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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Cleaning roughcast/pebbledash wall

My outside wall has a stain on it that I can't seem to remove. It's a roughcast wall and the stain was caused by the boiler overflow outlet. I have managed to lighten the stain slightly with different ...
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How can I mount a side-mount light onto a top-mount area?

I have an existing light on top of a retaining wall: I found some light fixtures that I will be using everywhere else around the house, but they are side/wall mount: Is there some way for me to ...
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How can I mount a wall light to a post? [closed]

I have a wall light (exterior) that I want to mount on a post. Is there a bracket that turns a post into a wall mount?
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How to repair the bottom wooden panel in an exterior glass door

The door is in a very good shape, apart from the lower panel. It appears that the seal was not properly installed and caused water damage to the lower panel. There are multiple doors like this. Some ...
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Trying to determine appropriate beam size for a header on a large sliding glass door

I am considering installing a large sliding glass door in an Exterior wall with load from both interior 2 story slopped ceiling joists/rafters (new door going into 9' end) and on the other side is an ...
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how to position the screen and window for winter mode with a double hung window

my double hung windows have a half screen and a half window, how should they be positioned for winter mode? Should the window be on the lower half or the upper half? These are new windows, but so ...
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Should I redo my house wrap that is under the sheathing?

When my house was built, the builder put the Tyvek wrap on the frame of the house, then installed the sheathing and then installed the siding. I am about to have my siding replaced and one of the ...
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Stone veneer cracking and falling off

a large piece of the stone veneer has fallen off. What is the best way to reattach it? The brick behind the veneer is not in good shape. It flakes off when I scratch it. Should I treat or seal the ...
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How to patch siding half covered by electrical panel

When I had solar panels installed, they removed an old electrical box, leaving a hole in the siding. For no apparent reason, they installed the new electrical panel over half of the hole they left. I'...
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Exterior caulking - metal to concrete, metal to metal, metal to painted wood (pacific northwest). Any negatives of dow 795?

I am looking for a long lasting caulking for exterior work. I have primarily metal cladding but there is metal to metal, metal to concrete and metal to painted wood areas that need caulking. I ...
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Do I need to waterproof fastener holes on the exterior of my home?

This is a general question that relates to a number of small DIY projects I want to do around our house, including putting an awning over one of our door ways to keep rain away from the doorstep/...
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Frozen PEX in exterior shower wall

The temp dropped to zero last night and the shower head mounted on an exterior wall has no water flow: frozen PEX line. There is no access to this space from above or below. If I use a hair dryer on ...
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Resurface (or cover) damaged wood door?

I have an odd-sized wooden back door. The outer layers of wood on the lower half of the door are suffering water damage, but the core and inside of the door are fine. Is there a good way either to ...
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Badly chewed exterior door frame

I have a three-season sun porch off the back of the house. When the dog was younger and out there, he just chewed the heck out of the door frame. There's a framing piece, perpendicular to the face of ...
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Waterproofing flat balcony over a shed

I have a kid's club house built over a shed part of it exposed as a balcony with flat floor no roof over it . The old floor was an OSB flooring badly damaged with water, so I replaced it with a new ...
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How to secure a box on my window's exterior sill?

Below is a picture of how the exterior sill of my window looks like. I want to put some kind of a small box/container on the exterior sill and I want to ensure that it is secure and doesn't fall off ...
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How to install insulation in a small space behind an existing shower?

I have a 3" wide area the height of the bathroom wall behind at the corner of an existing shower on the external wall without insulation. The space runs the full 8' height I can only reach the ...
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How to Replace bottom of exterior door

I have a 1938 house. The back door which is half glass on top is solid wood. There is rot at the bottom because of no weather protection. I’d like to replace with a new solid piece of wood. Not sure ...
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Mounting iron gate on crooked posts

I just finished repairing some heavy damage on my steel and cast iron front gate. I'm ready to hang it again but I'm having a little trouble because the pillars on both sides have a slight outward ...
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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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