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Coming down the pipe

Keep the taps running by winter-proofing these four vulnerable spots in your waterline


1 Main intake line If you don’t have 3’ to 5’ of soil on your cottage property, you’ll need to protect the intake line from freezing some other way. Run the water pipe inside lengths of 3” or 4” ABS drain pipe (or PVC) with an electric heating cable inside. Use a plug-in thermostat with a temperature probe inside the ABS (fig. 2) to switch the heat on when the temperature dips below 5°C and off at 8°C. Cover the whole works with as much soil as you can to insulate and protect it. Typically, this system uses less than $10 of electricity per month for a 60-foot run, even during the depths of winter.

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Cottage Life’s Winter issue is all about how Canadians do the cold season. Meet a family that embraces the best of winter fun, with polar bear dips, hot tubs, and all-day shinny. Try our weekend meal plans designed for when the water’s off. Get intel from our workshop to help you thrive in the cold: an outhouse seat hack, tips to keep your pipes flowing in winter, a snowmobile spark plug troubleshooting guide, a firewood-cutting primer, and a bookshelf project that gives your old wooden toboggan new life. Plus, we deliver the inside scoop on new appliances for off-grid living. And, it’s the moment we wait for all year, when we get to show you the stunning collection of winning shots from our annual photo contest, along with the funniest pics you sent in. Lastly, Cottage Life turns 30 this year. Celebrate with us as we look back at our fondest (and strangest) moments.