Questions tagged [outdoor]

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Underlayment for using porcelain tile outdoors?

Rebuilding an outdoor deck in upstate NY with 6" X 24" porcelain tile. The foundation will be a 6" concrete bed with rebar. Confused about the need for and the order in which the ...
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What wood to use for external steps on a metal box-section frame?

We've got some rotting wooden outside steps that I want to replace. They're just seven 1 metre-long planks screwed to a metal framework from the underside. I'd planned to use scaffold boards as once ...
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Solar Battery Pack for outdoor lights

I recently bought a really old house and the light outside has not been working. I just found that there was a little solar battery charger laying on the floor of my front yard, broken to pieces. So I ...
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A bar broke on an out of warranty hammock, so how do I replace the bar? [closed]

We had a few people sitting in a hammock, and the spacer bar broke due to the weight. How do we replace the bar so the hammock is usable again?
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Air Condition humming noise

I recently bought a brand new house which has new AC unit. but the outdoor AC unit constantly makes the loud humming noise which also vibrates refrigerant pipe. see the attached video link. what could ...
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How to protect an outdoor electrical cable which can’t be buried?

Last week we had an electrical point installed at the bottom of the garden (about 15m from the house). The cable runs alongside the property boundary. The electrician did not bury the cable as the ...
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Any idea what these outdoor shades are called?

Hi any idea with the name of the outdoor shades are called? Note the rope that is tied to the metal boat dock stirrup thing. They are mounted on the outside. I've been searching for weeks and have no ...
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Outdoor Fan on GFCI Switch

I just replaced an outdoor ceiling fan/light on a gfci circuit, and once we completed the work and re-energized the circuit, my light switch will not move so I can test or turn on the fan. The GFCI ...
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Reconfiguring GFCI circuit protection

Forgive me if this is basic or redundant, but I couldn't find any questions addressing my specific scenario. I've got a GFCI outlet in my garage which also protects three separate outdoor outlets. I ...
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How can I turn on my outdoor water fountain?

I have just bought a new house, and want to activate the pump for the water fountain. The pump seems to run an insulated electrical line back to the house, but I am not able to find any indoor ...
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What do you mount an outdoor electric box to when it's not near your house?

We'll be laying out several new driveway slabs for our daughters to park on when commuting to college, and need a couple of NEMA 14-50 outlets near those slabs as they both want Nissan Leafs. We will ...
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Extension cord requirement for outdoor string lights

I am getting ready to hang outdoor string lights in my back yard for which I will need an outdoor extension cord about 20’ in length to reach a GFCI outlet. The string lights have a two-pronged ...
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Identify faucet manufacturer

I have a faucet leaking from the anti syphon on the top. I need to replace the parts but don’t know the manufacturer. The original cap is long gone. It only has asse 1018 on the side. There are no ...
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Is it worth repairing this spigot?

The hose spigot on my house leaks from the handle end, as you can see here: When I took it apart, the lower washer looked intact: However, I could not disassemble it any further to inspect the upper ...
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what size 2 by lumber should I use to support a swing?

I want to hang a swing in my yard and none of the trees have a suitable branch. I want to run a doubled up PT 2x8 between 2 trees spanning just shy of 10 feet. Will this be strong enough? Should I ...
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ground level deck drainage suggestions?

I am Looking for ideas to keep water from pooling under a new ground-level deck. The frame in the photo was dug 8-10inches below the ground. I'm using composite decking so I need minimum 6 inches ...
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Tennis wall project [closed]

Hi everyone so I have a funky project I want to do, with limited funds and materials what with the pandemic and all. I live out in Chile so I dont have access to some of the off the shelf solutions ...
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Type of glue for sealing cable entries

I am looking for the name of a type of glue (I think brand recommendations are not permitted, so not that) which will seal an electrical connector to the socket it is plugged into in a reversible and ...
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What type of outdoor breaker/disconnect for two buildings?

I am going to be building a larger garage. I am looking to put a 200amp service in the building. I had the power company come out and check my feeder lines and confirm that I had sufficient service ...
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Painting Pressure Treated Wood | Outdoor Steps Application

I am needing to rebuild some stairs (3 steps), and the previous owner has a great colour scheme going on the house, and I want to maintain that. Now, my wife and I like to do builds/projects that are ...
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Wiring for Outdoor Garage Lights

I installed two outdoor garage lights using 14/2 MC Armorlite Cable. The lights are only 8.8 watts and have day/night sensors. I connected the wiring to a garage door opener dedicated 20 amp circuit ...
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Slope has gobbled up the retaining walls

A few tiered retaining walls were built on a slope on my property about 70 years ago. By now they have been completely consumed by the slope as you can see on the picture below where, in the white ...
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What conduit and wire for an outdoor outlet directly to outdoor breaker panel?

