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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Ugly porch light installation

I had a security light installed on the outside of my house. The power feed (wiring) came off of my existing surface mounted porch light. The installer added a junction box under the porch light, ...
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OK to use short length of plumbing pipe as electrical conduit?

I need to connect a steel junction box on the inside of a building with an outdoor rated disconnect/switch on the outside of the building. The disconnect will be used to power a piece of outdoor ...
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Installing cement board as trailer underpinning

I want to install a Cement board with possibly covering with stucco or thin brick/rock around my double wide trailer, replacing the brittle underpinning thats there now. Is it possible? And..What ALL ...
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Deck beam recomendations for coastal climate

In a coastal climate with rain can I use untreated beams for an exterior deck if the deck has a torch on membrane? The deck sits on a retaining wall to provide a 4' crawl space. The crawl space may ...
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What to use to seal an exterior cable penetration in brick?

A Comcast tech came to our 3-unit building, ran a new cable into the utility room, and pulled out the seal that was there before, leaving it open as we're getting cold and wet for fall. What should I ...
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Does MC cable need protection in an exterior wall penetration?

Does MC cable need a raceway, e.g. PVC conduit, when passing from a crawlspace through a mudsill and stucco and terminating in a surface-mount exterior receptacle box? I am going to install several ...
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Is there any harm in caulking the bottom of this electrical conduit plate or should it be left unsealed? [duplicate]

There is a small leak into the interior that I’m wondering if it is getting in from the bottom not being sealed. Also, should the gap in the conduit where you can see the white wire be fixed?
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How to seal swamp cooler wires going into roof

I was shutting down my swamp cooler for the season and notice that the sealant around the wires going down into the roof has opened up. I assume it would be a good thing to seal this to keep rain and ...
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Threshold for pre-hung exterior door

I’ve been in a bit of an adventure replacing the side door in my garage. Dry fitting the door and I’m not too confident in what I have going on for the threshold. The concrete was very uneven so I ...
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What type of mortar should I use to repair masonry joints on a building exterior?

I need recommendation for type of mortar offering good grip to repair old deteriorated mortar between masonry squares with a hole in the middle used for the balcony wall. This is a 20th story balcony ...
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Window Rot Repair and Replace Exterior Wall Beam Under Siding

I'm hoping to get some suggestions about how to repair a double stud that runs vertically next to an exterior window. The window frame was covered with metal flashing so I didn't notice all the water ...
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How to paint the hilltop house

What equipment would you guys use to paint on a slope? The house is at the top of a hill (basement plus two stories) and there is no level place to paint from. It is quite high. My husband is afraid ...
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How to improve basement stairwell drainage?

So we have a basement walkout door. There is a stairwell that leads down to it. There’s a big landing but this is the drain in the middle of it. It has a tendency to get clogged with debris from trees ...
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Can I use exterior paint over interior paint+primer?

Can I use an interior paint+primer as the primer/undercoat for an exterior paint? I have an unfinished exterior wood door that I want to paint before installation. I have some interior paint+primer ...
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Attaching guide wire to guide wire for patio string lights

I am looking to start installing string lights on my patio, and my current plan is to zig-zag the lights between two runs of wire rope. Here's a picture: The brown squares are going to be posts set ...
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How to glue wood to smooth exterior concrete?

I am planning to put treated wood sleepers (2x4s) over a concrete patio and attach deck boards to the sleepers. This is an exterior area which gets plenty of sun but we're in a wet climate also. I ...
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How to properly repair siding holes

I noticed the AC installation by my house's previous owner left an unpatched hole in the siding, close to the ground. We have a lot of rain in the fall/winter. I don't know how long it's been like ...
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Repaint metal railing

I need some guidance on the repainting of the metal railing that I have in my front yard. This is how it looks like as of today: The black paint on the railing is chipping off and I am not sure why. ...
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Should I paint the exterior wooden trim on my home if it's peeling?

I would like your advice on whether I need to repaint the timber exterior of my 2nd floor balcony. The house was built in 2008, so the paint job is about 12 years old. In this part of the world, it ...
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Is it required to electrically ground rebar in an exterior concrete slab?

I'm looking for information / references on when exactly it is required to ground / bond the steel reinforcement in an exterior concrete pad, and how to do so. The pad I'm planning is for a hot tub / ...
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Can I mount electrical panel on exterior of bedroom?

I am reading that the meter cannot be mounted on exterior of bedroom wall but what about the panel? This corner of house is a straight shot from the pole which is where the meter and a disconnect will ...
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Caulking wood panels at bottom of bay window configuration

A contractor doing some other work around the house noticed a small section of wood on the panel of the bay window in this picture was starting to soften. He recommended caulking the bottom to keep ...
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Looking for feedback on prep & paint plan for moldy wood siding

I'm getting ready to paint my cabin this summer and I was hoping to get a reality check on the order of sequence. I've painted houses inside and out before but they were new, and this is a bit ...
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Fill the gap between door plate and slab

Thank you for reading my question. I replaced our front door awhile back and everything went ok. It's a 36" exterior door with one side light, prehung. After the door was in, leveled and screwed ...
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Should I paint copper pipes exposed to nature?

