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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 ...
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What happens when using a GFCI Tester on a non-GFCI outlet?

I have an outdoor power outlet of which I'm not sure if it's GFCI or not (House was built in 1978). The outlet does not have Test/Reset buttons, but I don't know if outdoor outlets even have them. ...
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How to build a sturdy forest road gate out of roundwood?

I want to build a road gate for a forest road apx. 10ft wide. I've fixed a gate at home and learned that hinges are a key point of failure and are strained more by weight and length of the gate. Given ...
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Can't find enclosures for custom deck stair lighting

I'm building a custom deck stairs lighting system. I have purchased RGBW 40mm diameter waterproof LEDs and want to install them in the stair risers. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/DC24V-RGBW-DMX512-...
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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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Fix rotting bottom siding due to mulch

The previous owner in my house has mulch touching the siding for sometime (I assume). You can see the bottom 2 inches rotting. I have done some reading and people either replace the siding or put ...
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Indoor vs outdoor lighting

I have a 1.5 foot tall plastic christmas character. The cord has a UL tag rated for indoor and outdoor. The manufacturer tag says indoor only, though. Am I safe putting outdoors?
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outdoor ceiling light installation

I had an older light fixture hanging above my garage door. It stopped working, so I bought a replacement and went to install it. When I removed the old light, I discovered that it had been screwed ...
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Regarding greases for outdoor connections: Noalox for general use (not necessarily for aluminum)? Dielectric grease for outdoor receptacles?

I've googled this already and found many people saying that Noalox is only for copper to aluminum connections. I know that Noalox stands for "no aluminium oxidation" but brand names often change ...
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Code requirements for adding several outdoor outlets around my garage

I have been doing some reading and feel just about ready to add some more outlets to my garage. I would like to add 2-3 more outlets, 1 on one side at the top (maybe under the roof overhang) for ...
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Motion sensor to flash a 12v light [closed]

I'm looking for a way to put a motion sensor at the end of the driveway and wire it about 150' up the driveway to a 12v light. The operation I'm looking for, is when the sensor sees a car I want the ...
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Do I need to install a local ground point for a secondary consumer unit in my shed?

I've just installed outdoor sockets on the side of my brick shed, where previously we just had a double socket inside the shed itself. The original socket in the shed is on a spur from the ring main ...
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Is there any way to figure out if your outdoor faucet is frost free?

I just bought a house last spring, and now is time to clean up outside for winter. Thing is, I don't know if my outdoor faucet is frostfree or not. Is there a reliable way to tell if a faucet is ...
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Is a wood shed with 12mm walls worth it? [closed]

I have a plot of land in Spain where the winter is a bit windy and the summer is quite hot. I was about to buy a container for storing my junk, however due to its price and the infrastructure it ...
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How can I connect multiple lights to a two prong timer?

I have an outdoor timer with two prongs (ie no ground). The wall outlet itself has GFCI. I have a three pronged (ie with ground) 3-outlet adaptor that does not fit into the timer as the ground prong ...
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Low AWG in long outdoor run, but with GFCI protection

I'm running a circuit out to our shed/chicken coop. We live in New Hampshire. The electrical demand won't be high, so one 15 amp circuit will be sufficient. We currently have 3/4" schedule 40 buried ...
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Landscape lighting system only puts out one volt

I've installed low-voltage (12V AC) lighting systems in my front and back yard. They're set up separately, but both use the same model of transformer and lights. I set this up in May 2017, so it's ...
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Bistro lights for wedding structurally sound?

Hey guys and gals, 1st question here. I’m having my wedding in my backyard and my fiancé insisted on having a light canopy of bistro lights in my back yard. Of course I obliged, but the quotes I got ...
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Heat an outdoor water tank to 10°C? (with an electric heater) [closed]

I have a stock tank full of water in a unheated greenhouse. The greenhouse is located east of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where the temperatures occasionally go down to -25degC in winter. I would ...
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Can I wire a Pump Start Relay to an outdoor GFCI outlet?

I have an existing outdoor GFCI outlet. Can I wire a pump relay to the existing outlet, and put another GFCI outlet after the relay? The goal is to have the second outlet only powered when the relay ...
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How to splice into existing underground rigid metal conduit below ground and hide junction box?

