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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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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Single handle kitchen faucet - too sensitive finding warm

It's almost impossible to find warm water with my single handle kitchen faucet. It's either scalding hot or freezing cold. It's a little easier to find when using max pressure but not on lower ...
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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 ...
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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

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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Who should I contact about having my water tested?

I would like to know who I should contact other than the EPA about having my water tested I moved to this town 4 days ago and in those 4 days I now have boils over 25% of my body and a second degree ...
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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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How feasible is kitchen cabinet refacing?

How feasible is it? I live in a 1500 sq. ft. house with a 10x12 ft. kitchen, no island. It looks like the material won't cost a lot. If I were to hire someone, I think it will take them 2~3 days ...
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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 ...
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Fix Kitchen cabinets damaged due to fire

Please can you tell me what is the best way to fix these cabinets damaged due to fire. The right most cabinet has it's laminate peeling off and 3 other doors have some black stains. Is it best to just ...
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Michigan Kitchen Sink Electrical Requirements

Wondering what the NEC code requirements are for Residential Kitchen outlets. I was told that the two wall outlets on either side of the kitchen sink have to be on separate circuits. The kitchen in my ...
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Smart counter around kitchen sink

I am replacing my kitchen, and I'm going to use bamboo for the kitchen top. Imagine the rough layout where T = Top, W = Wall, S = Sink, R = Refrigerator. WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW ...
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Do you use tempered glass for kitchen cabinet doors?

Do you use tempered glass for kitchen cabinet doors? This is for uppers. I'm wondering if it's recommended, mandatory (I'm in CA, USA), or overkill.
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How to fix a chipped countertop

I recently remodeled my kitchen and while putting in the sink I had to remove it and i forgot to remove one clip and it ripped off a small piece of the laminate. So my question is if there is some way ...
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How should I finish a wooden countertop that will have a stovetop and a sink?

I'm doing a tiny house sort of project and plan to have a sink and propane camp stove inset into a wooden countertop. What sort of wood should I use, and how should I finish it to reduce the risk of ...
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circuit breaker

I have a 1959 ranch with a kitchen oven running off a 40 amp circuit breaker. I want to put in a newer slide in oven that says to have a 50 amp circuit breaker. How do I know if the wire is the right ...
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Previous owner didn't get permits for remodel, am I now liable?

Location is Hillsboro, OR (suburb W of Portland). I'm considering purchasing a house that had significant remodeling done a few years ago (kitchen and bathrooms incl. plumbing). If the previous ...
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Where can I connect RO drain saddle?

I'm trying to install an RO system and I have it 99% complete except the drain saddle. I don't see any room for me to install it. There's not enough space in the elbow and the vertical black pipe is ...
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Non IKEA dishwasher for IKEA Metod system

I have a kitchen finished with IKEA Metod system and a narrow, 45 cm wide non-IKEA dishwasher. Apparently the IKEA dishwasher front does not fit the typical dishwasher - Metod front's dimensions are ...
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How can I protect ultra thin paint on new kitchen cabinets?

I just got new kitchen cabinets, and the paint on the doors (which are hard wood) is ultra-ultra thin. It seems like it will scratch very easily. Is there a way to protect? They are being installed ...
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kitchen suction cups

I am trying to fix some suction cups to the kitchen tiles, which are very slightly bumpy. With the suctions I was given adhesive transparent backing to fix on the tiles or wood. I fixed one on the ...
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Two 20 amps GFCI outlets used for kitchen back splash

Is this properly connected or need to be changed? Note: Bare ground wire connected to both A and B metal boxes and to green screws on outlets A and B Wired used from main Panel to both A and B outlet ...
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Can I install reclaimed pine flooring over a floating subfloor?

I want to lay reclaimed pine floorboards over a newly laid concrete floor in a kitchen. Height from top of concrete to finished top of floorboards is 80mm. Boards are 20mm thick x 175 wide. I could ...
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How to make a 12“ deep wall cabinet face be 15” from existing wall

I'm remodeling my kitchen. First major remodel. I have purchased 12" deep unfinished stock cabinets. I would like to make the face of the 30x30x12 wall cabinet that will be above the stove/oven be ...
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Loud gushing noise when neighbour runs their faucet

I live on the 2nd floor of an 11 floor condo. Lately I have heard a loud gushing water sound under my kitchen sink when a neighbour runs their water. This occurs every time the neighbour turns on ...
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Finishing nails into treated lumber indoors… a disaster waiting to happen?

We framed out our new kitchen island with some leftover lumber, some of which is treated. Our cabinets came with some extra skin, which is roughly 1/8" thick, and we already attached it to our island ...