt shingles
By Kurt Anderson
Published: February 3, 2014
cabin landscaping drainage dry
How to keep your cabin dry the natural way
By Kurt Anderson
Published: February 3, 2014
foundation warning signs cracking
Look for these six early warning signs of structural weakness
By Kurt Anderson
Published: February 3, 2014
bats colony guano removal
In large quantities, bat droppings are toxic and can pose a serious health hazard
By Emily Hare
Published: January 2, 2014
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repair hardwood floors
Easy fixes for scratches, stains & gaps
By Kurt Anderson
Published: June 1, 2013
Napoleon fireplace cabin maintenance tips
Make sure you're ready for the chilly season with these helpful tips
Published: December 1, 2012
Honda HS1336i Hybrid tracked snowblower
Tough and versatile, they make dreaded winter cabin chores easier
By Mark Boncher
Published: December 1, 2012
LCD LED TV cold climate
When heating up the cabin in winter, be careful about turning on the tube
By Emily Hare
Published: December 1, 2012
Question and Answer Article
Summer Cottage
Take proper steps to ensure success
Published: October 16, 2012
NARI-Mold

How to deal with moisture problems and keep them from recurring

Published: September 10, 2012
Ladybugs Asian beetles
Season-by-season pest control tips for Asian lady beetles, spiders, centipedes and other bugs
By Ted Snyder
Published: May 1, 2012
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Armstrong hardwood floor
Keep your cabin floors looking beautiful with appropriate preventative measures and cleaning products
By Carol Marie Johnson
Published: April 1, 2012
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Generac generator
Generators make great cabin power sources, but they can also be loud. Thankfully, there are options for reducing the volume.
By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: April 1, 2012
Question and Answer Article
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9 ways to protect your place from the frosty elements
By Kurt Anderson
Published: October 7, 2011
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By Stephi Jacobs
Published: October 6, 2011
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By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: September 9, 2011
By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: August 31, 2011
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: August 31, 2011
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: June 6, 2011
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By Rod Johnston
Published: June 6, 2011
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: March 24, 2011
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: March 24, 2011
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: February 17, 2011
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webL-4

Tips to keep it  looking great and lasting longer

By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: January 20, 2011
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More years = less expense + less work

By Kurt Anderson
Published: January 20, 2011
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Give Your Pressure a Boost

By Kurt Anderson
Published: January 20, 2011
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: December 17, 2010
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3 Tips to Ensure Better Aqua

By Kurt Anderson
Published: November 8, 2010
How exactly do alarm systems help prevent a freeze-up?
By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: November 8, 2010
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: August 20, 2010
Question and Answer Article
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Ask the contractor
By David McNutt
Published: August 20, 2010
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5 Easy Steps to a Job Done Right
By Kurt Anderson
Published: June 18, 2010
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When battling energy vampires, it's a question of time vs. money
By Kurt Anderson
Published: June 18, 2010
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: May 14, 2010
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: April 16, 2010
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Published: April 16, 2010
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: March 26, 2010
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5 Tips for hiring dependable folks for your cabin projects
By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: March 26, 2010
Published: March 16, 2010
Question and Answer Article
By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: January 27, 2010
Question and Answer Article
By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: January 27, 2010
Question and Answer Article
By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: November 10, 2009
Question and Answer Article
By Amanda Hansen
Published: November 1, 2009
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By Kurt Anderson
Published: November 1, 2009
By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: September 1, 2009
Question and Answer Article
By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: September 1, 2009
Question and Answer Article
By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: September 1, 2009
By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: July 1, 2009
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: July 1, 2009
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: June 1, 2009
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: May 1, 2009
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: May 1, 2009
Question and Answer Article
By Andrew Hudson, Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: April 1, 2009
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: April 1, 2009
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: March 1, 2009
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: March 1, 2009
Question and Answer Article
By Jim Kneiszel
Published: February 1, 2009
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Serenity via shears & saws

By Brenda Timbers
Published: February 1, 2009

8 easy, cost-saving tips & tricks

By Kurt Anderson
Published: February 1, 2009
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By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: September 1, 2008
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By Jana Voelke Studelska
Published: April 1, 2008
By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: March 1, 2008
Question and Answer Article
By Liz Scott
Published: February 1, 2008
By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: November 1, 2007
Question and Answer Article
By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: November 1, 2007
Question and Answer Article
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Times have changed. Many of us now enjoy our getaways all year long.
By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: September 1, 2007
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By Cherie Parker
Published: June 1, 2007
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Published: June 1, 2007
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By Cherie Parker
Published: June 1, 2007
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By Cherie Parker
Published: June 1, 2007
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By Cherie Parker
Published: May 1, 2007
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By Cherie Parker
Published: May 1, 2007
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By Cherie Parker
Published: March 1, 2007
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By Cherie Parker
Published: March 1, 2007
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By Cherie Parker
Published: March 1, 2007
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By Cherie Parker
Published: March 1, 2007
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By Deb Mallin
Published: February 1, 2007
By Cherie Parker
Published: February 1, 2007
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By Cherie Parker
Published: December 1, 2006
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By Cherie Parker
Published: December 1, 2006
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Published: December 1, 2006
By Cherie Parker
Published: December 1, 2006
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By Mark R. Johnson
Published: December 1, 2006
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By Cherie Parker
Published: October 1, 2006
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Published: August 1, 2006
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By Cherie Parker
Published: August 1, 2006
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Four battle plans for saving your plants

By Nancy Cain
Published: June 1, 2006
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We take the mystery out of a little-understood process

Published: June 1, 2006
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By Cherie Parker
Published: May 1, 2006
Question and Answer Article
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By Neil Diboll
Published: May 1, 2006
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Give Your Gas Grill a New Lease on Life
By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: May 1, 2006
By Cherie Parker
Published: April 1, 2006
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By Cherie Parker
Published: April 1, 2006
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webouthouse
By Cherie Parker
Published: March 1, 2006
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By Cherie Parker
Published: February 1, 2006
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By Cherie Parker
Published: February 1, 2006
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webwoodstove
10 tips that work for gas and pellet stoves, too
By Jennifer Hawks
Published: February 1, 2006
By Jim Kneiszel
Published: October 1, 2005
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By Diana Faherty
Published: August 1, 2005
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By Linda Lia
Published: June 1, 2005
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webwindow
10 questions to ask yourself
By Jim Kneiszel
Published: May 1, 2005
By Jim Kneiszel
Published: April 1, 2005
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By Jim Kneiszel
Published: February 1, 2005
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By Pat Faherty
Published: February 1, 2005
By Judy Serwe
Published: December 1, 2004
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By Pat Faherty
Published: December 1, 2004
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