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Major Renovation

I'm considering hiring a contractor to do some major renovations to my home. I'm already in need of a new roof so this is the ideal time to do this. Currently, we have a patio that I would like to ...
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Would retrofitting weep holes reduce dampness?

Our house is two story brick veneer and currently has no weep holes on the bottom level. It does have a damp course and some moss under the damp course. I'm currently getting moisture and dampness and ...
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Repaint masonry window sill

Our house has a Victorian bay window and what appears to be chunky masonry/concrete window sills. They look like they are painted with some form of gloss which has become flaky and green over the ...
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How to install a house number plaque on vinyl siding?

I need to install house numbers on my house. I have obtained an aluminium plaque with the numbers and I'm now wondering the best way to install it onto the house. The house has vinyl siding, and ...
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What's better for outside trim- treated pine 1x4 or painted/primed yellow pine in Houston?

Which is best choice? Contractor says pressure treated pine does not hold paint because it might still be wet. He prefers primed and painted yellow pine. This is for a rental. On my home I live in, ...
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Interior vs. exterior A/C insulation

I recently got a new central a/c system with ducts included. PROBLEM: The ducts had interior insulation that gave off maple syrup odor. The contractor replaced the ducts with more interior insulation,...
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How do I seal around an outdoor rated wall mounted luminary?

What's the proper way to seal a exterior wall mounted luminary from water entry? I was unable to find one for purchase with any sort of gasket, and it appears that any water sheeting down the wall ...
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Spanish stucco refinish

The outside if my house is Spanish stucco, painted over with what appears to be an oil-based paint. In certain areas the paint chipped off or looks loose (rain probably infiltrated) I live in NYC and ...
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How/where can I find out what the frost-line is for my area?

Aptos, CA, United States What service or documentation resource can I use to determine what the frost-line is for my area? I'd be inclined to ask the county building/planning office but I suspect ...
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Drilling through the exterior wall of a row house - hitting metal?

Working on a 1920s brick two family row house in Brooklyn. Looking to run a cat5 cable through an exterior wall (and back in again at another part of the house, to avoid running the wire through ...
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Installing pre-hung exterior door flush against studs instead of sheathing

Yesterday, I installed a new pre-hung exterior door. When I removed the old door, I found that the existing rough opening was wider than recommended by 2". So I installed a 2x4 (actual width 1.5") on ...
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How to get access to and change bulb in a hanging lantern

My task today was to change the light bulbs of a hanging lantern that we have on our porch. I simply cannot determine how to get to the actual light bulbs. I've tried turning the bottom finial, ...
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Completely paint with wood filler?

I have a very old house with many layers of exterior paint. I am trying to have a new paint job "done right". They removed as much paint as they could using stripper and scraping, but there was still ...
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Type of tool used to fasten wood to brick

The brick foundation under my porch has latticework that is mounted on wood. A number of these wood pieces have rotted and I would like to replace them. They have been mounted to the brick with a ...
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How do I properly feed coax through an outside wall?

I would like to add a new cable outlet to an outside wall and wanted to find out what kind of drill bit is needed to drill through and feed the coax cable as well as anything else to be mindful of. ...
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How can I determine what's under my siding and cover it.

TL;DR: want to install a pergola structure over my window, need to remove one row of siding. not sure how to proceed. My house has a concrete foundation, then bricks up to what looks like the second ...
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New paint cracking on caulk bead along exterior trim and j-channel flashing

I recently had new windows installed and replaced an exterior door myself. I have aluminum siding and so there's strips of metal j-channel flashing along the door and window trim, butting up to the ...
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Repainting Exterior Doors - Grill Paint vs Appliance Paint

The exterior doors are hurricane rated and aluminum frame. I prepped the doors and repainted the first set with grill paint. I was not happy with the finish and decided to repaint the remaining ...
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What is the proper way to prevent water infiltration between exterior stairs and wall

My house has a full flight of poured concrete stairs (covered with decorative stone) that runs parallel to (and butts up against) an exterior wall. The interior wall had water stains at the basebord,...
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Product & technique recommendation to trim this door

So I had a new retaining wall built for the walkout from my basement, and there is a small gap (about an inch) between between the door frame and the wall. Currently it is filled with spray foam that'...
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How to fill a 1.5 " gat on the exterior window gap to brick?

I am getting a water leak from several of my window, appears the window opening is at least one inch larger than the window. The gap was filled with mortar and caulked along the top and bottom of the ...
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How do I paint over chipped powder coated galvanized steel?

I have a metal outdoor structure that is made of galvanized steel and powder coated. A portion of the powder coating has peeled away. The rest appears to be adhering well. What are the best products/...
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How can I attach modern fixture to knob & tube wiring?

I have a modern external light fixture that needs to be attached to an existing exterior electrical 'box'. The older parts of the house have knob & tube wiring and there is evidence of gas ...
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Best way(s) to add new king stud to existing exterior wall

I'm going to be removing a large 4'wide x 7'tall window and replacing it with a small 3'x2' window. I will probably need to add a couple of new king studs when framing up and to keep everything 16" ...
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Are storm windows necessary for homes in mild climates?

