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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What is the best way to mount a flag on shake (shingle) siding?

I have a house built in 1955 with shake siding that has been painted. I had a flag bracket mounted on the front wall with flanged anchors, and it held up for a little over a year (I'd take the flag ...
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How can I get eave rafters cut flush?

This may seem like a silly question, but I removed two old facia boards. The beams butted against them are all uneven. I've tried an orbital sander but can't seem to get it to sand evenly to flush. ...
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Is there any problem with installing a prehung inswing exterior door backwards as an outswing?

My local home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes only have prehung inswing exterior doors, and I could special order an outswing prehung door but they're like $310+ whereas the equivalent ...
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attach decorative terracotta disk to outside of house

I have a couple of exterior terracotta disks that I’d like to attach to the outside of my house. How can I go about doing so? They have no real fixing holes on the back as you can see in the picture.
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Wood treatment for summer house

How to treat wood on a new summer house, for which a natural look is desired? Oil/solvent or water based treatment? The manufacturer of the summer house recommends the former, but various online ...
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Is it a problem that my laundry drain protrudes above ground level?

My plumber just moved the laundry's washer drain location and this is the picture from the outside: It was re-connect to the old drain pipe and go into crawl space. My question is: Does it look ...
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Best solution to fix this siding gap with the trim

We recently replace some bad trims and changed some windows. But we ran into this issue now where the siding is not touching the new trims. Some part is is just 1/4" but this photo shows the largest ...
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Install cedar siding below overhang

I am installing cedar bevel siding and here is the top hitting overhang area If you see the red line, my question is do I have to install the siding hitting that line? If so I need to cut around the ...
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What nail size for 1/2" bevel cedar siding?

I am replacing some bad sizing of the house using this siding https://www.dunnlumber.com/Store/ProductDetail.aspx?pg=2600&pl1=2418&pid=23649 SDG12616BVL Bevel Siding Cedar Aye/Clear Kiln ...
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Best option for replacing rotting redwood exterior trim

I have 12” painted redwood fascia boards rotting in places, and I'm looking for a smooth board to replace it with. Exterior kiln dried treated and primed pine has been suggested but would have to be ...
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A/C compressor connection to the house not sealed anymore. How do I fix it?

The A/C compressor that sits outside our home had a sealed connection to the house (pretty new, 3 years old), and it seems a "gasket" was created with silicone. However, the soil underneath the ...
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Front Door and Foyer tile

We want to replace the tile floor in our foyer. It looks like the previous owners installed Hardy board and tile over top of the 2” Oak hardwood. So we will rip up all of it to the subfloor, put a 1/4”...
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Romex through attic to exterior panel

We are remodeling our kitchen and getting quotes for updating the electrical. We have received 2 quotes so far. The service panel is on the exterior of the house opposite the location of the kitchen. ...
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Why can't I remove this trim board?

I'm re-surfacing our deck. On one section where it meets the house, this piece of 1x12 trim had rotted a way on the bottom where it met the deck. I believe it is cedar, which is what the rest of the ...
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Filler to fill gap between frame and wood in the balcony

What kind of filler should I use to fill the crack as shown in the picture? This is outside in my balcony where the sliding door frame meets the wood. I have actually seen small mushrooms sprout up in ...
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How can I attach security bars over EIFS stucco?

I would like to securely attach window security bars to the outside of my new house but it appears to have this fake facade. Its a row home (e.g. townhouse) in Baltimore City and the front is brick (...
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Alternative to shutters

Our house is a drab brick, flat front, two story tower of unoriginal crushed creativity. I think shutters are hideous in general and ridiculous to boot when they’re nonfunctional like all the ones in ...
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Is this outdoor light wiring correct?

I have an outdoor light that isn't working. I've removed and tested it indoors. It works fine and the bulb is fine. The wiring that comes from the house consists of two twin-and-earth cables. Power ...
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Is it ok to insulate external cantilever floor joists with foam board to fix cold floor?

We have very cold floors in the kitchen because the outside air is moving up through the external cantilevered floor. I'd like to insulate it by cutting 2" foam (probably XPS or Polyurethane) and ...
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How to insulate exterior walls with electrical wiring

As part of renovations to our home we chose to replace existing aluminium electrical wiring with Copper wiring. We also wanted to replace the original R7 insulation with something better (R14 or 15) ...
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Lid lock for outdoor chest

I'm building an outdoor chest out of wood (frame) and PVC sheet (sides), it is approx 2 1/2 ft wide, 1 1/2 ft deep, 1 ft high. The box opens from the top like a toy chest, blanket trunk, etc. I need a ...
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Mounting Screws in Stucco

Does anyone here have experience putting mounting screws into stucco? I want to mount a light plastic box to the exterior of my home to protect a coax junction. My house's exterior is stucco. The ...
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Service cable through exterior wall

