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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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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 ...
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How to prevent moisture from ruining a climate-controlled wooden outbuilding

We are having a 16 x 24 x 8 wooden outbuilding built. We are making a home gym that will have a cooling/heating unit for climate control. We are worried about moisture causing damage. Looking ...
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Patio Roofing Question - Transparent corrugated pvc covering

I have recently built a free-standing patio covering that backs up to the back of our house. It is approx 24 x 14. I'm having trouble deciding what to put as a covering. First I thought the Ondura ...
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Wiring switched-controlled GFCI outlets outdoors

I have a dedicated outdoor 20 amp circuit (GFCI breaker) in my yard that was for a pool we got rid of. 2-gang box w/weatherproof cover. I want to install a GFCI outlet that is controlled by a switch....
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What size wire and subpanel for a pergola with an outdoor kitchen?

I am putting an outdoor kitchen in and would like to have a subpanel to run the electrical needs. Their would be a mini fridge, grill rotisserie, 5 receptacles, 3 ceiling fans and some lights. I plan ...
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Want to install an outdoor ceiling fan directly to exposed 2x4 on a covered porch

The above picture is not my roof but nearly identical. Except my roof also has horizontal 2x4 supports. The previous owner has a shop light running horizontally screwed directly into the 2x4. I want ...
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Shed panel warped, but isn't anymore

I had a shed delivered two weeks ago. It has been stored up right for a week when I noticed that some panels were bent/warped. It's now being returned and collected this week. See picture. However ...
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Painting breeze block

I'm planning on painting the breeze block wall in my garage. Do I need to use a specific paint type or am I ok to just use left over Matt? Also, it's it safe to paint the floor?
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Patio wall ideas

I live in a townhouse that is near a park. There are some days that the park is much louder than usual and once in a blue moon they play some music which has loud bass noise. I am trying to put mass ...
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Resuming outdoor water after winter

I am about to install these valves (is this the right word?) to resume having water in the garden. Once installed, these will be brass on brass. I'm concerned that I will not obtain a watertight ...
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How simple is it to fix this drip?

Now that I have finally opened the water outside after the winter freeze, I'm encountering a drip. I can foresee three levels, in increasing difficulty, of fixing this problem: Squeeze some ...
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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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Replace outdoor fixture where existing fixture larger than new one

I have an outdoor light fixture for an "Outdoor Lantern" type light. This fixture is recessed into the siding and has a crossbar-style mounting unit similar to this. I'd like to replace it with an ...
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Patio Light Fixture To Electrical Socket

So we are putting up some string lights on our covered patio and want to use those instead of our patio light fixture right outside the door. I've removed the light fixture and there is an octagonal ...
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Remove Outdoor Carpet Glue

We have outdoor carpet on my covered patio that we want to remove. The problem is that the glue holding the carpet down is orange and very ugly. ow can I remove this glue safely without injuring my ...
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Is it legit to turn a dedicated combi bolier supply into a ring circuit with outdoor socket?

I would like to install an external socket. Conveniently located on the other side of the wall where I'd like to put said socket is the combination boiler which has a dedicated supply from the ...
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Should I leave gap between my house's slab and a new one I'm laying outside in the garden?

I'm planning an outdoor kitchen. This will be a simple brick sided bench about 3 metres long and maybe 800 mm deep. I'm going to build it on a slab to support the weight and ensure a level surface. ...
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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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what is the best way to restore teak outdoor furniture?

What is the best way to restore outdoor teak furniture to the original or better looking color? Teak is so beautiful when it has not been weathered. But after a few years in the rain and sun, it ...
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Which fence wood and paint/stain is this?

I was looking at this example https://anchorfence.wordpress.com/2014/04/ Can cedar be prepared to look like it? Is it paint or stain? Because it looks so shiny and smooth.
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Which wood dimension to run on top of fence?

For the below picture, is it a 2x4 or 1x2 on top? Also how does it attach to the pickets? Is it nailed/screwed to the posts? I can't really tell.
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Will 2x6 cedar be ok for monkey bar rails?

I'm planning a build of a back yard jungle gym/mini ninja warrior obstacle course and I'm in a bit of a pickle. On the one hand, I don't mind spending more for cedar and I prefer the look, however, ...
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Outdoor faucets for a residential home

For a duplex I own in TN, an outdoor faucet came up from the ground a few feet from the brick wall of the house. It probably froze, for the pipe in the crawl space has been capped off. My tenant had ...
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What's the best way to track buried electrical wire that's not live?

