Questions related to the construction, modification, maintenance, repair of the many functional systems included in a kitchen. Systems include: plumbing, electrical,lighting, major appliances, surfaces (wall, floor).

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How can I help pantry cabinets stay cool?

My pantry doesn't have air conditioning, and recently I noticed (using a cheap wall-mounted liquid thermostat) that the pantry itself got up to 85°f degrees (it was >100°f outdoors). I don't know what ...
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Is my ceramic hob wired correctly?

My 5.8kw ceramic hob has been wired into a 30 amp junction box with the electric ignition cable of the old gas hob and then wired into the cooker switch with .6 mm cooker cable. Is this correct wiring?...
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How should my light be connected to this old wiring layout?

I live in a really old house and still have old wiring red (live) black and neutral. I've come to change my kitchen strip light and have an abundance of wires to connect to my new 2 wire brown blue ...
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How should this vintage wall-mount sink be mounted? Does not fit standard cast iron brackets

I'm planning to wall-mount a vintage 'Standard' victorian cast iron sink similar to the one in this question: Antique Cast Iron Sink Wall Mounting Support and Weight Issues?. That sink has two bolt ...
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Easy way to putting a kitchenette in the basement without having to cut through the floors

I would like to add a kitchenette in my basement so I can rent it. However I am in a really low budget and I don't want to destroy the floors. I would like to have a 2 burners electric stove, a small ...
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How do “infinite zones” in induction cookers work?

I'm considering switching from ceramic to induction. I noticed that several producers (e.g., Electrolux, Bosch and Siemens) advertise something like "infinite zones", where the size of an induction ...
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“Plastifying” rusty integrated dish drying rack (food contact)

I have a dish drying rack integrated inside a slot above my sink. It is now rusty but I haven't been able to find a new one with the right size, despite searching in many stores. Since the rusting ...
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Installing base cabinets - screwing to the wall and each other?

This weekend I'll be building a couple of base cabinets to replace some of the existing ones, which I assume are original to the house (circa 1960s). I consider myself handy but have never built ...
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cabinet hinges, crooked,uneven some will not close cabinet doors

I recently removed all cabinets to redo them. I had old brass or copper looking hinges. I wanted to change to nickel to match the rest of my kitchen.I have returned 4 different types of hinges because ...
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Lowering wattage in an existing halogen system

I just moved into a house that has under-the-cabinet halogen G8 100 watt bulbs. There are 12 bulbs under 4 cabinets that all work off the same switch so it's lit up like a Christmas tree! I'd like ...
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How do I remove the diverter valve from my double handle Pfister Glenfield kitchen faucet to fix my side sprayer?

When I turn on my sprayer on the side, the water still comes out the main spigot. It didn't do that when I first got the faucet.
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Pull Up All Laminate Boards Or Cut One Board in Doorway and Start From There

Now that I have installed Pergo XP laminate flooring I've discovered that there is a soft spot from the doorway which transitions from the kitchen into the dining room. When walking into the dining ...
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Recessed Light Placement

Im a DIYrs when it homes to simple home remodelling. Am doing a kitchen upgrade all around. Bought this house and lot of stuff has gone wrong, so on, not going into much details. Only thing now is ...
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How do I fix a bowed-out kitchen cabinet?

The base kitchen cabinet has 3 large drawers. The drawers fall off the track wheels because the vertical cabinet walls are bowed outwards.
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Is kitchen sink drain water toxic?

I've had a partially blocked kitchen sink for a few days and have had a few dishes that have been laying in the water that's flowed up from the sink drain for a few days. These have developed a ...
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Fan in (UK) fan oven scraping against heating element

I have a fan oven at home that's only a few years old. About six months ago it started intermittently emitting a horrific sound, that I was able to trace to the fan at the back of the oven scraping ...
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Sealing a cooktop to the counter? Manufacturer says no

I'm in the process of installing a Wolf CG365T/S gas cooktop, and according to the manufacturer's instructions, I am specifically instructed not to seal the cooktop against the counter. I'm inclined ...
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Electrical appliances on one outlet

Firstly, this is in France so we're talking 220V power. I've got two new single/individual induction hobs. They're both 2100W at full blast. I'm replacing a double hob unit where one hob was 1900W ...
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Changing slim line range hood to proper rangehood

we are redoing our kitchen and would like to change the existing slimline rangehood to proper rangehood with wall ducting. We need to to draw another hole in the wall above the current hole? or can ...
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GE Dishwasher - Control Pad Buttons Won't Respond (gld5660v00ss)

I have a GE gld5660v00ss Dishwasher that no longer responds. The "Normal Wash" and "Heated Dry" buttons are lit, but no other buttons respond. The Start button does nothing, and none of the other ...
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Do I use grout to install my travertine backsplash?

We just purchased 3x6 tumbled travertine backsplash. Do you have to have a grout line or can you install without. Will it stay up?
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convert pendant ceiling box to recessed type light

I took down the kitchen island ceiling fixture - now there is just the 2" deep (or so) electrical box. I want to have a "pot" type light there - but there is not room above it for a can fixture. Is ...
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Warming drawer sliding open during use

Thermidor warming drawer keeps sliding out I have tried leveling,really difficult. Is there another solution
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How to clean oxidized stainless steel Espresso maker?

I left my Bialetti coffee maker too long on my inductive stove. It got red hot for a moment and has now a nicely oxidized base. Is it possible or advisable to clean it so that it looks new?
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Replaced an oven heating element now there's smoke coming from my oven?

