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Should I attach the fence post(s) where my fence meets my house? How do I do it?

I'm going to be building a 6 foot tall cedar privacy fence in the spring (with pressure-treated posts) and need to determine what to do with the two posts that meet the side of my house. In order to ...
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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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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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How do I remove moss from an outdoor brick walkway?

I've got a brick walkway that has parts that are in shade most of the day. Our winters are wet and cloudy and during these times it's not uncommon for the shady parts of the walkway to grow a fair ...
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What type of ethernet cable do I need for outdoor use?

I want to run about 100 meters of Ethernet cable out my attic and down a drainpipe. The cable will be exposed to the elements, and attached to a gigabit switch (indoors) at both ends. What kind of ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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Why is it good practice to remove sheathing from NM wire when going through conduit?

I've been discussing specifics of an electrical job with a licensed electrician and he mentioned that in my area, it's acceptable/recommended to feed 12 gauge NM wire through an outdoor conduit but ...
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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 install a frost-free outdoor faucet with very little space?

On one side of my house, the previous owner frequently forgot to shut off the outdoor water during the winter. Given that my house is in Minnesota, it gets cold during the winter, and he had to ...
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Do deck coatings work as claimed?

Home improvement stores have been stocking products in the paint section that appear to put a thick coating on the deck boards, giving them the appearance of synthetic decking. They claim to offer ...
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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 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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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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What is the most durable wood to use for an outdoor swing set

I'm looking to build an outdoor swing set for my kids in the garden. I'd like to know what is the most durable wood to use that doesn't warp or bend. I've been down to the big department stores to get ...
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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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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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Do I have to bury PVC pipe if used outdoors?

I will be installing a hose spigot in a lower patio area that, till now, has had to have several lengths of hose to provide water for some potted plants. There is an existing spigot on a 3/4" copper ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Leaking outdoor faucet - stop gap solution?

My outdoor faucet is leaking in a constant dribble, regardless of how tight I turn the handle. The faucet looks very similar to this one. I'm going to replace the whole faucet in the next month or ...
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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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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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How to saw inground lumber

My townhouse has some outdoor stairs built out of 6" x 8" lumber. A couple of the steps are rotten and I need to change the lumber. There is also a perpendicular long piece of lumber that crosses ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Underground Electrical Outlet

I have a 240v outlet in my front yard that is rarely used. It is a pain to mow around and I have never had a need of it (installed by previous owners to power a refrigerated truck). I do not want to ...
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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 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 should I do about an exposed wire for landscape lighting?

Found an exposed wire from an old landscape light in the yard that is tripping a breaker. Can I just cap it?
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How to remove nails from 6 x 8 lumber

My townhouse has some outdoor stairs built out of 6" x 8" lumber (i.e., the first step is comprised of two pieces of lumber (with no "nosing")). A couple of the steps are rotten and I need to change ...
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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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How do I fix a leaky outdoor faucet?

As you can see, the outdoor faucet in my backyard leaks when the water is turned on. It does not leak when the water is turned off. (For those who are wondering: Yes, there is some water going ...
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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 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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How can I create an enclosure that will protect an indoor camera outdoors?

My DropCam is an indoor camera and there's no outdoor version, so I would like to come up a way to have this camera outdoors. So far I thought about creating a casing using: an empty 2 liter soda ...