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Questions tagged [outdoor]

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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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magnetic OR retractable screen for outswing deck door

I'm looking for a screen solution for an out-swing deck door. I'm interested in a magnetic type screen which seems like less of a contraption, but I'd consider a retractable that rolls into a canister....
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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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Outlet with No Power Source - Outdoors

Last fall, I had a cover break to an outdoor outlet. I haven't used it since. I wanted to replace it today. What I've discovered is that the outlet seems to have no power going go it somehow. All ...
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fire door between garage and residential living space!

Can a solid door, under 1 3/4 inch thick, Designed-Equipped with a plexiglass-like panel, ever be accepted as a fire rated door between living space and a residential garage in California? I assume ...
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Installing tile on screened porch

We have screened porch that currently has outdoor carpet on the floor. We want to get rid of the carpet and maybe tile the porch. There is standard decking under the carpet. I have been told by both ...
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How to switch 40A timer used for outdoor lighting and direct 120V outdoor lighting

I am redoing my outdoor lighting and need to move 3 wall switches used for outdoor 120V lighting to a different place within the house. The issue is that the inground wire is 10/2 UF but the inside ...
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Solution for covering carpet glued to concrete on a balcony

Florida. Early morning sun. Large lanai (2 open sides) has carpet glued to concrete and it is 30 years old and impossible to clean from dust, small grass cutoffs from landscaping etc.. What can I ...
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Outdoor kitchen on top of paver patio

Besides using Pressure Treated wood for the framing of the kitchen/bar/ island outside- is there anything between the pavers and the PT wood framing that needs to put down?
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Hang 20lb projector screen on Hardieplank

The siding on my house is Hardieplank cement fiber board. I have a 20lb manual pull down projector screen that I would like to hang onto the side of my house to create an outdoor theater. The studs ...
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Build a trail cart

I want to build a cart for carrying camping equipment and supplies as a potential alternative to a backpack. Pulling a cart with the backpack in it should be easier than carrying it on my back, at ...
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Anti Siphon valve

The plastic valve was so brittle it snapped right off. It is down against the metal faucet and I cannot get it to turn at all. Now what do I do?
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Do GFCI protected devices need to be labeled as such, if they are protected from another location?

I'm doing a fairly substantial rewire of about half my house. In many places, like kitchen, bath, and outside/garage, I've replaced circuit breakers in my box with GFCI or dual function breakers. ...
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Removing pole and concrete base from yard

I debated between putting this question here or on SE Gardening and Landscape, but I think this question will be a better fit for this site... Let me know if I need to move it. So I'm now leading ...
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Is my Outdoor Mini Fridge Doomed? Wont get cold

I'm having issues getting my Bull Mini Fridge to cool. It was not working when we bought the house, but we never really needed to use it. I have been trying to figure out why it doesn't cool. The ...
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House with some cracks on the exterior wall

We are thinking of buying this house but it has some cracks on the exterior wall... It is clear that someone tried to patch them in the past. How bad do these look to you? The house was built in ...
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Can I repurpose pine tree stump grindings

I recently had some pine trees removed from my yard and had the stumps ground down. Now I need to get rid of the stump grinds. Can I use the stump grounds for a playground area or are there reasons ...
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How can I wire 7 outdoor posts correctly?

I've seen a few posts on how to wire a single post/column for lighting outdoor but I can't find anything that relates to multiple posts/columns. I have 7 posts/columns outdoor and I'd like to add ...
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seal gap between door and frame

i'm trying to prevent rats from getting into an outdoor shed. i've thoroughly checked the whole interior, and the only opening is from the front door (see the right door in the picture. ignore the ...
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How can I remove paint splatters from sealed decorative concrete deck?

I have a custom concrete pation & pool deck that is textured / painted to look like wood. It is also sealed. Recently I had the coping on my pool fixed and the guy did a great job but left quite a ...
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How do I properly align an outdoor light fixture?

I was trying to install an outdoor light this afternoon. Unfortunately the outlet box is interfering with the mounting bracket. I looked around at a few different lights and it looks like I would have ...
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Best way to make sturdy Fence post for aluminum sign?

I'm looking at putting some posts up for No-Smoking signs at a local club frequented by a couple hundred kids a weekend + their families. One guy recommended Treated lumber, but I heard it'll eat ...
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Drain clay soil?

In my back yard I have a drainage problem. The soil has a thick layer of clay about 5 feet deep. In other words there is about 12-16 inches of loam with 5 feet of clay below it, then a fine packed ...
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Standard water heater outside the house?

A guest house built with one bedroom also had a nice sized portion left unfinished for storage and freezer space. We have decided to finish this area, making a second bedroom. Currently the 50 gal ...
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GFCI Breaker Serving GFCI Receptacles Tripping in Extreme Fog and Cold

Lately, I have had an issue where sometime during the night the main GFCI breaker would trip. The only thing different on the nights that this happened was that one of the nights was (1) extremely ...
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Why in the UK would a garden room have a canopy?

I'm putting a gym and art / craft rooms in the garden for the kids to mess around without making a mess in the house. Typical garden rooms seen on architecture sites have patio doors, French doors or ...
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Fix broken basketball pole

I have this basketball from previous owner of the house and it's concreted to the ground. Now after many years (I assume), it's rusted and broken on top. I am wondering what is the best way to ...