Set-up: Our (New Jersey) house is a split-level, and the main load-center for the house is in the garage. We are installing a new sub-panel in the (1/2 below-grade) basement on the opposite side of ...
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Replacing R7 in exterior home walls

I really appreciate all the great feedback from the forum members on various questions. We are working on lots of renovations to our home that is located in Toronto, Canada. It was built in the early ...
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Building square tapered porch columns that won't rot

I have 4 columns originally built with 7 ply plywood and some are starting to rot. I've rebuilt one with cedar but am looking for a material that will last even longer without breaking the bank. The ...
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Best adhesive for reinstalling this wall tile

The grout lines still match up; I just need a good adhesive to put back on. I don’t want to scrapes old mortar or grout out if possible.
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sizing exterior door

From what to what do you measure when knowing what size pre-hung exterior door will fit? For what I think should be the standard 36"x80", the contractor through the orange store came back with entry ...
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What type of mortar should be used for small mortar repair on a 100 year old house?

I've read that one should use a special type of mortar with old brick houses because they expand more - portland mortar vs soft lime. The recommendation from the NY Landmarks Commission states: ...
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Old window installed inset from exterior

This is my old window (single pane glass) and it is inset / indented from exterior wall about 2-3 in If I replace with modern double pane vinyl, it will sit flushed against exterior wall. So what is ...
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Mini Split Condenser wall mount on wood exterior wall

We have a wood-frame house with 2x4 studs and half-inch plywood exterior walls. What is the generally accepted best practices for mounting a 80lb mini split condenser on a wall bracket to this type of ...
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Stucco alternative for a small section of a wall?

I'm trying to remove this exterior door, and replace it with a window: The plan is to remove the door and frame, make top and bottom places from 2x3s, run 2x3s beams every 12" and make an opening for ...
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Is it correct to put plywood outside front door?

The plywood on my front door is rotten as you can see here (there are few stair steps) There is a roof on top of it covering the front door area I suspect water still can get in and sit on top Is ...
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How to insulate garage walls from the outside?

I have a partially finished double garage that has no insulation in the exterior walls. Half the garage (10'x20') is finished and is now my office, and half (also 10'x20') is now a workshop. The ...
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Replacing an oddly sized French Patio Door

Purchased a new home and working through the litany of issues with the place. Nothing undisclosed but just a royal pain in the ass. I have a leaky exterior door that needs to be replaced. It is a ...
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Can I install insulation behind a shower stall that is already in place?

I am in the process of renovating my kitchen. I removed everything down to the studs. One of my bathrooms backs up to my kitchen. Once I opened up the wall behind my bathroom shower stall (a ...
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Exterior wood rot remedy for beam

I am not sure if this beam is decorative or structural But you can see the rotten area in red rectangle What is the best way to fix something like this?
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Scraping and painting previously painted cedar shakes

Can we use a quality semi-opaque stain instead of an opaque house paint on previously painted cedar shakes?
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Covering Exposed ICF and sill plate?

new guy here. I am hoping you guys can help. We had a 2x6 built Wisconsin Homes modular placed on top of an ICF basement. Then, we had vertical vinyl board and batten siding installed, it was run down ...
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fire door between garage and residential living space!

Can a solid door, under 1 3/4 inch thick, Designed-Equipped with a plexiglass-like panel, ever be accepted as a fire rated door between living space and a residential garage in California? I assume ...
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How should I fasten window trim molding when I reinstall it?

I posted previously in regards to an exterior window trim issue I discovered, where the previous home owner did not put any waterproofing around the window. I have since waterproofed around the ...
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T1-11 siding installed horizontally

This is my home for the last 10 years with T1-11 installed horizontally in the front. Is it "wrong" to have it like that? I am not having any water issue for a decade since. But now I am selling my ...
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Can I use cedar as my fascia?

I am going to put cedar tongue and groove on my soffit, I was wondering if I can just use a 1x6 as the fascia. Thanks in advance. My concern is that it will not last.
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How bad is this siding?

Here is the house siding that I did not notice for many years Does it look like the whole siding is rotting here? Should I replace the entire siding? Or is it OK to replace just the bad parts? By ...
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General Questions On Exterior House Painting

I have a 100+ year old two story house with wood siding that the paint starting to chip off. I have a couple general questions regarding the project that I am hoping you can assist. 1) I am not ...
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Protecting the bottom of the wall while painting vinyl siding

I will be painting my vinyl siding in order to change the color. Below the bottom row of siding, there's a sort of a flexible white strip tucked into place. I'm not sure, maybe this is called ...
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Is “cutting in” necessary when painting vinyl siding?

I watched a video that sugggested using a smaller roller first, to "cut in" under the fold of the siding: Then they used a larger roller for the whole width of the segment of siding. Do I have to ...
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Can I paint a door without removing it from the hinges?

I watched a This Old House video that recommended taking the door off its hinges to paint it horizontal. I would rather not do that if it's not necessary. May I leave it in place? I'm going to ...
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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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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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