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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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 to achieve 1 hour fire protection between existing wall and new ADU wall?

I am constructing an ADU in San Jose, CA, and the code says "If the accessory building or structure exceeds 120 sf and is less than 5 feet from the property line, walls parallel to the property ...
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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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Connecting an exterior string of patio lights to an existing permanent exterior CFL fixture

Context I have a small covered patio illuminated by an unattractive wall-mounted CFL fixture. For an improved ambiance, I have hung a string of LED patio lights that are plugged into an exterior ...
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How to add corner trim to a shed without exterior access?

I'd like to build a 10x10 studio shed in the back corner of my lot. I won't have access to two of the walls as they will be inches from structures on the neighbor's lot. I can add exterior siding to ...
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Do I build my own garden-hose manifold?

It is spring time, and the manifold I used last year is, once again, irreparably broken. Judging by feedback on Amazon, none of them survive winter -- even if drained dry before the first frost. I'm ...
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What kind of siding is this?

I need help identifying the siding in the picture. I like the style a lot. Fwiw this house is in the middle Atlantic on an area that has a decent bit of humidity and moderate winters. Overview: ...
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How can I make swinging barn doors weather tight? [closed]

Looking to turn a small barn-type structure into a climate controlled woodshop. The building itself is block and the doors are about 4x10' (w/h) oak pivoting double doors like a shed would have. I ...
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Replacing a sagging/rusting stucco steel mesh ceiling below a deck steel floor

I have a 1st floor porch ceiling that is separating and rusting that I need to tear down and replace. It's a steel porch with tile floors and what I'm guessing is some sort of corrugated galvanized ...
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External GFCI Won't Reset

Last night we had a good rain storm and an exterior GFCI outlet tripped. That outlet is controlled by a switch in my foyer and is used to turn walkway lights on or off. The test button of the outlet ...
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Penetrating exterior wall to bring in a continuous MC cable to the garage

I'm installing a high current 100 amp EV charger inside my garage. It seems easiest to wire it with a continuous run of 2/3 MC cable from the outdoor breaker panel, first strapped to the exterior ...
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exterior door to landing mininum height

does anyone know what the minimum exterior door to landing height is in MA. I know the max is 7 3/4 but I dont know the minimum. I'm getting conflicting information that it can't be less than 6 inches,...
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Door trim coming off?

Hoping to get some insight, or light in this dark forest. I live in Vancouver Canada. This winter I noticed the exterior door by the garage was leaking. I believe it was leaking from the bottom-side ...
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What kind of exterior paint has a fine sand paper-like backing, is it a primer?

I need to repair peeling flaking exterior paint on my stone window sill, so looking to find a suitable matching paint but I'm puzzled on what this stuff is. Looking at the back of the paint, it looks ...
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What is this strange metal door and frame 12 feet up the outside wall?

Any ideas on what the strange metal door and frame is in the photos? It's about 12 feet up on an outside wall. I'm hoping it's the source of a leak (the door is ajar), but I have no idea what it could ...
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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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