Questions tagged [outdoor]

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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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What are these blinds and how do they work?

I am renting an apartment in Milan, Italy, and my room has an attached terrace with it. The terrace has these blinds, which have not been opened for centuries (so they may be stuck) and they have ...
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Replace gazebo canopy with hard top

I have a a steel frame gazebo with ripped canopy. Therefore, I was thinking of replacing the canopy with hard top. I have started my research and I arrived at these options 1- Ondura corrugated panel (...
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Depth of Wood Post for Clothesline

I want to build a post to post clothesline using pressure treated 4 x 4 posts. I am planning on securing with concrete but I am not sure how deep I need to go below ground level. I live in Michigan ...
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Are railroad ties suitable for a retaining wall under tree canopy?

This video shows a sharp cliff near my house that leads down to a stream. The drop is about 20 feet. I would like to build a 4' high retaining wall right around where you see a stack of dead branches. ...
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Can I use normal metal electrical box for outdoor low voltage installation?

Installing a few PoE IP camera under the eave, I am trying to put a electric box to contain the network cable connection and to prevent vandalism. As I have a few normal interior metal boxes lying ...
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Outdoor Table - What type of wood

I will be building an outdoor table in the near future. It will probably be outside most if not all of the year (i'm in the midwest so it will get snowed on). Should I use pressure treated wood for ...
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Nema 6-15 to nema 5-15 (hot hot ground)

Let me preface this by saying i did my research, i got an electric car and the charger is limited to 12A draw internally, but it is designed to handle both nema 6-15 and nema 5-15 specs. If you run it ...
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Running non-metallic cable to an outdoor fixture

I understand that NM wire is not permitted to be used in wet or damp locations. That said, it seems generally permissible to run NM wire into the back of an outdoor box (such as a breaker panel). ...
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NM Clamps in Boxes on Exterior Walls

I just finished up installing two new subpanels, which both feed branch circuits back into the exterior wall. The original subpanel had an NM clamp mounted with the clamp screws outside the box (...
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Covered Porch Support Concrete Crack

The front step of my home is made of concrete, on which supports the overhang via two posts on each corner. One of the corners of the concrete has developed a good sized crack, and it's taking the ...
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Determining if a recessed light is rated for outside use

How can I determine whether a recessed light fixture is rated for use outdoors? I understand local codes will have a say, but I'm looking for a general purpose answer. I have a covered, wrap-around ...
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How should I cover this drainage garden pit in my front yard?

We just bought a newly constructed house. In front of it is a rectangular concrete pit, maybe 2–3 feet deep and roughly 8 feet long by 5 feet wide, with dirt at the bottom and several shrubs planted ...
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Cedar fence posts - advantages over pressure treated?

Looking to have a 6' privacy fence built around my yard in central Ohio. Yard drains reasonably well but can get pretty mushy in spots, especially when we get a bunch of rain and the ground is still ...
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Outdoor tap won't close completely

My outdoor tap seized up and wouldn't close. It was gushing water. I bought a new one and replaced it. It's a cheap one from Bunnings (link, but male instead of female), screwed on to the pipe with ...
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Exterior Extension Cords

I just moved and from electrical outlet to the road it is roughly 180 feet. In order to clear my driveway with an electric blower I plug in 2 100 ft exterior extension cords. Is it safe for me to do ...
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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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Placing a roof terrace on XPS insulation

I have a roof terrace on a flat roof, which I'm planning to take apart to clean the boards themselves and the roof underneath, which is currently full of moss and other junk preventing rainwater from ...
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What thickness cable should I use to wire these outside lights?

Looking at purchasing a few of these: 3X 30W Warm White PIR Motion Outdoor Sensor Security LED Floodlight Security Spot Lights IP65 LED PIR Motion Sensor Induction Lamp We have two existing that ...
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Outdoor outlet tripping all other outlets when used

As of about two days ago (admittedly a heavy storm) if I connect any device to my outdoor outlet, it'll trip not only that socket but also the only other outlet attached to this circuit. The main ...
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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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Bulbs for dusk to dawn outdoor light fixtures

I have 3 outdoor light fixtures controlled by a simple single pole switch in my garage. They had old incandescent light bulbs in them. I replaced one with a CFL bulb and it worked fine - until the ...
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Oil Viscosity in Snowblower

Got a brand new snowblower. The manufacturer calls for 5w-30 oil but I do not have and can't get to the store before I need to use it. I have 10w-30 full synthetic and I have 5w-20 conventional. ...
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Conduit for cable under a porch

I want to run power from my house, under my porch for ~13 feet, to an outdoor outlet on the "wall" below my porch. I'm wondering, can just run UF cable from the breaker, through the wall of the house, ...
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Multiple circuits in the same conduit to outbuildings

We currently have a single 15 amp circuit feeding the pool filter, then the pool shed and then the gazebo. We recently buried a new conduit from the house to the location of the pool filter receptacle....
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Do I need to worry about rain water getting into the open ground socket?

