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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Should my chimney cooker hood have a flue?

I have a chimney-style cooker hood over my hob. Today I removed the cover from the chimney, expecting there to be a flue behind it going outside the building, but there wasn't. Does this mean that ...
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Is an oven heating element polarized?

I just took out an oven heating element without paying attention to which wire was hooked up to what end. Does it matter how I hook it back up?
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How can I get rid of the old wood/furniture smell?

I've just bough a place, renovated it a bit. The kitchen looks to be in decent condition, but I get that smell of old wood/furniture. How do I get rid of that? I mean it's only for month or two, I ...
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Kitchen Wall Type

I own a home that was built in 1959. I am getting ready to start a full remodel on the kitchen. I plan on widening the door way..etc... I cut out a small test area of the wall,and the material was 1" ...
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Should the entire element on my burner on top of electric stove turn red when turned on?

I just bought a new Frigidaire electric range. On top of stove burner the element does not turn completely red. Should the entire element turn red? Not just partially.
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How do I wire a brand new cooktop that has no white neutral wire?

My old cooktop which is being replaced connects to a j-box with black, red, white, and bare ground wires, which goes to a 40 amp circuit breaker (US here, noticed this site is popular with Europe ...
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Kitchen receptacle sparked and now has no power

My Aunt plugged in a device and the receptacle sparked. Now she has no power. The breaker did not trip and the GFI will not reset.
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Looking for a splashback pattern in kitchen using 3 or 4 different square tile colours

Im adding some ceramic tiles to a splashback in my kitchen, Im using square ceramic tiles. I dont want to use just one colour, andusing two only really offers me a chequerboard pattern so I was ...
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Why does my kitchen faucet stop and start at full pressure only for a split second, both cold and hot?

My kitchen faucet stops and starts at full pressure only for a split second, both cold and hot. This has been going on for about a month. I moved some plumbing over 4 feet in the basement 3 months ...
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Fridge keeps turning off and only back in when I flip the circuit breaker off and back on?

just wondering if anyone has any ideas, we got home and opened the fridge and the light was off and the fridge was off completely, my husband went downstairs to look at the breaker box and the ...
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Do integrated condenser tumble dryers exist?

We're looking to fit a condenser tumble dryer into a kitchen unit. It is possible to buy both integrated and free-standing vented dryers, but only a free-standing condenser. Searching the internet we ...
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Prepping an uneven and damaged kitchen wall for glass tile

I want to put up a glass backsplash in the kitchen with the rectangular glass tiles, but the drywall is damaged where the old backsplash came off. It is also very wavy and uneven. What is the best way ...
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Do I need a damper on both ends of the ducts on my kitchen range hood/extractor?

My new kitchen range hood is compatible with both 3-1/4" x 10" rectangular ducting and 7" pipe ducting. It includes a damper for the 3-1/4" x 10" format, and an adapter plate for 7" - no damper was ...
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How to repair (or hide) chipped kitchen cabinets

Our tired old kitchen is getting a make-over! Is there a method to repair damaged laminate-chipboard cabinet doors? As you can see in the photo the base has chipped away and it is very flaky. I'm ...
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Tile veneer cabinets / fix veener damage

My wife would like me to put in a tile backsplash for the kitchen. She really didn't like the granite backer, so I had to pull it off. Problem is, the granite was glued onto the cabinet, and when I ...
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kitchen faucet is stuck and we need help

my husband is trying to remove a kitchen sink at his parents house. it is a three piece faucet. the handle to turn the water on is being held on by some gold clamp. it is in the shape of a pac man ...
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What to fill the cut in quartz counter top with?

My wife an I had a new quartz counter top installed in July. In autumn the seam between two pieces expanded and if there was a sealant between the two pieces to also separated. With further weather ...
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Kitchen Remodel Order

We're looking into doing a basic remodel of our kitchen: replace current tile with new tile, reface cabinets (maybe replace a couple of cabinets), replace back-splash and replace the counter-top. ...
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Why do small vents at top of garbage disposal blow out water when sink drains?

I just finished replacing the mounting gasket of my In-Sink-Erator Badger 5 as I thought that was the cause of occasional water on the floor of the kitchen cabinet. Admittedly I never diagnosed the ...
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Dual dimmer switch wiring

I have a dual switch with L1 L2 and L2 on each, wire 1 (red) is connected to both L1s using a loop. The other two wires are connected each of the L2s i.e. W2 (Blue) is connected to L2 on switch one ...
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Why does my whirlpool ice maker make ice, quit for several weeks, then start again?

I have a Whirpool side-by-side with an in door ice dispensing system. I have been having an issue with the ice maker for some time now. I thought the ice maker was defective because it would make ...
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How to attach metal knife rack to tile without ruining tile?

I'd like to attach a magnetic, metal knife rack to a tile back splash in the kitchen of my rental apartment. The tile is glazed white and the attachment points on the rack are small (about 0.9 sq in ...
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Can I add a dimmer switch for lighting to a GFI circuit in Kitchen?

Goal: I want to add some under cabinet lights in my kitchen and control them all from an in wall dimmer switch. Problem: I have 3 outlets in my kitchen. One is a GFI outlet, but the other two are ...
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Why does my kitchen sink not drain properly after I don't use it for a while?

I can't figure out why my kitchen sink drain keeps clogging. I've bought several bottles of Draino type stuff and they work for a day or two. But if I don't use my sink much in 2 or 3 days and then ...
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How should I prepare a sub-floor for porcelain tile?

I am removing a laminate tile floor. There looks to be 2 layers of 3/4" Plywood as the sub-floor. Do I remove 1 layer of Plywood and install 1/2" concrete board or leave the plywood and install 1/4" ...
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Why would our kitchen faucet hot water stops working intermittently when it gets cold outside?

