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How to power 12V LEDs from a 12V AC power supply

I have a 12V power supply that I am using to power some lights in my garden. I want to also power (in parallel) a set of 12V LED lights which (of course) require a 12V DC supply. Is there a simple ...
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Do I need mortar between 1x6 deck boards and cement board?

I have a screened and roofed porch/lanai. Original floor is pressure treated posts, beams, joists and 1x6 decking. Former owner decided they wanted tile. They screwed a plywood underpayment over the ...
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Add outlet to existing outdoor UF cable

I'm looking to add an outdoor outlet to the back of my house. There's an existing UF cable line that runs from the exterior basement wall to the exterior first floor wall, entering directly behind a ...
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Are there clips or “cotter pins” which can't get knocked out by accident?

My tractor has several R-clips, like this one: These are used in various places. The problem is that they tend to get knocked off by branches or longer grass / brush and get lost. I've tried ...
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Can an outdoor weatherproof electrical box use an inside outlet? [duplicate]

Let’s say I have an outdoor weatherproof electrical box on the front of my house. Can I use a regular ‘ol outlet instead it, or are there special ones intended for external use?
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Keeping outdoor deck stair stringers from splitting

I have a set of pressure treated stairs that lead from ground level up to a wooden deck, providing access from the pool to a water slide (salt water and chlorine). I originally built these stairs ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How should I finish and protect outdoor wooden steps?

My house has a wooden staircase leading up to the front door. It gets a lot of traffic and is uncovered, so its exposed to New England winters. This means snow, ice, ice-melt, sand, shoveling, etc.. ...
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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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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 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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Extension cord can't plug into christmas light string?

I am setting up christmas lights. I have two shrubs which are about 6 feet apart, and I want to put an LED string set on each. I bought a two-prong outdoor extension cord to run between the shrubs. ...
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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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How can I find the circuit breaker that my outdoor outlet is on?

I have one outdoor outlet where there is no power coming in and I am unable to determine which circuit breaker it is on so I can restore the power.
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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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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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How to Winterize an Outdoor Shower with no Valves

I recently bought a house and am now trying to winterize it. I found out that the outdoor shower has no on or off cutoff water valves, so what do I do before it starts to freeze? The previous owners ...
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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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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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What are best practices to run wires from outside in?

I am installing my own security cameras. My house is pretty stretched out. So I may need about 5-6 cameras in different spots. I am still researching, identify tools I need, different security ...
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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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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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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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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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Can't find correct size outdoor spigot handle

I have ordered several faucet handles but every one has been too large, or the wrong shape (square). Home Depot and Lowe's have handles but all too large or the wrong shape. Universal Outdoor Faucet ...
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Shed panel warped, but isn't anymore

I had a shed delivered two weeks ago. It has been stored up right for a week when I noticed that some panels were bent/warped. It's now being returned and collected this week. See picture. However ...
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How do I attach a flat/gable verandah to an existing house?

I would to build a verandah similar to (source: hicraft.com.au) . It will be attached to the fascia at the back of my house. I'm building it using timber frame and zinc aluminium roof sheets. I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Building pull-up rig with 6x6's

I have a home garage gym that I'm looking to improve on. I'd like to build a pullup rig in my backyard and I plan on using 6x6's to do it. My plan is to have two 6x6x10's and two 6x6x12's. The tens ...
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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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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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Leaky outdoor faucet when using spray nozzle

I have an outdoor faucet connected to a garden hose and pistol type spray nozzle. The connection is leak free until I turn the water off and pull the trigger on the spray nozzle to get some of the ...
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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 ...