Questions tagged [outdoor]

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How much can the topmost segment of a stair stringer be reduced without compromising strength?

Let me try this a different way. My question is about the 2x12 stringer and if there are certain dimensions I need to keep in mind to not undermine the structural integrity of the wood. Using the ...
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Bistro chair cushion fix/replace?

I have a pair of bistro chairs that are metal with a wire frame and have round seats. The cushions are wood (I believe) topped with foam. The seat frame is completely empty, with just a thin rim ...
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Corrosion aluminium brass

I am replacing the gas springs on my outdoor sunblinds, and have difficulty removing brass pins holding an aluminum lever. The sunblinds are about 16 years old and there is white corrosion visible. ...
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how should I handle this into-the-wall section of the refrigerant pipe insulation?

I had my first insulation replacement. The section that went into the wall was such a tight space; I didn't believe I could wrap my new insulation around it. How was the old insulation so much thinner?...
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Outdoor kitchen on sloped patio

I am building an outdoor kitchen using standard 8"x8"x16" concrete blocks on a concrete patio which slopes away from the house. The length of kitchen is 120" and the slope of the ...
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What ways are there to paint aluminium panels for outdoor use?

I only know of powder coating as a method of applying the final paint. My questions are: What are other options of painting aluminum panels (e.g. aluminum gate) for outdoor use? How do they compare ...
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Ways to Hide Outdoor Wire box for Outdoor Wall Light

The lights outside the garage are mounted on top of the wire box. It doesn't look great and also allows for water behind the lights. What would be some good options for solving this? Putting ...
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How to attach this wooden beam to concrete blocks

I want to attach a wooden beam to a hollow concrete block to use as one side of a washing line. How should I do that? Are there any attachments or fixings that I should use?
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Easy way to repair romex that shorted/severed at top of outdoor brick pillar?

See image below. This is a 3ft brick pillar at the street in a house I just bought. It was built around 20 years ago. A few weeks after moving in, the breaker for this circuit flipped. Found the cause ...
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How do I make a pink-powdered-sand grout to seal outdoor stone patio?

I brought back some pink powdered sand from a recent vacation. I want to use it to grout and seal a stone patio I laid at the bottom of an outdoor stairwell with a drain. How should/can I do this?
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Rain Gets on Outdoor Prong

Just to be clear, this is about the prong, not the outlet! Today I set up an outdoor fountain and plugged it into an outdoor extension cord to reach the outdoor outlet I have. When I went back inside,...
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Are LED Light strip that comes with plug ac when wire stripped?

I have Govee weatherproof LED strips from Amazon, and I want to use my low voltage transformer 12/15v. I have no experience with installing these but would like to learn since this is low voltage and ...
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Tiles on thin reinforced concrete outdoor

I have a small terrace in front of our living room. It is 2,7m * 8m. It is a reinforced thin concrete plane standing on "legs", so it is not laying on the ground. The width of the plane is ...
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Running PVC water pipe to 2nd floor balcony

I want to run a simple water line outside from my faucet to my 2nd floor balcony so I can easily water my plants. It’s not a very long distance, but I’m wondering what my best options are. Here are ...
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How to hang lights from vinyl siding?

I have a couple of townhomes that I want to run some industrial outdoor string lighting - thick gauge. The problem is there is nothing except the house to hang these from. As I get into the yard I ...
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Always using gray 14/2 outdoor electric cable... indoors and out

I know that gray, UF-B outdoor 14/2 electrical cable can be used both outdoors and indoors for permanent installations in Michigan. Why isn't the outdoor cable ALWAYS used for ALL 15amp indoor wiring ...
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How do you securely attach bird spikes to a second floor metal railing without causing damage (to the railing)?

We bought a thirty year old home in southern California in the desert and are trying to figure out how to deter pigeons from perching on our house and pooping everywhere. They're actually mourning ...
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Is 14g stranded wire a bad choice for outdoor electrical outlets in the dry desert?

I recently went to a big box store and asked for help to extend power to my front yard. I installed a total of three outdoor rated electrical outlets with the cover plate that covers the entire area. ...
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Outdoor wiring - multiple GFCI and trips

I recently moved into a house that has multiple outdoor outlets eventually feeding an outdoor lighting transformer and a small waterfall pump. There is an outlet on the interior of the house first ...
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Are these cracks on the stone wall with a water tank on top serious?

First of all, english isn’t my main language and I lack the vocabulary to describe the issue, types of walls/cracks, I’ll attach images instead. Basically the housing complex was built on a cliff like ...
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Outdoor LED strip enclosure that aims light towards the floor?

Most LED strip enclosures (e.g. for mounting under stair risers or cabinets) direct the light in the opposite direction from the mounting surface. But I'm looking to direct light towards the surface ...
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Wiring a 100 Amp Transfer Switch to main panel

I have a 100-Amp 240-Volt Outdoor Non-Fused Transfer Switch and would like to wire it to the main panel outside. My main panel has 3 breakers (Oven [25 Amp], A/C [50 Amp], & House [100 Amp]) my ...
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Voltage detected in hot tub

Thank you in advance for help with this mystery. We detected a voltage in our hot tub, my wife detected a small shock. My multimeter detects between 9-11v. The unit has a 10ma rcd which doesn’t trip. ...
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Best place to screw in eye hooks for string lights?

