Questions tagged [outdoor]

For questions generally relating to exterior spaces of property, including yard maintenance, pest and weed control, exterior home maintenance, etc. Questions which deal mainly with gardening and aesthetic landscaping will be migrated to the Gardening and Landscaping SE.

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Generator Connection

I picked up a used 10kva (45a) Generac unit and want to get it connected thru the transfer switch. Just looking for some feedback on how to get it connected. I was going to use 1" schedule 40 ...
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Is it unsafe that these outdoor switches are on a lighting circuit?

I am in the process of replacing these two outdoor switches with one double gang unit. Reason being that between the two existing units I can see non-weatherproof wiring connecting them together. (Not ...
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Two outdoor outlets not functioning..what is the most likely cause

I have two outdoor electrical outlets that are not working. They are both GFCI and close to each other. 10 feet above one is a floodlight receptacle that is controlled by an interior switch inside the ...
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Connecting network gear directly to electrical line

I’m installing multiple PoE networking switches on a pier, but I’m not sure the best route for plugging them in. There are only a few existing plugs on the dock but they aren’t located near where ...
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Can electrical in a pergola be ran to pool lights breaker to run ceiling fan and outlet?

We recently had an aluminum pergola installed with an electrical outlet and would like to install a ceiling fan. The electrical in the pergola, which is not GFCI, was ran to the pool lights breaker in ...
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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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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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Door hinge alignment impacting full closure

I'm having problems with a set of outdoor BBQ area doors I've installed into a frame installed in a brick space. Basically, I have an opening constructed with two short brick walls as a space below ...
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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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Box needed for outdoor porch light?

I am replacing an old outdoor covered porch light fixture with a new LED fixture. The back of the new fixture plate is only about 1 inch max and needs to be flush with the existing wooden support ...
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Waterproofing outdoor wire splices and receptacles

It seems that the NEC requires wire splices to be UL486D listed when used in outdoor (generally damp or wet) locations, similar to the requirement for THWN or other wet-rated wiring. Why are special ...
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Proper way to install pavers that will be under an outdoor shower?

What is the proper way to install pavers that will be under an outdoor shower with a drain? My situation: I just bought a house that has a wonderful outdoor shower on the side of the paver patio. 6 ...
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Department store PT GC lumber

I'm using pressure treated, ground contact lumber like this one bought from Home Depot for an outdoor project in my backyard. Parts of the lumber are buried underground, and some of the buried ends ...
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Is it legal to piggyback an existing indoor outlet to a new outdoor outlet?

I just had a deck installed and wanted to install an outdoor outlet from the inside outlet. It is just on the other side of the interior wall where it would be installed. Is this legal?
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Apply stucco directly to cement board

I'm fixing stucco on an old house and it appears as though they literally just added stucco onto cement board with asphalt kraft paper in between. I have to remove a piece to add in new cement board ...
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Stucco repair, no membrane?

I was doing a crack repair on my grandparents' house. The crack was in stucco located in an outside soffit on the 1st floor. I removed the stucco and to my surprise there was no membrane, just what ...
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Using Porcelain tile on a concrete pad outside

I have a small(ish) - about 12ft x 12ft concrete pad on the back of the house covered by the house's roof with 2 walls exposed. The concrete pad appears to be solid - no major cracks, flat and level. ...
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Breaker to outdoor Sub panel keep tripping

Need help with my outdoor kitchen fridge. A 20 amp fuse at the main box goes takes a 10/2 w/ground wire to a sub panel. The sub panel has two 15 amp breakers circuit one goes to a storage shed via ...
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What fabric is suitable for swing repair?

I have a swing where the fabric provides support for the users. I've looked up "outdoor fabric" but nothing seems strong or structurally supportive. I'm trying to avoid using the straps older ...
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Replace glass table top with a metal grid one to convert it to outdoor

I have an Ikea Granas table like this one: I don't need it anymore inside, but I was wondering if there's a way to convert it to an outdoor one. Theoretically, the table itself is glass and metal, so ...
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Is it ok to use a rotary hammer to make a hole in the sub dirt wall of my basement?

I am considering using a rotary hammer to make a 1" hole in my basement wall. I want the hole to route a pex line entirely underground out to a remote garden hose spigot on the far side of my lawn. I ...
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run of garden low voltage led's fluctuate from full to half to off and repeat

I purchased and installed 100' of 2/ 16 gauge wire and eight lamps ( LED Lawn Light 12W 2800K AC/ DC 12V) and Malibu’s 200 Watt Low Voltage Transformer. 96 watts of lamps, I was told, would be ...
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How to glue HDPE plastic to concrete blocks?

I am using PL 500 to glue concrete bricks to each other. I need to line the back of the brick wall with some high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic tarps for water-proofing. The PL 500 says it will ...
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Can I create an outlet from patio light but always powered on

I am trying to provide an main source for security system. I don't have any socket outside but I do have lights. Could it be possible to construct an outlet or drive a main from this lights so that I ...
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Cheap system to keep mice from drowning in a pool?

Sometimes small mice end up jumping into my pool and drowning. I should install a cover, but in the meantime does anyone have an easier system? I have one of those off-ramps for small animals already, ...
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Polymeric sand or replace original paver sand?

My back patio is made from closely placed paver bricks. Weeds and moss grow up from between the cracks. I've pressure washed the whole area off, removed all of the moss, and pulled out all of the ...
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How do I prevent an LED rope light from glowing dim when switched off?

I have 2 strings of LED lights on my patio wired to a switch/outlet combo. This is controlled by an interior switch that also controls my exterior door light. I can either just have the door light on ...
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I need a longer 4x4 board

I am having trouble finding 4x4's for an outdoor project right now. I'd like to mount an outdoor television about 5.5 to 6 feet from the ground. I was planning to use two 4x4x10' pressure treated ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Valve for outdoor spigot cannot identify

I cannot identify this Valve for an outdoor spigot I have the house was built in 1956 brick in and out so replacing entire spigot a real chore looking for valve replacement Any help would be ...
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Outdoor outlet lost power

Christmas decoration lights were plugged into outlet while sprinklers were running. Came to find out lights were out, outlet had no power, and all other outdoor outlets around the house lost power. ...
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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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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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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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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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Outdoor Faucet Leak

Looking for some answers to a leaky faucet. What type is this?...if it's leaking can it be repaired without cutting any water lines?...how would I access the washers or other rubber pieces? All the ...
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What type of paint do you use for a concrete retaining wall to work with hydrostatic pressure?

I know we are not supposed to recommend brands because it is against the rules. But I am trying to paint some outdoor cement stairs that tie into a retaining wall that is roughly 4ft tall to as high ...
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Advice needed on running UF wire to lantern pole

I am electrifying a pole gas lantern and want to run outdoor wire to the pole. I would appreciate some advice on how to accomplish this project. The interior side of a brick wall close to the pole ...
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Replace gas patio heater with what size electric?

I currently has a propane gas patio heater. Its design allows a massive amount of heat to escape upward instead of being reflected downward due to its use of combustion to produce heat. I would like ...