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Pretend the horizontal cover is a door and install a door handle/lock. There are battery-operated door handle locks with coded entry access. They can be set to lock on closure and open with a code. Some even have a remote control. Water resistant? Find one made for outside use. If you can't find a water-resistant model, you could install a hinged plexi ...


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First off, buy a good studfinder. They should be able to detect the stud even through a layer of stucco. When you do find a stud, put on your safety glasses and pre-drill the locations of your screws with a standard bit, use just enough force to gently go through the stucco, it's not as hard as cement and this should be fairly easy with a standard bit. You ...


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Have you considered other ways of fastening? My limited experience with stucco is that you really don't want to put holes in it. Alternatives: Create some form of protrusions on the box. Bolt and nut comes to mind. Sanding and scratching the back of the box might work. Rig up a way to hold the box in position. Meanwhile, mix up a small quantity of ...


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For stucco I would consider using plastic expansion anchors. For a smallish screw these should work well and minimize the size of hole you have to drill into the stucco. You have to be rather careful when drilling in stucco in that it is rather easy to find your hole getting larger diameter than you want. This happens when the carbide cutting tips on the ...


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I'd use an oil/floor dry product (clay or diatomaceous earth) for a day or two. Standard cat litter would also work in a pinch. This should pull most of it out. You'll want to prime the raw wood anyway, so use a good quality bonding primer to ensure good adhesion.


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R15 is the best you can do in fiberglass and mineral wool for a 2*4 wall. Iirc you could get close to R-30 with closed cell spray foam, but that's $$$. That black is probably dust. Unless you see black staining on the studs where it was removed from its probably not a sign of a serious problem. Still, it suggests that your wall voids are not air-tight, ...


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The black is dust that is deposited by air leaks. The best building framework is passive house and the perfect wall which orders your priorities. The first is liquid water, the seconds is air, the third is vapor and the last is insulation. If you've gone to the trouble to open all the exterior walls to increase your insulation, I am going to assume that ...


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Get some of the Loctite Power Grab construction adhesive. This stuff grabs pretty good but you'll need to clamp it, prop it up, or duct tape it in place until the adhesive hardens, Good luck


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