I would like to add an outdoor receptacle directly to my outdoor breaker panel for some simple string lights. The idea would be to install new breaker, run flexible conduit from knockout on bottom of ...
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How should I accommodate thinner replacement deck boards?

I have a deck on the house that is currently nominal 2x4 of various species. (the previous owners had no taste). I want to replace the surface with Ipe wood. It comes as nominal 5/4 x 6 which is a ...
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Vegetable Garden Fence Design with 2x2 Posts

Let's start with the tl;dr: I'm starting a new vegetable garden and need to put up a fence around it. 16'x12', constructed of wood and metal poultry netting. My goals are to ensure that: Squirrels, ...
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Which side of wood deck boards should face up?

We're making a roof terrace using wood deck boards. The two sides of the deck board differ, with small/large grooves. Which side should face up, is this purely an aesthetic choice or is there ...
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Replacement outdoor GFCI has also stopped working

I moved into a house with an outside GFCI receptacle. The outlet didn't seem to work and the reset button had no effect. No other outlets around or outside the house appeared to be tripped. I pulled ...
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Prevent sun shade pole from rotating in base

I have bought a centre pole sun shade (a Doppler Sunliner) for my balcony, along with a hollow base filled with water for it to stand in, which works fine. But as soon as there is a tiny bit of wind, ...
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Why does my shed door expand/shrink?

I built a shed door last summer and have had a few problems with it since. Using pressure treated outdoor timber I made a fairly simple shed door. I wood glued the long planks together and then used ...
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Stumps haul out

I have a mound in front of my house with two stumps in it (shown below). I have a quote for the excavation of the mound which includes the removal of dirt. The difference between hauling the ...
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How to attach single step for deck where deck rim joist is not low enough to overlap step rim board

Similar to this question. I am trying to attach a single step to a deck located adjacent to a patio, a setup which looks like this: I'm trying to figure out how to secure the step effectively. Here ...
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Concrete Apartment Balcony Repair

There seems to be two layers on top of the concrete: the thicker, white-ish layer next to concrete the gray, textured layer on top I'd like to fix this up, but have no idea where to start. Would ...
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What (cheap) material could I use for a squirrel baffle atop a bird feeder?

We have a bird feeder in our wooded yard, hanging down from a tree branch, its top covered with a 'squirrel baffle' of about two feet diameter. We also have gazillions of squirrels that love to eat ...
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Hanging an outdoor chair swing

If I am using two 4 x 4 post as a base will a 2 x 6 hold an outdoor chair swing for a person to 240 pounds?
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Need to know the extra boxes connected to exterior outlet

So I have an exterior outlet that seems to be up to code. But I want to move the outlet 4’ so that I can put pavers in this area. Before I do I need to know if these two boxes can be moved. The ...
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Is it possible to restore teak furniture that has been stained dark to original finish?

I have some teak furniture that was stained a dark finish years ago by mistake. I am wondering if its possible to sand the furniture back to the original finish or sand blast? Would it work and then ...
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How can I use door opening to open separate flap with levers?

I am searching for a mechanical solution for my gate with lever and counterweights. The space under my gate is too large when closed and my dogs can escape under. However the door opens up on an ...
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Identifying this part used in awnings?

I’ve seen this used in many awnings, but I don’t know what they’re called. So a few questions: What’s the name of this part? Can they be bought separately or are they only sold in kits?
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Problem with outdoor gfi to switch to outdoor pond pump

I usually understand how to do this but I am truly stumped. There was a single GFI protected already in place and I wanted to run a switched 2 gang outlet from the box on my deck. After turning power ...
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How to deal with backyard flooding?

So I am finally tired of walking through puddles to get to my garage. I am doing research to find out the best way to deal with my backyard flooding problem. I am in a townhouse with a small backyard ...
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How do I replace a porch light that’s mounted to a surface-mounted junction box?

I recently bought a house that has a porch light that doesn’t work. The porch light is mounted to a junction box that is installed surface-mounted to a vinyl mounting box. The junction box is loaded ...
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Chain specs for lifting stumps with farm jack?

A farm jack & chain can be used to lift out shrub stumps, it's just not obvious what length & strength of chain makes sense. I purchased a farm jack online and a 14 foot length of 3/8" grade ...
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What is the best material to use for adhering glass tile to cement board and what is the best grout and sealer to use for this outdoor mosaic?

I have a 30" x 30" glass mosaic made in China. The mosaic is on one single 30" x 30" sheet. This will be for outdoor use. I understand that I must first adhere this mosaic sheet to 1/4" cement ...
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Painting a wooden mailbox post

I need to repaint my wooden mailbox post. When I first moved in to my house, the previous owner had let the paint all but come off. I sprayed it white, with Rust-Oleum spray paint, as that is what "...
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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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