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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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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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Can I use fewer than the recommended number of fasteners for exterior wall insulation?

I'm insulating my exterior wall (built of perforated Porotherm blocks) using 40mm gutex wood-fibre boards. The recommended application involves the use of an adhesive (allegedly very strong) and ...
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Preserve treated wood?

What should I use, if anything, to preserve these steps made of treated wood? These are on my townhome's back porch. Two of the steps are directly exposed to weather. They were filthy but cleaned up ...
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Firewall on existing building

We are required to create a firewall on our building that is less than 5' from the property line. We removed a window and now need to know if we can just leave the old header and framing and insert ...
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Reducing traffic noise in front and back yard

Our rural house is located 200 yards from an interstate highway overpass. House is parralel to interstate, and overpass is located near a corner of property. How can we reduce the noise entering the ...
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Is there a technique on how to remove aluminum soffit without damaging it?

I Need to remove some existing sofit so I can get access to install an electrical outlet for a motorized awning . The sofit is 18 inches wide . Is there a technique or tool that will allow me ...
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How many coats of exterior house paint?

How many coats of quality paint are needed over old exterior house paint in good condition and of the same color?
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Missing Step & Kickout Flashing / Sinking Front Step (?)

What's the least intrusive way to install flashing where my roof intersects with a wall? Do I need to tear up a bunch of shingles or can simply attach the flashing with something on top of some roof ...
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Install exterior window trim without puncturing nailing fins

When installing exterior window trim (just some 1" x 4" boards), how do you fasten them to the house without hitting the windows nailing fin and weather proofing material on top of them? For example, ...
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Should I add Floetrol / XIM Latex Extender to my Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint?

I painted my front door (metal) with Sherwin-Williams Emerald Exterior Satin (Acrylic Latex) and the result is not super. The paint dries so fast that I ended with multiple brush marks and roller ...
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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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What paint should I use to paint front door? Why using Urethane in paint?

What paint should I use to paint front door? The paint would go on two surfaces: steel or aluminum (door) and frame (wood). The door appears to have been painted previously with Comex Flex Glow (...
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How do I repair this patio wall?

My HOA doesn't want to do it and I need to sell this condo. Not sure how to tell if it is stucco or concrete. I have lots of experience with drywall repair, but never done this on the outside. What ...
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best choice of material for exterior window casing

I installed fiberglass new construction windows 15 years ago on the front of the house. I used finger-jointed casing around the windows that measure about 1-1/2" square to fill the cavity around the ...
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What is the proper way to start sheathing an exterior wall?

On new construction, what is the proper way to install the exterior OSB wall sheathing? Should I go for a perfectly level sheet install, and then level each corresponding sheet or is it better to ...
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best method to shield exposed horizontal roof beams

I'm looking for a good way to shield the tops of exposed horizontal beams. These are 4x12's that extend about 18" (cantilever) out from the bargeboards (gable end fascia). The main problem is that the ...
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Water coming in through backdoor threshold

Yesterday it rained and noticed water came inside the house from the backdoor. It was wet all around the interior of door. Today, I took out hose and sprayed the threshold underneath door and was able ...
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Identifying metal post next to a house

Next to my house is part of a metal post. It looks like it has been cut off at the top. I would like to remove it, but am not sure what it is. I know it's not a grounding rod, but there is some ...
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Do I have to worry about an empty external light socket shorting out?

Our house has some directional external lights (the mount allows us to pivot the fixture). I just tested out one of them today by putting in a bulb. The bulb flickered (it's a good bulb) when I ...
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Installing reverse board and batten plywood siding

When you install plywood board and batten (or in my case, reverse board and batten) siding, how do you seal the vertically-running seam of two sheets? For example, I know the horizontally-running ...
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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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What to do with broken outdoor lights that left the bulbs exposed?

A hail storm has broken the outer casing of our outdoor lights, exposing the bulb. What should I do? Can I leave just the bulb exposed to the elements?
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Timer with a Dimmer Switch

I have exterior lights on a timer switch. The lights are too bright. Can I add a dimmer switch to adjust the brightness? And change the timer switch to a three-way switch. Will that work?
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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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Caulking/Sealant for Conduit Pipe on Roof?

