Questions tagged [outdoor]

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Do I need an GFCI Breaker if my outdoor outlets are GFCI

I am building an outdoor kitchen and have Alcan 3/c 12awg insulated and shielded wiring running underground from the house to the outdoor kitchen (This was left over from a previous gas heated hot tub)...
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Making room for wire nuts for a fixture screwed onto a conduit

I am replacing a line-voltage outdoor lamp. The old lamp was screwed directly onto a length of 1/2" metal conduit coming up from the ground. Whoever put this together originally just twisted the ...
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How to attach metal wind catchers to a metal pergola

I've been trying to get the welder who built us our metal pergola to weld a slightly larger tube with a bottom to serve as a holster to place my wind catchers so that they are upright and appear to be ...
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NEC code requirements for clearance of outdoor receptacle

I'm planting full-grown trees from a nursery along the perimeter of my property. There is an existing outdoor receptacle on the concrete barrier dividing my property line about 6-12" above the ...
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Why not use a plastic receptacle box for an outdoor outlet?

This answer says "... it should be possible to cut into the wall and install a metal box (don't use plastic, please) [for an outdoor outlet]." What are the problems associated with using a ...
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Is there a hose bibb vacuum breaker that drips rather than sprays?

I understand the purpose of a vacuum breaker, and the need for it to "vent" the water in the hose when pressure is removed. The ones that I can find all do so by spraying the water out in ...
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Installing multiple sun sails with galv pipe concreted into ground [duplicate]

Want to use 1.5” galvanized poles concreted into ground with holes drilled near ends. Frost line here is mere 24” so can I just concrete a 12’ pole into 2’ or do I have to use some kind of formula to ...
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What is the proper way to flush-mount an outdoor electrical outlet?

There are many outdoor electrical outlet boxes such that the entire box is mounted to the surface and then a wire comes in from the back. ... but what is the proper way to mount a box behind an ...
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weather resistant wood board on loggia

I have a loggia (=balcony where the sides are closed so that weather can only come from the open front). I want to put a board with short legs on the side of it (like a very low table, around 30cm ...
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Fixing leaking outdoor spigots in 1950s home

We moved to a house with "older"/original spigots which we want to replace since they are leaky, old and not very useable (probably not up to code either) - assumption is that they are ...
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Outdoor sink station for gardening, fish cleaning and similar?

When working in my backyard which has a small vegetable garden and a few fruit trees and some ornamental plants, I often need to repeatedly wash my hands and tools. Occasionally, I will have fish, ...
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Will HardiePlank withstand heat from an outdoor grill?

I've framed out my outdoor kitchen and plan to use brickwebb on the front. However, for the sake of cost, I'd like to use HardiePlank on the back, painted to match our pool pavilion and house. Will ...
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Replacing front and side concrete steps

We are replacing our front and side concrete steps. Is it common for the contractor to use broken stone from the present steps to fill space on the new steps?
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Do they make cord lit extension cords? [closed]

I am not looking for a specific product recommendation. I am wondering if a product exists and what the technical name for it would be so I can find various manufactured products when doing search. ...
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How can I protect a 1/2" white pvc irrigation pipe from extreme heat and sun?

I placed some decorative fountains in my south-facing front yard and have run a 1/2" Schedule 40 PVC irrigation pipe that runs underground to the back of each fountain so that I can install an ...
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How do I clean my water well's filter and how often?

What is the procedure for periodically flushing (to clean) this filter (shown)? I open red valve for a couple seconds. But how to do I flush out the junk that I can see in the filter? Filter uses a ...
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Do outdoor outlet covers have standard sizes / screw placement?

Do outdoor outlet covers have standard sizes / screw placement? I would like to replace the cover pictured below (preferably without having to replace the whole box). The cover has BWF on the front, ...
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Removing Scotch tape residue [duplicate]

Scotch tape and residue were gently scraped off the outdoor facing side of a wooden white door. I would like to completely remove the residue. Is there a clever method / tool / chemical to remove the ...
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How to extend an outdoor single gang electrical box to a 2 gang electrical box

I have a single gang electrical box on an outside wall of my home. I need to expand it so it can house two GFCI outlets on separate circuits. I have been looking for an extender with an opening in the ...
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Outdoor load center

I'm planning to install a 8 space 16 cct outdoor load center for pool equipment. Does it have to be feed from a GFCI breaker in the house and if so does that mean I don't have to have any GFCI ...
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Can anyone identify the manufacturer of this spigot

Who is the manufacturer of this outdoor spigot? Can probably pack stem as that is where it is leaking but would like to just replace both seals.
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How to “aim” RF remote control for LED RGBW lights

I recently purchased a set of outdoor RGBW LED spotlights that came with a remote control to configure the color settings for each light. With all the lights on, it is hard to change the color of only ...
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How can I securely power a USB camera from an outdoor outlet?

I would like to power an outdoor USB camera from an outdoor outlet. We have a vacation rental so I don't want to plug anything in, I want it to be permanent. I have an outlet about 6 feet from the ...
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How can I fill the empty space behind a bug screen installed on these stone arches?

