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Does this downspout design make sense?

It's completely wrong! The shingles overlap each other. This ensures that water running from top down doesn't enter under them. When you flush water against the overlapping sections, they are not ...
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Why is my clear wood finish drying orange?

If you read the one-star reviews of the linked product (over 10% of the total ratings), they largely seem to be people complaining that the product is not actually clear. Quoting the company's ...
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Should a tiled shower ceiling have cement board instead of drywall?

I would want cement board up there, but not for the reason you may expect. I wouldn't want hard, heavy tile hanging on a thin layer of paper regardless of moisture concerns. It's not terribly ...
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Water leakage in new house - is this common or an issue?

Apparently this is a flat roof, maybe a terrace roof. Since the roof is flat, there is no slope to let gravity get rid of the water for you. So it really needs to be done properly, with an EPDM ...
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French Drain: Why do I need 3" of rock bedding beneath the pipe?

If you put the pipe right on the fabric, you'll end up filtering the inflow through the 1/2" circles of fabric pressed up against the holes in the pipe, as opposed to filtering through all the ...
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Does this downspout design make sense?

Get it out of that corner and have the water flow downwards not upwards under the shingles guaranteed to leak. You just need one more part. Downspout Side Elbow Loves
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Does tar roof patch on EDPM rubber roof cause damage?

Never, ever, feed them after midnight! Like gremlins, rubber roofs are very special and cool... But they have rules. You can get a rubber roof wet. You can expose it to direct sun. But you can't put ...
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Water leakage in new house - is this common or an issue?

Ouch! This is really, really incompetent work...this house is likely to develop serious mold problems in the future. I would look for another builder.
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French Drain: Why do I need 3" of rock bedding beneath the pipe?

The water will still flow through the rocks with the pipe assuming your ditch slopes as well. If any sediment makes its way through or around the fabric, the extra 3" will help prevent the ...
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How can I monitor my roof to detect roof leaks before they cause damage?

I go up into my attic about once a month (or after we get a heavy storm) with a good flashlight and give everything a visual inspection. Specifically, I make sure I'm very accustomed to the way that ...
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Water leaking inside outdoor electrical box. What should I do?

That’s a standard weatherproof (Bell) box, and yes, sometimes they do accumulate and hold water as you have found. Code not only allows boxes to be drained. Code requires boxes to be arranged to drain;...
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How important is Tyvek/house wrap for a house with metal siding?

While I don't doubt that your father 'never installed a house wrap for a metal building in his life' I have to wonder how many of them were residences? Buildings with walls that trap moisture or where ...
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How important is Tyvek/house wrap for a house with metal siding?

I don’t see a problem with felt for a portion as it was used for years, I believe a wrap is a good idea as it will increase the energy efficiency and keep the condensation from the metal off the ...
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How can I locate and repair a leak on a flat roof?

Clearly this has been a problem for a while and also the standing water and patch job on the flat section of the roof is to blame. There is no real shortcut here, as you can see, so the solution is to ...
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How to leak proof roof?

You have either, too flat of a pitch in your roof or installed your roof tiles incorrectly. Just accept it and move on. It's going to have to be redone. You would be wisest to tear it all out, then ...
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French Drain: Why do I need 3" of rock bedding beneath the pipe?

I'm doing similar right now,at my home. The problem is twofold. Silt and sediment will flow with the water and ultimately, may either clog the geotextile, or bypass it (through it if its a broad ...
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What is this exterior electrical box and how do I cover it properly?

Looks like a 4" square box with a mud-ring for a lighting fixture (thus the 2-3/4" spacing.) So if you chisel away the stucco at the corners there will be two more screws, and a normal 4&...
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Does the rough-in valve trim install onto backer board or tile?

The shower valve trim will always go over the tile. Usually the trim will have a foam backing ring that should compress against the tile and prevent water from getting behind it. If the tile is uneven ...
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What is this exterior electrical box and how do I cover it properly?

If you're not interested in fiddling with stucco, you can buy 3" weatherproof covers (example) that should do the trick. Just be sure the cover says "weatherproof" on it. There are some ...
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Does the rough-in valve trim install onto backer board or tile?

The trim goes over the tile and covers the hole. Caulk around the edge to seal it from the water. Leave a little spot at the very bottom uncaulked as a weep hole.
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How can I prevent a wooden door from expanding and binding when it rains?

I am going to guess that you have a wood door causing the problem. If you have checked the original installation and frame alignment and feel that cannot be changed, then the only real solution is to ...
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Effective method for waterproofing a tube through a hole drilled in the side of a bucket?

What you want is called a bulkhead fitting. This has a gasket to make a seal against the container, and threads to connect to whatever fittings you need. Some have outside threads on only one side,...
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How would you protect a plywood container from moisture and abrasion?

The usual approach is a couple coats of polyurethane varnish. I'd sand it a bit to clean it up and give it a coat on all exposed surfaces. Steel wool between coats. It'll be apparent when you've ...
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Inserting probe into pressurized water pipe

The usual way is to use a T with the middle outlet being vertical: With a proper fitting, you screw this hollow adapter in. Ecnerwal says in a comment it is called a "thermowell". Fill ...
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How can I monitor my roof to detect roof leaks before they cause damage?

Roof leaks are caused by many different things. For example: Shingles or tiles: Cracked, broken, missing, worn Flashing: Loose, broken, missing, poorly installed, worn Gutters: misaligned, clogged ...
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How can I store canned spray foam insulation for reuse weeks or months later?

You can reuse the same spray over and over simply by injecting some drop of acetone, then pour it out, and do it again 3 times to be sure nothing remains. The trick is to do it just after using it (...
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How to leak proof roof?

What is the pitch of your roof? In the USA, this type of roof (most roof types, in fact) is installed over solid decking (usually plywood or OSB) with the underlayment nailed or stapled over the ...
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Can I install a row of bricks on a slab to support a shed?

Michael Karas is correct in that a half-height block foundation wall is common, but that doesn't really address your concern about water intrusion. His suggestion to seal the block does, and that ...
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How can I protect this exterior outlet from water and prevent smoke leakage to the interior?

Let's start with the harder one here Smoke It looks like there's a gap in the stone to the left of the outlet. I would at least try to fill it with something (maybe caulk if you want the simplest ...
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Is there a product for channeling water away from water appliances?

Water heaters have pans. You place the pan under the water heater, then attach a hose to send the water someplace less damaging. You can also get water sensors, which rest on the floor and sound an ...
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