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Now you know jack

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Legend has it that the second floor of our cottage was raised using a single bottle jack. Starting in one corner, the structure was lifted just enough to slide a chunk of wood in, and then the jack was re-positioned farther along the wall. ’Round and ’round they went, about a gazillion times, until the second floor was 18 inches higher. I don’t condone this approach, lest you end up with a cottage that is no longer standing upright and quite possibly on top of you. However, I can attest to the value of having a good jack in your arsenal of cottage tools. Better yet, invest in two styles—a bottle jack and a farm jack—to cover most of your heavy lifting.—Paul Lewis

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Cottage Life’s Fall issue brings you the magic of the season. Kick your campfire up a notch with desserts that are delicious and pure fun. Get inspired by the story of a family whose three generations pitch in to add on to their retreat—gaining hands-on skills and a love of the cottage along the way. Discover the secrets to better sleep at the lake. Build a fold-up workbench, and get the lowdown on Tesla solar roof tiles, two handy jacks, and six small problem-solving gadgets for your workshop. Choose the best water-filtration system for your family (so you can stop hauling water to the cottage!). And when it’s finally time to close up for the season, we’ve got 17 smarter ways to put your boats, docks, plumbing, and more to bed—with a lot less stress. Plus, as fish numbers drop, we asked the experts what’s going on below the surface of our lakes. Chock full of advice and inspiration, this issue offers the best of fall at the cottage.
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