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Can anybody help with choosing a paint gun for exterior use with latex paint? [closed]

I'm about to paint my shed and the balusters on my deck. I have a Rigid air compressor with a 6 gallon tank that will put out 3.5 SCFM at 40 PSI and 2.6 SCFM at 90 PSI. I'm looking for one that's $200 ...
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Alternative exterior sheathing to 16"x48" rock lath

Property is in Zone 5, mid-Michigan. House was built in the 1950's. Interior is 1/2" rock lath with a 1" plaster assembly, insulated with cellulose. 2x4 walls 16" oc, Exterior is ...
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Rot -OR- termites

Pulled some clapboards off and found this underneath.... Doesn't feel wet, however, we've had a dry spell here. 1
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What can I put over this painted mortar/concrete?

The house I bought has some kind of concrete roughly smeared and painted on the front side of the house. I am looking for a fairly cheap solution to improve the look until I can afford to replace the ...
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Gaps between bottom bricks exterior of home

Between every 2 or 3 bricks on the bottom row of the outside of my home there is a gap without cement or little to no filler. I’ve noticed ants trying to build mounds and other bugs getting inside of ...
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Finishing Exterior Door Threshold Gap

We recently had an exterior door installed by a family friend. We raised the new door about 0.75" higher than the original rough opening using a 1x4 board so that we could comfortably fit a rug ...
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Is "masonry cream" necessary/helpful with penetrating damp?

We recently bought a 1920s brick house in Yorkshire and may have an issue with penetrating damp in an exterior north-facing wall. We recently spoke to a representative of a local company advertising ...
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Which extension ring for stucco?

I installed single gang boxes for my exterior wall: https://www.homedepot.com/pep/202077343 My stucco contractor said all of these boxes are not deep enough and he needs an extension ring to bring the ...
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the installation of the subpanel outside gaps in the wood Advice?

The location of the subpanel will be on the exterior wall it is wood that has little gaps I have two thoughts 1 to use wing nuts into the exterior wall and mount flush. 2 to install unistrut and mount ...
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Exterior surface mount PVC box with 3/4" input coming straight from the wall into the box

I would like to put a surface mounted PVC box on a stucco wall and come with a 3/4" PVC conduit straight into the back of the box. Surprisingly, this doesn't seem to be as straight forward as I ...
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exterior home paint

My exterior paint on the aluminum siding is fading and chalky. It's probably 50 years old. We're starting to see another color come through but have no details from the prior owner. My question is how ...
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Entrance door rough opening

Rough opening of entrance hallway is 990mm x 2100mm. Can we fit door jamb and 920mmx 2040mm door on this opening including the flashing tape. Or what is maximum standard door size and door jamb, we ...
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PVC in wrong location need to transition from there to around the corner to subpanel [closed]

There was a 1" and 2 3/4 PVC ran to the wrong location they brought them up on the front corner of the house about a foot away from the edge . The subpanel is located a foot and a half from the ...
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How to fill the gap between the exterior door frame and siding?

After new door frame installed, there is an approx. ¼ inch space gap between the siding and door frame. Before installation, the frame was tight to the siding which is no longer the case. Not sure ...
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Outdoor faucet too low

This exterior faucet is too low to connect a hose. It's very old and doesn't leak but the interior valve started leaking after I turned it on/off a few times: The interior space is very tight but I ...
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What equipment is needed to raise the side of a pergola that is attached to a house by 1 1/4”

We have a pergola built on our deck and attached to our house. Almost complete. Have discovered that the side of pergola attached to the house needs to be raised by about 1 1/4” for a pitch that ...
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How to build level, load-bearing platform on non-level piece of yard

I want to build a level platform on a corner of my yard under a 8x8ft tent canopy. The area of yard is not dramatically sloped but not perfectly level either. The platform will need to be load-bearing,...
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What is the advantage of applying Tyvek HomeWrap or Huber Zip System on only one wall?

Unfortunately a window of my 1920ies California lath&plaster/stucco home was leaking, causing dry rot in the framing and requires to demo the stucco, redoing sheathing, tar paper, stucco and ...
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Can exterior paint overspray be removed from concrete surfaces?

I recently paid to have my house exterior painted and the contractor did not adequately control for overspray, and it is now all along my house along the bottom of the stucco and the concrete. ...
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Should I use stainless or galvanized structural screws for a deck?

I'm rebuilding my deck. 20 x 20, 10 foot spans in 2x10 joist between an h-beam structure. It goes over a garage entrance/car alley. My local big-box store offers something called Simpson Strong-Tie ...
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Where do I add temporary support while widening an exterior door opening? [closed]

I want to widen the opening on the back of my home for exterior doors from 68” to 74” to install French doors. The opening is on the gable end of my two story home, built in 2008. It sits on a slab. I’...
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Dried out wood diving board needs refinishing

Old diving diving board in need of refinishing. Some wood filler required as well. Is linseed oil a good choice? What type of exterior wood filler is recommended?
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The painter I hired sanded exterior lead paint with a power sander and brushed with a wire brush. What do I do?

I own a 100year old house. Did not test for lead, but assuming it has lead paint. I cannot afford to hire a lead certified painter. So I hired a painter to paint the exterior of the house after I got ...
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How to close up this barn attic from birds and carpenter bees? Exposed joists and open soffits

There's an old barn, neglected for well over 3 years, used to be for livestock. Only used for farm storage for now (hay, tools and equipment), but it's getting full of bird nests, bird poop piles, and ...
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General contractor for adding windows to old construction?

