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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 ...
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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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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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Storm door is too tall for opening

I just purchased a Larson storm door from Lowes on clearance. The width of the door is perfect, but the height of the storm door is 80 inches, but my opening is only 79.25. I'm thinking about taking ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Planning for stone veneer

I'd like to replace a 4x4 column supporting the overhang at our front door with a post housing a light. Roughly speaking I envision the post to be about 12 to 18 inches square with the bottom portion ...
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Is super insulating exterior walls with rigid foam board insulation possible?

2" rigid foam-board insulation can have an R-value of up to R-10, layering 4 boards would create a R-40 value, right? However that creates an 8" foam wall above the actual wall. What would be a ...
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What's the best way to seal an access hole in a wooden gate?

I have had to cut out a square hole in a tall wooden garden gate in order to be able to gain access to the bolt and padlock that sits on the side of my garden. I've put all weather seal on the cut ...
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Waterproof Box THHN Clamp and Interior Run

Have a waterproof box under garage eve with typical motion detector and two floods. I want to run the switched hot to a relay to turn on additional spots. So need four wires, the hot, neutral, ground, ...
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Can I put a right inswing front door with a left outswing screen

Can I put a right hand swing door (Exterior) with a left out swing screen door??
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How do you get rid of flies that like to hang out on the side of my house in the sun?

Each year as it gets nicer outside, I begin to find flies congregating in the sun on the side of the house just outside our patio door. It tends to be a nice sunny place for them. I do not have a ...
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What type of insulation is needed for exterior walls on a brick house?

I have a government grant (2,440$) to insulate all of my exterior walls. The issue is, I cannot access them from the outside because I have a brick house. My first guess was that I will need to take ...
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Need advice on how to move forward with self-build conservatory

I recently bought a self-build conservatory. It is to be built on the foundations of a previous conservatory so the sides, foundations, frontage, and drainage are all there to begin with. Myself and ...
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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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Uh oh. I've just noticed flying termites around my new outdoor office. What is a cost-efficient way to protect it?

I recently finished building an outdoor shed/office: The porch is redwood. The structure itself is "nordic spruce" I have not painted the outside yet (I'm planning to do that soon) but I've ...
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crumbling exterior plaster

We have a semi-exterior wall with some spots where the paint is peeling and what appears to be dry, powdery plaster is falling out. The wall is under a roof so it's not rained on directly, but ...
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Kitchen remodel to studs, infilling a window, no insulation, no building wrap!

looking for some urgent feedback. My Husband and I are remodeling our kitchen. We're down to the studs, and two of the walls are exterior. The house is a 1920's bungalow. We're actually making our ...
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Where to split existing water pipes for new pipe run?

Goal: Install a new hot and cold supplied exterior faucet for garden watering and year round animal watering. Here's the rough situation: We're on a rural property, drawing from a well, into a ...
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Does door jamb size make a difference in installation?

How can I install a 34 inch door made for a 4 inch door jamb in to a 6 inch door jamb. Can it be done?
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Correct Glue for Foam Outsulation?

My house is masonry block about halfway up and then wood siding with top. Two months ago I had outsulation installed. It’s made up of 2x4 feet foam panels that are 2 inches thick. These are covered ...
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How to enlarge a 4 in. vent hole on exterior wall

My house is covered by sheet metal and I currently have a 4 in. vent hole from a previous air exchanger. I'm changing the air excahnger and require a 5 in. hole. So I basically have to make a hole ...
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Can I tap into an exterior light in order to power a security camera?

I have an exterior light (shown below) that I was wondering if I could tap into, in order to power an outdoor IP cam. I understand I would have to pull appart some cables and potentially purchase ...
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Exterior Fire-rated Wall Assembly?

I am renovating a 100+ year-old house that sits less than 5 feet from the property line on two sides. The renovation involves re-sheathing and residing the whole house. In order to bring it up to ...
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How to Replace Exterior Door & Casing in Old House

My house is about 100 years old. The door jamb is about 10" wide. I've replaced a few doors before, but all of them had standard jams. I'm not sure how to go about replacing this. I'm assuming I need ...
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How can/should I mount this porch light?

I want to mount a porch light on my outdoor shed/office. I recently had an electrician place interior wiring however I elected to do the fixtures myself. Uh oh. Here's what the back of the porch ...
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How can I repaint a bad paint job?

I just got a wooden sweet cart made for myself. I asked someone to paint it for me but he did a really bad job. He didn't let paint dry completely so it has smudged all over an looks uneven. How can ...
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How often should I paint the exterior of my house?

We're about to have the exterior of our house repainted. How often should we expect the paint to last? Location: Metro Atlanta, GA Surfaces: Wood & Wood Composite Siding (Yes, I know it sucks) ...
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Paint adherence on fiberglass door. Does it need time to 'cure'? Can I top-coat it?

We bought this door: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Feather-River-Doors-6-Lite-Clear-Craftsman-Unfinished-Smooth-Fiberglass-Prehung-Front-Door-GK3191/204487447?N=5yc1vZas82Z7cm I've primed it using ...
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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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Cracked wall, is it serious?

I am in the process of purchasing a home and this was reported in the inspection report. The side of the house showed long cracked lines of the wall "with deformation". Would anyone be able to tell if ...
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Anti-Siphon Sillcock Handle

I just moved into a new home and the anti siphon sillcock on the outside of the house is leaking from behind the knob. I tried to remove the handle via the center screw but it was rusted so badly it ...
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Should I fill in 15-20 nail holes in my roof underlayment? If so, how?

I goofed right off the bat when installing shingles for my garden office roof. I forgot to trim the rake of the first shingle in the starter strip. The net result is that it wasn't aligned properly. ...
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Best way to cover external XPS insulation

My house has a basement, and on the outside, there's a layer of XPS foam insulation on the outside of the basement wall, up to the grade. For most of the house, the sod goes right up to the house, ...
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When should I consider using Plastic Round Cap Roofing Nails?

I'm getting ready to shingle a roof for a shed/outdoor office and I'm confused on if/when I should use plastic round cap roofing nails: I haven't seen these used in any instructions (including the ...
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How to seal swamp cooler ducting into house siding?

My swamp cooler enters the house horizontally through an exterior wall. What is the correct way to seal this interface to the wood siding? Should I just use an exterior caulking around the edges?
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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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Is exterior paint more protective than stain for protecting a shed from rain/elements?

I'm assembling a shed (more like an outdoor office) made out of "Nordic Spruce" and want to make sure that it's protected from the elements (particularly rain and direct sunlight - no snow). Aside ...
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Repainting exterior sandstone

We live in a traditional Victorian house in the North-East of England, i.e. fairly damp and wet. The windows have sandstone lintels. However due to damp and age the paint eventually bubbles (see ...
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Relative maintenance costs of painted vs. stained cedar siding?

I'm house shopping and I have a pretty good idea about the costs to maintain painted cedar exterior siding, but I've run into a few homes with stained cedar exteriors. How does the cost to maintain ...
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What is the right type of contractor to fix slightly damaged house siding corner

Sorry if I'm using incorrect terminology. A car slightly damaged a corner of the house siding and I'm not sure what type of contractor should take a look into that. I need to make sure that it's ...
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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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Replacing a sill, on a factory built Marvin window?

The following windowsill, and the ones like on the same building, have failed. Patching with Smith's Flexible Epoxy kept the sills alive for a few years, but now the entire sill feels like balsa wood ...
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What are my gutter guard options?

As I mentioned in a prior post, I'm planning to add some gutters to my house. I see that there's wide variety of gutter guards available and was curious which ones are better? As far as I can ...
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How do I run a wire underground to an outdoor post lamp?

I live in Geauga county Ohio. My question is three part. First what type of wire do I need to run from the house underground to a post lamp 100 feet away? Second,does it need to be in conduit and ...
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Best way to air seal, vapor seal, and insulate exterior wall in old house?

I have a 90-year old house in Seattle. Exterior walls are constructed as follows: lath and plaster, uninsulated 2x4 stud bays, plank sheathing, cedar clapboard, 1" foil-faced styrofoam, vinyl siding. ...
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How can I adjust for an uneven exterior door threshold?

What is the most appropriate way to adjust for an uneven threshold on an exterior door? In the image below you can see the gap that exists on one side of the door. We have considered taking up the ...
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How do I prevent water from collecting against side of house?

Our house has a concrete patio (I'd say about 12' x 10') in the back that is very slightly angled in so that rainfall can cause water to collect where the patio meets the back wall of the house. What ...