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Limti the extent of cracks in the wall roughcast

My recently-bought house is made of limestone. It is covered with roughcast. Parts are cracking, as in the picture below. What could I do to glue it back to the wall, avoid extensive crambling, or ...
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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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Weatherizing wood window frame in masonry opening

If I have a masonry (brick) house and I will need to fit a 2xX window frame in it for a new window. Assuming that I use regular SPF 2x lumber, and use aluminum flashing around any part of it that ...
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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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Weather Resistant Outlets vs Weather Proof Box

If I use a regular GFCI in a Weather Proof In-Use box does the GFCI have to be the Weather Resistant kind?
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Is there any advantage to using a weather resistant GFCI in a bathroom?

I'm replacing an old GFCI in a bathroom, and for a little more money, I could buy one rated for weather resistance. This bathroom has no fan (only a small window), so it can get pretty steamy with ...
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Best way to weatherproof OSB

I am building a shed and I am trying to do it as cheaply as possible. I am going to use 1/2" OSB for the siding and I am wondering what the best paint/sealer is to weatherproof it. We live in central ...
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Do I need to caulk where my vinyl siding meets the edge of my windows?

To help prevent leaks, I was advised by a contractor that I need to caulk where my vinyl siding meets the edges of my windows. Some research of my own reveals quite a bit of debate over this, a few ...
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Temporary plastic cover for my exhaust fan is discontinued… now what? [closed]

Frost King makes a cover for an 8" fan, but that's much smaller than the cover I've been using. Mine is probably five or six years old and needs replacing. I phoned Frost King and they said that they ...
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How do I know if my wood front door's finish is weather proof?

We just moved into a new home. The wood front door is semi-sheltered by a small porch. The front of the house has southern exposure and has the most exposure to the weather. There was an unsightly ...
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Why is ENT rarely used for electrical wiring?

As best I can tell, the National Electrical Code 2011 allows electrical non-metallic tubing ("smurf tube" or ENT) to be used for running 120 V electrical wire. But everywhere I look, I see remarks to ...
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Replacing outdoor outlet

How can I replace an outdoor outlet cover that has a stripped center screw? Do I need to replace the outlet as well? Do I need to replace the box that the outlet is housed in if it is coming out ...
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Is it OK for OSB3 boards to get wet during construction?

In the UK it rains, as you know. a lot. Is it OK for OSB3 boarding to get wet now and then during the construction of a building? or will it be completely destroyed like chip board or MDF (which ...
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WR outlets; is it trying to tell you which way is up?

I know about this question (I posted an answer to it), but this one's a little more specific. Consider a weather-resistant outlet, like the ones below: Notice the first picture has the plug in ...
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What is a good depth for putting bark around a playset?

What is a good depth for putting bark in a playset? Here's a link to a picture of the project so far: