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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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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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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. Some of the showiest and most widely adapt...
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A Small Cabin with a Flowering Green Roof
Lock on Door for Cabin Security
The Ultimate Guide to Cabin Security
With smart technology and simple measures, you can rest easy knowing your cabin is safe and secure while you’re away. Here’s wh...
Campfire Safety Tips
Campfire Safety Tips
Follow these tips for safe and smart campfires at the cabin:
Severe Weather Safety at the Cabin
Severe Weather Safety Tips
If thunder roars, go indoors!
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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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Case Study: One Cabin Owner's Comprehensive Approach to Prevent Burglaries
After the second break-in, one cabin owner adopted a simple cabin security regimen to keep vandals at bay. Here's his strategy.

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