Questions tagged [exterior]

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How should I restore the finish on a fiberglass column?

The exterior columns on my house have discolored over time but the AZEK trim around the house has had no issues. The column seems to be fiberglass material. I need to get it painted since power ...
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How to water seal roll-up storage door?

I'm trying to solve a water intrusion problem with a poorly installed roll-up door on my shed. Part of the plywood is exposed when the door is closed, so anytime it rains or snows the plywood gets wet....
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Who Do I Contact To Fix Exterior Water Damaged Wood

Hopefully nothing behind the main damaged board, but I am sure there is a high possibility that there is. Master bedroom/Bathroom is directly behind this wall.
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Large gap between slab and siding of house

It seems like one side of my house is protruding from the concrete base. This is a 2 yr old house with the gap leading into my kitchen. I eventually noticed after I started seeing some pillbugs in the ...
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Double or triple 2x8 header over exterior door in brick foundation

I have an exterior door in my 1940s era home that is not installed particularly well. The door opening has 3 joists that are over it and all of them have been sitting on only 1 horizontal 2x8. I found ...
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How can I replace fascia boards that are larger than available lumber?

I have a few facia boards that need replacing. I live in an older home where the boards are a true 1x6. The problem is all the new boards are about 1/2 inch shorter and when I line up the groove there ...
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How can I change the placement of an exterior light?

I have an exterior porch light with associated junction box located very near the trim around our sliding glass door. The height of this light and junction box are not optimal for lighting a broad ...
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Waterproof exposed wood on exterior house before building deck

I am building an attached deck onto the back of the house. I just got done breaking up my concrete steps which led up to the back door of the house. After I broke the concrete stairs away, I found ...
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Use Polyurethane or Epoxy Paint Over Latex?

I have a utility trailer with plywood sides added on. They were painted several years ago with a standard exterior paint...I didn't do it myself, but I am pretty sure it was a water-based latex paint....
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Polycarbonate exterior wall on steel frame building [closed]

I'm doing some research on constructing a steel framed house. I initially thought aluminum sheets would be cheaper and lighter than steel. But polycarbonate sheets would be even lighter, cheaper and ...
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What's better for outside trim- treated pine 1x4 or painted/primed yellow pine in Houston?

Which is best choice? Contractor says pressure treated pine does not hold paint because it might still be wet. He prefers primed and painted yellow pine. This is for a rental. On my home I live in, ...
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Paint after applying primer to rooftop?

I recently pressure-washed my entire rooftop, and now it's plain porous concrete. I want to add something that will be soaked by the concrete and reduce (or eliminate) any leaking. After doing some ...
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Exterior painting in cold weather

I just read the instructions on my oil-based primer that say dries in 5-9 hrs at 70F. I would like to use it to prime some exterior metal. The temps will soon be below freezing and snow is possible ...
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What's the best way to run wire from my electrical panel to my stove in my kitchen?

I have a house with a kitchen that only has a gas hookup for the range/stove. The house is a small raised ranch on a full basement that's been finished out over the years. I want to install an ...
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How to add an external appliance into the middle of a lighting circuit?

The previous owner of my house spliced the downstairs lighting circuit to power some outdoor heaters. They ran the twin and earth cable through the exterior wall, and wired it into an external switch ...
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What is this metal plug thing on my outside wall?

I've ignored this small metal plug/pipe for the two years since we bought the house, but now I’m experiencing an issue with my combi boiler (which sits on the other side of the wall, in the kitchen) I ...
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What sort of work needs to be done on a house with rotting wood on the outside?

Apologies if this isn’t the appropriate forum to post this, since I am looking to hire someone and not DIY this. I own a wood frame house in Florida that has several areas where it looks like the wood ...
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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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How can I seal off exterior hole?

I have an A/C line (left) which has been chewed through by mice. They are now enjoying the comfort of my attic. I've temporarily put steel wool in the hole, but they have evolved and pulled it out. ...
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How to weatherproof and paint beadboard?

I have an old house where the side of the porch is covered with beadboard - which is rotting. We like the look, but from what I can find there is no exterior grade beadboard. So my understanding is ...
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Sealing/insulating Overhang Sheathing

My house is located in NY and was built in the 1950s but has been recently remodeled. There are cold spots on the first floor directly above the cantilever and I wanted to check if it's possible to ...
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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: Use a ...
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Mortar washout on brick

Moved into a home and looks as if when the retaining wall was installed they allowed the mortar to washout and stain the bricks. What we are left with is a very ugly street facing wall. Not great for ...
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Can I install cultured/stone veneer over exterior foundation wall?

The exposed exterior foundation walls on my home are covered in foam insulation. While practical, it's not the best look, and is also slowly being damaged over time. There is about 2.5 feet from grade ...
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How to work with old 3.5" pancake box in stucco for exterior wall light?

The 3.5-inch round pancake box is a bit proud of the stucco. I've installed a new exterior wall light but its not flush to the wall. This is not protected from sideways rain or fog. Is their a ...
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What is this exterior electrical box and how do I cover it properly?