We bought a house that has light posts in the yard, scattered across 100 feet or so. I know there is buried wiring (probably no more than 12" deep) that supplies these lights, but this is a crazy old ...
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What is causing the last two heads in a sprinkler/irrigation system to have no water pressure?

Zone 2 of my irrigation system has 6 pop-up sprinkler heads but the last two do not pop up, nor is there any water coming from them at all. They are completely dry, even in the flex lines they are ...
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How to fix flaking paint on a deck railing and make it last?

Well, two years ago I painted my deck railing and now it looks like this. (Peeling and flaking off) My instinct is to sand it down with a random-orbital sander and then a wire brush and repaint, ...
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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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Dug up an outlet- how to safely fix it?

I bought a house from an older lady last summer with a pretty elaborate backyard. I noticed in the evenings, lights would turn on around the perimeter and shine on some of the trees. Then after a few ...
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What is the relative importance of cut-retardant safety gloves when using a chainsaw?

I am evaluating some cut-retardant gloves for use with a chainsaw. At first the idea of protecting my hands appealed to me, but later I couldn't really justify to myself why that purchase would make ...
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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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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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How can I replace a lamp post

The lamp post at the corner of my driveway is perforated with rust. It appears to have come in two pieces as the top half is slightly smaller than the bottom and there is what looks like a reducing ...
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Spigot/spicket replacement in tight quarters

I noticed that my spigot was leaking. It was only leaking out of the hole where the water normally comes out. I made the mistake of slightly tightening the packing nut without having another wrench to ...
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Heat Pump Extended Distance from House

I am replacing a Gas Pack with a Dual Fuel Heat Pump. I live in Tennessee so the temperatures are generally moderate. The location of the current pad is right next to the house, between my deck and ...
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What is a suitable treatment for an outdoor table?

I have a new outdoor table made from pallets. What is the best treatment for this wood? Note: It will be in full sun.
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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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Should I let pressure treated lumber dry before building with it?

I bought some treated 2x4's from Lowes, and it was fairly wet and heavy. I went ahead and built a firewood rack, but screwing into it releases a lot of water. It got me thinking, is it better to let ...
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How do I rewire LED security light to bypass motion detector - without burning out solid state board

I purchased a deluxe motion activated light for my porch. I assumed that there would be an override feature to bypass the motion sensor for manual operation; after a few days and nights of various ...
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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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Wrap indoor USB adapter into plastic bag for outdoor usage?

I spliced 120V AC wires coming to the lamp so that I would have electricity for the USB adapter that would power USB camera (USB is used only to power the camera. The actual data transfer happens over ...
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Portland tile mortar being used as a final coating over hb

I am building an outdoor propane fire table. I have constructed a steel frame and covered it with hb. I wanted a modern look so i was going to coat the hb with concrete. I was told not to use cement ...
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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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Installing a exterior light in existing vinyl siding

My house is a 50's cape which originally had clapboard siding. The previous owner put a layer of rigid foam over the clapboard, then vinyl siding. As far as I can tell, from looking at the wall ...
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How to find the circuit breaker that is connected with my outdoor outlet

I have one outdoor outlet where there is no power coming in and I and unable to determine which circuit breaker is attached to restore the power
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How can I prevent my outside heat pump coils from icing over?

My outside unit is on the north side of my house and under an area that water drains to. I have put up gutters and placed a small roof above the unit, but still the coils freeze up during winter. I'm ...
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Carport post help

I am making a 14x16 open carport this weekend. Is there any way possible for me to avoid digging and setting the posts with concrete? I am going to be using 4x4 posts. I don't know much about ...
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How to Winterize an Outdoor Shower with no Valves

I recently bought a house and am now trying to winterize it. I found out that the outdoor shower has no on or off cutoff water valves, so what do I do before it starts to freeze? The previous owners ...
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Is it advisable to run a snow blower on a non-GFCI receptacle?

Is it advisable to run a snow blower on a non-GFCI receptacle? After all, while using the machine I will always be wearing mittens and boots. Would these not provide sufficient safety?
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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 ...