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How can I prevent bluestone mortar from degrading so quickly?

We live in Milwaukee, WI. Our front porch has a combination of bluestone pavers as well as brick on the stoops with mortar joints. We have had repeated problems with presumably water/expansion in ...
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Adapt Porch Light for Power over Ethernet (PoE)

Similar to the question presented here, I was curious, is it possible to adapt the porch light or the cabling where the porch light itself is to covert it over to PoE? For example, are there face ...
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Should I notch 4x4 post for 2x8 porch beams?

I am going to build an 8x8 porch roof with two 4x4 posts as the support, with single 2x8 beams for the front and sides. Would it be a good idea to notch the 4x4 posts at the top to support the two ...
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How do I attach a wooden post to existing concrete steps?

Background At the front of my house I have concrete steps leading up to the porch. Having just rebuilt the porch, I've discovered that they are actually concrete veneer over brick. It appears that ...
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Porch remodel with improved electrical service

I recently remodeled a porch and upgraded the electrical for just a few floodlights and plugs, probably less than 1400 watts. I ran a 10/2 with a ground to this remodel, off of a 30 amp breaker at ...
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Extend front porch deck 7"

We are building a small cabin and the pier blocks are extending 4.5 inches past the face of the deck framing. When we were building, we didn't think of it, but now that we are in finishing stages and ...
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Water leaking from concrete slab porch into rooms below. How do I stop the leaks?

My front porch is concrete and is above a portion of my garage, laundry room, and a basement bathroom. The house is in Zone 6b: -5 to 0 F. The rooms are not finished and I am not sure of the ...
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Painting unfinished exterior wood (porch) with oily stain

I need to paint my front porch, but there is a small stain that appears to be oil, grease, or a similar substance. (Water beads on it, despite there being no paint or finish.) Here's the stain in ...
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Attaching 4x6 rafter to ledger

I am building a porch... and I want to use 4x6 32 OC rather than 2x6 16 OC (with 2x6 T&G roofing which will be exposed underneath.) I am struggling with how to connect the 4x6 to the 2x8 ledger. ...
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Can you install new indoor/outdoor carpet on screened porch without removing old glue?

The outdoor carpet on my screened porch was installed over 20 years ago. The carpet comes up easily and the old mastic is dry and yellowish - maybe powdering a little, I'm wondering if I could just ...
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How to replace porch joists?

My covered porch has seen some better days. The 2x10 joists are rotted on top causing the wood on top to sag. The 2x10 is notched and inserted into the brick on both sides. I have a feeling that this ...
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Covered porch drainage?

Currently, the porch uses tongue and groove boards that are painted. I think they might be original to the house. Whenever it rains hard, water will get on the porch. The water sits there in puddles. ...
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I need to enclose this porch. What are the things that I can expect to have to do? [closed]

So the plan is to remove the planter, build a wall on the side where the planter is Relocate the entrance door. Practically this turns the porch into a entrance hallway. The porch has light on the ...
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Metal Porch Ceiling

My client wants to install old tin on their porch ceiling. This porch roof is on the West face of the house, receiving unfiltered afternoon sun in south Mississippi. My concern is that without ...
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Will a fire pit damage my patio's ceiling?

I just got a portable fire pit and some new furniture for my back porch. The fire pit is 3' in diameter, and the porch is 10'×10', with a 9' ceiling. It would be nice to be able to have a small ...
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adding a guard rail to a flat roof [closed]

So I have a flat roof that is was at some point a nice sun porch off of what is now an office. When we bought this house this summer we had the door to it replaced and in working in my office I cant ...
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Reinforce joist near rafter for porch swing

Recently purchased home and saw existing eye lag screw or bolt coming from front porch ceiling. Rolled the dice (hoping for bolt + reinforcement), did not remove vinyl ceiling to inspect carpentry. ...
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Why are the deck footing blocks set away from the house several inches in this video?

I watched this video (building a free-standing porch) and wondered what is the reason that the back concrete blocks are not tight to the house wall. Basically he places them away from the house by a ...
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Is it safe to remove OSB board and wood support from cold room

I have a cold room under the front porch. It has OSB boards on the ceiling that are supported by a number of 2x4s. I want to seal the hole to outside and covered the ceiling and walls with 2inch XPS ...
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Use interior door as shed door but under cover

I have a shed with a front porch and roof cover (5x8 feet). I plan to put an interior door at the shed wall but under this cover area. Is it OK? This won't be soaking wet. It will be slightly wet if ...
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Short rise bottom step or platform

I have porch steps where the bottom step has a 9-1/2" rise while the rest have a 7-1/2 " rise. The run is 11". Can I add a new bottom step or platform with just a 2" rise so that the next step will ...
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Raising internal floor - to screed or not to screed?

The porch of our home has been made part of the interior. We now need to raise the floor to meet the level of the existing floor internally. The total height of the step is 5cm. So the floor needs to ...
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How do I remove pieces of my porch ceiling/soffit? (aluminum?)

I need to temporarily remove a piece of my front porch's ceiling/soffit. How can I do this? Each section of the ceiling seems locked to the next section and I can't seperate them.
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Attach Porch Roof Beam to Side of House

The porch is 15'x20' and will be connected to the back of the house. The concrete piers, ledger, joists, and beams have already been installed. I'm now moving to install 4x4 posts and (2) 2x8 roof ...
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How should I connect two beams to a post at a corner?