The cold water works great and has never stopped. But sometimes, when it gets really cold outside, the hot stops working. And then, magically, it will start working again. There is no drop in ...
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What type of tube does this fitting take?

It is a UK 240v kitchen fitting, I know the tube needs to be about 600mm long, but I don’t know if it needs a T4, T8 or whatever type. (The old tenant removed the tube and did not replace it, so I ...
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How can I replace this corroded metal P-Trap with a new PVC trap?

I have a big problem at my apartment, the metal p-trap has a hole under my kitchen sink drain pipes due to corrosion, I was told I could temporarily fix it applying epoxy, but I would rather fix the ...
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What tube should I use for a kitchen rail?

I am building a kitchen rail for hanging utensils and frypans along the wall and need some help choosing the right tube size for the job. Because I'm renting the place I don't want to drill any ...
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Should I install the exhaust hood outlet through the chimney or house wall?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of implementing an outlet of a kitchen exhaust hood through a chimney or directly through the outer wall of the house? There are unused chimneys in the house ...
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What type of adhesive should I use to attach metal to vertical tile?

I'd like to attach a magnetic, metal knife rack to a tile splashback in my kitchen. The tile is glazed white and the attachment points on the rack are small (about 0.9 sq in of metal). The rack weighs ...
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Finding a normal looking kitchen faucet with side spray and filter [closed]

My current kitchen faucet is apparently cheap junk, installed by a previous owner of contractor who did not give a damn. It now needs replacement because it is leaking. Apparently, the reason it is ...
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Can I knock down this wall without the whole place collapsing?

I have a partial kitchen wall I'm trying to tear down. I took out the ceiling drywall and there are long joists running perpendicular to the wall which made me think the wall might be weight-bearing. ...
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How to fix a pedal bin into a kitchen cupboard as a swing-out bin?

I want to fix our pedal bin into the kitchen cupboard such that when the cupboard is opened, the bin will pivot out (preferably with lid open) - i.e. imitating a commercial product (just as a random ...
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How do I remove the dome of this light fixture?

How do I go about removing the dome to replace the lights. I found online that similar light fixtures, one of the 3 "fingers" have a spring. But on mine, that doesn't seem to be the case. I tried, ...
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How can I determine the style, design, and manufacturer of this tile?

We are extending our kitchen and need to match the backsplash tiles that the previous owner put in. Can someone please give me some information about these tiles? Style/Design/Manufacturer?
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How can I prevent my dining table from tilting?

I am building a dining table similar to this one - The problem, if you apply some pressure, the opposite ends lift up. In fact, that box underneath itself lifts up. One way is to add a big plate ...
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How can I insulate a room without tearing down walls?

The kitchen in my Philadelphia rowhome seems to have been....a last minute idea. From last winter, I'm almost certain there is no insulation involved in the room. Is there a way for me to do something ...
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I noticed this spacing on floor behind stove, seal it?

I noticed this spacing behind the stove, on the floor between wall and floor. Is this normal? Should I seal it with something?
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How can I prevent mold on the wall/particle board behind the kitchen sink?

Behind the kitchen sink I noticed this deteriorating situation happening so I took it apart until I found no more mold and then washed with bleach (1 tbsp to 1 gallon) and let it dry good. It's all ...
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Low voltage undercabinet wiring termination / NEC

I am nearing the end of the construction of a new home through a developer. I am specifying low voltage undercabinet lighting (circuit only) and will install LED strip lights after ...
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How to connect the wires when changing from standard to electronic ballasts?

I'm changing from an old standard ballast to an electronic type. Tried match the wiring but something went wrong as the tube doesn't light? When connecting the wires to the sides that the tubes are, ...
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How can I empty a bucket of stinky water under my sink?

Well, the kitchen sink was leaking and a family member stuck a bucket under there and never told anybody. The problem is the pipes under the sink actually go into the bucket and it is full of water ...
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How do I fix the low water flow of my kitchen sink?

Here's what I know. Our kitchen sink used to work fine, then one day the water flow was suddenly really low, like just slightly better than a trickle. We called our landlord about it, and so he came ...
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Why does kitchen light go off after 2 minutes

My over the sink kitchen light shuts off after 2 minutes. It was a recessed can light doing this. I thought it was the fixture so I replaced it with a drop down light using a cfl bulb and it still ...
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Is it safe to run the oven without insulation around it?

My oven had mice in it and made a nest. So I took all the insulation out of it too look for the mouse. This was because it smelled like a dead animal every time I turned on the oven so I cleaned it ...
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GFCI Outlets Wired Inline 2011 NEC

(1) I live in an older home with the kitchen "updated" in the 1990's. None of the countertop outlets are GFCI protected. Can they be properly wired with a GFCI outlet at the beginning of the wiring ...
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Installing thin slate (chalkboards) as countertops: proper method?

I'm buying some used grade school chalkboards to use as counter tops in our kitchen. I know this is done, as there are plenty of photos online, but the actual info as to how to install is scarce. Is ...
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Can I drain the main sink in a double sink (with a small disposal side) into the disposal, to prevent clogs from building up from food waste?

The main sink keeps clogging up--I'll use a plunger, Liquid Plumber, and/or a snake to clean it out and get it running nicely, and then it'll clog again within a week or so. To solve this, I'm ...
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Why do my fluorescent lights turn on slowly or not at all in the summer?

We live in Florida, and the fluorescent lights in the kitchen turn on very slowly (if at all) in the summer. Other clues are: They work fine in the early morning Later in the day (hot day) they ...