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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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What diameter PVC conduit should I bury under my front yard?

I'd like to run two 20A circuits to the other side of my front yard. I'll be using 12AWG THWN conductors, over a length of about 20 feet through PVC conduit buried at a depth of 18 inches. What ...
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How should I run outdoor wiring under my second-story deck?

I have a light on one side of the space under my deck, and I'd like to add another. My plan is to add an extension box between the existing fixture and the house (using appropriate gaskets as ...
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How can I secure a canvas carport to a concrete pad?

The canvas carport is just steel rods and a canvas roof. It came with steel foot pads with screw holes. I have a concrete pad to screw it down to. I need it to withstand 20-30mph winds and snow. ...
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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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Using indoor-only Xmas lights — in the outdoors, where they'll get wet

Imagine that you bought a few strings of incandescent Xmas lights. They are rated for indoor use only. The tag says not to use them outdoors. They aren't any cheaper than the outdoor-rated lights ...
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How to make the doorframe not hideous

The frame of my front door looks, for lack of a better word, hideous: The holes in the frame itself aren't what concerns me--there was a security screen door there before, and I will probably ...
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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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Should exterior receptacles be on a separate circuit from interior receptacles?

For some reason, I thought I remembered reading in the 2011 or 2014 NEC that exterior receptacles/lights need to be on a separate branch circuit than one powering interior receptacles/lights, but now ...
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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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Can indoor cable be connected to outdoor cable of the same gauge?

i want to run power to my shed but i can cover about 1/2 the distance from my panel to the shed by running wire through the house. I've got a bunch of regular 14-2 cable left over from a previous ...
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Breaker to outdoor Sub panel keep tripping

Need help with my outdoor kitchen fridge. A 20 amp fuse at the main box goes takes a 10/2 w/ground wire to a sub panel. The sub panel has two 15 amp breakers circuit one goes to a storage shed via ...
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What are best practices to run wires from outside in?

I am installing my own security cameras. My house is pretty stretched out. So I may need about 5-6 cameras in different spots. I am still researching, identify tools I need, different security ...
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How safely bring lamp wire into house?

I'm considering replacing an outdoor lighting fixture with an LED motion-sensitive fixture, but I'm not sure how to safely do the wiring. The location is protected (under a porch) but still needs to ...
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Drainage issues

We live at the end of a cul de sac. We are at the bottom of the hill. During rainy season our property becomes saturated. It seems to be causing erosion to our property. Any suggestions who to ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Leaky outdoor faucet when using spray nozzle

I have an outdoor faucet connected to a garden hose and pistol type spray nozzle. The connection is leak free until I turn the water off and pull the trigger on the spray nozzle to get some of the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...