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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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How do I prevent exterior water from seeping into interior moulding?

Heavy rains from Hurricane Henri happened overnight. In the morning, I noticed the bottom of the door moulding on the inside was wet. How do I prevent water coming in from the exterior of my front ...
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Do my exterior GFCI outlets really need to be on their own circuit?

I am selling my home and the buyers had an inspection done where the inspector listed the exterior GFCI outlets as a safety hazard because they weren't on their own circuits. These outlets were ...
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Do you to block a unwanted 4 inch hole or reuse it for something else?

Have 4 inch hole was made by builder for no reason and went unnoticed for long time as the hole was in the side wall of the House. the hole is through a basement wall. How can I permanently block the ...
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Purpose of the wooden board in the ground

Close to the foundation, there is a wooden board, I assume pressure-treated, in the ground. It looks pretty old and started to rot. I can't think of anything it is attached to. What purpose could it ...
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External render on a timber/ brickwork joint

We're currently converting our garage in a brick property into habitable space. The garage door has been replaced with a timber stud wall and the goal is to render the front of this new wall along ...
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Where can I drill onto exterior walls of the house and detached garage for installing the heavier patio string lights

I am a new home owner and not really aware if I would cause long term damage by drilling any where I feel like. So I am seeking help from the forum. Highly appreciate all the help ! The lights will be ...
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How do I refurbish this exterior door?

I want to refurbish this exterior metal garage door, which is rusting because the previous owner had the sprinkler spraying the door. 🤦‍♂️ What kind of prep do I need to do before I paint? What kind ...
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Any tips for refinishing the exterior trim around my front door?

I had someone powerwash and paint the whole white facade around the front door and foyer window, but by the next season the paint is chipping and peeling off. It’s not wood, it might be some kind of ...
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Insulating behind tar paper?

I have a home built in 1959 in Southern California with stucco exterior. I’m removing the drywall to do a major renovation and bring my wiring up to code. I noticed there is no insulation and just ...
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Is putting a pex tube underground and then through a concrete slab OK?

I have a house with a basement and I'm building a garage about 50 feet away in the backyard. The garage will be on a concrete foundation and I want to run both power and water out there. (I want the ...
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Is this EIFS or hard-coat stucco over foam?

EDIT: Updated with new photos, details The light blue stuff is foam. The wire is metal. The base coat looks and feels like real concrete. My home inspector said he suspects EIFS. I brought in a ...
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Can we paint exterior pvc board around windows dark brown?

The wood frame around our exterior windows is rotting. Our home is dark brown stained cedar siding, and our window frames are also dark brown. We called a local construction company to fix the old ...
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Gas pipe behind gutter, causing water damage on facia

During a room addition long ago, gas line was rerouted to travel through addition, then along facia toward furnace. Because it travels behind gutter, water rides behind the gutter in some spots along ...
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Can I use interior fasteners for exterior brick mold if I seal the holes?

I am installing simple exterior door trim with Azec (actually Versatex but it's the same thing) lumber. Some of it will be screwed and nailed into an existing frame nested in masonry, and some into ...
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Best method for NMB cable to enter an outside junction box?

I intend to install motion-activated lights outside a garage (there is a breaker panel with available capacity for lighting). I can run regular NMB #14/2wG wire within the open walls or down from the ...
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bump in the siding

There is a bump in the siding of our building. I would like to know what could cause that and how to fix it. I don't know if it is only something esthetic or more serious. The siding is a made of wood ...
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Installing a flag on the eaves of a house no vertical wood surface

The picture shows the stucco exterior of my house. I'm trying to install the flag. The only exposed wood is in two places: the dark-colored decorative ledge, and the support beams under the shingled ...
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How can I extend conduit out from an exterior wall slightly?

I'm replacing an exterior light fixture with an outlet to use to power string lights on a patio. The issue I'm facing is the exterior junction box I obtained can't screw onto the conduit as it's ...
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What type of screws should I use to attach a sign to fiber cement siding?

My house has fiber cement siding and I want to attach a decorative sign to the siding. I'm told that I need a carbide tip drill bit to make a clean cut. But what type of screws should I use? And what ...
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How to fix this powerwasher water pump?

The device was out for repair last year. When it got back, we simply stashed it in the garage for winter. Trying to make use of it today, I find a loose hose, labeled "REWIN VAPOR LINE". One ...
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How do you prop an exterior wall to replace rotted wood?

I have an exterior wall, so load bearing, that is damaged. About a 6ft span. It's damaged at the bottom at the foundation, but it is enough to replace the studs. How do I prop up the roof on the ...
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