I'm constructing a 15'x20' screened porch. I've completed work up to the footings, posts, ledger, and joists. I'm now ready to install 4x4 posts around the perimeter which will hold 2x4 bottom plate, ...
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Fixing porch-supporting pier that settled because of bad drainage

I've got a wraparound porch on the house. It's supported by a half dozen 28" x 30" x 24" concrete piers (plus other sized concrete piers elsewhere) along the front of the house. They're all floating ...
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Concrete porch demolition

I'd like to demolish concrete porch. Here's a link with pictures: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gps9caru1daebtn/AAD4ykPcvQ6P6F9i4OuZujZSa?dl=0 I’d like to demolish: - the concrete stairs (it’s about 3’...
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wet spots on covered patio after rain

I am trying to figure out the source of a wet spot that forms on my covered front porch right next to the outside wall of my home pretty much every time it is raining. This started only a few weeks ...
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Insulate room over porch

I have looked at this How can I insulate the floor of a room above a porch?, but I think my situation is a bit different. We are insulating the bedroom floor over an open porch (verandah). In Portland ...
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What type of paint can I use for exterior flagstone?

So I have this beautiful flagstone...which normally I would like but, as you can see, it doesnt match with our house whatsoever. Im thinking we have two options: paint our whole house to match the ...
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How to fix my broken porch lamp?

I noticed that my porch lamp was broken (by someone). I see a couple of small pieces of wood that is still attached to the base of the lamp. The tip of the light bulb was broken, which I removed ...
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How can I prevent decay in a deck post resting on the house footing?

The porch I'm building is 20' x 15' with the 20' side running along the house and the 15' coming out. I have a ledger board connection with 6 footings around the perimeter of the porch. 5 of the ...
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How to repair my concrete slab porch.

I bought this house a few years ago, built in 1926. Not long ago, what was a slight crack in the porch became much bigger when the concrete gave way. Now I have a serious safety situation and haven't ...
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Replacing rusted metal front porch posts

My parents' front porch is surrounded by old medal posts that have undergone a lot of rust over the years, and this spring we noticed that at least one of the posts is no longer connected to the ...
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How to make pressure treated wood look old quickly

We are adding a porch onto our old tobacco barn and are using pressure treated lumber. We started in July to prepare for my daughter's outdoor wedding in late October. I would like for the porch wood ...
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How can I run a line under a cement sidewalk

What's a good way run a length of 2" PVC underground from one side of the porch to the other. I'd use it as a culvert to route a garden hose in the long term. The cement step and walk are 4' wide. ...
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Front porch for cape-style home? [closed]

Is it appropriate to put a large front porch on a cape-style house? I didn't think so, but saw this image and thought it looked great: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/485051822349938733/. Let me know ...
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I need help supporting and jacking up my attached, wood front porch

I live in Ohio in a home built in 1926. I do not believe the front porch is that old. The porch is L shape, wrapping around the house and is 24 X 8' in the front extending another 14' back, with ...
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Can I apply a second coat of stain if the first coat is still damp?

I just finish staining the deck and now I want to put a second coat, but the wood looks like it's still damp. Can I put on a second coat?
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Want to install an outdoor ceiling fan directly to exposed 2x4 on a covered porch

The above picture is not my roof but nearly identical. Except my roof also has horizontal 2x4 supports. The previous owner has a shop light running horizontally screwed directly into the 2x4. I want ...
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Electrical light switch circuit split

I have one inside switch that turns on 3 porch lights. I would like to install a ceiling fan where the middle light is but do not want the other two lights on the same circuit to turn on. How can I ...
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Flooding near side of porch?

Every time when its a heavy rain fall, the one side and part of the front porch floods and over time it caused my porch to sink. The flood is usually 1 foot deep and it disappears minutes after it ...
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What is this cement coating?

I have this coating on my front porch which is starting to disintegrate. I think the porch slab is probably still good, so I want to just replace the coating but I can't figure out what it is. I'm ...
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Relatively new concrete porch crack

About 6 months ago a contractor poured a concrete slab to serve as a porch. The slab rests directly on the ground and measures 25' by 4' and is 4" thick. The slab has remesh under it, no gravel, but ...
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What is this landing/wrap-around feature on porch steps called.

What is this style or feature called? If it has a name...!
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What is the right way to mount a support column to a deck and to a header?

Situation: I have an existing deck with a roof overhang. I'm in the process of planning a rebuild and need to detail how the columns will A: attach to the existing roof and B: to the deck. I can find ...
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Dirty terra cotta porch

We have a house built in 1953 that has the original terra cotta porch. The porch is filthy. Is there an easy way to clean the tiles? My husband wants to just paint the entire porch. It's not ...
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How should I repair rotten load-bearing porch posts?

I have a backyard porch that has 2 load bearing posts (the other side are attached on the house). The wood base trims around the bottoms of the posts looked rotten so I wanted to replace these trims. ...
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This hole in a concrete porch needs fixing

I might buy this house and have never lived there. The porch has an big air space of maybe 4 feet underneath the slab. Some of the rebar at the bottom edge of the slab is visible when peering in. The ...
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How should I fill these large cracks/voids in this brick porch?

Filling a few, I thought, small cracks on my porch jumped to the top of the to do list when I watched a chipmunk enter one of them yesterday. He went in the crack in front of the step, the one I have ...