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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 faucet - freeze hazard?

The following image shows an exterior faucet that currently does not have an accessible shutoff. This home is in the southeast region of Michigan, so the faucet is exposed to freezing temperatures. ...
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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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Should I scrape off firmly-attached, cracked exterior paint before repainting?

When preparing to paint the exterior, there are some shingles that appear to show cracks but the paint seems to be firm. Should I still scrape it off?
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How to safely remove exterior metal panel?

Under our breakfast nook there is a metal panel like a soffitt or similar. I'd like to remove it so that I can check for insulation inside. However I don't see how to remove this panel without ...
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Should I repair small gaps between brick sill and window frame?

I have small pea size holes on the exterior wall right below the window. I am wondering if I need to fill this hole. (see image below) If so, what should I do? Cement?
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Band board in contact with ground- how to waterproof?

We recently bought a home built in 2004. During the inspection it was noted that there is what is assumed to be pressure treated wood "band board"or a ledger board (?)at the rear of the home adjacent ...
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Can I cut up sheets of cement board and use it as wall shingles?

I have seen lots of great fiber cement board shingled projects popping up around my neighborhood lately, and would like to do the same for my garage. Currently it is done in vinyl which I absolutely ...
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Do I need to paint my house siding under my deck

I have cedar siding on my Seattle home. I am repainting the house now and am wondering if I need to paint the siding that is below the deck level. My deck boards are pretty close together with about a ...
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Interior vs. exterior A/C insulation

I recently got a new central a/c system with ducts included. PROBLEM: The ducts had interior insulation that gave off maple syrup odor. The contractor replaced the ducts with more interior insulation,...
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How to install a house number plaque on vinyl siding?

I need to install house numbers on my house. I have obtained an aluminium plaque with the numbers and I'm now wondering the best way to install it onto the house. The house has vinyl siding, and ...
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Type of tool used to fasten wood to brick

The brick foundation under my porch has latticework that is mounted on wood. A number of these wood pieces have rotted and I would like to replace them. They have been mounted to the brick with a ...
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How to get access to and change bulb in a hanging lantern

My task today was to change the light bulbs of a hanging lantern that we have on our porch. I simply cannot determine how to get to the actual light bulbs. I've tried turning the bottom finial, which ...
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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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Completely paint with wood filler?

I have a very old house with many layers of exterior paint. I am trying to have a new paint job "done right". They removed as much paint as they could using stripper and scraping, but there was still ...
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Repainting Exterior Doors - Grill Paint vs Appliance Paint

The exterior doors are hurricane rated and aluminum frame. I prepped the doors and repainted the first set with grill paint. I was not happy with the finish and decided to repaint the remaining ...
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Product & technique recommendation to trim this door

So I had a new retaining wall built for the walkout from my basement, and there is a small gap (about an inch) between between the door frame and the wall. Currently it is filled with spray foam that'...
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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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Best way(s) to add new king stud to existing exterior wall

I'm going to be removing a large 4'wide x 7'tall window and replacing it with a small 3'x2' window. I will probably need to add a couple of new king studs when framing up and to keep everything 16" ...
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Looking for a two way clamp two extend a pole

I'm looking for a clamp that can extend a 2" diameter pole with another pole. Basically I'm trying to set up a Ubiquiti Litebeam but the pole I'm attaching it to isn't tall enough for line of sight ...
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Water coming in through weep holes during hard rain?

One room in the front of our house leaks during a hard driving rain storms. The leaks are at the top of the window and at the floor -- both locations which seem to correspond to locations of weep ...
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How to mount an exterior light that doesn't cover the junction box [duplicate]

I'm trying to mount this light on the exterior of a house, but it doesn't cover the hole like the existing lights do. In some places there's an existing light that's mounted directly to a junction ...
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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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New door jamb is smaller than the one it replaced. Can I use it?

I've installed the new jamb, however the new jamb appears to bow a bit, and goes in quite a bit at the bottom. I haven't screwed it down yet, or shimmed it, I wanted a second set of eyes (and 3rd, 4th,...
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Should I cover this gap under my front door?

Under my front door, there is a wood board, but there is a 1/2 to 1 inch gap above the board and below the threshold. Is it a problem if water gets in there? I'm not sure if I should seal it. There's ...
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What entities must get involved when building a new home or modifying the exterior of a home?