I feel silly asking this but I'm curious. =) When are storm windows necessary and under what conditions? I live in California (US) and we hardly ever get snow or freezing temperatures where I'm at. In ...
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Looking for a two way clamp two extend a pole

I'm looking for a clamp that can extend a 2" diameter pole with another pole. Basically I'm trying to set up a Ubiquiti Litebeam but the pole I'm attaching it to isn't tall enough for line of sight ...
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Water coming in through weep holes during hard rain?

One room in the front of our house leaks during a hard driving rain storms. The leaks are at the top of the window and at the floor -- both locations which seem to correspond to locations of weep ...
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How can I safely work around power lines?

I have to do some painting and repair work on the outside of the house near the incoming power line. The repair is pulling off molding and replacing it as well as painting the surrounding area. I am ...
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How to mount an exterior light that doesn't cover the junction box [duplicate]

I'm trying to mount this light on the exterior of a house, but it doesn't cover the hole like the existing lights do. In some places there's an existing light that's mounted directly to a junction ...
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New door jamb is smaller than the one it replaced. Can I use it?

I've installed the new jamb, however the new jamb appears to bow a bit, and goes in quite a bit at the bottom. I haven't screwed it down yet, or shimmed it, I wanted a second set of eyes (and 3rd, 4th,...
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How do I install a new exterior GFI outlet?

I have an interior outlet. I would like to place an exterior (GFI) outlet in approximately the same position on the outside wall. How should I do that? approx. loc. of desired outlet-| ...
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What entities must get involved when building a new home or modifying the exterior of a home?

When constructing a new home or renovating a home, and the exterior of the home is changing in some way, what entities (government, insurance companies, home owner, etc..) or organizations must be ...
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Should I cover this gap under my front door?

Under my front door, there is a wood board, but there is a 1/2 to 1 inch gap above the board and below the threshold. Is it a problem if water gets in there? I'm not sure if I should seal it. There's ...
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What is the proper and accurate way to measure space for window screens?

One of our metal windows is missing a screen and I'd like to replace it. I don't have other windows of the same size so I can't easily copy the screen dimensions. How should I measure the window ...
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Is it worthwhile to fill minor cracks and holes in mortar?

There are a number of small cracks and holes in the exterior on my 10-year-old brick house. These are very small and do not in any way appear structural. They are much much smaller than the weep holes,...
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Replacing/Fixing Exterior “Trim” Around Door and Windows

Searched all over google and found nothing related. I'm replacing a storm door and i've found this lovely surprise (in picture) left behind it. I'd rather not install the new storm door onto this, ...
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Exterior door jamb construction

I've an entryway with a 9 inch jamb. I'm planning on buying a slab door and building a custom jamb. Few questions : What kind of wood is the best for exterior door jambs ? How do I extend the ...
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Mold Growing on Top of Exterior Door

I am not that knowledgeable with mold. On my exterior front door by the head and the door stop I have mold growing. I checked the drywall and it doesn't seem to have any water damage. I was thinking ...
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How do I secure wooden balusters to an exterior stair railing?

I'm building an exterior railing for my front porch & stairs. I will be using pressure treated lumber. My balusters will be turned like these: To secure the baluster to the bottom rail I was ...
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Is this decorative trim or exterior bracing?

Shown below is an example of my exterior above my garage. I was wanting to look into painting/stucco/new siding work and wondered if what "bracing" you see as the same color of the house was purely ...
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Can I use a round metal electrical box for an exterior light fixture to be mounted in an insulated concrete form (ICF) wall?

Can I use a round metal electrical box for an exterior light fixture to be mounted in an insulated concrete form (ICF) wall?
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Outside garage lights

I have 1 outdoor light on the front of my house and 2 on either side of my garage that are on the same switch as the light above the front door. How can I keep power to the three lights without them ...
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Which color temperature for front door exterior lights? [closed]

Finally running out of incandescent bulbs for our two front door exterior fixtures. I want to use this opportunity to try LED bulbs, as I do not love CFLs and seems like LED prices are getting ...
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How many arms should a 5.8m long awning have?

I am preparing to install two awnings with folding aluminum arms. The length of each awning is 5.80 meters or 19 ft. The house is at an elevation of 200 meters or 656ft (in the city outskirts) and ...
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How Do I Install Custom Exterior Fixed Shutters?

I've recently been working on making my own "open board and batten" shutters out of cedar pickets. I've completed making them. I didn't want to use shutter hinges, so I bought a pack of deck screws ...
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Drilling/screwing into exterior metal door?

I am wondering about drilling/screwing into an exterior metal door. I want to install a dart board & back board onto the back of my exterior door that leads into the garage. My worries are as ...
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Easy to spread caulking - window weather proofing

I want to go around the exterior of my windows, etc with some caulking. I have some now that I used in the bathroom but it doesn't spread that easy or lay a decent bead. I know when I was growing up ...
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Troubleshooting a leaking exterior door

I have an exterior door that leaks water into the house when rain is blown against it. The floor on the inside of the house is unfinished, meaning it is just the raw subfloor. I don't want to put the ...
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Are bubbles in new exterior paint normal?

Not happy with the new exterior paint job - it bubbled immediately, and the initial recommendation from the contractor was "don't pop them". We gave it time to settle, but the issue still hasn't been ...
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How do I choose paint for exterior steel on carport?

Planning on painting the steel purlins of a carport, that is peeling. I assume the primer and old paint are "oil based" alkyd. I think we will have it sandblasted. What primer should I use on the ...