We are purchasing a home and have two rooms we would like to improve the window situation in. In the dining room we would like to replace the regular 36x54 double hung with a 48" round picture ...
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In what order should tar paper, rigid foam and Tyvek wrap be installed?

I'm preparing to replace Stucco of my old house with new Jame Hardie siding. After the stucco removed, I'd like to add 1 inch rigid foam to enhance the insulation because of the old 2x4 wall not ...
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Are 15 amp outlets in the same junction box as a 20 amp outlet acceptable by code?

So I went through a project to add a handful out outlets to the outside of my house, and being one to only do things once I decided it was going to be a 2-gang box, one 20 amp receptacle and one 15 ...
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Exterior light fixtures mud-in j-box

Exterior light fixtures mud-in j-box Hello! Has anyone installed exterior sconces with the j-boxes hidden behind the siding? I know it’s an unconventional way to install exterior lights but trying to ...
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Best way to approach this rot on outdoor baseboard?

Exterior of the house we discovered rodents had chewed through the rot and were in the walls. Because it was the end of season (last fall) and we were closing down for the winter I just sealed it off ...
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How to repair flashing between stucco and brick chimney?

The flashing that transitions from my stucco wall to my brick chimney appears to be separating from the chimney. This separation is occurring across the entire height of the chimney and not just in ...
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Why are there square holes in the stem wall on either side of my sliding door? I'd like to seal them to prevent pests inside my house

We just bought this house in January, and while touring we noticed a small square hole on each side of the basement sliding door. I figured I'd come back and seal it up at some point. Well, we just ...
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Soundproofing Home from Outside Noise [closed]

My neighborhood has become much noisier over time and I'm hoping to reduce the amount of outside noise coming in. I thought upgrading my old windows (original from the 80s which were clearly shot) to ...
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Is there any code benefit to removing disconnected underground wire

My home has some underground wiring that has existed since before I purchased the home. I’ve verified that the wires are completely disconnected from any live circuit and located both ends. The ...
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Brick Facade - Help me Expand an Existing Hole Without Doing Damage

I want to modify the existing openings on the facade of my house into the crawlspace. The current "vents" are just gaps in between the vertical bricks. I'd like to remove the bricks and ...
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Should I replace/repair the exterior trim or just replace the entire window and exterior trim?

Just took the plunge into homeownership and bought a cozy Cape Cod style home from 1985. Loving the wooden double-pane windows, but some seals are worn.The exterior's wooden trim needs a refresh. ...
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French Drain inlet into/under retaining wall

I have a basement egress into a weird large walkable trench that awkwardly divides my yard. I think this was done partly following a cusp in the original landscape while solving for drainage in a ...
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What is the exterior wall of our sunroom made of?

What is the exterior wall of our sunroom made of and how can we repair this section? It’s foam in the center but the outsides of it are slick and it looks like it’s particle board or plywood under ...
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Do I need to fill previously screw/nail holes in OSB sheathing under vinyl siding?

I recently removed an exterior fixture from my home that was attached with screws about 1/8" in diameter. I patched the holes in the house wrap and replaced the siding, but neglected to patch the ...
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Wall hydrant can't handle back pressure, sprays 4 spokes when opened

The house and faucet are 11 years old, never had trouble. Also: I never closed the lines during winter, as I understand that those round cylinders on top mean they can handle expanding ice? When I ...
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Mixing antislip with porch paint

I would like to use this paint with antislip sand for some exterior concrete patios. As I will be doing two coats, my question is, does antislip go in both coats or only the final one? I am not sure ...
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What is this open space on rear exterior wall of my house called?

What is this area called on the rear of the house? Almost like an extension where the kitchen sink is. Can that be blocked to prevent cold air from blowing up through there?
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How should I restore the finish on a fiberglass column?

The exterior columns on my house have discolored over time but the AZEK trim around the house has had no issues. The column seems to be fiberglass material. I need to get it painted since power ...
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How to water seal roll-up storage door?

I'm trying to solve a water intrusion problem with a poorly installed roll-up door on my shed. Part of the plywood is exposed when the door is closed, so anytime it rains or snows the plywood gets wet....
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Why is there a large gap between my foundation wall and the siding?

It seems like one side of my house is protruding from the concrete base. This is a 2 yr old house with the gap leading into my kitchen. I eventually noticed after I started seeing some pill bugs in ...
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Double or triple 2x8 header over exterior door in brick foundation

I have an exterior door in my 1940s era home that is not installed particularly well. The door opening has 3 joists that are over it and all of them have been sitting on only 1 horizontal 2x8. I found ...
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How can I replace fascia boards that are larger than available lumber?

I have a few facia boards that need replacing. I live in an older home where the boards are a true 1x6. The problem is all the new boards are about 1/2 inch shorter and when I line up the groove there ...
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How can I change the placement of an exterior light?

I have an exterior porch light with associated junction box located very near the trim around our sliding glass door. The height of this light and junction box are not optimal for lighting a broad ...
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Polycarbonate exterior wall on steel frame building [closed]

I'm doing some research on constructing a steel framed house. I initially thought aluminum sheets would be cheaper and lighter than steel. But polycarbonate sheets would be even lighter, cheaper and ...
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Exterior painting in cold weather

I just read the instructions on my oil-based primer that say dries in 5-9 hrs at 70F. I would like to use it to prime some exterior metal. The temps will soon be below freezing and snow is possible ...
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How to add an external appliance into the middle of a lighting circuit?

The previous owner of my house spliced the downstairs lighting circuit to power some outdoor heaters. They ran the twin and earth cable through the exterior wall, and wired it into an external switch ...
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