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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Hanging a left hinged door as a right hinged door

I purchased a steel door that has hinges on the left side, if you’re standing inside the home. The door opens into the house, can I simply install the door with the hinges on the right? This will put ...
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Bronze Hose Bibb with Galvanized Pipe

Outside my home I have a capped-off galvanized pipe stub-out. It connects 18 inches underground to PVC water pipe. I would like to attach a common garden hose bibb (sillcock, spigot). These are ...
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How can I neaten the edge of my existing flat roof extension

It's an old roof and the asphalt was allowed to drip down the lead flashing leaving an ugly finish. How can I neaten it up? Can I trim it back so it's uniform? Paint it white/ the colour of the wall? ...
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Isokern 36 fire place

Can I have a 5" crushed stone base with cider blocks on top to raise a isokern fireplace kit. Will it be stable and antique
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What’s this small metal post sticking out of my wall?

Down the side of my UK house there is this thing sticking out of my wall. There’s a gas fire on the other side of that means anything. It sticks out about 2 inches I would say. Can I cut it down or ...
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Repairing minor cracks between brick wall and exterior stairs

How do you recommend to repair minor gap between exterior stair and clay hollow brick wall - the wall has plaster and paint on it. Do I just patch with gypsum and water or mix cement with water and ...
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Brand new exterior paint is failing (bubbling) on old cedar siding

Northeastern U.S. here (very humid). Our house was built in the 1960s and we have lived in it for 14 years. Cedar exterior siding. The exterior paint has started to fail and chip away over the last 5 ...
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How many gloss coats on a primed and undercoated external door?

I stripped a wooden exterior door back to bare wood. It was then primed and soft-sanded. Then I applied two coats of undercoat. It's a grey colour. Since then, I've applied 5 coats of exterior Gloss - ...
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Repaint my old cedar shingle house without seeing old paint contour

I'm interested in the best way to prep/paint my house. I have an older (1917) house with cedar shingles with many layers of paint on them. I've noticed that some of the houses in the neighborhood ...
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Best material to use for soffit at camera, lighting, and outlet mounting locations

Our sub fascia was repaired as part of a reroof and all the finish fascia (cedar 1x6) was replaced. The original soffit was made of perforated aluminum, supported at the house wall (concrete block) ...
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Material to re-stucco compromised exterior wall

The extension to my house was built (I estimate in the 1930s) using terracota hollow blocks with stucco over. For some decades, the stucco had vinyl siding over it, which was an awful choice because ...
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Buried PVC lline for irrigation not under pressure

This line has been in the ground for 4 years and is not under much pressure. This morning I saw a spray of water coming out of the ground. Upon digging I found 5 or six pin holes in the line. They ...
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new window install and exterior trim

Half of my windows got replaced just three years ago during the ownership of former residents. I realized that there is a large gap btw trim and windows. All new windows has this gap but old ones do ...
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How should I properly install flashing on this repair I made to the sill joist and plywood sheathing?

In preparation for a stone step/walkway that we will soon have built, a contractor removed our existing concrete/brick steps and found rot underneath our front door. I removed the rotted wood, which ...
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How can I repair loose stucco?

Less than 2 years ago I had the walls of my terrace painted, and in less than 2 years there are parts that are already like this. Is there anything I can do? Any material?
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What's this layer in between OSB sheathing and house wrap?

My house is in Northern California and was built within the last 15 years. I'm pretty sure I still have the original siding, which is hardboard (a.k.a. engineered wood). I've read that house exterior ...
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External Oak Door refurbishment

When we moved into our house 22 years ago we has a new oak front door made and fitted. I treated it with a few coats of Danish oil and haven't done anything to it since then. It is beginning to look a ...
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How can I eliminate odor from exterior paint used indoors?

I painted my inner walls with exterior plastic paint by mistake. It had a very foul odor when summer came. Painted 3 times and still smells Smell is terrible in summer months especially when opening ...
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What should I use to repair this small crack between window and stone? Is this caulk?

I’m a new homeowner and just noticed this small opening next to my upstairs window between stone and window. Is this caulk that’s used there or mortar? Any recommendations on how I should go about ...
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How to reduce the visibility of imperfections in the underlying siding and wood when using a Satin exterior paint?

My house has very old siding in rough condition as well as an assortment of fixes / replacements to rotted sections of trim. We have improved the siding condition and filled in and fixed holes to the ...
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Satin vs flat acrylic on old siding in the Pacific Northwest

I have been investigating what types of exterior paint to use and have understood the following: Flat does a better job of hiding blemishes in the underlying siding or wood Satin has better moisture ...
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What is this exterior wall feature?

What is the purpose of this horizontal feature around the perimeter of the building at about elbow height? Is it purely aesthetic trim? Does it add useful stiffening to the walls or have some other ...
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Rigid foam board vs Tyvek under new siding

We are looking at getting new siding here in zone 5 Iowa. Our house was built in 1979 and has 2x4 walls. I have seen that if we add rigid foam insulation we need to use at a minimum of R-5. Do we need ...
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Is best practice to discharge sump through cinder blocks closer to ground, or through wood plate higher above ground?

I have a sump pump that needs to discharge outside. Next to the sump is maybe 9ft of cinder blocks for the basement wall, but in this side of the basement, ground-level is just 4ft higher elevation ...
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Can I increase the efficiency of an exterior sump system by installing a check valve?

