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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Exterior LED floods worked for a week

Bought 4 new Philips 120-Watt Equivalent PAR38 floodlight bulbs and installed in double flood light fixtures at corners of house. Worked great for a week... Now when I flip the on switch, none of the ...
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How do I install this type of door-bottom weatherstrip?

I had a local shop (now closed since the owners retired) hang some door slabs for me and they included a weatherstrip with each door that looks like this: They left them off presumably because the ...
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Fitting newer metal exterior door to older (50's) door frame

The new door fits in the frame but #1 is very tight side to side and figure if I could shave 1/8" off the latch side it would be enough to open and close properly and #2 the metal door is thicker by ...
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What's the proper way to attach an exterior door threshold?

I'm adding a hardwood threshold to bridge the gap between interior hardwood flooring and an exterior threshold leading out to our flat roof deck. My question(s): I've got the piece fitted and plan on ...
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Why is this dormer flashing causing a leak?

This roof was repaired about 6 years ago and is now slowly leaking when there is a heavy downpour. The leak is located close to the center point in between the outer wall and the dormer. It is ...
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How can I remove an oily stain from raw wood before painting?

I need to paint my front porch, but there is a small stain that appears to be oil, grease, or a similar substance. (Water beads on it, despite there being no paint or finish.) Here's the stain in ...
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Re-Painting Concrete porch

Hi I have a concrete porch with peeling and cracking paint. Do I need to sand it and then power-wash it before repainting. I tried using an orbital sander with 60 grit sandpaper but it just kept ...
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What type of exterior siding tiles are these?

I'm trying to identify these tiles around our windows as a few on the far side are missing/broken and need replacing. Our neighbours have the same tiles, just in different colours which I believe ...
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Water-based vs oil-based primers: longevity in a hot, dry desert

How does the longevity compare between water-based and oil-based primers in a hot, dry desert (i.e. 100º-110ºF) on wood (e.g. eaves of house) in terms of chipping/peeling/coming off? Are there any ...
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Finding studs through weatherboard

I'm trying to install this hose reel below onto my weatherboarded exterior wall. Do I necessarily need to remove some boarding to find the inner studs? Thank you.
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Replace Door Threshold Saddle

I have an issue with the threshold for the back door of my home. I had to replace the door itself (long story short I needed to install a dog door and didn’t want to mess with the glass in the ...
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carrier infinity 96 furnace extended exterior exhaust concerns

Due to severe wind and drifting snow that has blocked my furnace exhaust pipe I have extended the exterior intake and exhaust pipes approximately 8 ft up. The exhaust right angles out below my eaves ...
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Apply stucco directly to cement board

I'm fixing stucco on an old house and it appears as though they literally just added stucco onto cement board with asphalt kraft paper in between. I have to remove a piece to add in new cement board ...
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Is water based exterior paint meaningfully more breathable than pliolite?

I'm looking to repaint a rendered exterior (normal render not lime). Viable paints include pliolite e.g. Leyland Pliolite acrylic e.g. Dulux Weathershield All paint manufacturers claim their paints ...
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Product identification/recommendation to seal top of foundation wall

In preparation for winter, I've started to inspect the exterior of my house and noticed some of the sealant at the top of the basement wall needs replacing. Unfortunately I bought the house like this ...
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How can I determine what's under my siding and cover it.

TL;DR: want to install a pergola structure over my window, need to remove one row of siding. not sure how to proceed. My house has a concrete foundation, then bricks up to what looks like the second ...
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Is it worthwhile to fill minor cracks and holes in mortar?

There are a number of small cracks and holes in the exterior on my 10-year-old brick house. These are very small and do not in any way appear structural. They are much much smaller than the weep holes,...
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Can I use a round metal electrical box for an exterior light fixture to be mounted in an insulated concrete form (ICF) wall?

Can I use a round metal electrical box for an exterior light fixture to be mounted in an insulated concrete form (ICF) wall?
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Should I refinish Spanish stucco in winter or wait until Spring?

The outside if my house is Spanish stucco, painted over with what appears to be an oil-based paint. In certain areas the paint chipped off or looks loose (rain probably infiltrated) I live in NYC and ...
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I want to install veneerstone to a painted, dirty concrete wall. How do I properly prepare the wall?

I want to install veneerstone to the concrete porch foundation. It is dirty and has been painted with latex paint. What do I need to do to the concrete so I can apply the veneerstone?
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Repairing exterior cement wall

I have an exterior wall on one side of a brick building that appears to be stucco or cement. Some of it is starting to come off in sheets. Basically, there is one layer, maybe the thickness of orange ...
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Service cable through exterior wall

Set-up: Our (New Jersey) house is a split-level, and the main load-center for the house is in the garage. We are installing a new sub-panel in the (1/2 below-grade) basement on the opposite side of ...
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Building square tapered porch columns that won't rot

I have 4 columns originally built with 7 ply plywood and some are starting to rot. I've rebuilt one with cedar but am looking for a material that will last even longer without breaking the bank. The ...
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sizing exterior door

From what to what do you measure when knowing what size pre-hung exterior door will fit? For what I think should be the standard 36"x80", the contractor through the orange store came back with entry ...
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Old window installed inset from exterior

This is my old window (single pane glass) and it is inset / indented from exterior wall about 2-3 in If I replace with modern double pane vinyl, it will sit flushed against exterior wall. So what is ...
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Mini Split Condenser wall mount on wood exterior wall

We have a wood-frame house with 2x4 studs and half-inch plywood exterior walls. What is the generally accepted best practices for mounting a 80lb mini split condenser on a wall bracket to this type of ...
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Can I install insulation behind a shower stall that is already in place?

