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How do I properly feed coax through an outside wall?

After following Tester101's answer, here is a detailed step-by-step with pictures of how I fed the cable. Shopping list (NOTE: given prices are current for 2014) Low voltage bracket $1.30 Premium ...
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How do I properly feed coax through an outside wall?

I'd drill from the inside out. Preparation inside Cut a hole in the drywall where you want the terminal. Cut the hole so that a "low voltage" bracket will fit. Drilling the hole If it's a 2×...
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Why is all this exterior trim rotting and how do I fix it?

The cause is simply nature. You've got wood that's outside. It gets wet, the wet stays in the wood, the wood rots. This happens when wood is left outside in an area where water can get stuck and ...
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Are bubbles in new exterior paint normal?

Those are very good questions you asked the contractor. The result of the paint job is unacceptable. Besides being unsightly, the paint job will not have the longevity you want or expect, as the ...
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Do my exterior GFCI outlets really need to be on their own circuit?

A private buyer's inspector can write whatever they want. Some have a reputation for being minimalistic that gets them referrals from selling agents, some have a reputation for being "tigers&...
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Do you to block a unwanted 4 inch hole or reuse it for something else?

Yes, you can cover it up with plywood. However: was made by builder for no reason No, it was for a reason. If it was for no reason, they would have likely just covered it with regular siding. When ...
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Are bubbles in new exterior paint normal?

No, that is not normal, nor satisfactory, nor remotely professional. It probably occurred from excess moisture present before the paint was applied. The solution is more work than simply painting: ...
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What type of screw is the most resistant to rust: galvanized, stainless steel, or deck screws?

The stainless steel screw will absolutely be the best screw to resist rust. Stainless steel screws are rust-resistant throughout the entire screw, not just on the surface. The other screws are ...
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Is putting a pex tube underground and then through a concrete slab OK?

Sleeve It When running any tubing (PEX, ABS, PVC) through concrete you need to de-couple it, Even 6mil plastic suffices, but sill guard is better. A tubing sleeve (e.g. 1.5in ABS) like you propose ...
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Why is all this exterior trim rotting and how do I fix it?

Because that's what wood does, especially when exposed to regular and/or prolonged moisture. The lack of gable overhangs on the home are a factor. Even cedar and other rot-resistant species have their ...
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What is a quick and easy way to disable a door so you can no longer use it?

A common way to handle this, is to build a railing in front of the door. You'll see houses built where a deck was optional, that have a railing built in front of the sliding door. Something like ...
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Why is all this exterior trim rotting and how do I fix it?

It's hard to say for sure without pulling it apart but your pictures suggest to me that you have water getting behind the wood at that corner. The reason I think this might be the case is that you ...
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Is this decorative trim or exterior bracing?

The style of finish with several narrow vertical boards placed on broader surfaces is called board and batten. The battens are used to hides seams of the broader sections, and in more primitive ...
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Does dark exterior paint hold and transfer more heat to an uninsulated house?

A darker color absorbs more heat so yes it will heat the home more during the day. Your concern is valid. White is the least absorbent color and black is the most absorbent color.
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Do my exterior GFCI outlets really need to be on their own circuit?

My first guess would be that the inspector was misinformed. It's common to have a number of GFCI protected outlets on their own circuit if the circuit is protected by a GFCI breaker in the main panel. ...
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When should I consider using Plastic Round Cap Roofing Nails?

Those nails are used only for holding down the roofing underlayment. They excel at doing so whether it be old school tar paper, or the newer more durable, hi tech roof underlayments.
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How to enlarge a 4 in. vent hole on exterior wall

Buy a 5" holesaw (and a drill sturdy enough to drive it). Cut a 5" hole in a big chunk of plywood. Screw/nail/clamp the plywood in the place where you want the hole. Drill away. If you're having a ...
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How to attach a security camera to an existing box?

Many camera's like this popular Lorex model: come with a small 2" surface mounting "Plate" that you can use if you don't have electrical box mounting. They also screw into a 1/2" weatherproof ...
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Will a fire pit damage my patio's ceiling?

Unless you limit usage to tiny kindling fires, this is a bad plan. Sparks are common when burning wood, and a slight breeze can put them almost anywhere. Logs burn at 600-1000 degrees F or more and ...
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Why is all this exterior trim rotting and how do I fix it?

We require “back priming”. That means pre-paint all surfaces before the trim is installed...especially cut ends. End grain on trim sucks up moisture more than side grain.
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How to add corner trim to a shed without exterior access?

I would build the shed on rollers or skids three feet from the neighbors' walls. Finish it completely and properly, then roll or slide it into position, lever it up and slip the timbers out. A 10x10 ...
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How do I prevent exterior water from seeping into interior moulding?

Those bottom corners are the only problematic locations, right? Referring to Page #7 of these Jeld-Wen installation Instructions which I recently followed. You are missing the foam wedges Go to the ...
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What to do with broken outdoor lights that left the bulbs exposed?

Exterior light fixtures are designed so that the casing protects the electrical components inside them from the elements. Without an intact case, hail could break the bulb itself in the next storm, or ...
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Are turnbuckles required for cable railing?

When installing that way you will not be able to get maximal tension because you need some space to apply the crimps. Also over time the cable will stretch. This means that you will need to retighten ...
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What could cause the drywall behind the baseboard to crumble and allow interior of wall to fill with dirt?

Drywall Crack - That is a likely the factory joint of the drywall. It cracks due to movement of the studs that can happen for a variety of reasons, including temperature, humidity changes and ...
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Exterior faucet - freeze hazard?

The key question would be: How many winters has this pipe been like this and lasted without bursting? If it has made it through for many years, it should probably be good for many more. Does it have ...
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Leaky anti-siphon valve on exterior faucets

I contacted the manufacturer and once I had some part numbers and basic information, this was easy to track down. This answer should apply to most people with a similar problem. The short answer is ...
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Install exterior window trim without puncturing nailing fins

Personally, we regard flashing tape as self-healing, to an extent. At least, to the extent that we don't worry about a few finish nails going through it. See, that tape and those fins are really ...
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Is there any problem with installing a prehung inswing exterior door backwards as an outswing?

I don't recommend this if the door is exposed to any sort of weather. The threshold is different. This is the big issue, as you don't want standing water, and an exterior door isn't designed to deal ...
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