My house only has an exterior sump system for a walkout basement in the central midwest. The sump seems to run through a cycle, pumping the water through the drain pipe (about 6" below the ...
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Hanging Porch Swing on an exterior Stucco

I want to attach a swing in my backyard exterior room ceiling. I have attached picture for better clarity. It shows construction from how it was built. It has stucco exterior. Image 1: https://drive....
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Gap: Exterior Door Jamb and Brick Wall

Situation: I am replacing my exterior door with a new framed, exterior door (36") that has rough opening of 37.5". The wall-to-wall gap is 40". So, I have a total gap of 2.5" (= ...
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Does PVC conduit penetrating an exterior wall require a box on the interior side?

I'm running a circuit through a basement rim joist to a PVC LB connector on the exterior of the house via a short pvc stub glued to the LB connection but just free on the basement rim joist side. Can ...
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What is the best way to paint the exterior of an old brick wall?

I want to paint a large external brick wall. The building is around 55 years old and the mortar between the bricks has recently been deteriorating fast due to excessive rain and wind, hence letting ...
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Prime and paint fascia before or after hanging?

I'm replacing a couple pieces of wooden fascia that have partially rotted, but am a bit unclear on the order of operations for successful water/rot resistance. The boards will be a couple lengths of ...
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Can I mount my 125 amp service on the exterior wall of the bathroom which means my feeders will be coming in the bathroom wall

125 amp service installation mounted on bathroom exterior wall plumbing is on opposite wall and west of panel wall
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Stucco repair for large hole left by wall AC Unit

Looking for some advice on how to repair this large hole in an exterior stucco wall left by the removal of a wall AC unit. Additionally looking for specific information on how to match the pattern of ...
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Is it a structural concern that my plumber cut through 6 studs to install water line?

We had a plumber come out and install a water line for a pot filler and it looks like he cut through 6 studs without our permission on the exterior wall of the house. We are worried it could cause ...
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Do I have a moisture problem with my soffit?

Looking underneath my gutter, I noticed that the soffit is a bit discolored looking. Looks kind of like mildew or moisture marks. Does this just need some tender-loving-care or do I have a more ...
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Did I install this "weatherproof outdoor extension ring" correctly?

I have patio wall lights and I'd like to add additional lighting in the garden on the same switch. So I have installed an outdoor outlet with an extension ring with holes on the bottom where I can run ...
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Why do my Christmas lights trip a GFCI only when connected through a timer switch?

I have Christmas lights (a mix of LED and small incandescent) on the outside of my house, along the eaves. I had them plugged into one of our exterior GFCI outlets via an outdoor-rated mechanical ...
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Replacing cedar shake siding and adding insulation

I have old cedar shake siding on a portion of my home, built in the 1950s, and am planning to replace it with a cement siding. Underneath the cedar are nailers, then the open cavity of the wall. In ...
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Cant for the life of me figure out what these are on my new house

We recently bought a house that was built in th 90s. We have been slowly renovating it, but we have these little things all over the exterior walls of the house. Its about 1 inch by 1 inch. It looks ...
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Patching over edge of "J-weep" screed

My home's exterior has one-coat stucco over wood framing. The previous owner made some of the typical stucco mistakes - sprinklers spraying directly onto stucco, little or no clearance between the ...
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Exterior wood doors constantly cracking and splitting

I recently built a home in Mexico on the beach and am having a hard time keeping 3 of my exterior wood doors (all street facing doors) from constantly splitting, cracking & swelling due to the sun ...
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Wiring an AC disconnect during rough in phase of new construction?

What is the proper way to run wire to an AC disconnect box with new construction, knowing that there will eventually be siding on top of a rainscreen? Mockup Here is a mockup of my wall assembly. ...
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Exterior siding rot

Can anyone please tell me what this type out outdoor siding is called. It looks like wood but it’s not. We need to replace portions of it. Thank you!
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How to install replacement window with no exterior stop

I recently ordered a bunch of custom replacement slider windows for my home. I've been doing renovations for awhile, but I'm brand new to windows. My current home has casement windows. What I learned ...
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Trim piece to allow flush install of exterior light with surface mount box

Is there a term for a trim piece that surrounds a surface mount electrical box to accomodate a flush install? I'm replacing some exterior lights by our garage, but all the lights my wife has selected ...
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How to flash bottom of exterior walls that butt up against cement curb

Our home has a cement curb on the rear portion of the house that butts up against the exterior sheathing. There is approximately a 1” gap between the sheathing and the curb. What is the best way to ...
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Exterior polyurethane to apply outdoors in cold weather?

Is there some kind of polyurethane I can apply outdoors in 40 degree weather? The one I looked at, Helmsman Spar Urethane, appears to require a minimum temperature of 50 degrees.
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Why are there exterior vents to empty wall cavities beneath a large window on my late 1950's ranch?

I have two vents below a large picture window on my late 1950's single-story ranch with a basement (full-ceiling height) and cinderblock foundation: The holes do not go anywhere and I am having ...
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Exterior spackle for skim coating (old, cracked) painted wood siding?

I'm under the impression that, because wood expands and contracts significantly, esp. when subject to large variations in temperature and moisture levels, there are really NO reliable skim coat ...
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What could cause the drywall behind the baseboard to crumble and allow interior of wall to fill with dirt?

I noticed a vertical crack in the wall from the baseboard up to the window above it, so I pulled off the baseboard to investigate. I saw that the drywall under the baseboard had cracked and crumbled ...
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Coating for concrete staircase

I would like to apply some kind of coating to this concrete staircase that would involve color other than the native. I am not sure if just regular exterior primer and paint would be durable because ...
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