The wife has asked me to put up some string lights (2 x 45' lengths weighing 9 lbs/strand) over our deck in the backyard and I'm looking for the best way to hook it up to the house as I don't have any ...
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substitute for missing patio umbrella parts

I have a weighted patio umbrella base in which you insert a curved metal piece and then tighten the umbrella into place by hand-twisting a bolt into place. I seem to have lost the metal insert and ...
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Outdoor swiveling pergola slat design

I'm in the midst of putting my pergola together. I have a general sense of how it comes together, but I'm trying to figure out the best way to handle a special feature I want my pergola to have: ...
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wiring outside lights and adding a double socket

I've just wired up a daisy chain of GU10 LED fence lights in my garden and my plan was to run my 2.5mm cable from the house to an outdoor light switch and then carry on to the first light. My wife ...
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Adding a sub panel in my high tunnel greenhouse

ADDING A SUB-PANEL IN MY HIGH TUNNEL GREENHOUSE I need to add electricity to my new greenhouse that will be powering my exhaust fan and shutters, the automated roll-up sides, a couple of small water ...
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How can I connect multiple lights to a switch downstream?

I am installing multiple lamp holders for my garden bed to use par 38 flood light bulbs. I purchased all weatherproof materials that is rated for outdoors ( dug trench, purchased uf 12/3) The power ...
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How to remedy railing swollen with rust

I noticed that a metal porch railing looks swollen with rust. Do I need to cut that piece out and have someone weld a repair or is it ok to leave as is? Should I put rust stop on it? Since it’s ...
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Should the underside of a deck be stained?

When one stains a wooden deck, should they stain the underside of the deck too?
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Replacing a sagging/rusting stucco steel mesh ceiling below a deck steel floor

I have a 1st floor porch ceiling that is separating and rusting that I need to tear down and replace. It's a steel porch with tile floors and what I'm guessing is some sort of corrugated galvanized ...
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Indoor switch for outside outlet

According to the NEC, if I have an outside power outlet, like on my deck, that is part of a bigger circuit with other outlets, do I have to have an indoor switch that controls that outlet so that I ...
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Help identifying a plastic pipe at the base of the house

Last year I removed a patio because all of its deck was rotten, underneath I found a pipe - pictured. Now I want to lay a concrete base for brick steps because the drop from the door was way to high. ...
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How to re-attach outdoor tiles?

3 tiles (20cm by 30cm == 8in by 12in) fell off the floor on the outside balcony. The substance (concrete+sand?) that was supposed to cement them to the underlying floor is mostly sand (crumbles in my ...
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Replacing a screen door

Recently, our patio screen door has begun to show damage and the screen itself has started to peel off of the damaged frame. We are now looking to replace it. We measured the door as 36 1/2 inches ...
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What would I use to fill a hole in a brick, so that I can re-drill a new hole that overlaps it?

I'm replacing a sillcock in the backyard, which is mounted onto brick, and unfortunately the holes to anchor it are just slightly off and overlap. I'd need to fill the old hole with something that can ...
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will teak oil protect outdoor furniture from cracking?

I have some old adirondack chairs that I got at yard sales. I oiled them all with teak oil last summer. Now I'm reading that I didn't need to save that teak oil just preserves color, not integrity. I ...
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Holding plywood between bars for shelves?

I have a small balcony that has wrought iron bars on either side. The width between the bars is about 5ft. I wanted to place several 1"x6" plywood pieces between the bars for some small ...
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Electrical switch for outdoor security light(motion activated)

I would like to have the switch work to give power to outdoor lights when we are active on the patio, then hit the switch and turn off outdoor lights and send power to motion activated light. This way ...
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Running Electrical Wires exterior to interior

I need a new line placed in a certain area of my house, (for a fish tank) but running it inside isn't a super realistic option, as it's a good distance and the joists run perpendicular to where I ...
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Care and maintenance of wood fence that is rotting because of damp leaves on the other side

I have a wooden fence around my garden. I share parts of the fence with my neighbour, who has a shed close to the fence on his side. Between the fence and the shed on my neighbour's side, leaves ...
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Care and maintenance of deck in the garden

I recently bought a house. There is a deck in the garden. It is about two or three years old. It does not seem to be in a great condition, but I have no experience with decks and find it hard to tell ...
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What can I use to create a "chair rail effect" for my outdoor privacy fence to separate the two different materials?

This is a question on improving the aesthetic of my outdoor space. I did an extension panel on my cinderblock fence to help improve privacy and I'm very happy with the look. I used shade fabric that ...
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Do cracks in softwood boards indicate structural problems?

I received my terrace decking boards today. Almost all of them have fairly deep cracks on the ends and some have cracks on the face. Should these be considered as critical damages or I should still be ...
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Outdoor porch light wiring

Neighbor had his father in law installed a new porch, now the outside garage lights changed. He has no power in garage unless he turns porch light on. The box for the porch light has 2 Black, 2 White ...
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Insulating wooden beams / frame from concrete footings

I am building a wooden terrace based on frame made of pressure treated lumber (ground contact grade) placed on concrete blocks ("on-grade" footings). Something like this: What I know is ...
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Attaching Pergola posts to lumber on ground

I'm a new homeowner with DIY enthusiasm to improve the outdoor living space. Recently completed build my fence now planning to do a pergola first and then add deck to it so we can enjoy some outdoor ...
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Can we install a slide in gas range with convection oven outdoors?

I am planning to build a simple summer/outdoor kitchen in the covered patio. Even though the patio is covered it gets occasional rain and a lot of sun. I don't need a grill but need a good gas cooktop ...
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Wiring issue need help

Ok...so I have an electrical issue that I am having some difficulty figuring out. I have 3 lights in the perimeter of my property with 2 being on the problem feed. The 1 light on the other side of ...

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