What are the options for installing an outdoor outlet in new stucco (not retrofit)


Just hear me out, you'll see. You'd still use an exterior grade plastic box & matching cover, because you can't get those in metal or any metal that you would want. The matching box & cover are crucial as you need the mounting holes to lie-up & sandwich the stucco on both sides.

Like the box pictured below, you'd screw through its side or back into a stud or blocking. Then, the cover assembly would be caulked or siliconed to the stucco prior to screwing, with Stainless Steel Screws, it to the box.

This, keeps the stucco as an impervious barrier to protect the in-wall box & allows for water to only flow around the separate cover assembly. In the future the cover assembly could be easily removed & re-caulked or siliconed, if needed. Also, bevel the bottom of the stucco opening outward like a windowsill to ensure water can't enter.

Now, the final trick is to cover all of the exposed plastic with a Stainless Steel Blank cover plate with Stainless Steel Screws,...

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When it comes to needing power outdoors from your electric hedge trimmer to holiday lights, adding an exterior outlet is a common DIY project. Of course, with any electrical home improvement project, you will want to do it safely and effectively. So always work with power turned off, and any specific questions should always be addressed by a local electrician.

Here are a few key tips regarding installing a new receptacle outlet outdoors.

1. To get started, first determine where you want your outlet to be located. In terms of proper height and locations, always refer to your local and national electric codes. This is important, as too low of an outlet install can mean it can be susceptible to rain.

2. Next, find out where the power source to the outlet will be. This can mean a nearby indoor outlet, or it may be a new circuit. In either case, ensure the circuit that the new outlet will go on will not overload. Any connections to the...

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I should clarify that the pic with the vinyl siding is not my house, it was done for illustration.

After reading articles about EIFS I started to panic a little as my house was constructed in 1997, right when builders were making the switch from barrier EIFS to drainage EIFS due to wood rot and moisture issues. What I can tell you about my home is the "stucco" is around 3/8" to 1/2" thick, there is real wire in there (not the fishing line stuff normally used in EIFS), perhaps an inch of styrofoam and a layer or two of felt paper and a drip screed with holes along the bottom exactly like this:

From this description, it sounds like I have one-coat, which is a bit of a relief after thinking I might have barrier EIFS:
A one-coat system (Western 1-Kote) is a modified portland cement plaster that is designed to go on in one coat from 3/8" to 1/2" in thickness. A finish coat is applied over the top. One-coat systems are often applied over insulating...

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Summer is the season to spend time outdoors. Whether you’re playing with the kids in the yard or entertaining guests on the patio, make sure you’re equipped for everything you need. Have Fusion Electric install an outdoor outlet so you can do even more outside this summer.

Use Your Power Tools With Ease

Are you a gardener or yard geek? You’ll be able to do so much more when Fusion Electric installs an outdoor outlet on your Kansas City area home. While a mower runs independently of electricity, many other power tools still require somewhere to plug an outlet in. Unless you have an outdoor outlet or a generator you’re out of luck.

Entertain With Outdoor Music

When you’re entertaining guests outdoors, set the mood with some music. But if your home isn’t equipped with outdoor speakers, your only option is blaring the radio from inside, or running a cord through a window or door, which leaves your home vulnerable to bugs, critters, and lets heat...

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How Many Coats of Stucco Are Needed?

Stucco is cement plaster applied over wall and surfaces inside and outside buildings. The stucco is a plaster type material that is made from cement, sand, and lime. Stucco provides a hard, reliable, durable and low-cost surface that requires little maintenance and can be used to obtain different textures and finishes. Stucco might be applied over metal lathe; a galvanized wire mesh used that must be covered that needs to be covered protecting it against rust.

The purpose of the metal lath allows the stucco to adhere to become stronger.

How Many Coats of Stucco Are Needed

The stucco must be applied over lath to keep it away from the frame sheathing by about one-quarter of an inch. Stucco must be applied using thin coats; the first one must be forced into the lath, so the mesh is entirely embedded within the stucco mix. It is recommended to apply stucco in three different coats, adding over one inch of stucco...

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Most homes have only a couple of outdoor outlets (electrical receptacles), but adding one can be easier than you might think. Instead of installing a new circuit for the outlet, you may be able to tap into an interior outlet on an existing circuit within the home. This is acceptable if the existing circuit can handle the additional power demand of the new outlet and if it is a standard receptacle circuit. You can not tap into bathroom or kitchen receptacle circuits or into dedicated circuits... (those intended for a single appliance or other specific use).

The electrical box for the outdoor outlet must be waterproof and have a cover suitable for the location: If the outlet is protected from direct weather exposure, such as by a porch roof, it must have a "weatherproof" cover rated for damp locations; if the outlet is directly exposed to the weather and moisture, it must have an "in-use" cover rated for wet locations. Also, all outdoor outlets must have GFCI (ground-fault...

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Stucco is a hard, cement-like siding material, and isn't easy to cut through it to install a flush-mount electrical box. Consequently, electricians usually use surface-mount boxes to install outlets, lights and switches on stucco siding. Despite the difficulty of mounting a flush-mount box, however, the task isn't impossible. Whichever box you install, it should have a waterproof cover, and you should use a ground fault current interrupting (GFCI) outlet. It has an internal breaker that trips when it detects a current surge, such as would be produced by an ungrounded appliance in contact with water.

