Questions tagged [outdoor]

For questions generally relating to exterior spaces of property, including yard maintenance, pest and weed control, exterior home maintenance, etc. Questions which deal mainly with gardening and aesthetic landscaping will be migrated to the Gardening and Landscaping SE.

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How to meet code when the outdoor light is separated from the electrical box by a wooden spacer

After new siding was installed on the house, there is a 1-1/2"-thick wooden spacer between the electrical box for an outside light and the location of the light. In my prior experience, the ...
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How to post mount flood light security lights

I am trying to add some light for security and visibility in our backyard that serves as a parking lot. The area where I'd like to install a light fixture is in the back corner of our yard opposite of ...
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How much cement and sand to buy - instaling garden edging

I am planning to lay down edging around the lawn in my garden - leaving about 750 mm wide flower beds along the fence. All in all, I need to lay down about 23 meters of edging slabs - it will be ...
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What is this type of garden appliance power socket?

I've inherited a garden shredder with a missing power cable. The missing cable plugs into this large 3-pin socket on the body of the shredder where the earth pin is female, and the other two are male....
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Best way to make wiring to outbuilding legal

I'm fixing some wiring in an older house and I believe the wiring to the outbuilding is not legal. I would like to correct it if possible, but will bring in a professional if necessary. The current ...
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Can a doorbell transformer be installed outdoors in a protected location?

We have an outdoor electrical outlet w/ two knockouts. I was going to add the doorbell transformer in there but I couldn't find out if it is code to have the transformer in a dry outdoor place. It is ...
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Outdoor copper water pipe

My backyard has existing copper pipes outside that I want to reroute. To keep like with like, I'll just continue using copper. Are there any considerations or special types that I need to be aware ...
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Can you build a retaining wall vertically with no angle?

I am planning to redo our front steps in stone and my plan is to essentially have two stone walls on each side of the steps coming down from the entrance. For appearances it would be definitely ideal ...
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How to fix split open roof

Recent winds in the UK had blown the roof off my shed. It look like it has opened from the beam. I have claim insurance on it but for the time being I had put carpet on the roof but it keeps blowing ...
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Can I extend #12 wire with #14 wire for landscape lighting?

I am doing outdoor landscape lighting. I used the 12 gauge wire but have run short. can I extend it with 14 gauge wire? Need about 20 feet more for the led lights.
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Valve for outdoor spigot cannot identify

I cannot identify this Valve for an outdoor spigot I have the house was built in 1956 brick in and out so replacing entire spigot a real chore looking for valve replacement Any help would be ...
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Door hinge alignment impacting full closure

I'm having problems with a set of outdoor BBQ area doors I've installed into a frame installed in a brick space. Basically, I have an opening constructed with two short brick walls as a space below ...
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Only apply primer to concrete roof?

Our building has decided to paint a 13-ft x 13-ft section of the roof that's leaking (just a few drops with lots of rain). This roof has a fence since it's an "outdoor" area that we all share, so it's ...
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How can I mount a mailbox on a stucco wall?

Been searching around and I have more questions than answers. I'm not sure what kind of stucco it is, but it is very smooth. The mailbox is a little heavier than you might expect (maybe 10-15 lbs). ...
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I have building that is on a 20 amp breaker along with outside lighting

I bought my house almost two years ago and there is a building off to the side that is on the same circuit as an older security light on the side of my house and the breaker is a 20 amp, the breaker ...
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How to separte door handle without visible screws?

I need to replace the door handle mechanism because it's stuck. In order to do that, I need to take apart the door handles but there are just two holes under each handle. It doesn't seem that the hole ...
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Run 50ft underground electrical: gauge and conduit?

I have a gfci outlet in my garage, only thing connected to a 20amp breaker (it’s about 20ft from the electrical box). I would like to add an outlet 50ft outside in my flower bed. Two questions: ...
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How can I slope outdoor rounded steps?

I'm having a debate with my contractor about sloping our outdoor stairs. I hope to have 1% slope because we get a lot of rain. But because the steps are rounded, my contractor says the difficulties ...
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Outdoor outlet lost power

Christmas decoration lights were plugged into outlet while sprinklers were running. Came to find out lights were out, outlet had no power, and all other outdoor outlets around the house lost power. ...
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What is the best way to tidy outdoor items around block paving?

There are 3 aspects (circled in red) that I would like to tidy around some bricks and block paving. 2 cables coming out of brickwork into the block paving on both ends, and cuts around a drain. Are ...
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I have a garage heater but I don't want it to run at all if the temperature outside is above 45 degrees

I was thinking about putting two thermostats in series so that I could set the garage temp to ~65° but ONLY have it come on in the event that the outdoor temp falls below ~45°. The garage does get a ...
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Add outlet to existing outdoor UF cable

I'm looking to add an outdoor outlet to the back of my house. There's an existing UF cable line that runs from the exterior basement wall to the exterior first floor wall, entering directly behind a ...
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Do I need mortar between 1x6 deck boards and cement board?

I have a screened and roofed porch/lanai. Original floor is pressure treated posts, beams, joists and 1x6 decking. Former owner decided they wanted tile. They screwed a plywood underpayment over the ...
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Are there clips or “cotter pins” which can't get knocked out by accident?

My tractor has several R-clips, like this one: These are used in various places. The problem is that they tend to get knocked off by branches or longer grass / brush and get lost. I've tried ...
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Can an outdoor weatherproof electrical box use an inside outlet? [duplicate]

Let’s say I have an outdoor weatherproof electrical box on the front of my house. Can I use a regular ‘ol outlet instead it, or are there special ones intended for external use?
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Wood glue or screws for joint?