I have a Christmas lights setup where one extension cord has its ground socket empty and facing upwards. Do I need to worry about rain water potentially getting into the open ground socket? If so, ...
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Does a hose spigot with lower water pressure than my others indicate a leak?

One of the three hose spigots that are attached to the exterior of my house has a much lower rate of water flowing out of it, roughly a third to half of what the other two put out. Does this lower ...
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How can I protect an electrical box embedded in rough masonry from weather?

Yesterday I had a fuse blow 3 times and I eventually tracked it down to an outdoor outlet that wasn't so watertight. The outlet had an outdoor cover on it but after opening it it was obvious that ...
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300 ft Ethernet run parallel to 120v circuit

There is a boardwalk through a wooded marsh approximately 250ft long with no line of sight between the ends. Along one side of that boardwalk is an electrical circuit. I need to establish an Ethernet ...
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Repairing / refurbishing cedar swing set

I've got a swing set (pdf manual) that came with the house. Not sure exactly how old it is, but I'd guess it's 8-10 years old at this point, but could be 12 or 13. One side was severely sunken into ...
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Feasibility of using corn seed as a sandbox

For an outdoor sandbox, how feasible is it to use corn seed instead of sand? I rather enjoy how corn seed feels compared to sand, but I have a couple of concerns: Rot: How long would it last? How ...
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preventing wood rot of a jungle gyms feet

I just built a wooden jungle gym which rests directly on grass. How can I slow or prevent rot of the post ends/ feet . The wood was pretreated. Would it help to coat the wood which is resting on the ...
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Adapting an outside wall outlet to suface mount conduit?

This was a previous question with some great answers. How can I adapt a wall outlet to suface mount conduit? One answer was: "There are collar boxes available that have conduit KO's (knockouts). Just ...
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Best wood to mill for building a deck

I want to build a large deck in the south (TN specifically). I have a friend with a large forested property and a mill who will allow me access to affordable wood, should I mill it myself. I ...
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Open Hot on outlet

I have an outlet that shows an open hot condition when I use my outlet tester on it. However, when I check the hot wire with a voltage tester, it shows it live, why?.
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What is this cable hanging against the outer wall?

We moved into our house within the past year. In the front of the house, underneath the staircase leading up to the front door, is a tied off cable that looks like this. Does anyone know what kind of ...
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Will 300W lights be too much for a 200W timer box?

I have six 50 watt Hampton Bay outdoor flood lights hooked up to a 200W Hampton Bay controller. The lights total 300W. The lights work as of now, but do I need to be concerned about any part of the ...
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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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HPS lamp goes on and off all night long

We have a lamp post in front of our house, that uses a 50-watts HPS (high-pressure sodium) lamp, and opens by itself at night using a photo-cell. For a while now, it's been acting out: when it opens ...
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Put mortar on cement board for outdoor kitchen

I am building an outdoor countertop and still thinking about what to "cover" for the bottom part: To make it simple, I was thinking about some plain design like concrete looking. Source: http://www....
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Use cement board without plywood for outdoor kitchen

For outdoor kitchen, do I need to use plywood on top of the framing, then cement board? Or can I put cement board directly mounting to the frame like this? Source: http://www.homedit.com/how-to-build-...
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Converting an outdoor light socket into a light socket and outlet

I've just moved into a new apartment on the top floor of an old home. It's got a balcony / porch area big enough to put some seating out on, and the whole place is surrounded by tall trees. What I'd ...
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Install hooks to the ceiling of balcony

Long story short: Live in an apartment building, top floor. Balcony overrun with pigeons. Literally a quarter inch of bird feces covering the floor. I bought a bird net and want to hang it up. ...
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Granite countertop installation on top of 4x4 outdoor

I am planning to have a piece of granite countertop 2' x 8' outdoor like the below photo. I could run two (2) 2x4 on the side of the 4x4 posts to make the bottom materials 7" wide. Then lay the ...
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How to convert this outdoor lamp box to GFCI receptacle?

I want to install outdoor string lights and need a receptacle to plug them in. I have removed an existing outdoor wall light, which reveals the following shallow box (see picture). The box is 3" in ...
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How to squirrel-proof trash cans?

How do I find ways to prevent my trash cans from being tipped over by squirrels that try to chew over through the trash can lids? The bleach dries up. I'd ideally like trash cans with auto-latching/...
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How to waterproof outdoor storage bench?

I want to build a bench like this that can open on top to storage stuffs inside Source: http://myoutdoorplans.com/bench/storage-bench-plans/ I will use composite decking boards (extra got left over) ...
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Run water from under deck to backyard

I have an Outdoor Water Faucet right under the deck which is very hard to reach. So far I have connect a 50ft water hose there permanently but I always shut off from the faucet because it's leaking ...
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Duplicate/extend outdoor GFCI outlet with above ground PVC conduit?

So I am in the final stages of a deck rebuild, and at the last minute thought about a slight change. To the right of this photo you can see an power outlet on the wall, currently has a yellow ...