Surface-Mount Box

Knock out a hole on a surface-mount electrical box with a screwdriver and hammer so you can feed in the electrical wires. The hole should be on the bottom of the box if you're going to run the wires in conduit; on the back of the box if the wires will come through the wall.

Place the box in the position you want it to occupy. If the hole is in...

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Part of getting a window replacement done is about upgrading the look of your home. Besides providing comfort and warmth, new windows are also supposed to make your home look more modern and hopefully make you happy by looking at and through them.

But the visual appeal of your replacement can be all but ruined if the window doesn’t look like it connects seamlessly with the wall structure around it. Modern windows usually have aluminum capping or a vinyl brickmould that acts as a visual connector between the window and the wall. But regardless of the exterior finish on your new windows, what matters more, is preserving the exterior finish on your walls and making it look neat once your windows installed.

The latter part is especially challenging with fine wall finishes. As you guessed, we’re going to talk about stucco. Preserving a stucco finish greatly depends on the kind of windows you already have installed. Older aluminum windows usually have a nailing fin that is...

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I just fixed this in mine. Large project, two files. One was "ReallyLargeNameView" and another was "ReallyLargeNameViewController"

Based on the 2nd answer chosen above, I decided I should clean my build. Nada, but I was still suspect of XCode (as I have two identical classes, should abstract them but eh...) So one's working, one's not. File's owner names are so far as copy and pasted, outlets rehooked up, xCode rebooted, still nothing.

So I delete the similar named class (which is a view). Soon, new error "outlet inside not hooked up" literally was "webView not key value" blah... basically saying "Visual Studio's better". Anyway... I erase the smaller named file, and bam, it works.

XCode is confused by similar-named files. And the project is large enough to need rebooting a bit, that may be part of it.

Wish I had a more technical answer than "XCode is confused", but well, xCode gets confused a lot at this point. Unconfused it the same way I'd help a...

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Wiring an Outdoor Outlet
Electrical Question: What is the best way to install a 110volt outlet outdoors?

I have an outdoor breaker panel that supplies 220 power to my pool pump. I would like to install a 110v outlet to power hand tools,leaf blowers etc. at that location. What wires do it connect my 110 outlet to?

This electrical question came from: Horst, a Homeowner from Paw Paw, Mississippi.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Horst.

Install Wiring for an Outdoor Outlet

Application: Wiring an Outdoor GFCI Outlet.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of exterior outlets that will be installed.
Precaution: Identify the power source circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before...

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Stucco is the common name for Portland Cement Plaster, which is applied either to the indoor or outdoor surfaces of buildings. Stucco is hard and durable. It’s also rot and fungus resistant. It’s a great low-cost home exterior material. It does not require a lot of maintenance.

Is a stucco exterior right for your house? Find out here.

How is Stucco Made

Contemporary stucco is made from Portland cement materials, sand, and water mixed together to form a plaster. However, there are other stucco options that are made from a variety of raw materials. Traditional stucco, for example, uses lime instead of Portland Cement. Stucco is mixed on site and applied in various layers.

How is Stucco Used?

Stucco is applied by an industry specialist to the interior and exterior walls. An expert can apply the plaster manually or by using a machine. This Portland Cement Plaster can be used on concrete wall systems, or on a frame structure. It is used for...

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The National Electrical Code requires GFCI outlets in all new bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry areas, as well as all outdoor receptacles.

Tools and Supplies

Before installing your GFCI outdoor outlet, you will need the following tools and supplies:

Inductive voltage detector
Electrical cable(approved)
Surface mounted outdoor electrical outdoor outlet box
Outlet cover
Provided clamps and screws
Electric drill and bits
Cable stripper
Utility knife
Long-nosed pliers
Twist-on connectors


Follow these procedures for properly installing a GFCI outdoor outlet

Determine an existing outdoor outlet with adequate amperage on the inside of the exterior wall. Turn off the power to the circuit at your main service panel. Use your inductive voltage detector to test to make sure the power is completely off. Now determine the “exact spot”...
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This blog post is a compilation of three blog posts written by Reuben, which originally appeared at the moisture testing web site www.PrivateEyeMN.com.

Moisture testing on relatively newer stucco houses (mid 1980s - late 2000s) has become standard practice when buying a home in Minnesota, and a lot of those tests reveal problems with moisture intrusion. Water intrusion is never good news, but there are several options to consider when exploring a repair strategy for a home with water damage.

Remediation protocols range from retrofit, which consists of partial repair and maintenance, to full tear off and replacement, which consists of removing all of the stucco and replacing with an alternate cladding material, such as James Hardie HardiePlank® or LP Smartside®.

Today we'll be taking a closer look at all three repair strategies, all of which were performed by Sunset Construction Group (SunsetCG), a Minnesota company that specializes in repairing stucco houses...

