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The Cottage Q&A is one of the magazine's most popular features. From finding a dead moose in the lake to appealing property taxes, we've been offering expert advice for over 20 years.

Where can I get the water quality of our lake tested?

Where can I get the water quality of our lake tested?

I am concerned about the water quality of our lake. Are there test results for lakes in Canada? If not, where can I get our lake water tested?
—Water Worrier

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Why does the humidity set off our smoke alarms?

Why does the humidity set off our smoke alarms?

Find out what to do if you can't stop your smoke alarms from screeching in the summer.
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How can you tell if your septic isn’t functioning properly?

How can you tell if your septic isn't functioning properly?

What are the warning signs that your septic isn't functioning properly? Learn the warning signs and what to do if an issue does arise.
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What’s the best way to transfer a cottage to family?

What's the best way to transfer a cottage to family?

Learn the best way to transfer your cottage to a family member
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If you install a dock bubbler, what are the implications if someone goes through the ice?

If you install a dock bubbler, what are the implications if someone goes through the ice?

If someone were hurt after falling through an unmarked hole made by your bubbler …
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Can I put a privy on top of the septic tank?

Can I put a privy on top of the septic tank?

Find out where you can and cannot place your outhouse
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What’s the most economical heating system?

What's the most economical heating system?

The most economical way to install and run a heating system in a cottage
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How do I safely store my car for winter?

How do I safely store my car for winter?

Learn the best way to put your car away at the cottage
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How can I tell if the lake ice is safe?

How can I tell if the lake ice is safe?

Find out how to stay safe while spending winter in cottage country
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