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How do I install an outdoor receptacle box on vinyl siding?

Any tips for adding an outdoor receptacle box onto a house with vinyl siding? Shouldn't the box be attached to a stud? How do I seal around it? J Channel? How can I accomplish this without tearing off ...
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Why is my timer tripping the breaker on my pool filters power cable?

I just bought a pop-up pool for my kids, got it up, running, and all the chemical levels correct.... now i just have one problem: When the timer I bought to regulate when the filter runs turns off, it ...
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What is the best mix for cement render?

I have some bricked exterior areas that had some cement render on them, and then paint. The render has fallen off the bricks in patches. I think the problem is that large chunks of the brick work was ...
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What is this fixture on my external water faucet and how can I remove it?

I have this device on my outdoor water faucet. It is leaking water in all directions and by leaking, I mean pouring water everywhere. What is the purpose of this device and how can I remove it so I ...
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Why aren't my motion detector lights working?

I have 4 motion sensing lights on 4 corners of my home and only one works and the other three do not light-up when I walk by... what might be the problem? Here is an attached picture to show the ...
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Are there door knobs specifically meant for outdoors?

I recently moved to a new home and need to replace a door knob that will be exposed to the outdoors. Does it matter what kind of door knob I get if it will be exposed to the outdoors? If it doesn't ...
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What kind of sand should I use for a sandbox?

What type of Sand is normally used for Sandboxes? I've heard some people love Masonry sand because it clean of small pebbles. Other like Concrete sand because it packs well.
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How should I clean my slate and stucco outdoor patio area?

I have a patio with a slate floor, with (what used to be) a bright white grout of some sort, surrounded by stucco half-walls that are topped with additional slate. The stucco has a rough surface. ...
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How do you weatherproof a light switch?

I have a switch that I would like to put in a workshop in a potentially damp location. It's not going to be outside in the rain, but it's entirely possible that at some point water might get splashed ...
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Can a receptacle be added to a lamppost?

I'm adding a post and a post-mounted light fixture in the backyard. Some posts have an outlet at the bottom, but they appear to always have a "decorative ladder rest" (with plastic golden balls!) that ...
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What kind of pipe insulation is appropriate for sun exposure?

I want to insulate a water line outdoors, where it will be exposed to sun. I expect that UV light will damage many foam pipe insulations over time. Is there a type of insulation that will tolerate ...
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How do I create concrete or fiberglass outdoor seating that will last?

My husband and I have a design for outdoor seating we would like to create that is organic (curvy) in shape and surfaced in mosaic designs. Think of a dragon undulating in and out of the water, the ...
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How to turn an outdoors tree stump into a table?

A large tree at our summer house became dangerous and had to be cut down last week. This left us with a sizable (about 1m in diameter) stump, still rooted to the ground. My idea (and wife tends to ...
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How can I make tiki torch holders from PVC pipe or equivalent?

I have a plan to attach some short segments of PVC piping to a pool fence and use them as holders for tiki torches. These are the questions that I'm trying to find answers to: Can you suggest ...
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How can I extract rusted/painted outdoor screws?

We have an outdoor lamppost that is controlled by a switch from inside. Originally the light was burnt out, so we replaced it, and it started working again, but it blew out the light again. So I'm ...
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What NEC requirements apply to installing receptacle next to a tree?

I will install a receptacle next to a tree. I know it must be protected by a GFCI and weatherproof. But my concern is about how to support it and how high it should be from the ground. Where in ...
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how do I increase natural gas pressure on outdoor fireplace

I just built an outdoor natural gas fireplace. After construction I found that the flame gave off hardly any heat. After checking the gas pressure I found that I have less that 1 pound of pressure ...
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How do I run a dock circuit and what size breaker will be needed?

I am running 10 gauge wire to my dock which will be about 100 ft from the disconnect box on the house to the dock. I will be providing electricity to a 1/2 hp hoist, which runs on 110, that will only ...
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When can I seal the picnic table I made from pressure treated lumber?

I have just built my very first picnic table (really, my very first anything). I used pressure treated lumber and galvanized hardware. I would like to seal the table before I put it outside, but I'm ...
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What can I do about this painted concrete?

The previous owners of my home decided to paint the sidewalk and porch surfaces. Not only are they painted but they are this horrible color. Do you have any suggestions on what to repaint them with ...
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How can I repair a slow leak in my concrete fountain?

I have a painted concrete fountain whose bottom well slowly leaks over about 2 days. My area gets to ~-20c (-9ish F) in the winter, so I worry that trapped water is slowly destroying it. I suspect ...
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How can I keep neighbor's cats from using my yard as their litter box? [closed]

My neighbor's cats like to use my backyard as their litter box. I clean up after them frequently. I have two young children and worry that I might have missed something and my kids will get it all ...
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How do I open a padlock after it has frozen?

I do some maintenance on the neighborhood ice-skating rink. To control the lights, there is an outside electrical panel that is locked with a padlock. This padlock always get frozen. Every time I ...
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Motion Sensor Timer

I am looking to replace the light switch for an outside light. What I would like to do is put a motion sensor on the switch due to the fact the light is too high for me to get to and replace it. Is ...
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How can I repair a damaged UF cable

I'm in the US, and have a run of UF cable serving floodlights along my driveway. It leaves the garage in a conduit, and reappears at each of 3 locations where a junction box about 12" above ground ...
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What kind of timer socket is this and how can I get it working?