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If you have been trying to put up lights to decorate your garden for a party or to enhance the security and found that the outdoor outlet does not work, you need to take steps to rectify this. Outdoor outlets that are exposed to the weather are more likely to fail than indoor outlets. However, with a little bit of patience and skill you can fix it on your own.

1.Rain and Water

Often outdoor outlets are damaged because of their exposure to rain and water. Even when the outdoor outlets have some amount of protection from the weather, they can be affected by the damp and humidity in or emanating from the garden.


When encountering an outdoor outlet that does not work, do not assume the worst and immediately call an electrical contractor or pull out all the wires. You can try to fix it yourself and certainly determine how to prevent this from happening again. Instead and furthermore,you should look for the simple solutions first and call the electrical...

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Homeowners are becoming increasingly interested in improving the energy efficiency of their house to reduce costs, improve comfort and help protect the environment. Many older Canadian houses are relatively drafty and lightly insulated, and this can result in higher heat losses and energy bills — even in those built more recently, between the 1950s and the 1980s. These houses likely use at least 25 per cent more space heating energy than houses built after 2010, because increased insulation and airtightness levels have been included in more recent building codes.

In Canada, space heating accounts for over 60 per cent of residential energy use and, therefore, makes up a good proportion of your overall energy bill. Fortunately, there are several options that you, as a homeowner, can consider for reducing heat loss, including adding, or retrofitting, insulation to your house. A well-insulated and well-sealed house needs less heating in the winter (and less cooling in the...

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Understanding Your New & Replacement Window Options:

New construction windows are used when a brand new home or a new addition to a home is being built. Since the studs of the home are exposed the window can be installed directly on to the frame by use of a nail fin frame, which means it is nailed into the framing of the home. Milgard custom designs each window to your homes exact specifications, which means your architect or contractor can be very creative in the sizing and shape of your windows.

New construction windows can also be used for a home remodel project, this requires your contractor to remove the exterior materials around the window in order to expose the studs of the home to install the window. As you can see using a new construction window for a remodel project is possible but is a more involved process for your contractor to ensure the exact match of exterior materials. New construction windows are a good option if you think the studs and...

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In this video, electrician Keith Diemer lights up a deck.

1. Turn off the electricity at the main electrical panel, then use a hammer-drill and carbide-tipped masonry bit to bore down through the garage floor and into the crawl space. Position the hole alongside the main electrical panel.
2. Pull plastic-sheathed electrical cable up from the crawl space and into the garage.
3. Attach metal conduit to the ceiling of the crawl space. Feed the cable through the conduit.
4. Drill a hole through the exterior house wall and into the crawl space. Position the hole just below the deck.
5. Pull the cable from inside the crawl space through the hole in the wall.
6. Slide the cable into a length of flexible conduit. Pass the conduit through the hole in the house wall and into the crawl space.
7. Use a drill and hole saw to bore a hole down through the deck.
8. From below the deck, push the flexible conduit with encased cable up through the...

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The exterior appearance of a house is very important for most homeowners. It helps to determine the property value and sets the tone for what to expect once inside of the house. Vinyl siding has been one of the most popular options for decades. Stucco has also been popular in certain areas. Over 8,500 workers at a range of different businesses produce $1.7 billion in mineral products including the many variations of stucco applied to the outside of homes. Anyone attempting to decide between stucco and vinyl siding should consider a few key differences before contacting a contractor.

Stucco and vinyl have diametrically opposite appearances. Vinyl is made from rigid geometric panels that are bent accurately and then lined up with precision against the side of a home. Vinyl siding provides a very clean look with little variance. This is what many homeowners are looking for. Stucco is irregular, three-dimensional and unique. It creates a very organic look that is...

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If you use outdoor electrical outlets for holiday lights or other things that need a plug (karaoke machine anyone) then a GFCI outlet is a must. House electrical wiring needs GFCIs in kitchens, bathrooms, and anywhere outside.

Ground-fault circuit interrupters are special electrical outlets. If there is a ground fault the GFCI will trip (like a circuit breaker) and quickly stop electricity from flowing through a person’s body to get to the ground.

Put another way, GFCIs are a part of your home’s nervous system. They take care of electrical safety issues without you having to give much thought.

But you should test them monthly to make sure they work. Who wants to be shocked while singing their rendition of Elvis Presley’s Blue Suede Shoes in front of their friends and neighbors. This would be bad, real bad.

At the end of this post you’ll have the ability to replace an old electrical outlet with a GFCI outlet and test your work for correctness.


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There are many construction and insulation approaches which allow a builder to create walls and ceilings with high R-values and low levels of air leakage, creating a much better envelope than is achieved with standard framing methods. Structural insulated panels (SIPs), insulated concrete forms (ICFs), double-stud walls, and advanced framingHouse-framing techniques in which lumber use is optimized, saving material and improving the energy performance of the building envelope. can all produce more energy-efficient buildings than the ol' stick-built number.

The one thing they can’t do is to improve the efficiency of an existing house.

One of my first audit instructors stressed that we have to deal with the existing housing stock. People sometimes grouse that increasing fuel efficiency standards for cars is pointless, since cars last 5 to 10 years. Imagine how hard it is to improve the housing stock. Houses can last hundreds of years; moving that number is much...

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