Questions tagged [outdoor]

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Sprinkler System Wire cut accidentally

I moved into this house last year. When the cable guy came last year he cut the sprinkler system wire by accident. At the time I didn't know what these wires were for. After spending hours today, I ...
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Is there a functional difference between a $200 freestanding grill and a $2000 built-in grill?

We are planning on potentially building a budget outdoor kitchen in our pool area. As part of that process we'd like to add a nice-looking built-in grill. However, upon starting to price-shop online ...
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What type of glass allows UV-B radiation to pass for laundry sanitizing?

I want to know if there's a type of glass that doesn't filter UVB? I live in tropical region, and my real objective is for my laundry. I want to hang them out in the sun, for quicker drying, but most ...
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Is there something like a jubilee clip (hose clamp) that is extra long?

One side of my raised flower bed has come away and I'd like to tie something around it, a bit like a belt, something more secure and weatherproof than rope.
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build 6x6 single post from 2x4s for swingset?

This is really a 1.5 part question. The first half has to do with whether it's okay t use single post for one side of a swingset (the other side will be attached to a play structure). I've seen some ...
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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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Can cement backer board be used to support bluestone or slate outdoor raised patio?

We are designing a multi-level stone patio. To exit the kitchen directly onto the stone patio, the highest part of that patio would be 12 inches above the foundation. The next level would be flush ...
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How should I hang a receptacle on a rim joist?

So I am wiring my cabin, and here I have a crawlspace which I will button up with some mesh & skirting, but for all intents & purposes, I am considering it open to everything (dogs, rodents, ...
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bbq island against retaining wall

Retaining wall is about 10' high at the highest point. I want to build a bbq island along the wall, brick oven is at the end of the island. It had to be at a 45 deg. angle because it's much deeper ...
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How do you call a concrete water catching thing under outdoor water tap?

How do you call this concrete thing under the tap on pic #1? Does it come prefabricated or is it made in place and, if so, how? Does it require connection to drainage system? I just need something ...
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Will a 6x6x16 pressure treated lumber be okay for a play structure with a single super swing

I want to create a play structure for a super swing. A super swing is like a tire swing in that it can travel in all directions and spin like crazy. I used to have it on a tree branch but we moved ...
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How can I hide or dress up a large wall of debris?

We have a large "debris wall," made up of stumps, tree trunks, and other leftovers from when our lot was cleared, to one side of our driveway. We considered having it removed, but it provides a ...
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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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Long outside wire run - can I JUST ground at both ends?

I'm planning to run 300 ft of direct burial, 12 gauge, 3-conductors, no ground cable. Buried underground. The cable will carry 240v split phase. The main panel at the start of the run is already ...
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What to use to Seal gap between Pipe and Exterior wall

I replaced a hose faucet on an exterior wall of my house. In order to do so, we removed the old faucet and had to scrape out some gray goop that was sealing the hole between the wall and the pipe. Now ...
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How to temporarily mount a large object on the side of my house?

I have a large, wooden snowflake I made that I'd like to mount on the side of my house this winter, but I don't want to put nails into the siding. The snowflake is about 3' across and about 15 lbs. ...
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Ground-level electrical wiring to shed outdoors possible?

I was telling an uncle about the concern of digging a conduit trench in my heavily planted garden (trying not to disturb the plants) to run electricity from the house to the shed about 35 feet away. ...
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NEC code requirements for exterior outlet

Are there any code requirements with regard to the position of an electrical receptacle on an exterior wall? Such as distance above the ground, distance from a corner, distance down from a roof ...
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Outdoor exhaust pipes from my heating system

What happens if snow covers my outdoor exhaust pipes from my heating system in the winter?
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How to detect where water is coming from on external wall

I have recently moved into a new house and when it is raining two patches of water can be seen on either side of the front door: The pointing has been recently done around the area and I cannot see ...
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Abandoned lamp post wire causing breaker to trip

We recently had a new lawn installed and the workers removed the lamp post and clipped the underground wire. Since then, a key breaker won't reset. That breaker is tied to our garage door, our front ...
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Replacing receptacle with GFCI outlet which will be tapped for outdoor pole lantern

I am installing an electric outdoor pole lantern which will be fed by an underground UF cable in conduit buried 24" I would like to tap into a new GFCI outlet which will will be replacing a regular ...
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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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Installing two outdoor receptacles using T LB pvc, How many ground wires?

I am looking to put a general use swimming pool receptacle at my fence and then the dedicated pool receptacle by the pump, each on its own gfci circuit. The general use would come first in the ...
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Removing Carpet Glue

I installed outdoor carpet on my porch. The glue bled through in spots. What can I use to remove the spots from the carpet?
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Avoid glare on facade/architectural lighting

I have a neighboring house that is lit with flood lights from all four corners, and am trying to design some form of shielding to eliminate stray lighting and glare from this lighting setup, which is ...
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Installing security camera outdoors

My friend is planning on installing some security cameras on the outside of his house and I'll be helping him. I have a few questions: How do we avoid drilling through wires and pipes? Is there a ...
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Connecting an outdoor light

I need to connect a flood light to the exterior of my house. Previously, an on-wall lamp was installed, and this is how the exterior wall looks like after I uninstalled it. There are 3 sets of wires, ...
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Replacing LU70 High Pressure Sodium Bulb with LED?

