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Smelly septic holding tank

Smelly septic holding tank

What causes septic holding tank smells to reach the cottage? What can be done to prevent it?
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How can we keep our basement window wells from leaking?

Keeping basement window wells sealed

What are the proper maintenance steps for basement window wells so that they don’t fill with water over the winter?
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Deal with toilet tank condensation

Deal with toilet tank condensation

What can be done if a toilet tank is building up condensation after a deep well has been built?
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Are winter visits damaging to lightly insulated cottages?

Can winter visits damage cottages?

How trouble can start from cranking the heat in your cottage and then taking off
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Why toilet bowls crack in winter

Why toilet bowls crack in winter

What could cause a toilet to crack in winter when the plumbing has been drained and any winter use coincides with filling the bowl with plumbing antifreeze?
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Why you should chop garlic with a knife

Why you should chop garlic with a knife

Is it true that chopping garlic with a knife produces more flavour than using a garlic press?
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Blastomycosis and your pet

Blastomycosis and your pet

What is blastomycosis and what effects could it have on a pet?
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Rid pets of skunk smell

Rid pets of skunk smell

Other than tomato juice, what can be used to get rid of the smell on a pet after it has been sprayed by a skunk?
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Starting a cottage vegetable garden

Starting a cottage vegetable garden

What are some tips for starting a cottage vegetable garden in an area with a shortage of topsoil and an abundance of herbivorous animals?
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Flames coming from barbecue dials

Flames coming from barbecue dials

What would cause flames to come off the barbecue around the dial?
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