I'm the new owner of a 1956 Southern California home and discovered this curious plate on the stucco exterior: It's above, and to the left of the front door. There is a working sconce mounted above ...
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Running exposed wiring from outdoor light fixture to other lights/camera? Exposed nuts? safe/code?

After a neighborhood break in, a neighbor had someone come and do wiring so they could have camera, etc. I thought it was odd and might be unsafe, as well as non-code to have wires coming out of a ...
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What style of home and type of construction is my home built in 1900 in Georgia, USA?

Just purchased this home this year, it was built in 1900 and is Northwest of Atlanta, GA. The real estate and hazard insurance companies considered it a "wood frame," but upon trying to ...
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How to seal off exterior gap for the winter, temp fix till spring

It’s just a small enclosed porch area that was added on long ago, previous owners let the bottom plate rot away then simply filled the gap with poured concrete that went up and covered the siding. I’...
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Wood rot underneath window in a 2in window sill

Underneath my window, there is a large sill that angles downward. On the right side there appears to be quite a lot of rot, see attached image. The pliers are about 2 inches long and are penetrating ...
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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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Frost free stem assembly replacement issues

I'm attempting to replace the stem assembly on a Arrowhead Brass frost free hose bibb. When trying to screw the new assembly into the fixture, the threads on the new stem catch briefly on the old ...
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Insulating exterior 2x4 walls, from inside

KS weather (zone 6) is always averaging 5°F in winter at least a few times, and always over 100°F in summer for 20+ days. I bought a manufactured home that apparently has 2×4 exterior walls. I ...
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How to fill gap around new exterior vent?

How do I fill the gap? My hot water tank died, and I had it replaced with a tankless heater. The new vent does not fully fill the void from the previous vent, and has a 1" gap around it. ...
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Is there an easy way to fix the trim below the bay window? or better to replace?

What would I replace with? I was thinking I might be able to fill the hole with liquid wood or something.
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Does the trim on my sliding door need caulk?

Sliding door keeps leaking into the house when it rains, called Window company and all they did was re-caulk the door which didnt help. (I will be calling them again) Since the trim on the exterior of ...
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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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Adding outlets in my shop

I’m trying to add 3 20 amp exterior outlets , and was wondering if I could add a 20 amp breaker to my panel, use 12 gauge THHN wire, in pvc conduit. The exterior outlets are in weatherproof boxes. ...
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How to remove a plant growing into my house foundation?

I recently had a home inspection done and one of the things that came out of that was the discovery of a bunch of bushes with roots that growing down into the foundation of my basement. My instinct is ...
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Small gap between metal strip behind stucco and house frame

I'm having two major pieces of work done on one wall of my house at once: window replacement and mold removal from inside the wall (under the old leaky windows). The new windows are in, the outside ...
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Should I be concerned about the cracking on this exterior brick wall?

I recently purchased this house so I am learning something new about home ownership everyday. Today I noticed this crack on my exterior brick wall. Not sure if this should be a cause for concern or if ...
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Is the gap between the sheathing and header on this wall functional?

I am insulating my garage. This exterior wall's sheathing stops a few inches from the header. The gray strip is metal flashing. Exterior to that is Vinyl siding. Does stopping the sheathing below the ...
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Paint adherence on fiberglass door. Does it need time to 'cure'? Can I top-coat it?

We bought this door: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Feather-River-Doors-6-Lite-Clear-Craftsman-Unfinished-Smooth-Fiberglass-Prehung-Front-Door-GK3191/204487447?N=5yc1vZas82Z7cm I've primed it using ...
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What is this pipe that is uncovered outside of my brick wall?

I found a mysterious hole on my outside brick wall (red arrow in image) - it is located above the 2nd floor's bathroom and below the 3rd floor's bathroom (hence the windows above and below). It's a ...
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What type of paint is best for an exterior door?

This is a question about types of paints and their best applications, but more specifically about the best type of paint for an exterior door. Some context: I have a wood core exterior door that ...
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Exterior wall issue

The outside wall of my house seems to be rotting. Paint is coming off. I'm a newbie and don't know what exactly I should do. Climate here is long winter with at least 2 months of heavy snow and 2 more ...
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Exterior lead paint headache

My recently purchased circa 1900 Victorian house sheds paint flakes when it rains. To try to remedy this I had it repainted, and although the painting crew put in a decent effort into cleaning up ...
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How should I seal the space under my cantilevered floor?

My near-ground level kitchen floor was cantilevered, overhanging the foundation by ~2.5ft. The bottom surface of the floor joists and the gap between them and the ground was left open, allowing ...
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What’s this hole near my foundation and can I fill it in?

Recently uncovered this large (~1x1x12 foot) hole next to the foundation of my 1960s house in Minnesota. There’s framing that goes all the way down but nothing else seems to be in there. What is this?...
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Exterior Door - Need Help with Sticking

I live in an row home and the front exterior door sticks very badly. Requires me to jam it shut and open each time. Is there any option aside from shaving down the door jamb? I’m a rookie and don’t ...

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