When constructing a new home or renovating a home, and the exterior of the home is changing in some way, what entities (government, insurance companies, home owner, etc..) or organizations must be ...
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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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New paint cracking on caulk bead along exterior trim and j-channel flashing

I recently had new windows installed and replaced an exterior door myself. I have aluminum siding and so there's strips of metal j-channel flashing along the door and window trim, butting up to the ...
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Replacing/Fixing Exterior “Trim” Around Door and Windows

Searched all over google and found nothing related. I'm replacing a storm door and i've found this lovely surprise (in picture) left behind it. I'd rather not install the new storm door onto this, ...
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Exterior door jamb construction

I've an entryway with a 9 inch jamb. I'm planning on buying a slab door and building a custom jamb. Few questions : What kind of wood is the best for exterior door jambs ? How do I extend the ...
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Is this decorative trim or exterior bracing?

Shown below is an example of my exterior above my garage. I was wanting to look into painting/stucco/new siding work and wondered if what "bracing" you see as the same color of the house was purely ...
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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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Outside garage lights

I have 1 outdoor light on the front of my house and 2 on either side of my garage that are on the same switch as the light above the front door. How can I keep power to the three lights without them ...
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Which color temperature for front door exterior lights? [closed]

Finally running out of incandescent bulbs for our two front door exterior fixtures. I want to use this opportunity to try LED bulbs, as I do not love CFLs and seems like LED prices are getting ...
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Drilling/screwing into exterior metal door?

I am wondering about drilling/screwing into an exterior metal door. I want to install a dart board & back board onto the back of my exterior door that leads into the garage. My worries are as ...
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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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What is the proper way to prevent water infiltration between exterior stairs and wall

My house has a full flight of poured concrete stairs (covered with decorative stone) that runs parallel to (and butts up against) an exterior wall. The interior wall had water stains at the basebord, ...
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What's the best way to seal an access hole in a wooden gate?

I have had to cut out a square hole in a tall wooden garden gate in order to be able to gain access to the bolt and padlock that sits on the side of my garden. I've put all weather seal on the cut ...
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Waterproof Box THHN Clamp and Interior Run

Have a waterproof box under garage eve with typical motion detector and two floods. I want to run the switched hot to a relay to turn on additional spots. So need four wires, the hot, neutral, ground, ...
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Can I put a right inswing front door with a left outswing screen

Can I put a right hand swing door (Exterior) with a left out swing screen door??
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Mold Growing on Top of Exterior Door

I am not that knowledgeable with mold. On my exterior front door by the head and the door stop I have mold growing. I checked the drywall and it doesn't seem to have any water damage. I was thinking ...
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Need advice on how to move forward with self-build conservatory

I recently bought a self-build conservatory. It is to be built on the foundations of a previous conservatory so the sides, foundations, frontage, and drainage are all there to begin with. Myself and ...
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Uh oh. I've just noticed flying termites around my new outdoor office. What is a cost-efficient way to protect it?

I recently finished building an outdoor shed/office: The porch is redwood. The structure itself is "nordic spruce" I have not painted the outside yet (I'm planning to do that soon) but I've ...
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crumbling exterior plaster

We have a semi-exterior wall with some spots where the paint is peeling and what appears to be dry, powdery plaster is falling out. The wall is under a roof so it's not rained on directly, but ...
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Where to split existing water pipes for new pipe run?

Goal: Install a new hot and cold supplied exterior faucet for garden watering and year round animal watering. Here's the rough situation: We're on a rural property, drawing from a well, into a ...
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Correct Glue for Foam Outsulation?

My house is masonry block about halfway up and then wood siding with top. Two months ago I had outsulation installed. It’s made up of 2x4 feet foam panels that are 2 inches thick. These are covered ...
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Does door jamb size make a difference in installation?

How can I install a 34 inch door made for a 4 inch door jamb in to a 6 inch door jamb. Can it be done?
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How to enlarge a 4 in. vent hole on exterior wall

My house is covered by sheet metal and I currently have a 4 in. vent hole from a previous air exchanger. I'm changing the air excahnger and require a 5 in. hole. So I basically have to make a hole ...
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Exterior Fire-rated Wall Assembly?

I am renovating a 100+ year-old house that sits less than 5 feet from the property line on two sides. The renovation involves re-sheathing and residing the whole house. In order to bring it up to ...
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How do you get rid of flies that like to hang out on the side of my house in the sun?

Each year as it gets nicer outside, I begin to find flies congregating in the sun on the side of the house just outside our patio door. It tends to be a nice sunny place for them. I do not have a ...