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Installing tile outside

I have a cement patio that I would like to install some type of tile (likely a hardwood look tile) over. Is there any special consideration or installation methodology I should use to install it? Do I ...
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How do I properly wire this outdoor junction box?

I have an outdoor junction box mounted on a 4x4 wood post containing the wiring for an underwater light in a pond, an underwater light in a spa, and two GFCI outlets. Unfortunately, the box was ...
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How to set stepping stones in steep, loose hillside

My lot is carved out of a steep hillside. Behind the house there is a very steep slope (30-45 degrees). The soil (at least for a large part of it) was entirely removed and replaced during the ...
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Outdoor lighting: use 12V transformer or 220 V mains? And use RCD or not?

I wish to install some outdoor lighting for meat poultry (they need lights on 24/7 so they can eat 24/7). I've done some minor electrical work, even installing a circuit, but I'm a beginner. First ...
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Can't find correct size outdoor spigot handle

I have ordered several faucet handles but every one has been too large, or the wrong shape (square). Home Depot and Lowe's have handles but all too large or the wrong shape. Universal Outdoor Faucet ...
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My timber retaining wall is tipping over

My timber retaining wall is falling over, I'm just wondering what my options are? Is there a way to fix what I've got, or will I need to dig this whole area out and rebuild? You can't tell from the ...
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How can I get floor paint to stick better on our outside stairs?

We have stairs leading down to our flat which are outside and we have painted them a few times, but the paint doesn't seem to stick very well, and always starts peeling off. It mainly peels in the ...
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Treatment for a cedar picnic table to prevent water damage and color fading?

I built my first picnic table with 2x6 cedar boards and planning to put a few coats of Thomason Water Seal to protect it from water damage and turning gray. But I just saw even it does a good job to ...
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Filling Gap Between External Door Frame and Wall - For Securing Strike Plate Screws

What can I use to fill a gap between a door frame and the wall, at the location where the strike plate screws will be anchored? I recently installed a new external door frame where the wall ended up ...
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Is there a reason NOT to use a garden hose to hook up two faucets?

I have a faucet below my deck that is connected to a faucet that is screwed into the railing. They are connected via a 1/2" copper pipe which burst this winter in multiple locations. The simplest fix ...
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What fabric is suitable for swing repair?

I have a swing where the fabric provides support for the users. I've looked up "outdoor fabric" but nothing seems strong or structurally supportive. I'm trying to avoid using the straps older ...
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Concrete slopes away from drain

Outside of my house the concrete slopes away from the drain causing the water to pool in a corner,any ideas to fix this ?
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How can I fix gaps at the bottom of concrete stairs?

How can I fix or skirt my concrete outdoor stairs? They are bolted on to the side of my house, and are left hanging with gaps all around at the the bottom. They are very sturdy and I don't really want ...
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rusty tennis net posts

The winding handles of our tennis posts are completely rusted and wont turn. Is there any way to save them and be able to actually use them and hang a new net? we tried to tie the net to the posts but ...
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outdoor light post rusted out at the ground. How to I prevent it the next time?

I have an outdoor free standing light in my subdivision yard. It is on a 5" diameter metal pole. This pole was driven into the ground and has rusted at the ground level and broken. I need to fix ...
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How do I attach a flat/gable verandah to an existing house?

I would to build a verandah similar to . It will be attached to the fascia at the back of my house. I'm building it using timber frame and zinc aluminium roof sheets. I initially wanted to do a flat ...
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How do I waterproof a wood door?

I'm replacing a shed door. Nothing fancy and I didn't want to spend a lot, so I didn't invest a lot on an exterior door. Instead, I have a hollow core wood door blank to which I've applied two coats ...
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How do I trace a broken wire outside?

Recently, something happened to the wire running from my house to a lamp by the driveway. Unfortunately, the person who originally ran the wiring was not exactly the best at writing how these things ...
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What considerations should I make for a fire ring?

I'm trying to build a fire ring in my yard. My thought is that for the base I will get a run-of-the-mill fire pit insert (maybe something simple, like this). My plan is to dig a hole about half its ...
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Mounting plumbing to existing outdoor deck. What kind of pipes and fittings should I use?

I'd like to install some plumbing underneath my deck to facilitate running a hose on the deck via quick disconnect couplers. My preference is to run schedule 40 PVC pipes underneath the deck. There ...
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How do we extend, stabilize, and give a finished look to an outside faucet that is attached to the house?

We have three issues we want to resolve regarding an outside faucet. We want to extend the faucet about 4" from the siding, We want to stabilize the faucet because it is bouncing around in the pipe ...
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How can I build my own solar panel?

I've got a shaded area leading up to my front door that I want to illuminate with solar lights, but alas, it's so shaded I can't seem to generate enough juice to charge the batteries. I know that ...
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Rain Bird ESP-6 Sprinkler controller buttons no longer functioning—do I need a new controller?

I am trying to manually cycle through my sprinkler zones with my Rain Bird ESP-6 controller (from 1996), but the membrane button to manually cycle the zones does not work. In fact, none of the 4 ...
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What kind of patio flooring is safe to use on top of a rubber-treated balcony?

I have a balcony that is treated with rubber, it looks similar to a rubber roof to me, as is shown in the picture below. I am wondering if the IKEA SKOGHALL decking can be used safely with it: it ...
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Hose left on outside faucet over winter with no nozzle, should I replace the faucet before turning it on?

