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Wet spaces, pink pork & packed privy

JOREN CULL

Cottage Q& A

TO BETTER BANISH THE DAMP

How can we keep water from entering our poured concrete crawl space, which is at the level of the water table?—HELENE YAREMKOJARVIS, LAC SERGENT, QUE.

Ordinarily, when water is getting into basements or crawl spaces, “it’s directly related to landscaping or downspouts,” says Roger Frost of Napoleon Home Inspections in Barrie, Ont. If your downspouts aren’t sending water far enough away from the cottage, you can extend them; if the land around the cottage doesn’t slope away from the building, you can landscape to steepen the grade.

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Summer is the time to kick back and relax in the pages of the Summer 2018 issue of Cottage Life. You’ll read about a unique book club of remote islanders that comes together each year to bond over the love of a good story. Then, take a page out of their book and dive into our summer reading guide with all-star book suggestions and summer must-reads. Plus, do you have the classic cottage bookshelf? Enter to win a prize by taking our cottage bookshelf quiz and sharing your Cottage Shelfie pics. Then, meet cottagers who aren’t satisfied with just a quick dip, and find out how to take on a swim challenge at the lake. Feed unexpected guests with our 7 easy dockside treats: happy hour recipes and solutions to make your next dock party a no-sweat affair. That said, if you’re the type to relax by keeping busy, we have a tool box full of puttering projects to consider: fix a broken cooler hinge, build a marshmallow catapult with the kids, quit stubbing your toes with this clever new dock hardware, get on top of exterior maintenance, and be inspired by a 20-something who DIY’d a sweet little cabin of his own on his parents’ back 40. Plus, read our essential guide to keeping your cottage road in shape—how to finally tackle potholes, washboarding, and beaver dams. Grab our Summer 2018 issue, fire up the old autoreply, and lie back in the hammock. Summer’s finally here!