I had a contractor come by my house recently to do AC maintenance for the unit located on my roof. While up there, he mentioned that the conduit pipes that carry the electrical wires were not rated ...
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Leaky anti-siphon valve on exterior faucets

I have a number of exterior faucets, all the same model and 12 years old. All of them produce a stream of water from the anti-siphon valve when the faucet is in use (definitely coming from under the ...
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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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How can I match an existing stain color on exterior shutters? The bottom half has been faded by sprinkler hitting them

Two of my 14 shutters have water damage on the lower half. I want to sand the bottom half and re-stain and seal these two but do not know the color originally applied. Is there a way to color match ...
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Window and door spray foam a good solution for this exterior section underneath a window?

I have an area underneath an egress window in the basement where the caulking has shrunk and the bare wood is exposed (see pictures below). I thought about backer rod and caulking the top and bottom, ...
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Kilz over old oil based finished exterior ceiling yes or no

Can you put water based kilz over an old exterior ceiling that was finished with oil paint 20 yrs ago ? I want to put a latex finish on it and I want to seal it with kilz 2, is it ok to do this ?
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What is this plate on an exterior wall?

A friend of mine's house has a plate like this on one of the exterior walls. What is it and what purpose does it serve?
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Should I Use 3/4 Inch Tongue and Groove OSB for Exterior Sheathing

I've recently built an addition and over ordered sub floor so the result is I have enough sub floor (3/4" tongue and groove OSB) to do a good amount of exterior sheathing. My question however, ...
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What is this exterior wood finish?

We (our local athletic association) bought a pre-built building, but we had to relocate one of the doors. We replaced the panel with a matching piece, but we're not sure how to finish it so that it ...
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can an outside spot light block visibility into house window at night

I have 4 very large windows in the front of my house that currently have no window covering. I want to tint these windows for privacy but when I have my lights on at night people will still be able to ...
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How can I repair and waterproof a large crack in my foundation wall?

I recently just bought a house which was nice at first! Now after 5 month, it is now spring. We had a good rainfall which flooded my basement from the floor up because of a high water table (sump ...
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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 to: Electrical Wiring Distance & Voltage Drop

Electrical plan shows exterior receptacles on 4 sides of house. House is 250 linear feet. Considering the voltage drop calculations here: What is the maximum 12/2 wire length from a 20A breaker to a ...
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What to do for the best on the exterior of our house?

We’ve just had our kitchen hacked off, injected and re-rendered because of damp and have now been told the exterior which is pebble dashed has blown. The house is over 100 years old, end terraced 3 ...
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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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Was my exterior door installed backwards

We moved into a house recently and have discovered some less than good work that was done on the home. I am assuming this was done incorrectly as well but am not an expert and am looking for some ...
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How do I install stucco over an exterior painted stone wall?

I have a painted stone wall that is not very attractive. I thought stuccoing over it could solve the appearance problem. Would I need a wire mesh? Could I stucco right on the stone? Would I need to ...
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What type of paint can I use for exterior flagstone?

So I have this beautiful flagstone...which normally I would like but, as you can see, it doesnt match with our house whatsoever. Im thinking we have two options: paint our whole house to match the ...
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How do I deter drain flies?

I have a small garden and beside it there is a small toilet. There are always many drain flies stuck on the door and inside the toilet walls. Somebody gave me a suggestion to make soap water and spray ...
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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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Why is uncommon geometric houses expensive to make? [duplicate]

I was making a heptagonal miniature house and wanted to research why they are so feasible. However, the Internet does not have anything over the specific question. How much exactly would it cost for ...
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What type of screw is the most resistant to rust: galvanized, stainless steel, or deck screws?

How do the following screw types fare in an outdoor (wet) long-term application? Galvanized screw: Stainless steel screw: "Deck" screw:
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Should an exterior door frame always be flush with the interior drywall?

I just had my basement door replaced. The close-to-finished product looks something like this picture; Note that this door is inside a "tunnel like" frame (which means the door can only open 90 ...
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How can I repair damage to EIFS stucco?

Wondering how to fix/patch this: