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Exterior 125A subpanel for pedestal selection

I am building an outdoors area in my backyard that will necessitate of its own subpanel. I have placed 2in PCV sch40 conduit in the ground and I plan to pull wires to power a 125A panel. I will mount ...
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What type and brand of outdoor paint should use for pergola? [closed]

We purchased our house in 2022 and the previous owner installed a nice patio and pergola. But the paint on the top of the pergola is starting to show wear. I'm looking for recommendations on a ...
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Footers for outdoor kitchen counters? Rocky Mountains

I am interested in building an 8x8 L-shaped outdoor kitchen in the foothills of the rockies (7800'). It will also have 3 - 4x4 uprights to support a roof (There will be a 4th post as well) The soil ...
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Outdoor outlet on round box

I have 2 of the following round boxes at my home hidden behind a cover: Now I'd like to mount an outlet on it, and I'm trying to understand what the right things to use are. To my understanding, this ...
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What is this outdoor electric component called and used for?

This box was previously linked to an outdoor artificial pond filter, as far as I can see. However, now nothing in the system works. The outlet next to the unit also doesn't work. Does anyone know ...
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How to glue a plastic clip onto an outdoor flat marble surface

I’m installing balcony lighting and want to glue plastic clips to guide the cable conduit onto the marble floor. I have not been able to find an adhesive that works on these two materials. What should ...
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Why does my outdoor light sensor not turn the lights off during the day?

Bought our house just over a year ago, and the outdoor lighting has a Tork 2021 Photocontrol sensor (pic attached below) that has been working absolutely great until about a month or so ago. The ...
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Raising artificial grass above ground (concrete) to help drainage: PVC Screening or wet room drainage mat roll?

We have a small enclosed concrete garden that we converted into a living space for our two rabbits. We laid artificial grass down directly on the concrete, but when it rains it gets very waterlogged. ...
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How do I fit fire resitant tiles to a surface which will have hot coals?

This is a follow up to this question: How do I install steel dowels into the side walls of my brick bbq? I have fit the dowels and they are working perfectly. However, the tiles on which the hot coals ...
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How do I fix a metal storm door that is too low on its hinges?

We have an aluminum glass door outside of our front door that won't close or open without serious force. It looks like it needs to be lifted on the hinges, as pictured. There is a gap at the top of ...
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How do I install steel dowels into the side walls of my brick bbq?

This is a follow up this question: How can I rig a raising/lowering mechanism to my grill? I get the sense that trying to make a fancy mechanism will be too much trouble, so I will go with steel ...
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120 outlet in an outdoor electrical cabinet

I have an existing 110V outlet behind a weatherproof cover in my side yard, on the exterior wall. Above it the backyard patio company has installed a small metal outdoor electrical box (6”x12”x5”) ...
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What should I fill the gap between my siding and the concrete with? [closed]

Back porch had a wooden deck that was rotting. After removal I know have a 5" gap between the bottom of my siding and the concrete the deck was on. The concrete isn't perfect but good enough ...
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How to replace head of spigot without replacing stem?

I have a leaking outside spigot that has the pipe stem embedded ln a stone wall, with no access to the back. However, there is enough pipe protruding from the wall to cut the copper pipe just behind ...
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Best way to replace sealant where concrete driveway meets foundation?

We purchased our house in 2022, it had been previously used as a rental. There are plenty of other examples of your typical "Landlord's Special" around the house — over-caulking in the ...
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How do you level and fasten joists over uneven concrete for a deck?

Update/solution for future reference: I used a laser level set 20in. above desired top the joists and then laid a joist on its side next to where it would ultimately be positioned and then used a ...
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How to mount a Ring flood light cam when you have no junction box and a hole with wires

I am trying to mount a Ring floodlight cam but the mounting plate that comes included will not secure tight against the vinyl square box. What is the best solution going forward? Should install this ...
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Recessed retrofit light unable to fit into can with shallow depth

I am trying to replace the bulb in my outdoor recessed light with a Utilitech Retrofit Kit White 5-in or 6-in (Model #LLEDR6/5CCTCA). The diameter of the can is approximately 5.5", with a depth ...
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Mould like on one window only

I have a weird mould issue. The only window in the house/street like it. There is no leaking pipe etc.
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Does this TV cable need to be rehung in a proper manner?

The company cable installer loosely hung cable on these tree branches to cross a public road rather than using poles or at least affixing the cable to the trees themselves. Do I need to have them come ...
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Should I still make a foundation for a pre-made shed that will be placed on backyard concrete?

I am planning to purchase a shed from Wayfair, but I see a lot online about needing to build a base with concrete or gravel. If I get a 4x6 or 6x8 metal shed, do I still need to build my own ...
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Was my fireplace insert correctly installed?

I just had an outdoor fireplace put in with a gas insert. I hate that the metal sides of the insert are clearly visible. I had my contractor paint them white in the hopes that it would blend in with ...
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How do I transition from a Romex wire in a plastic box to a weatherproof box?

I am a new homeowner and am relatively handy. I have worked in building maintenance at a hospital, but I am not entirely familiar with the electrical codes. I was meaning to replace a faulty outdoor ...
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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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How can I install an outlet in a disused hot tub breaker panel?

I removed the old hot tub in my backyard and I would like to know how to reuse the existing electrical setup to put an outlet there instead. The first picture shows the electrical panel that was ...
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I want to install a EV charger outside and already have a bunch of NM-B 6g cabling in the crawl space - how can I make this work?

First and foremost - I will be hiring an electrician to handle the actual electrical stuff. I just want to know whether or not I can use some existing material. The former home owner had a hot tub (...
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Who is the manufacturer of this old sillcock?

I am looking for a replacement for the item pictured but everywhere I go they ask for a part or model number. When I explain it came with the house 30-50 years ago they say they can't help. Does ...
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Drip tray for flower pot on top of 55 gal plastic rain barrel

I have a DIY 55 gallon plastic rain barrel, one of these: and would like to put a flower pot on top of it. I'm now looking for a sturdy solution to attach a drip tray to the top barrel. I have a nice ...
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How can I clean to prepare an outdoor fountain for fresh paint?

I have two outdoor fountains that we purchased about two years ago. They're in very good shape. But we never liked the color from the start. We now want to paint them the color we want. What cleaner ...
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How might I clear out my pool’s filter system pump of debris?

I found the pool's filter cup dislodged and floating around the inlet tube, letting debris run straight into the pump system. Since then the outflow rate has been reduced severely. How may I be able ...
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How to wire outdoor post lamp if power comes via two black wires?

Strong winds damaged one of my post lamps so I am replacing it. It comes with three wires: black, white, and bare. The top of my column however only has two black wires coming out of it. How should I ...
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I want to run power outlets and lights down my driveway, and ideally I could do it using the same cable, is that safe?

Goal Use one electrical cable to power lights and outlets through a conduit down a driveway where a light switch could turn power on/off to the lights, without turning power on/off to the outlets. ...
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What is this white stuff on an outside pillar of the alfesco?

Is on one side of a pillar that's holding up my alfesco. Is this an indicator of water or something serious? This wall occassionally gets wet if it rains heavy enough and the rain blows sideways into ...
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Pipe under outdoor faucet leaking. Any ideas?

my outdoor faucet seems to be leaking. My gf wrapped it up with tape to try to reduce the flow (bless her) I don't know what pipe or piece seems to be connected under the actual spigot. Does anyone ...
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Outdoor kitchen cold water supply hookup and housing

I need to hookup a recently installed outdoor kitchen faucet and two (total) hose bibs from an existing 1/2" galvanized pipe to the exterior. In summary - 3 locations: hose bib attached to home ...
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How to build a personal watercraft lift using a simple lever

A personal watercraft lift sits in about 1 to 2 ft. of water. The platform or rails are about 4 ft. high. Enough for the waves to go under the craft and keep it dry and safe until it is launched. Most ...
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GFCI for outdoor outlet?

I’m looking to add an outlet outside. The circuit I’d like to tap into currently has a gfci 2 outlets “up” line from where I’d add on. It’s a small circuit without a lot of real load draws. Can/should ...
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Peeling paint on Window Sill

First DIY project so please excuse my ignorance. How should I fix peeling paint on a window sill - is the process: scrape off the paint, primer and paint? What is a paint and primer that is resistant ...
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Strain relief and box type when installing external outlet on house with aluminum siding

I am planning on installing a external outlet on the side of my house using a surface mount to reduce the size of the hole I need to make. The easiest option appears to be using a plastic box and in-...
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How to protect wheelbarrow from rust while still working on it

TLDR: How do I protect metal projects from rusting when they take more than a day to finish? I’m restoring our old wheelbarrow. Stripping all the metal parts clean, filling holes, primer, paint, top ...
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How do I troubleshoot my outdoor porch light?

My outdoor porch light will not work after a storm. Every other light and plug all came back on but this one light won’t work. Replaced the bulbs still nothing. My voltage pen doesn’t go off when ...
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Can't remove outdoor security light fixture

first time poster and home improvement newbie here, please be gentle. My husband and I are trying to replace a broken outdoor security light that was installed by the previous owner. My husband ...
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Concrete steps sinking

I’m wanting to raise my concrete steps. I noticed there is wood exposed where the steps would be aligned with the house. Do I need to cover the wood with anything before raising the steps? Should ...
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Convert Brick Flower Bed Into Sandbox?

I have a long wall flower bed made of brick. I was hoping to take a small section of that to convert into a sand box for my little. Any suggestion on how to separate the soil from the sand? Should I ...
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Number of posts needed? [closed]

I have no idea what math needs to be done to figure this out, but let me set the stage for you. I'm building a BIG planter box in my yard. 27ft X 54ft X 5ft high. We want to utilize our whole yard to ...
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What are the code requirements for outdoor plumbing and electrical surface-level conduits?

I'm planning to re-design my yard, and I'm looking to decouple the dependencies between contractors. I am planning to add some outdoor appliances (e.g. hot tub, sauna) which would require adding new ...
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Should I lay artificial grass over pavers or sand?

We have limestone paving slabs throughout our entire garden but I'm hoping to do some artificial grass now in an area to break it up a bit. The slabs are 22mm thick. My question is, shall I just lay ...
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Can I leave the grill outside over winter (snow and cold in western Europe)?

Can i leave the grill outside over winter (snow and cold in western Europe)? I have a cover for the grill. I don't have much space in the cellar and the grill is quite heavy. this is my grill (a hype ...
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Advice for building simple poles to hold up a tarp above firewood storage

I have a bunch of recently chopped wood on a few racks now located on the side of my shed. I'm looking to set up a semi-temporary sloped tarp canopy above it to keep the rain off but make sure there's ...
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R11 rated porcelain tiles for outdoor use

I across the idea of "Anti-Slip Tile Ratings and Grades". Has anyone had R11 rated Porcelain tiles installed outdoors? I am interested to know if they are safe to use in the UK where it ...
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