I am in the process of renovating my kitchen. I removed everything down to the studs. One of my bathrooms backs up to my kitchen. Once I opened up the wall behind my bathroom shower stall (a ...
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Scraping and painting previously painted cedar shakes

Can we use a quality semi-opaque stain instead of an opaque house paint on previously painted cedar shakes?
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Paint/sealer for wood porch columns

I need to replace a couple front porch posts/columns that are rotting, so I'm just going to replace all of them. Original posts are just 4x4's with some wood casing and trim around it. I'm going to ...
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Failed sliding glass door flashing tape

Installed a new sliding glass door recently, and the flashing tape I used: Nashua Tape adhered at first but completely failed within a day or so and is now flapping in the breeze. How should I go ...
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Can I tap into an exterior light fixture to connect different things

I just ran mc cable to a exterior light fixture(dusk to dawn one) from an exterior gfci outlet (which is outside near ground level), I'd like to put and outlet, switch and/or lights in attic close to ...
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Fix rotting bottom siding due to mulch

The previous owner in my house has mulch touching the siding for sometime (I assume). You can see the bottom 2 inches rotting. I have done some reading and people either replace the siding or put ...
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fascia compound angles

Alright so hopefully I can explain this properly. I'm replacing a fascia board where the corner can't be a straight cut. There is one board that spans the "bottom" of the roof and one that goes up ...
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Painting exterior door, what paint to use?

I'm refinishing my grandmothers front door. It is metal (I'm sure) with a coat of factory primer (I think). I stripped off the previous paint with a few applications of Citristrip. The primer ...
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Tilted header repair ?? for 200lb 13 ' x 18 ' Awning from > 1 ton wind effects to lag bolts

I am a happy owner of a 13'L x 18'W motorized canvas awning over the rear deck. However, after 6 to 8 yrs of continuous use under the sometimes inclement weather, when it was not retracted (...
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What paint for exterior door that bubbled

I had a urethaned fir, front door that last year I sanded down past the veneer due to weather damage. Now I was stuck using paint. After completely sanding down to bare wood, I used acrylic ext primer,...
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What is an estimated paint to primer ratio on exterior bare wood?

I've used 3 gallons of KILZ Premium Primer (2 coats plus touch ups) and will top it with Behr's Premium Plus, Paint & Primer All in One, Exterior Satin Enamel in a Medium Base. Please don't tell ...
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How can I run wire rope around the corner of my railing with a turnbuckle?

I have a rooftop that looks like the following. I'll be using turnbuckles to connect each tube to the wire rope. The issue is: what do I do with the corner tubes? If I use the turnbuckles for the ...
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Area Under Exterior Wooden Deck

I have an external wooden deck, and the area underneath it always has moisture which makes it an unusable area. I'm assuming the moisture is because it is shaded almost all the time from the house ...
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Do I screw down the threshold over my Pergo laminate floors?

I recently replaced 1200 square feet of floors in my home with Pergo Outlast laminate flooring. The floors are done and everything is installed, but I was not sure if I am supposed to screw down the ...
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How should this hole in concrete/stone be repaired?

While doing a routine home inspection I found this hole in the exterior wall of the home. If I understand the structure correctly, there is a concrete or stone foundation to the exterior walls and a ...
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Will faced insulation behind poly sheeting trap moisture?

I insulated an exterior wall in my shower. I had some faced insulation to use up so put it in the wall with the paper to the outside, no staples or tape. I have 6 mil plastic for interior vapor ...
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Can I rough in an exterior light without cutting into the siding?

I have my interior wall exposed and would like to rough in some outdoor lights without actually cutting into the exterior siding right now. I plan on replacing the siding this summer. Is this ...
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How do I paint over chipped powder coated galvanized steel?

I have a metal outdoor structure that is made of galvanized steel and powder coated. A portion of the powder coating has peeled away. The rest appears to be adhering well. What are the best products/...
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Would retrofitting weep holes reduce dampness?

Our house is two story brick veneer and currently has no weep holes on the bottom level. It does have a damp course and some moss under the damp course. I'm currently getting moisture and dampness and ...
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Repaint masonry window sill

Our house has a Victorian bay window and what appears to be chunky masonry/concrete window sills. They look like they are painted with some form of gloss which has become flaky and green over the ...
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Can cement backer board be used to support bluestone or slate outdoor raised patio?

We are designing a multi-level stone patio. To exit the kitchen directly onto the stone patio, the highest part of that patio would be 12 inches above the foundation. The next level would be flush ...