I'm using copper piping -- about 5 feet total -- externally, to make it easier to water the grass. In addition to copper pipes, the connectors and valves are brass (Sharkbite). Should I prime/paint ...
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Do I need to install flashing for this replacement window?

I am replacing an old vinyl window. The previous window had a separate storm window on the outside (which I removed). Now there is wood exposed to the elements. I live in Minnesota where it's hot and ...
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What are the small raised bumps on exterior painting?

I just had my house repainted. I hired the highest rated contractor on google in this area and paid more than regular. Today when I had a close look at the wall, I noticed quite a few small dots. ...
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Will plywood installed over Thermo-Ply cause moisture problems?

Having the stucco removed and HardiePank fibercement siding installed. The house has overlapped Thermo-Ply as the sheathing, and the contractor wants to put plywood over the thermo-ply. Should I be ...
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How to treat exterior wood that has been exposed for long periods?

I have some door frames and other wooden features which were originally painted but the paint has long-since all flaked off. The wood is not rotten and seems fundamentally sound but it is extremely ...
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how to wrap/weatherproof corner when replacing corner trim

I am replacing some corner trim boards on my 1970s-construction house in Maine that have rotted a bit at the bottom. My house has cedar shingle siding. Main question: what should I do as far as ...
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Best way to attach trellis to brick

What is the correct way to attach a wooden trellis to brick? Should the mounting bolts (screws?) go into the brick or into the mortar between the bricks? What is the best practice? If it matters and ...
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Why is exterior paint cracking just a month after application?

Sunny wall was recently painted by a professional with primer and two coats of exterior paint. Areas with cracks were sanded but primer was applied over old paint where in seemingly good shape. Just ...
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How to run conduit from external wall into basement cellar

Context: So I have recently had solar panels installed in a historic home and ran the electrical conduit from my roof down into the existing ingress into the ConEd and electrical panels in the front ...
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Bracket to lay 3× 2x6 on top a 4x4 post?

I am trying to re-purpose existing 4x4 exterior posts to install a swinging seat. The kit that we are using calls for the top beam to be composed of at least 3x 2x6 pieces. Does anyone know of an ...
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Rebuilding fence - lumber questions

I recently bought a condo with a 11'x13' patio with a wooden privacy fence. The fence is in pretty bad shape so I want redo it while we are locked down in our houses. I've read up a ton and just want ...
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Installing sliding door into a larger rough opening

I currently have a single door french door leading onto my deck, which has rotted a bit and I need to replace it. I wanted to go with a sliding door to replace but, but there's a slight difference in ...
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Sandbox with roof, but it floods and sump doesn't do it

Built a roof covered sandbox for my kids, put a tarp at the bottom so groundwater wouldn't raise up, but the opposite problem keeps happening. My kids keep flooding it with water, and the and then ...
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Sill Pan for Exterior Door - Importance VS. Requirement

I am installing a new secondary entrance door and deciding whether to use a plastic sill pan from HD or Lowes. Neither store, nor any lumber yards around me, carry these in stock. That leads me to ...
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Sealing/resurfacing exterior concrete retaining wall

I have a 3 ft concrete retaining wall that runs across our backyard. It collects a lot of black mildew with white spots. Is there a sealant or other surfacing material that I can use to help keep ...
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What is this rotting wood 'ledge' around my house? Is replacing it something I can tackle? The outdoor trim too?

I have this, for lack of a better word, 'ledge' around the west side of my house ( I'd call it a drip edge but I doubt that's it ) Background: This sun-room space over the once-garage was an addition ...
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Why do my 7W LED ground lights flicker even though they're on a transformer

I bought: Check this out at Amazon.com LEONLITE 7W In-Ground Landscape Lighting, IP67 Waterproof LED Outdoor Well Light, UL Listed Linkable Pathway Lights, 12-24V, 3000K Warm White, for Yard, Garden, ...
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How to Apply Decorative Exterior Trim When Trim Width Exceeds Side Casing

I have very old aluminum windows and am planning to replace them soon. My current window trim is nailed on over the siding but since I will be cutting back the siding to nail the window flange I ...
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Exhaust vents exiting outside next to each other

Is there any code that requires exhaust vents specifically for bathroom, Kitchen hood, and clothes dryer to terminate ‘x’ distance apart? For instance, placing these three exhaust exits on the same ...
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Exterior Render Painting

We moved into our house 5 years ago which is rendered. We learnt soon after moving in the builders who worked on the house were not very professional. The exterior of the house is rendered and painted ...
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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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