I have a bunch of older outdoor light fixtures with this bulb in them: LU70 medium base like this There are about 5 of these and I'm considering replacing the bulbs with LED replacements. I don't ...
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Is there a min distance between spa disconnect panel and outdoor shower?

I want to put an outdoor shower between the edge of my house and the hot tub (there's about 4' of clearance). It'll just have a simple downward-facing showerhead. But my spa disconnect panel is on the ...
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Identifying metal post next to a house

Next to my house is part of a metal post. It looks like it has been cut off at the top. I would like to remove it, but am not sure what it is. I know it's not a grounding rod, but there is some ...
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Proper method to attach horizontal board to beam posts in outdoor patio?

I want to mount a TV using a basic TV mount. I do not want to mount onto the exterior wall and the back roof truss does not have a joist hanger so I can't use a side-facing TV mounting plate. The ...
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Adding a second motion sensor to an existing motion sensor light

I have installed a HeathZenith # 5412 motion sensor light. I have added a second motion sensor to that light around the corner of the building to pick up motion from that direction the second detector ...
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Does code allow daisy-chaining these surface outdoor lights?

The two lights shown in the photo were fed from a junction box that was destroyed when a truck backed into it. I'm thinking of running new conduit above vehicle level, and the most straightforward ...
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Tripped GFCI protected receptacles

NEW USER: so this has probably been covered but every situation is different and I've found some inconsistent work done by the original contractor. Here's the jist: -Using an electric Pressure washer,...
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Outdoor water faucet will not stop leaking

Ive searched online for days and have not found a faucet that looks like mine. I have tried 2 wrenches, but it still will not budge. Can you tell by looking at the photos if it is soldered? I able to ...
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Hammering a rebar into the ground without bending it

I want to hammer a rebar into semi-hard ground (about 2 feet in). What options do I have in order to hammer it in straight, without bending it in the process? EDIT: This is a 3/8″ diameter rebar. ...
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Kids Knotted Rope for Climbing

I have an old walnut tree that I want to attach a knotted rope to for my boys to climb. Would the rope in the pic be a good choice? I am looking for something that would not hurt their hands too ...
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Rubberized wood coatings for decks: Can they be pressure-washed to clean them?

Does anyone know whether rubberized wood coating products (for outdoor decks) can be pressure washed? I mean, can they be pressure-washed to clean them, not to remove the coating? Thanks -- I will ...
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Does an outdoor outlet mounted on a patio ceiling require protection from a GFCI?

My home's patio is covered by a permanent ceiling/canopy. As I'm starting do more electrical work, I've noticed that the two outlets mounted on the ceiling are not protected with GFCI; they are also ...
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50 amp RV outlet installation

So, I'm planning the installation of both a 50A RV outlet and an adjacent 20A GFCI 110v outlet on the back wall of my residence. I have separate 50A and 20A breakers and will use 6/3 and 12/2 romex ...
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Window and door spray foam a good solution for this exterior section underneath a window?

I have an area underneath an egress window in the basement where the caulking has shrunk and the bare wood is exposed (see pictures below). I thought about backer rod and caulking the top and bottom, ...
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Do I need to run new wire

I'm trying to install a new outdoor with a outlet on the post...but the electrical coming from the house that powers it does not h ave ground...is the lamp post grounded enough just being in the ...
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outdoor wiring question

hope someone can educate me on a few things. i would like to add an outlet to the far end of my pergola. i already have electrical on the pergola. i plan on using 3 single 12g wires. in emt conduit ...
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What clear coat material would last as an exterior traffic surface?

I have an idea for a decorative project, but I haven't been able to find much information about which materials might work. In short, think "thick bar top for a concrete walkway." Specifically, I'd ...
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Awning materials for deck under dirty trees

Our second-story deck is underneath some weeping Cherry trees and Birch trees, which drop cherries, pollen, twigs and junk 3/4 of the year it seems. I want to put an awning over the deck (there is ...
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How many lumens needed to light up a lawn using floodlights?

I'd like to add floodlights mounted to my house to light up my yard at night and I'm trying to figure out how bright a fixture I should buy. I've Googled a ton and found plenty of calculators to do ...
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Treatment of outdoor wood statue

A while back our live oak needed some surgery and the arborist ended up having to cut out a pretty sizeable limb. He was going to haul it off so I asked him what would become of it. "Firewood", was ...
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Metal spike with heavy metal cord found in front lawn

While raking my front lawn I came across this metal stake in the ground, wrapped in a thick metal wire/cord. I could not pull the stake up. I dug around and found the wire, pulling up on it and it ...