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Porch column - replace rotten wood trim pieces with PVC?

The wood wrap on all my porch columns needs help. Vertical pieces are fine, but pieces with a red dot (and equivalent on the backside) are starting to rot. The outer pieces are angled weird, slightly ...
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How do you tile over a porch stepping slab that has a nose?

In the picture below everything is cross section: 1 -door 2 -porch slab concrete 3 -stepping stone that has a nose I would like to tile the porch and the stepping stone but I am not sure how to tile ...
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Hanging Porch Swing on an exterior Stucco

I want to attach a swing in my backyard exterior room ceiling. I have attached picture for better clarity. It shows construction from how it was built. It has stucco exterior. Image 1: https://drive....
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Cement vs pressure treated lumber porch [closed]

I'm looking to build an enclosed porch between two doors on the side of my house, and I've had contractors opt to either use a 12" concrete slab, or concrete/helical piles with pressure treated ...
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Help replacing a rotted roof overhang support post

We removed an old front porch deck and found that we had an old post that had rotted from the bottom that was supposed to be supporting a roof overhang. I have a temporary post up and am looking to ...
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Calculating center beam for purlins on porch roof

I'm building a porch roof as seen in the picture below. The blue boards will be 2x6x12 on 24" centers. Knowing this, how do I determine the size of the red boards? I do plan on doubling each red ...
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Need advice on porch conversion to sunroom

First, a huge THANK YOU to the community for helping me through a major kitchen and living room renovation. Couldn’t have done without your advise and guidance. I am now exploring the possibility of ...
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Rough hewn wood for porch construction

My front porch was constructed using rough hewn wood as an architectural choice, with knot holes, cracks and crevices. The wood is painted white. Although it looks great, after just a few months the ...
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Is this stair rise to code?

Edited: I added a photo of the whole stairs, to see if it looks like it can be fixed or if you all think he needs to start over. We are currently having our front porch steps and railing rebuilt. The ...
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How can I temporarily set this porch post until after the winter?

We have this post that is now loose. I wanted to set it back in place and stabilize it (using construction adhesive), so I took it out completely to clean up the ends, and this is when I realized that ...
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Is it safe to remove this plywood ceiling and ceiling joists?

I'm looking to remove the plywood ceiling in this porch along with the ceiling joists that I believe are only serving to hold the ceiling in place. I'm wondering if I'm missing anything. The roof is ...
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Porch Swing Support

I have a 12' deep by 46' wide porch off the front of my house. The porch rafters are 2x6 8" OC with 2x4 laid flat on the bottom sides of every other joist. My wife would like to hang a porch ...
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Do beadboard ceiling panels always run the same direction as porch decking below it, if so, why?

I am finishing a wraparound porch. I’ve decided to use beadboard plywood panels instead of vinyl, aluminum, or wood tongue and groove planks on the ceiling. I understand why planks would need to run ...
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flies everywhere

I have noticed tons of flies in the downstairs porch window and soon they where everywhere -- third, second and first floor windows/porches and even some inside our home. We have a tiny little ...
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How and when to repair seals in concrete porch and steps?

What product should I use to seal the gap between my sinking front step and the porch pad? How do I remove the old failing seal? Should I seal the gap between the concrete porch in the house? What ...
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Sealing crack in concrete

I just recently bought a house with my spouse. At the floor level there is a closed veranda and the floor is made of concrete. My initial understanding was if the crack is just surface level, then ...
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Attaching double 2x10 beams to 4x4 post

What is the proper way to attach two double-2x10 beams that butt together at a 4x4 post? Do you notch 3" of the 3.5" post and butt them together there, or does Simpson make a connector for ...
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Mahogany covered porch flooring- satin finish

Mahogany covered porch flooring-We put in a mahogany floor on our covered porch which is open on the sides about 20 years ago and the color has held beautifully (no gray) but it always is very very ...
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Load bearing columns and railing

I have a porch railing in which I am certain the columns are load bearing, however, my wife wants me to remove the railing portion. My question is, is this safe to do? Does the railing serve any ...
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What to do about daylight between brick and mortar?

I noticed a small space between this brick and the mortar underneath it on my front porch. It’s wide enough for me to fit a piece of old duct tape into the gap. I’m not sure when it was repointed last....
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How to add a drip edge to a steel deck beam over a porch

So I have rust and water damage from water rolling down from the curved porch beam into a porch ceiling. I don't have the same problem with my top-floor porch since that has a roof above it. The ...
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How to remedy railing swollen with rust

I noticed that a metal porch railing looks swollen with rust. Do I need to cut that piece out and have someone weld a repair or is it ok to leave as is? Should I put rust stop on it? Since it’s ...
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Replacing a sagging/rusting stucco steel mesh ceiling below a deck steel floor

I have a 1st floor porch ceiling that is separating and rusting that I need to tear down and replace. It's a steel porch with tile floors and what I'm guessing is some sort of corrugated galvanized ...
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How to double up an existing single beam without disturbing the structure?