I want to install bug screens in the open stone arches of my sunroom. I have flexible screen retainers ready to replace the wood that the previous owner roughly installed for the same purpose. The ...
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Can I use AFCI/GFCI outdoors

I am getting ready to install a 20 amp breaker powering my outdoor lights, outlets, and some shed outlets. I am most likely going to just have the breaker be a GFCI breaker to have the entire outdoor ...
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Future Erosion Problem? Paver Patio

QUESTION: Is this paver patio a future erosion issue? Was this done properly? DETAILS: Paver patio is elevated on 6"+ of base material at farthest point from the house. Paver edges are secured ...
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sending electrical wiring underground from house to shed [duplicate]

I have a shed about 60' from my home on my property in Northern CA. I'd like to send two 20 Amp circuits from the house to the shed via a buried 1" Schedule 40 PVC pipe. I've read that I can't/...
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How can I evaluate solar panels to power night lights in areas that don't get direct light?

I have a creek crossing in the woods: This photo is in the early spring. During the summer it's a bit like a jungle. We've considered the idea of putting foot lights along the edges of the crossing. ...
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How should I remove the number from my house?

The sign appears to be stuck to the outside. No screws. What is the best way to remove it?
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How can I unstick a water connector?

My water diverter is screwed on to the outdoor faucet, but now it's stuck and it won't budge in either direction (black connector in images). It has four equidistant "notches" intended for ...
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How to protect outdoor low-voltage cable over concrete walkway?

I'm considering Philips Hue low-voltage outdoor lighting for my front lawn. The challenge is the outdoor 120V outlet and the yard / landscaping is separated by a concrete walkway. How do I run the ...
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Why are my Outdoor Outlets not GFCI? [closed]

Few years back, I asked this question: Why don't I have ground wiring on any of my outlets? Apparently the reason I didn't see any grounding wires, was because the entire house was installed with ...
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How should I fasten lowered stair stringers to my deck landing?

I have a small landing and set of stairs that need to be built in a fairly small space up to our garage pad. I have a limited area to work with so the landing serves as the first step down in order to ...
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Will this mounting plate work when it’s higher than the electrical box?

I’m trying to install a new outdoor light. The old one they had cut the actual sides of the fixture to for it to fit flush on the siding. When I got a mounting block to try, in order for it to be ...
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How to correctly paint deck?

Live in Michigan. Have a large deck needed to be re-painted black. Last year I painted it and it is already peeling everywhere. Starting from step 1- prep- to last step - sealing - how do I do this ...
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How do I get my third PIR yard light to work?

I already had 3 outdoor lights on my property, which I am changing to PIR sensor lights. Yesterday, I changed the two at the end of the run and all worked great. This morning I changed the last light ...
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Can 2-4x4x8 wood posts be stacked?

Trying to get a basketball goal set up. Can’t find anywhere that sells metal posts for this. There are however wood posts. We got 2-4x4x8 for a total of 16’. 4’ of which will be cemented in ground. ...
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How will a rutted farm road get worse if it is not repaired?

On a vacant lot in the northeast US, used for haying in the past, myself and a few other people started different farming projects on it. It is very wet and had an especially wet year in the past. ...
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For a rutted farm road, what is needed to fix it and how much worse would it get? [closed]

On a vacant lot in the northeast US, used for haying in the past, myself and a few other people started different farming projects on it. It is very wet and had an especially wet year in the past. ...
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Flooring covering for a bitumen balcony

Hello I have wood balcony that I made by making my first floor longer then my second floor, so basically my balcony is unfinished uncovered part of my second floor and fenced all around. In any case, ...
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Outdoor circuit loses power - breaker does not trip, other lights in circuit keep working

I've moved into a new house and I'm replacing old motion sensors with ring floodlights. I'm not an electrician, but handy, and I've done plenty of DIY research thanks to this site so I felt confident ...
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can isopropyl alcohol dissolve powder coat?

I have new outdoor furniture that is metal frame & wooden body. The metal frame is painted black, using powder coat I think. I was applying wood protector on the wood parts, and it stained the ...
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Best practice to renovate wrought iron?

My outdoor wrought iron railings have been painted more than 10 times over 40 years. I now want to remove the old paint and apply high quality glossy black paint to last multiple decades, if possible, ...
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Retaining wall on top of concrete AND next to fence

I have an outdoor area which is currently pebbled and retained next to a fence. I plan on removing the pebbles and turfing, and am also considering planting a green hedge because I don't like the look ...
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Ring floodlight camera won't connect to wifi

I purchased four of the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus to install around my house. I got the new electrical wiring installed to one of the floodlights and it powers on just fine. Going through the ...
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How to seal pivoted doors?

When a pivoted door is closed, how to ensure that it is sealed around all its edges so that outdoor dust doesn't get inside, and we maximise noise isolation? This: was a pivoted door, at least at ...
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How to secure an outdoor 1" PVC 3ft long watering riser pipe?

How can I secure a ~3ft 1" white PVC pipe riser from getting snapped off? Riser presently is 6ft up and capped. I plan to add right angle elbow, valve, and spout (standard lawn house threaded). ...
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Anti-slip (ice, water) mat for outdoor stair treads?

I used composite decking to build my stair treads and it gets slippery, especially when water freezes over during winter. I need five of something that is 6' long and 6" deep to provide traction. ...
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Why does an remote indoor switch control a outdoor power outlet

I moved in a house and found it very odd that an outdoor outlet is controlled by an indoor switch that is quite far from it. There are two switches in the picture, one controls lights on the deck, the ...
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Exterior surface mount outlet w/ conduit through soffit

I'm looking into mounting a TV on my patio on the exterior wall of my brick home. Only problem is, the best place for it is the exterior of a masonry fireplace/chimney, so I can't drill through the ...

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