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Questions tagged [exterior]

For questions generally relating to the outer "skin" of a home or other building, and the materials, features and fixtures generally found and used to construct and maintain it.

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Pipe drips water on my exterior porch?

So, there's this pipe sticking out of the wall between my garage and the front porch. Occasionally, an amount of water seeps out of it, enough to pool eventually though I've never seen any water "...
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Paint/sealer for wood porch columns

I need to replace a couple front porch posts/columns that are rotting, so I'm just going to replace all of them. Original posts are just 4x4's with some wood casing and trim around it. I'm going to ...
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Want to solidly fill gap between concrete and exterior door plate

I recently installed an exterior double door. On the one side, the concrete floor slopes down, so I raised that side with shims. The bottom plate is level. I can cut and replace these shims with ...
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Weather proof connection from FMC to box

I usually use these clamp connectors to connect flexible metal conduit to a box: However, I am now installing a weather proof light fixture box outside of a shed (just surface mounting it, poking ...
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Failed sliding glass door flashing tape

Installed a new sliding glass door recently, and the flashing tape I used: Nashua Tape adhered at first but completely failed within a day or so and is now flapping in the breeze. How should I go ...
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Exterior LED floods worked for a week

Bought 4 new Philips 120-Watt Equivalent PAR38 floodlight bulbs and installed in double flood light fixtures at corners of house. Worked great for a week... Now when I flip the on switch, none of the ...
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Does dark exterior paint hold and transfer more heat to an uninsulated house?

We are picking exterior paint colors for our stucco house. The interior walls are plaster and there isn’t insulation in the walls. I want to stay away from dark colors because I think it will make ...
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Can I tap into an exterior light fixture to connect different things

I just ran mc cable to a exterior light fixture(dusk to dawn one) from an exterior gfci outlet (which is outside near ground level), I'd like to put and outlet, switch and/or lights in attic close to ...
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Exterior grading where brick meets stone foundation

I'm wondering how my soil should be graded where my exterior brick meets my stone foundation. The first photo below shows my soil coming up above my brick line, while the left photo shows the soil ...
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How To Remove Decorative Logs From Stucco Exterior

What are some options for removing these decorative log ends on the exterior of my house? The stucco is traditional (real) stucco. There is a possibility that the logs may penetrate the sheathing and ...
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How do I install this type of door-bottom weatherstrip?

I had a local shop (now closed since the owners retired) hang some door slabs for me and they included a weatherstrip with each door that looks like this: They left them off presumably because the ...
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venting a range hood outside on our cedar cabin

i need to vent our range hood outside on our cedar cabin and it is on the front of the house we would like it to be as inconspicuous as possible I can not find a vent that would work well with a cedar ...
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Expand entrance area [closed]

My entrance is below photo and it is very tight/small space inside. I would love to expand it "out" to make inside area larger. My questions are: Do I frame all the way to the top (hitting the roof) ...
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Fix rotting bottom siding due to mulch

The previous owner in my house has mulch touching the siding for sometime (I assume). You can see the bottom 2 inches rotting. I have done some reading and people either replace the siding or put ...
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Can I flatten nails from house siding?

I'm doing some work on the inside of an exterior wall. It's covered in nails from the siding on the outside. I know you're not supposed to flatten these kinds of nails when used in roofing. Is it ...
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Getting Ethernet Cable Through Exterior Wall

I am looking to run Ethernet cable outside my house. I have already found this question on running Ethernet cable outdoors, but it does not cover the best way to get the cable there. Ideally, I would ...
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how to run conduit past/over wide stone foundation

I'm planning to run 1" conduit to power an outdoor sauna. In digging the trench, I discovered that my old stone foundation runs outwards from the house. That is, while the inside cellar wall is ...
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Header question for newly created exterior basement door

I have an 1888 Victorian. I have hired a contractor to create an egress exterior door going into my basement. Originally the door to access the basement was on ground level but we needed to dig down ...
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How do I install an exterior soffit vent?

How is this old vent in picture "A" attached? I will have to punch that out with a hammer. How will I attached the new vent if the flange is laying up and inside? Can I attach the new soffit vent ...
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Fitting newer metal exterior door to older (50's) door frame

The new door fits in the frame but #1 is very tight side to side and figure if I could shave 1/8" off the latch side it would be enough to open and close properly and #2 the metal door is thicker by ...
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Are turnbuckles required for cable railing?

I'm installing wire rope for a fence. It would look something like this fence here: . I was thinking of using a hand winch to tighten the rope. So let's say the winch does its job, I crimp the ends, ...
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How to seal cracks between stone veneer and soffit?

My home is wooden stud construction with rough limestone block veneer. I have lots of gaps that have opened up where the top of the veneer meets the soffit. It looks like these gaps were originally ...
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fascia compound angles

Alright so hopefully I can explain this properly. I'm replacing a fascia board where the corner can't be a straight cut. There is one board that spans the "bottom" of the roof and one that goes up ...
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What's the proper way to attach an exterior door threshold?

I'm adding a hardwood threshold to bridge the gap between interior hardwood flooring and an exterior threshold leading out to our flat roof deck. My question(s): I've got the piece fitted and plan on ...
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What would be the best tuck pointing temporary alternative?

I have a brick home and I am seeing a lot of spots that are missing mortar. It was not obvious at first, but we have had a bit of an ant problem and I tried to figure out where they are coming in ...
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Why is this dormer flashing causing a leak?

