Questions tagged [outdoor]

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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 ...
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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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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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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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