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1920s Florida Craftsman Bungalow - Front Porch Deck

So I need to remove and replace my somewhat small covered front porch on my 1927 Florida Bungalow. I bought in 2019; porch was already showing some signs of rot at a couple board ends, since then its ...
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What kind of latch would work on this porch door?

If the hook is unlatched, the hinge springs aren't strong enough to keep the door closed if the wind blows. What can I install to fix this? I see lots of different door latch designs and I'm not sure ...
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How can I prevent stubborn mildew on an outdoor fir plank ceiling?

This is mildew on the underside of a porch ceiling stained with Rubio Hybrid Wood Protector with extra M1 Mildewcide added. The substrate is Douglas Fir, which was stored under cover, then sanded and ...
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Mixing antislip with porch paint

I would like to use this paint with antislip sand for some exterior concrete patios. As I will be doing two coats, my question is, does antislip go in both coats or only the final one? I am not sure ...
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Leaning Porch Fix or Replace?

Just purchased this house and need to correct the porch per city inspection. House was built in the early 1900s, and has seen severe foundation issues. The foundation has been fixed and jacked up, but ...
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Cracks in cedar balusters and railings

We installed a new porch with cedar balusters and railings. It was expensive so we want to make sure it is done right. There are quite a few cracks in the both the bottom rails and the balusters. ...
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Can I fill and paint a split porch post or is replacement recommended?

My wife and I both noticed this week that in the cold temperatures (northern Ohio) the wood on one of the columns on our front porch has split near the bottom, where it contacts concrete (see images ...
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How to waterproof this porch area over my crawlspace?

This area seems like a bad design - essentially a piece of flat roof next to the house... The previous roof/porch here didn't seem to have any slope, and all the water drained towards the house (to ...
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Stained concrete

I went to change out my doormat (those coconut-husk fiber ones) and there was a stain and it's sticky. The stain is not size of the doormat, it looks like someone spilled a drink in front of our door. ...
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Front Porch Pavers near Threshold Level

I got a bunch of pavers a few months back thinking I would have the time to pave my porch. Now that I finally started getting the rest of the stuff together, I am realizing that they are a bit close ...
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Is running a porch column all the way to ground footer instead of using posts underneath a bad idea?

My current porch is like this The columns are rotting and the deck was poorly built, posts aren't directly under columns and most are just on dirt. I intend on doing a rebuild. With the columns I was ...
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Can I use a pressure treated 6x6 to replace my porch post?

I would like to replace my porch post as it is falling apart. I understand how to do it with a bracket in the cement etc. I would like to use a pressure treated 6x6. There is no one in my area that ...
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How can I repair my porch column which has separated at the top?

One of my three front porch columns has separated at the top. Wonder what could be the cause and if this is an easy fix/reassembly or requires replacement? Also who should I call? I’ve reached out to ...
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Porch Light replacement

We decided to replace the porch lights at the garage. They are connected to a porch light by the front door. We turned the power switch off, my husband installed one light. We turned on switch and the ...
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Waterproofing covered porch floor with basement below

I have a covered entryway that is exposed on one side, with an unfinished basement below. The original flooring was 2x6's which have been removed. My plan is to replace them with a stone mosaic. The ...
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Who do I consult/hire for porch redesign?

I'm in need of redesign of both porch and a landscape adjacent to it, including drainage. Who do I consult or hire for this kind of job (e.g. Engineer, Architect, Landscaper, General Contractor)?
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I need help on an issue with the roof of my porch I'm designing [closed]

The porch is has to have a chamfer due to space limitations from a dry creek very close to it. I'd like to do an A-frame but may need to do a shed roof if needed. The roof would have to hang off into ...
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Can a concrete porch be raised about 4 feet?

I am restoring my grandparents 1930s farmhouse. It has a concrete front porch with 2 pillars holding up a roof. It's raised, sitting on cinder blocks, but is about 4 feet below the front door with ...
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Porch ceiling - should I insulate it? [closed]

What would you recommend to do with the porch ceiling that looks like on the picture? I would like to insulate it, because wind blows in. I am not sure how much insulation should I put there. I guess ...
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Outdoor string lights plug adapter? [closed]

My back porch does not have any external outlets. The porch light has this F13BX/827 double LED light, which is requires a 2 pin gx23 base. I was wondering if there are any adapters that can go into ...
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Four Season Porch Addition/ Garage Renovation

My front entryway is falling apart and my garage is too small to use. In an ideal world, I'd love to turn the garage into a second living room and connect it to the house with a four season porch that ...
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Post hole depth for my 6ft x 6ft porch/ deck?