This roof was repaired about 6 years ago and is now slowly leaking when there is a heavy downpour. The leak is located close to the center point in between the outer wall and the dormer. It is ...
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Painting exterior door, what paint to use?

I'm refinishing my grandmothers front door. It is metal (I'm sure) with a coat of factory primer (I think). I stripped off the previous paint with a few applications of Citristrip. The primer ...
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How can I protect this plumbing in an exterior wall from freezing?

We're converting an old bathroom addition in our house to be a utility/laundry room. The bathroom wasn't properly vented or sealed, so we are completely gutting the room to deal with mold and mouse ...
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Tilted header repair ?? for 200lb 13 ' x 18 ' Awning from > 1 ton wind effects to lag bolts

I am a happy owner of a 13'L x 18'W motorized canvas awning over the rear deck. However, after 6 to 8 yrs of continuous use under the sometimes inclement weather, when it was not retracted (...
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What paint for exterior door that bubbled

I had a urethaned fir, front door that last year I sanded down past the veneer due to weather damage. Now I was stuck using paint. After completely sanding down to bare wood, I used acrylic ext primer,...
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Should I caulk a front door step riser when I replace it?

This section of the house is slab on grade. There is a concrete step just in front of the door. The rotted wood riser fits between the house and the concrete step. I'm going to attempt replacing it. ...
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Why is all this exterior trim rotting and how do I fix it?

We realized there was some rot on the exterior of the house when we bought it two years ago, and I knew obviously I would want to deal with it eventually. As I've been looking more around the outside ...
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Old dryer vent in concrete

We have an old dryer vent that is no longer in use, but is still on the outside of the house. Due to some regrading, the vent is now below the ground line (but boxed off). This causes obvious ...
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Before blowing in wall insulation, is it better to remove old rock wool insulation?

We're going to blow in fiberglass insulation to improve the exterior walls we haven't had an opportunity to upgrade—after ten years of remodeling projects we've modernized about 60% of the walls....
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Advice on wiring garage coach lights

I'm planning on replacing the garage coach lights at my house. We have a junction box on the inside of the garage, directly behind where the fixture is mounted however it's behind the plywood / cedar ...
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Painting unfinished exterior wood (porch) with oily stain

I need to paint my front porch, but there is a small stain that appears to be oil, grease, or a similar substance. (Water beads on it, despite there being no paint or finish.) Here's the stain in ...
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What is an estimated paint to primer ratio on exterior bare wood?

I've used 3 gallons of KILZ Premium Primer (2 coats plus touch ups) and will top it with Behr's Premium Plus, Paint & Primer All in One, Exterior Satin Enamel in a Medium Base. Please don't tell ...
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Re-Painting Concrete porch

Hi I have a concrete porch with peeling and cracking paint. Do I need to sand it and then power-wash it before repainting. I tried using an orbital sander with 60 grit sandpaper but it just kept ...
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Crumbling brickwork on exterior wall

House is approximately 40 years old. On a wall on a balcony the brick work appears to be crumbling. What is causing this to happen and what can be done to fix this? We can see both sides of the wall ...
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What size wire for 20 amp 220V 80'

I am running an electrical line for an a/c unit 220 it calls for 20 amp breaker about 15' underground and the rest overhead in conduit 80' total. My question is what size wire should I use? Thankyou ...
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Dry Rot (?) in Exterior Trim, patch or replace?

There is some moderate deterioration and cracking in part of the exterior trim of my house. I believe the trim in question is cedar. Looking for repair advice. My thoughts were: 1) Get some epoxy ...
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What type of contractor

I have a number of projects I want to get done all on the exterior of my home: Replacing an old 1970s metal awning with a retractable solar shade Adding window trim over stucco Replacing a fence gate ...
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Tread boards in external stairs for houses

I am about to build a small (3-riser) entrance stairway for my house guided by this how-to: This question is about the treads which appear to be consisting of three separate boards each. The text ...
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Home Building: Do the first and second floor exterior walls have to line up?

we are planning on building a house, and i had a question about the exterior walls. does the second floor exterior wall have to run on top of the first floor exterior wall? we are trying to make the ...
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Are the plants too close to the building?

Are these greens too close to the building or not? I heard different people say differnt things: some recommend 6 inches clearance between greens and the building; but some said it's ok to leave as it ...
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What kind of threshold for this door - inswing - exterior - concrete - dricore?

What kind of threshold might work for this 1938 exterior door? It's actually an interior door, and it is exposed directly to weather (there's no porch or overhang). If it were modern wood, it would ...
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Chipping Concrete/Peeling Paint

I have a concrete porch that has a skim coat of concrete and was painted with an all in one paint and primer that was for concrete. The problem is, it was chipping and peeling everywhere due to ...
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Mystery of misbehaving hose bibs and missing shutoffs

My father recently passed away, and I'm working on getting his house ready for sale. For the most part, Dad kept up with preventive maintenance, but obviously things slipped a little in the last year ...
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crumbly plaster

I'm in a new build, timber frame house with the back clad in plaster. The plaster seems quite "sandy", if that makes sense. If I rub it my hand comes away dusty and gritty. Around one window I can ...
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Can cement backer board be used to support bluestone or slate outdoor raised patio?

We are designing a multi-level stone patio. To exit the kitchen directly onto the stone patio, the highest part of that patio would be 12 inches above the foundation. The next level would be flush ...