I posted a question about this, and someone mentioned using Titebond wood glue for the joints in the following drawing. My question: for these types of joints, will wood glue create a stronger bond ...
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How to support 4x4 posts on cement driveway

I'm designing some outdoor bike storage as a free-standing shed. It will go against a house on an existing cement driveway. We're renting, so I can't drill into the driveway or do any other permanent ...
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How can I heat a hole in my pond efficiently in the winter without using a pond heater?

I'd like to heat my pond to create a hole in the ice during the winter to help a few goldfish survive. The fish are not expensive but I'm trying to save them. The pond is about 50 gallons, about 12 ...
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Where can I put holes in my yard?

I bought string lights and I plan to put them in my small indoor/outdoor yard (<== I am not sure whether it is indoor or outdoor). I used a strong magnet (see picture) to detect where have metal ...
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Which electrical box to use for old-work outdoor light fixture and vinyl siding mounting block?

I have a garage which already has vinyl siding on it but the inside is unfinished and accessible. I would like to add an exterior wall lantern. The vinyl mounting block I purchased looks like this ...
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Sand and refinish uneven concrete

My patio concrete shows multiple pieces put together in the past I am thinking of renting a concrete grinder 10” and make it even. Then either paint or put something on top to cover. I may fill the ...
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Outdoor LED lights runnng dim/flickering

These lights are Kichler hardscape step lights and mounted and installed professionally through a stone wall. They are wired to a 300 watt multitap transformer and the other two lines work fine. The ...
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what size should gas grill burner flames be

i have a charbroil 'red' grill. it used to get very hot. now I hold my hand over cooking surface for 5 to 10 seconds. not good. yes i tried to reset the regulator based on most internet suggestions ...
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How to weather protect plywood fence?

My handyman guy used the wrong lumber to make this fence gate. It just regular plywood used for subfloor: It's too late now to take it down. But it looks OK so I want to see if there is a way to ...
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Materials for building inexpensive light-weight large planter?

I've wanted to build a few large planters for a while now, and I've considered using concrete, wood, etc. I don't know what other cheap material to use. Initially, I wanted to make them out of pre-...
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PT vs hemlock for garden stair treads

I’m building a set of outdoor stairs down a 14 foot drop over 60 feet. I’m going to use 6x6 as the front edge treads and then backfill. This means the wood will be in contact with the ground. I am ...
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How weather resistant are Fire Bricks?

I’d like to build an outdoor cooking area and use wood as fuel. This area would be an elevated platform, 2-2.5 feet off the ground and about 6 square feet in surface area, to use with a grate and/or ...
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Should I seal sandstone? Based in UK

Deciding between porcelain 18mm and sandstone 24mm both grey. The porcelain cost about 1/3 more however if i have to seal the sandstone the cost isnt that different and over time probably works out ...
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Material that lets air and sunlight in & keeps rain out?

I have a small open area, it's like a small balcony. The issue is that I get wet when it rains. I ended up buying a regular tarp that covers this open area, and it works well. The issue is that this ...
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Outdoor kitchen countertop support

I'm building an outdoor kitchen and have to buy the countertops, or at least hire a countertop guy, soon. Because (a) there is a gas grill so I can't use flammable materials like plywood and (b) it's ...
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Flooring for Pool Shed

I have scoured the internet for answers to this but can not find one. However I think I can ask a more intelligent question now that I have more information. I have a pool shed (refrigerator, bench ...
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Grounding for Outdoor Outlet

I have an outdoor outlet about 60' from my house. It is properly wired using an underground cable with ground. It is in a plastic box with plastic conduit protecting the stub-up. Recently a tree ...
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Tap into an Electrical Wire Under a Raised Cottage

I have a raised cottage that is exposed underneath. There is an nmd90/Romex/indoor-rated electrical wire running along one of the joists below it. I realize that isn't up to current code, but it isn'...
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Damaged steel wire armoured cable

There is a steel wire armoured cable (SWA) in my back garden that was put there by the previous owner. One end leads to the fuse board but is currently disconnected. The other end is loose at the edge ...
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Refinishing Outdoor Wood Table

About 3 years ago I built an outdoor patio table from home depot pressure treated lumber. I walnut stained it and applied 3 layers of Helmsman spar urethane. It looks like the sun/rain has worn down ...
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Sealing gaps to prevent pest ingress

I have a shed next to a house we bought last year. The back of the shed serves as a windbreak and decorative back to a decking area but they didnt make a very good job of fixing the decorative lumber ...
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Troubleshooting GFCI Outlet Tripping

Recently, the GFCI outlet that "powers" our back patio has started tripping. Initially, I thought the outlet was old since this only started recently (and we use our patio regularly), so I replaced it ...
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Storing equipment in shed?

I want to move as many tools and equipment from inside house to a recently repaired shed. I was wondering, whether I should be worried about how equipment -- particularly electrical -- would be ...
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Patching Holes in Iron Staircase

My condo building has an outdoor iron staircase that has been developing some penny to quarter sized holes. While the staircase is structurally sound, I’m looking for a solution to patch the holes in ...
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Best way to attach a wooden frame to the pole?

Same pole on each side. Wanting to put 2 doors, each 8ft h x 5ft w, leading to carport need to control dust, I have the door construction idea based on how I am able to make a frame. Thinking drill ...

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