Toronto, Canada I'm super novice DIY-er. I want to rebuild my porch/ deck in the front yard. The landing is very small 6 ft W x 6 ft L, the posts would be 4ft H above ground. How deep should I dig the ...
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How to fix hole in step on plastic/vinyl porch?

Listing my house for sale in a few weeks. Have this hole in a porch step. The porch is plastic/vinyl and I have no idea what brand or model it is. What is an easy way to fix? Can I get a similar ...
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Front porch Ceiling Leak

My front porch has what looks like an overflow pipe on the ceiling that is draining water drop by drop onto the front porch causing mold on the ground and puddles. Any ideas what the cause is?
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Is there a good way to attach two stacked columns that have a 3/4” gap between them?

I am replacing the decking and trim on my front porch/stairs (taking out 20 year old Trex replacing with 5/4 x 6 wood). Once I removed some trim/decking, I noticed that the column supporting the porch ...
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Short-term Solution For a Crack Around a Corner Porch Column

My wife and I want to have this professionally repaired with a new column and new slab in a year when our little one is out of daycare and financials will be better able to handle it, but this crack ...
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Filling gap in concrete porch

My house has a concrete front porch with a gap underneath the slab. It's unsightly, but hasn't previously caused any issues. Unfortunately, a family of skunks recently discovered it and decided to ...
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What is the structure of a cement front porch on a 1940's house

We've been unable to get porch & deck enamel paint to not peal, so we are thinking of demolishing it for a rebuild of some or another design. Last paint job was ~5 years ago. Scraped off all the ...
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Roof over sunken porch repair or replace [closed]

The concrete pad of my porch has sunken and cracked over the years and I’m currently looking to replace it. My question is am I going to have to do a tear down and replacement of the porch roof? The ...
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Damp spot on covered front porch after rain

There is a damp spot on my covered, elevated-front porch that is on a stone foundation every time it rains. Gutters are doing their job and draining away from foundation and I have placed several ...
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How should I handle vinyl siding when intersecting new walls? [closed]

I live in Ontario and am looking to close in an existing covered porch. Naturally, I'll be building frames for doors and windows. How do you attach the frame to the house? I have vinyl siding. Would ...
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How can I waterproof an exposed porch with a basement room underneath?

I am replacing a front porch, it currently is an elevated porch with your typical dirt and debris underneath, and it is an open porch. I intend to excavate a new basement room underneath it, cutting ...
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Fill in gaps on our covered porch!

We just had a nightmare encounter with a contractor, but I'll skip the deets and get to my new problem- He did a lousy job that left us with many gaps where the framing for the screens didn't sit ...
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Can I replace a wooden porch post with a 4x4x.25" aluminum box tube?

I was wondering what the vertical load capacity of a 4"×4"×.25" 6063 square aluminum tube is at 8' tall. I have a small front porch with only the roof above it. There are 3 wood posts ...
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Porcelain Light fixture under beach house

I have a house at the beach but it is several hundred yards from the ocean. The house is on poles and I would like to install porcelain light fixtures under it to screw Led lights into. Are the ...
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waterproof outdoor landing flooring

The entrance to my house consists of a few steps leading to a small landing (45" x 72") with the front door of the house. The landing is exposed to the elements. Since under the landing is ...
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Is a plywood subfloor with outdoor carpeting glued on appropriate for a screened in porch

We have a 20 year old screened in porch that had a plywood subfloor with outdoor carpeting tacked on. We just pulled the carpet up and noticed blackish areas - mold? The porch floor does get wet ...
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Can I attach a deck to a floating slab house?

My house is on an insulated floating slab with 16" deep footings around the edges. I want to attach a deck with a roof to the house. The deck will be at ground level. Frost level is 48". Do ...
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How to fix ? Wood railing & balusters on front porch

I don’t know why this was done,maybe laziness. How can I remove staples from 2x4 railing? I need to correct this so I can begin sanding,etc. Any advice would be much appreciated.
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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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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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