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Why does my outdoor light sensor not turn the lights off during the day?

At ~ $18 each (current price at Home Depot and on Amazon), there are unlikely to be any practical replacement parts - i.e., you just treat the entire thing as a replaceable module. The only real ...
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What's this thing by my front door?

Mechanical doorbell/chime, at a guess. Operation might rotate, might be push-pull, probably missing parts in the house by now.
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System to roll up outdoor blinds that came without cords

Would need three pulleys, a short and long cord and a hook/boat thingy/holder to hold the cord. Attach the long cord to the short cord before pulley B. Pulley A will be at the far end of the blinds, ...
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What's this thing by my front door?

Mechanical door bell. Clean it up and polish the brass, It looks decorative even if it does not work.
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Pipe under outdoor faucet leaking. Any ideas?

If the pipe itself is cracked and leaking, you replace the pipe itself, by unscrewing the spigot from the pipe and the pipe from the Tee fitting below. Such short sections of threaded pipe are called ...
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What sort of work needs to be done on a house with rotting wood on the outside?

None of the above. You need to hire a company that specializes in siding. If you are going to replace with wood panels everything you have needs to be taken down. If you chose some sort of ...
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Can't remove outdoor security light fixture

The light was EPOXIED into its housing (please don't ever do this) and took some serious prying to get out. Use caulk if you use anything!
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Does this TV cable need to be rehung in a proper manner?

Yes. You need to call the cable company to have them fix this. No. You should not attempt to fix it yourself - they may end up blaming you for the work. Whether they choose to install poles, bury the ...
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Does this TV cable need to be rehung in a proper manner?

The cable company would normally only do this to get service to a customer quickly since the job to set poles or bury the cable would take time for permitting and would follow up later. It could also ...
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How to wire outdoor post lamp if power comes via two black wires?

The bare wire is safety ground. Most lamps, especially LED lamps, don't care a lot about which side is connected to hot and which to neutral, which is why they're both black -- it saved the ...
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How do I transition from a Romex wire in a plastic box to a weatherproof box?

All exterior conduit is defined as a wet location, and NM/B (Romex® being one common brand) is not allowed in wet locations at all. The vast majority of exterior conduits live up to the definition. ...
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How do I fit fire resitant tiles to a surface which will have hot coals?

I want you to take a really close look at these tiles. Look a little bit closer. At the gap between the tiles, do you see how thin of a gap there is? Your tiles are too tightly packed. A lot of ...
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Number of posts needed?

Instead of a giant earthworks project, consider making raised beds instead. Raised bed gardening becomes more and more attractive with the passing years because there's less bending and stooping ...
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PG&E's Groundline distribution system

Won't they have to change the NEC to make this code compliant? No, they would have to change NESC. Utilities running wires on their side of the customer electric meter are governed by the NESC ...
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I want to run power outlets and lights down my driveway, and ideally I could do it using the same cable, is that safe?

To address some of the question: If you'll put street-light-style lights on the poles, It's reasonable to feed them and the outlets together. You'll either need a third switched wire or you can use ...
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I want to run power outlets and lights down my driveway, and ideally I could do it using the same cable, is that safe?

First, since you plan to do conduit, you'll be building the conduit empty and then pulling wires into it. You wouldn't use cable there; UF cable is very flat and requires an enormous conduit (e.g. 2&...
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I want to install a EV charger outside and already have a bunch of NM-B 6g cabling in the crawl space - how can I make this work?

Assuming this is actually 6 AWG copper, black/white/red/bare ground, it is actually good up to 55A - see Ampacity table, so you could use it for a 50A circuit. Which raises an interesting question of ...
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Was my fireplace insert correctly installed?

While brick wont stick to metal, you could easily let the tiles or brick veneer hang over the edge. That will hide it. On the other hand, both our gas fireplaces (from different manufacturers) have ...
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Recessed retrofit light unable to fit into can with shallow depth

That product's documentation says 5 inch depth is required. Buy something else. Whether it uses the same style spring or some other trick doesn't matter, just read the specs carefully. Are these ...
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How to mount a Ring flood light cam when you have no junction box and a hole with wires

What you've got right now violates code. There are some light fixtures with an integral box, but the cable here looks like the sheath is cut off way inside the wall. No good. What you should be able ...
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How do you level and fasten joists over uneven concrete for a deck?

For the area with not much room for lumber, consider making a nice neat linear pile of mortar at an appropriate height and slope to fully support a (pressure treated) 2x4 laid flat (1.5" thick) ...
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Raising artificial grass above ground (concrete) to help drainage: PVC Screening or wet room drainage mat roll?

Plastic tiles are the way to go even if a bit more expensive. These are not too bad https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09R25YM1H (this is not a product endorsement)
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System to roll up outdoor blinds that came without cords

I actually did build the accepted answer, I am just posting this so I can add some color and notes. But it's the same basic design. I used 1/8" braided nylon cord, largely because I already had ...
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Mounting a board to a tree without screws

You may consider using elastic clinch straps. They're robust, weather resistant and non-slip. The elastic would expand as the tree grows and last for many years. Trilancer was the first manufacturer ...
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Can I leave the grill outside over winter (snow and cold in western Europe)?

Yes, you can. I leave my grill outside year 'round, with a cover on it. This is in the US, Mid-Atlantic area, and have had the grill for around 7 years now. It's still looking good, though it is ...
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What are the code requirements for outdoor plumbing and electrical surface-level conduits?

Most jurisdictions don't allow conduit to be installed by contractors not licensed as Electrical Contractors. I do not know code requirements for plumbing, the NEC does not prohibit electrical and ...
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Can't remove outdoor security light fixture

I think this is a Defiant unit, and there could be plastic caps over the screws as pictured. If not, comment back and I'll delete. It may also be an earlier version, in which case you might try ...
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Convert Brick Flower Bed Into Sandbox?

Landscape fabric is sold at hardware stores, and is designed exactly for this purpose: let water through, but prevent the sand (or aggregate, whatever) from mixing with the soil. The main concern with ...
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GFCI for outdoor outlet?

It depends on how you terminate the new wire that is added to the existing receptacle j-box. If you land the wires on the "LOAD" terminals of the existing receptacle then the new wires and ...
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What is this white stuff on an outside pillar of the alfesco?

That's efflorescence, an indicator of water coming out of the pillar. It could be rising damp. It could could be sort sort of leak.
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