I am not a carpenter, so please forgive me if I use some terminology wrong. I will do my best to describe my situation, and then my question. I have an existing "lean-to" style porch roof ...
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Attaching porch roof or pergola to old brick home

I just took apart a very badly made porch attached to an old brick house (built circa 1890). I do not want to go into the details but the old porch was so badly built (cement blocks as footings, ...
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Front Porch Posts Not Contacting Porch Slab

After removing my front porch railing, I noticed that 3 of the 4 porch posts do not make full contact with the porch slab. The one closest to the front door is the one that doesn't move around. The ...
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Converting Screened Room to 4 Season Room - Looking for confirmation / suggestions

12 years ago I added a 12'x14' screened porch to the back of my house in Maryland. The screen porch was permitted and inspected when I original built it. I'm now thinking of upgrading the room to a 4 ...
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I have an old porous "fruit cellar" of stone/concrete mix crumbling apart. How can I close it off and fill it in? Same with an old leaky cistern

Our house is almost 100 and has a fruit cellar crumbling below our front porch. We had it repaired 3 times but given it is made of a stone/concrete mix the foundation repairs continue to crumble & ...
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Porch construction: orientation of flooring boards (perpendicular or parallel to siding)

We are are planing to replace our 3rd floor porch and I have a question about the orientation of the boards. What is the purpose of the board that is parallel to the siding and perpendicular to all ...
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Will salty water from ice melt harm a wooden porch?

I rebuilt our covered porch out of pressure treated lumber a couple of summers ago. This past summer, we retreated it with Thompson's Water Seal. It's now winter, and we've actually had a cold spell ...
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How to remove a tree from a roof

How do I remove this tree that fell down? It is partially on the roof.
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When should I seal fir deck boards on my porch?

I'm replacing my rotted out deck that's old tongue and groove fir planks. I'm treating them with Borate mix today and tomorrow and would like a natural finish in the end. It's a covered deck. I've ...
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Pouring concrete slab around wood posts of covered porch [duplicate]

I have a covered back porch. Sloped roof attached to the house on one end and supported by four 4x4's which are cemented in the ground on the other end (I assume there are cement footers below the ...
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Will 4x4 posts carry a patio cover with a 12 foot span?

I have a 10 ft tall 12 ft wide and 46 ft long patio cover that I'm adding to the back side of my house. I have it all supported by 4x4s. They are spaced at about 7 feet apart down the entire 46 ft ...
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How to repair masonry porch riser

I usually enter and exit my home through the garage, but the other day I was by my front porch and noticed the riser was cracked and loose. The part in the image also flexes when you push on it. Is ...
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Screened Porch questions

I'm building screened porch with 4x4 wall posts (screens in-between)spaced 48". My question is about the roof. I have a chimney at one end so was planning on trusses instead of a ridge beam: ...
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Inswing door over the rising pitch on a porch floor

I'm getting ready to renovate my enclosed porch. It was originally open air and had a simple wood panel enclosure kit installed. I'm planning on demoing the walls and rebuilding 2x4 stud framing... ...
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How to clean wood stain off of vinyl porch?

I refinished our dining room furniture out on the porch, and stupidly didn't put a tarp or anything down. Now there is woodstain all over. The porch is plastic (maybe vinyl, not sure what the ...
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Can 1/4" bead board be used horizontally without sagging?

I'm looking at using 1/4" bead board plywood on the ceiling of my front porch. However, I'm concerned that it will sag too much if it's attached to 16" OC rafters. I've got a good stock of 1-...
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Best wood for wood post base?

The bottom of my porch post is rotten. I will be painting the new wood. What kind of wood would be best for this?
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How to beautify a small gap between porch and sidewalk

I have a very small gap between my cement porch and the sidewalk. I'm looking for a creative way to dress it up a bit. Are there thin, oblong stones that could be layered in a small space? The space ...
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How can I mount a deck gate against Hardie siding?

I'm going to build some gates for my friend's deck. I obtained all the materials and then they asked about the side porch. How should I mount a gate here against the house?
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how do i prevent rot on a porch?

i don't understand why there have to be gaps between deck boards but not porch boards. our porch boards got rotted from rain water settling between them and needless to say there were no gaps when it ...
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holes in the wooden columns of the porch

I noticed there are some holes in the wooden columns of my house's porch, once a while I see bees in and out of those holes (shouldn't they be living in a hive?). Do you think this might pose a ...
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How do I remove textured paint from my patio floor?

My patio flooring has a paint-like texture on it that is chipping off. The base is concrete. I have tried scraping, but it's incredibly tedious to get up and is taking hours of work. Is there some ...
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How can I insulate my porch floor?

I have a wooden screened-in porch on a cabin that I am remodeling, with approximately 30 inches from the ground to the bottom of the porch tongue-and-groove boards. I am considering insulating the ...
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Painting new boards installed on old front porch

Hi—I recently replaced a number of rotten boards in my old (50+ years) front porch. Here is what I need to do, and I understand timing is important: Let PT wood from Lowe’s dry out (1 month?) ...
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Can I put a wall and roof on an overhanging deck?

Is it safe to build a free-standing deck with overhangs on all four sides and then turn it into a screened porch by putting walls up on the very edge of the deck? I don't know if it's a good idea to ...
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What tool do I use to remove this wide and flat screw-esque thing?

I need access to the wires behind my porch light and need to remove this thing to do it. It's very wide and flat What tool do I use to remove it? Edit: it is larger than a quarter. Also what is it ...
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What do I need to do to clean/restore these floor tiles?

We have a porch on a 1930s property in the UK which has red tiles on the floor. I believe they are original and in good need of a clean up and maybe some additional work. What do I need to do to get ...
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