I have an existing rigid metal conduit run from the service panel to a junction box location that was previously powering an outdoor appliance. The circuit is 20A and running 12 guage wire. The RMC ...
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Vinyl siding replacement and existing light fixtures

I am thinking of getting the vinyl siding replaced for my house. Currently there are three electric light fixtures and two outdoor power receptacles attached to the siding. Is it the responsibility ...
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Manual and Remote Switches - 12VAC low-voltage landscape

I have a 110V/12VAC (USA) transformer for common landscape lighting. We have 3 "zones" that I'd like to turn on/off as desired, two for lights (all LED at the moment) and one for a pond. My plan for ...
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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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Help with creating a DIY low voltage garden pathway light? [closed]

I would like to create DIY garden pathway lights from complete scratch. I have some very nice outdoor metal lanterns that I'd like to retrofit and use for my design. I really don't like most of the ...
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Suitable box for outdoor patio

Can I use a standard pvc new work box for receptacles/ switches, in an outdoor patio wall that will be enclosed? The wall will be completely sealed and covered in stone so rain, snow, etc. will not be ...
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outdoor gfi stopped working

I had an electrician come and change my outdoor outlet. He replaced it with a weatherproof GFI. It worked for 1 day and stopped working. I called him numerous times to come back but he would mot come. ...
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How can I make steel post bases more rust-resistant?

I recently purchased several of these 4x4 bases for a rooftop very close to the ocean. They have not been installed yet. After about a month I notice that one of them has a little rust spot where the ...
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Name of accessory to hold rope together?

What's the name of this accessory that holds two pieces of rope together?
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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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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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How to install reclaimed stone pathway without plastic edging? [closed]

I;m installing a 3' wide path made out of reclaimed stones. Is there a proper way to install this path without using plastic edging on the sides of the path? These paths have been done before and all ...
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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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Recommended paint for outdoor cement patio

In my back garden, I have a small cement pad. It used to have a shed on it, but the previous owner took it with them when they left. I've decided to turn it into a sort of patio, which is working well....
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How much concrete is required to anchor down a gazebo? [closed]

My wife and I bought a put-it-together-yourself gazebo from a hardware/outdoor type store (think Home Depot or Big Lots type of place). It is rectangular gazebo (10'(w) x 12'(l) x 10'(h)) with a ...
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Restore tennis court [closed]

I currently own a property in Edinburgh, UK with what used to be a tennis court. It is depicted here: What would be the cheapest way to convert this back into a tennis court?
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Using existing outdoor outlet to run underground supply to fountain

[![I would like to run a 25' underground uf cable to power a fountain. The closest outdoor GFI outlet is pictured below. As the existing outlet is flush with the aluminum siding, I would like to ...
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Can I use a wire rope to support strings of lights?

This is a question borne purely of aesthetics. My wife doesn't want anything blocking the view out of the deck. I'd like to install string lights above the deck. The deck has the house on two sides ...
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When filling a hole with loose earth, should there be extra?

I just want to know if what I'm being told is right, or am i getting bamboozled. Following modifications to my house, I was left with a 8' x 8' x 6' hole on the side of my house. Thing is they ...
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How can I drain the hot water line in my house? (re: adding a spigot)

I'd like to add a hot water spigot to the outside of my house but my hot water heater doesn't have a shutoff for the output (ie. hot water side of plumbing). However, the cold water has a shutoff (...
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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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How do I wire a switch to control 2 outlets (all outdoor)?

I have an existing outdoor outlet and want to put move it to another location but I want to add a switch to control the relocated outlet plus add a new outlet in another location (both controlled by ...
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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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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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Building a free-standing wall on top of a retaining wall

My house is well below street level. The slope from the sidewalk down towards the house is visibly eroding, to the point where I can see the entire side of many of the sidewalk slabs. The yard looks ...
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Keeping a shed warm in winter and cool in summer

I live in the UK, with damp cold winters and modestly hot summers. I have a 2.4Mx2.4M (8ftx8ft) shed that I use as a woodworking workshop. I'd like to make it warmer in winter and cooler in summer. I ...
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Removing '70's carpeting from outdoor cement stairs

I have a mid-century ranch house in the Seattle area (moisty, mossy). A previous owner decided to apply green "outdoor" carpet to the stairs and back step. I give the carpet credit for lasting maybe ...