An essential addition to any cottage. Getting away to fish, swim, or just sit back with a tall drink and a good book is an enduring summer tradition. But for cottagers, docks and decks must be maintained, plumbing repaired and cabins and outhouses built. Cottage Essentials focuses on the practical topics -- building a deck, cutting firewood, keeping out pests, first aid, fishing and hospitality. Complete with plans and diagrams, Cottage Essentials shows readers how to maintain and enjoy their vacation property. Topics covered include: First Aid, dealing with bears and other wildlife Chainsaws and tree felling Firewood, wood fires, wood-heating appliances Operation and maintenance of oil lamps Tools and how to build and maintain a deck, dock, woodshed and outhouse Basic plumbing Activities for children Closing-up for the season Glossary of common construction terms Cottage Essentials is a valuable reference chock full of ideas, tips and techniques, even recipes.