We recently bought a house in which I think the hose was hooked up over the winter. It didn't have a nozzle on the end of it, so there wasn't any pressure in the hose. The faucet is a Woodford model ...
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Replace glass table top with a metal grid one to convert it to outdoor

I have an Ikea Granas table like this one: I don't need it anymore inside, but I was wondering if there's a way to convert it to an outdoor one. Theoretically, the table itself is glass and metal, ...
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Is it allowed to run NM wire in PVC pipe under an outdoor porch?

I would like to know if it's allowed to run 10/3 Romex in 3/4 inch PVC pipe for 15 ft. outside under the floor of an open porch to be wired to a 30A power outlet for a portable 6500 watt generator.
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How should I run power wiring and Cat-5 to the perimeter of my huge yard?

I have a house that sits on about 4 acres of land. There is a very large front yard and an even bigger one in the back. I want to get both power and Ethernet (for security cameras) located at various ...
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In CLAY soil, looking for best method to set wood fence posts?

I am getting ready to install a wood fence. My problem is I have soil that is mostly clay. What is the best method to install posts in poor draining clay, giving me the best longevity?
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why is my led bulb running dim?

I have five LED bulbs outdoors near the Twin Cities in Minnesota, all of the same brand (Feit 800 lumens, if that matters), which have been installed somewhere around mid-summer 2013. We don't have ...
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Fast *safe* way to add an outdoor light

I want to add an outdoor light or two on an exterior wall that has no lights. (I'm about to get a puppy and have a door out from my bedroom that has no lights. Since I live in the mountains and have ...
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What should I do with tree root upheaval in front of my drive way?

I have noticed an issue in front of my drive way. On the left side of my house, one of concrete slabs has been lifted by tree roots. The problem seems to get worse as time goes on. I am living in a ...
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How can I protect items stored outdoors?

Because of space limitations in our apartment, we need to store some items in the terrace. It is basically suitcases, baby stroller and box of books. There is a ceiling, so it wouldn't rain on it, but ...
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Why won't my outdoor motion detector shut off?

I have had 2 outdoor motion detectors on each side of the front door for approximately 5 years. They worked fine. Suddenly one of them refuses to go off. The other one continues to work fine. I tried ...
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Does my sandbox need a bottom if it will be over clay soil?

I live in the south and have pretty heavy clay soil. I'm planning on building a simple 4' by 4' sandbox for my kids. Once I remove the sod, can I just dump in a bunch of sand, or should I staple ...
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Is it okay that the earth wire is exposed when installing an outdoor security light?

I have just installed an outdoor security light with a junction box I bought (weatherproof). I wired the old red source wire to the new brown, old black source wire to the new blue in the terminal ...
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Christmas Lights on a Metal Roof

Does anyone have any experience with metal roofs and Christmas lights? I've got icicle lights and red C9 lights. The icicle lights I was able to use my shingle hooks and place between a foam padding ...
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Troubleshooting outdoor electrical outlet

I bought a new house and noticed the outdoor electrical outlets are not working. I checked the electrical panel and all the switches are on (the outdoor outlets are labelled on the panel and I turned ...
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Poorly applied water based stain - help!

1 week ago I attempted to stain my new deck and did a very poor job. I rushed and over applied and now it is streaky, patchy and uneven. I have read that you can apply stain over the excess areas then ...
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Is it ok to use a rotary hammer to make a hole in the sub dirt wall of my basement?

I am considering using a rotary hammer to make a 1" hole in my basement wall. I want the hole to route a pex line entirely underground out to a remote garden hose spigot on the far side of my lawn. I ...
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Can I hold a Hammock up with Star Pickets?

I would like to hang, my Hammock. Unfortunately the new property doesn't have any handy trees etc. So I thought I could perhaps secure it to some star-pickets. The ground is quiet sandy, and I don't ...
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What should I do about damaged electrical conduit?

I'm adding an electrical line to my outdoor pool breaker box. I was digging near the box with a pickaxe (yeah, I know, stupid) and was trying to be careful, but I was not careful enough. I don't ...
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Add water pump to outdoor fountain

Right now the question is how to run power to the pump. I have an outdoor fountain about 10 to 15 feet away from an outdoor outlet. In between the outlet and the fountain is a brick patio. The ...
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How to protect outside cable wire from myself?

I have a lovely standard black cable wire that wraps almost around my entire house, through, over and under dirt, mulch, rocks, bushes, daffodils...you name it this darn wire hits it all. An ...
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What to use to attach copper to stone?

I am modifying a fountain, by adding spouts, made of shaped copper. I need to attach the spouts to the stone bowl, but am not sure how. The fix must have a watertight seal with the stone, that is, ...
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How do I wire a gazebo

I just purchased a outdoor pavilion that came with an electrical package. It includes a #12 two wire plus a ground wire going into an electrical box for the on and off switch to run the fan and ...
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how to setup smoker in grass yard?

I'd like to setup a smoker in my backyard. Its one of the cylindrical fairly inexpensive ones. I'm hesitant to just put it on the grass because i don't want any embers to get on the grass and the yard ...
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How do I plumb an outside line to a roof deck faucet?

I want to get water from the first floor up along the outside of the wall (with a parapet and projecting coping) to the second floor. I got this working as follows: 1st floor hose bibb -> 4:1 hose ...
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Finishing an Outdoor Table

I just completed refinishing an outdoor side table. On the metal, I sanded and cleaned it. Put a base of Rust-Oleum textured protectant followed by two coats of Rust-Oleum Hintr Green. The wood is ...
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Tree trunk table--how to remove suckers from base?

We took down an old apple tree and left the stump at an appropriate table height. Am getting ready to install a brick patio around the base and am wondering how to get rid of the suckers--am trying ...