11 Ways to Prevent a Break-in

It’s a great feeling to pull into your cabin’s lane or driveway, knowing that your sanctuary awaits. But if you’ve ever arrived to find that your cabin has been burglarized, then you’re familiar with just how quickly that great feeling turns to fear, anger and frustration. According to crime prevention authorities, most cabin and cottage […]

Surviving a Wildfire

Be Proactive in Protecting Your Place Some cabin owners are reluctant to alter the canvas of their property by slicing down trees. But nobody advocates a clear-cut approach; besides, removing all trees would introduce other problems such as […]

Affordable Cabin Security

Q: I want to install cameras to keep an eye on my cabin when I’m not there, but I don’t want to spend thousands on a high-tech surveillance system. What other options do I have?

– Ron, via email


A: It’s a great idea to install a few extra “eyes” around your cabin – you can never […]

The Unstoppable Catastrophic Wildfire

By Mother’s Day, 1988, the snow was a week gone. Wild peas, fiddlehead ferns and trout lilies were emerging in the woods around Lake Vermilion in northern Minnesota. It was late afternoon, and my wife and I were opening the cabin – I outside connecting the hose to the water storage tank, my wife inside […]

How to Protect Your Cabin, Cottage or Camp from Wildfire

Every year, hundreds of homes and outbuildings are destroyed by wildfire. Many of these structures could have been saved if cabin and cottage owners, and homeowners, had followed some simple suggestions. Within 30 feet* of a home or structure, homeowners should: Reduce or eliminate hazardous evergreen trees, […]

Tips to Protect Your Place from Wildfire

■ Choose fire-resistant roofing material such as metal, tile or slate. ■ Do not attach a wooden fence to your cabin.■ Enclose open eaves and screen soffits to deflect embers.■ Clear roof and gutters of debris – especially pine needles, a highly flammable landscape material.■ Maintain a defensible space around your cabin by clearing away […]

Campfire Safety Tips

Cool ways to get a hot spark In windy or rainy conditions, a standard match or lighter might not do the trick. A terrific option is a commercial fire starter, such as BlastMatch, below. It’s a small, handheld device that uses a spring-loaded flint and tungsten striker to create a spark. It requires only one […]

Reader’s Tip: High-tech Video Security Systems

Mary Solomon has two high-tech video security systems installed on her lake property: One that doesn’t work and one that does. Mary, whose primary home is in the sunbelt, wanted a web-based video security system for her lake property in the upper reaches of the frostbelt so she could “see my property from wherever I […]

VIDEO: DIY Safety Tips

A recent survey by the 3M TEKK Protection showed that 36% of DIYers were injured or suffered a side effect while working on a home improvement project last year. Cabin Life editor Mark Johnson recently interviewed Lou Manfredini, who spent 25 years of his life building and renovating homes and now hosts a popular home improvement […]

Demolition Safety 101

So, it’s finally time to knock down that eyesore of a porch, gut the 1970s kitchen … or maybe even knock down a wall or two to open up your cabin’s floor plan. Whether your demolition project is small or large, it’s important to follow a few basic safety guidelines to ensure that you – […]