I'm scared to leave my oven plugged in. I replaced the bottom one after it burned out. (I have a glass top oven) and plugged it in and than I smell electrical smoke than I see it coming out. Did I ...
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Repair damaged kitchen cupboard door laminate

I have white gloss laminate on my kitchen doors. The cupboard next to oven has cracked and peeled on the corner quite badly. Is it possible to repair the covering or can I buy a sheet of the ...
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GFI outlet and light switch

Does a GFI outlet need it's own wall box, or can I have a GFI and a light switch, both with separate incoming lines and outgoing loads, in the same wall box? Thanks.
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Removing Danish Oil spills [duplicate]

We recently recoated our worktop with Danish Oil and noticed later that some oil had dripped down our silver effect washing machine. We have tried soapy water and white spirit but can't remove the ...
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KItchen backsplash tile cut too short and grout line too thick

I just had my back splash installed in my kitchen and the tiler cut one section a bit too short. The grout went up today and the area is thicker then any other areas and very noticeable especially ...
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open kitchen - but why [closed]

Maybe because i come from Eastern Europe, where we have separate rooms for kitchens but I really don't understand why open kitchens are so popular? Are they practical in any sense? My assumptions ...
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Range hood exterior vent close to window?

I'm looking to install a vented range hood for the electric range in my kitchen. The kitchen has only one outside wall, which is mostly window, with a cast-iron radiator and a chimney for my oil-...
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Are these blue spots on stove coil cups poisonous Verdigris?

I live in the USA and have one of these stoves: For me who comes from Europe, the design of these stove tops always baffles me compared to flat (metal or glass) stove tops seen across Europe (it ...
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Scotsman Ice Machine DCE33 will not eject ice [closed]

The Scotsman Automatic Ice Machine DCE33 continues to run water and the ice cubes don't eject? Help!!!!
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Heavy Duty Floating Shelves for Kitchen

BACKGROUND: Remodeling our kitchen and SWMBO wants open shelving on one wall versus piecing together 10' of upper cabinets. The lower cabinets on this wall will actually have a big 33" sink and lots ...
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What's the deal with half-walls behind the kitchen cabinets? Can I cut into it?

So I've recently moved in to a new house and the kitchen has two "blind cabinets" but no real good place to put my cat's food and water where it will be out of the way. So I got this brilliant idea ...
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Getting a countertop dishwasher to work in a convenient manner

I purchased a Koldfront countertop dishwasher for an old home I've just bought. I'm up to my knees in expenses and projects, so I don't want to get into anything major, like having a plumber trying ...
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Washer and dryer in a recessed nook - how do I support a countertop above?

So I have a recessed nook about 64" wide and 30" deep (it fits my washer and dryer side by side, plus a 6" narrow cabinet pull-out). I'm planning to have a (probably quartz) countertop installed. I ...
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When NOT to use GFI outlets

Recently renovated a kitchen, including adding 2 GFI outlets: one by the sink and one on the opposite wall near stove. City inspector ordered that the one by the sink be removed. What reason would ...
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How to cleanly remove a section of countertop

The counter in this kitchen has a section that is narrower than the main section due to having a door next to it. Although the previous solution has impeccable taste, its just not my style. (see ...
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I Don't know how I can I make my kitchen sink drain down pipe intersect with the “p” trap?

I have replaced my kitchen counter top and sink, The new drain is in a different position. The drain down pipe does not run into the "p" trap at a straight vertical, no matter what I do with the other ...
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Is it acceptable to install new cabinets parallel with the floor rather than plumb and level?

My house sits on a slab that is currently not level. Given that I have plans to correct the foundation issues in about 1.5-2 years, does it make sense to install the cabinets so that they are squared ...
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Should I run the tap while dumping boiling water?

It seems to be common advice to run the cold water while dumping boiling water down the drain (for example, when draining pasta). A variety of reasons are cited for this, one of which is that it is ...
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Can I change an under mount sink for a drop in?

i want to change my kitchen sink without changing the counter top. Can I use the cutout of my undermount sink to install a new dropin sink?
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How to remove tap valve within shroud (Franke ascona mixer tap)

I'm trying to replace the cold tap valve on a Franke Ascona mixer tap. The valve is slightly recessed in a non removable shroud. The new replacement valve fits a standard 14mm socket set which I can ...
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Can I install a hardwood floor in the kitchen?

I don't know if I can install a hardwood floor in my kitchen. What would you recommend ? Thank you so much Camille
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Troubleshooting Jenn air cooktop issue

I purchased a used Jenn Air Cook top range (model c238b-c) to replace an older existing one (c221-c). Both units are the typical counter top with 2 slide-in double cook top element carthridge, and ...
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Removing a Rayburn Solid Fuel Cooker - Issues to consider

I have a solid fuel Rayburn Regent cooker (essentially an Aga) with built in boiler in my kitchen, which I want to remove. It is no longer connected to the heating system, but appears to be connected ...
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Kitchen backsplash tile (24“ x 1.5” x 1/2") to drywall; which mortar & trowel notch size?

I will be installing kitchen backsplash tile to a drywall. tile size: 24" width x 1.5" height x 1/2" depth tile type: limestone tile Which mortar or mastic would you recommend as well as trowel ...
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Cannot remove the Delta kitchen faucet spigot from the base

I have a Delta kitchen faucet that began leaking many months ago. I tried to fix it today so I'm following instructions online that tell me to take out the spigot so the o rings can be replaced. ...
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Kitchen sink: what is the difference between left and right section?

My kitchen sink consists of two parts. Each of these parts has its own drain (marked A and B on the picture below). Each of them has also an own stopper (C) / stainer (D). Why are the drains ...