This is on an outdoor power receptacle that looks like it should be some kind of timer for switching power on/off. I'd love to use this for Christmas lights, but I can't seem to get it's little ...
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Do I need to plug my snow thrower to GFCI outlet?

I bought a snow thrower with 13.5A power. One area of my house is close to a GFCI outlet but the other side of the house is not. It's just a regular outlet. So I am not sure it can be safe to use with ...
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Methods of bug-proofing outdoor lights

I just attempted to replace an outdoor light fixture on my porch. When I unscrewed it, a couple of spiders and gnats ran/flew away from under the light fixture. I'm very new to home repair, so I ...
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Does polymeric sand make patio repairs impossible?

One of the contractors bidding on my concrete-paver patio said that using polymeric sand between pavers makes repairs impossible. I will need to make small repairs to this patio since the posts of an ...
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Should I use PVC or ABS pipes for a swimming pool control system?

I live in Southeast Idaho, an area with all four seasons. I have an in-ground pool with PVC plumbing which was sort of hacked together by the former owner. The system includes a solar heater on the ...
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How do I reattach this light fixture?

The following light was removed from my outside front porch because the bulb had burned out. Only problem is I didn't remove it and now I need to put the thing back up, but I'm not sure how the ...
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How can I attach cable clips to an outside wall?

I have plenty of cable clips that work great indoors, but I want to attach a cable to an outside pebbledash wall. The existing cable clips, which have broken, appear to have been nailed into some kind ...
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How to Level Concrete for Sliding Patio Doors?

I'm replacing an outdoor sliding patio door set with a new one that has almost the exact same dimensions - luckily the previous homeowner (family) did not go with custom-sized doors. The issue is ...
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What type of wood should I use as an outdoor table top for a BBQ?

I am going to build a brick BBQ similar to something like the below BBQ picture. The position will be against the house and will get wet from rain. I only plan to cover the BBQ. Would I be ok to ...
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Do rainwater drain pipes have to bend at the bottom

One of our rainwater pipes ends half over a small drain, but the bend at the bottom means some of the water misses the drain and runs off along the patio, I thought I could simply cut a hole in the ...
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Dealing with tar on old railway sleepers

In my garden there is a wall that was been constructed from old wooden railway sleepers. Several of these seem to be leaking tar which has then coated them, and in warm weather the tar becomes almost ...
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What should I do with abandoned cinder blocks?

I recently moved to my first home (with a modest yard). The previous owners left behind about 20 cinder blocks. I'd like to build something constructive with them in lieu of discarding them. Any ...
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Should I apply termite preventative products to pressure treated wood?

There are pressure treated (4"x4") fence posts (set in concrete) nearby to a house. In that area there were previously termites (professionally treated in-ground). This is in a humid region, along the ...
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What parts do I need to get this outdoor light working?

I'm sure I need a light bulb of some type, but I do not know what kind or what else I need. I just bought my first house and I am a DIY rookie.
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What kind of paint should be used on an outdoor concrete walkway?

I have an outdoor walkway that was freshly painted just before I bought my house two years ago. Two winters have worn down the paint and now it needs another coat or the exposed concrete will crumble. ...
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How can I protect a hose and wire in a high-traffic area?

It's about 20' from my RV to the water supply and electric receptacle. This is a high-traffic area, and having foot (and car!) traffic on the hose and wire seem like a bad idea. Ideally, I'd run ...
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What are the pros and cons of LED vs CFL vs incandescent bulbs for outdoor lighting?

I'm planning to install some light on my balcony and was just wondering what would be the best choice of lamp. I live in a relatively cold climate, and the current temperature at night is around ...
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Selecting a sliding patio door

I live in the Boulder Colorado area where we have hot intense sunny summer days, and below zero freezing winter nights. We are planning to install a sliding patio door in a south facing full sun area. ...
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How should I finish and protect outdoor wooden steps?

My house has a wooden staircase leading up to the front door. It gets a lot of traffic and is uncovered, so its exposed to New England winters. This means snow, ice, ice-melt, sand, shoveling, etc.. ...
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Electrical - How to power 12V LEDs from a 12V AC power supply

I have a 12V power supply that I am using to power some lights in my garden. I want to also power (in parallel) a set of 12V LED lights which (of course) require a 12V DC supply. Is there a simple ...
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Cut or split chain

Bought some chain to help make swing set accessories lower to the ground... but can't figure out what to do to make short pieces of chain from the one big long chain I got at the store. And when I do ...
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Is it “OK” to have my pool heater and pump share a circuit?

I replaced a rusted out millivolt natural gas pool heater with a new model, but forgot to note that it needs an electrical connection as well (for vent,etc). I have a 240V line run out there for the ...
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Repaint moldy porch chairs

We have wooden porch chairs that were supposed to be painted with outdoor paint but they have succumbed to some sort of mold. To repaint these would I have to sand/strip all of the existing paint ...
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Is it safe to put a clothes washer outdoors?

I will be short on usable indoor space for a while, but want to be able to wash clothes on site. Are there any issues with putting a washer (and perhaps, a dryer) outdoors? Perhaps it needs to be ...
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How do I take a live wire off of a two way switch?

if I know how to take the live wire off then my job is easier.