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 much ventilation space does a refrigerator need?

The person who built our refrigerator cabinet box only left 1" for ventilation at the top of the refrigerator. Is this enough space for proper ventilation? There is a 1" gap on either side, and a 4" ...
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how to level uneven plywood floor for tiling?

I have an old house that's built on pillars and has shifted a little over time. We are remodeling the kitchen and just ripped up many layers of creatively installed flooring. We are down to the ...
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Why has my water filter made my water less clean?

A few years ago I installed a Whirlpool under sink water filtration system that I purchased from Lowes, as part of a kitchen renovation. I've just replaced the carbon filter again (following the ...
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Connecting an oven

i'm trying to connect my oven.I live in Europe,Greece so the voltage is 220-240.Behind the oven there are 5 screws which you connect and tighten the wires.But i don't how which one goes where.I have ...
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How do I install cabinets on a floating hardwood floor?

We just purchased a bunch of cabinets for installation of a bar / kitchenette in the basement. There are 4 wall cabinets and four base cabinets. These are going to be installed on the existing ...
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range hood with an offset

We have an old and rusty range hood in our kitchen that needs to be replaced. It is 42" wide (over a 31" cooktop). The problem is that the vent opening is not at the center of the hood (see picture). ...
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How do I connect my kitchen sink sprayer

I just bought a house, and the first thing to break is the spray hose for my kitchen sink. It was added recently, and I'm unable to find any brand listed to help me understand the parts, or even what ...
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What decibel range would be considered a “quiet” range hood?

I would like to buy a quiet range hood. Can someone please tell me how many decibels I should look for?
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Using the oven wall outlet to plug in a dryer?

Is it possible to use the 240v outlet in your kitchen for the oven to plug a dryer into? (For those of us without washer/dryer hookups) and then vent it out through the kitchen window? Thanks so much! ...
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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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Need to push fridge back but don't want to squish water line

So I bought a new fridge that happens to be a little deeper than counter depth. After getting the fridge to our house, we realized that our cabinetry is designed for counter depth. We actually like ...
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Do I have to provide better support when hanging a range hood from soffit framing?

I recently purchased a house and am currently renovating my kitchen. I have gutted the kitchen and changed the wall between the kitchen and living room to a half wall. The design I have now is setup ...
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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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How do I install a “Lite in the Box” (brand) faucet?

I have a Lite In the Box kitchen faucet that provides two flexible supply tubes for attaching to water supply. These supply tubes have two o-rings on the faucet end and are attached last in the ...
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How do I remove a stuck kitchen aerator tip?

I recently moved into a new apartment and need to remove the aerator tip on the Moen kitchen faucet to set up the countertop dishwasher I brought with me from my previous apartment. It was missing the ...
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Kitchen flooring

If I get new kitchen cabinets and linoleum flooring and a new dishwasher should I put the linoleum under the cabinets and dishwasher first.
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Moving kitchen into dining room

I have recently purchased a 1930's very typical London terraced house- little rectangular kitchen at the back next to a formal separate dining room. I have attached the floorplan. I am going to build ...
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Annoying refridgerator door

When I open my fridge to get stuff out (which take a short while because I need to snoop around), the door slowly goes back towards the closed state. It never closes all the way and I've checked with ...
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How to clean pine wood floor (kitchen)?

I bought an older apartment with wooden floor, so I have no idea what kind of wood is it, what protection was used for it and what actually is that dirt. I was trying to clean it with soap water. ...
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How to polish Corian countertop?

I have a Corian countertop that has seen many years of wear and tear. I'd like to sand and polish it however the instructions that came with the countertop recommend Hope's Countertop Polish as the ...
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Why do some of my IKEA Utrusta not work sometimes?

In my kitchen I have four IKEA 40cm Utrusta lights, which are attached to each other. Sometimes, the outer two light up, but the middle ones do not. How can I debug this and how can I fix this?
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Should I change from fluorescent to LED lighting in the kitchen?

I bought an old home and put two large 14 in. round fluorescent lights up, thinking it would supply plenty of light. There's also a recessed light over the sink. It's still dark in there. I've been ...
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In IKEA kitchen marketing, what does 'kvm' mean?

This page advertises an IKEA demo kitchen. In the panel just below the main image, it quotes the following: £3,060 without appliances 12 kvm What does 'kvm' mean? Is this a Swedish name for ...
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How do I reapply travertine tile used for a backsplash on my kitchen wall

I originally used to double-sided sticky paper to install my travertine tile pieces to the wall, but some have come off and some are loose. We didn't space them at all just did a pyramid type ...
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Why energy saving bulb flashes when the switch is off?

I have a energy saving spiral light bulb in my kitchen. In exactly every 27 seconds, the first segment of the bulb faintly flashes when the switch is off. And not once, repeatedly every 27 seconds. ...
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Move Kitchen to Living Room-Unit

My unit is on the ground floor, I am thinking to combine kitchen and living room to create an open kitchen and renovate original kitchen to a bathroom/Laundry. I know it sounds crazy and probably ...
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Kitchen cabinets - what thickness and type of backer board should be used?

When using a backer board for installation of cabinets, usually, at 34", 54"and 84", what thickness and type of backer board should be used? The walls in this old building remodel is plaster and ...
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Downsides of Linoleum (in kitchen specifically)

I am thinking of replacing tiled floor in my kitchen with linoleum (in Canada). I see a few benefits to it, 1) easy to wash 2) fallen glassware doesn't always break. However, there seems to be ...
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How to I fit a drawer into this cabinet? (Kitchen - no side panel)

My plan is to fit a drawer into the pictured space. (Apologies for the bad photo. It is for all intents and purposes identical to the one below but without the runners) Based on a fixture elsewhere ...
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Can a horizontally-vented kitchen exhaust have a downward-facing outlet in a soffit?

Can I vent a kitchen exhaust fan horizontally to an exterior soffit, ending with a downward outlet/cap? (Or must the outlet be horizontal (through a wall) or upwards (through a roof)?
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How well will LED strips hold up in a kitchen?

I am planning to install LED strip light in my parents kitchen. We have a chimney that is blocking out all the light over the stove top. The things I am worried about is Longevity of the lights. I ...
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Why doesn't my GE portable dishwasher always drain completely?

I've got a portable GE dishwasher, about 3 years old. Every 6 or so runs it seems the machine does not completely drain between cycles. After it beeps to say it's done I open the door and the bottom ...
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Which side of a shelf liner faces up?

I have a shelf liner that has bumps on one side and is smooth on the other side. It is non-adhesive. Which side faces up, or what are pros/cons of each? It looks like this:
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What is a good option for raising my kitchen sink?

We just moved in to a new-to-us house (build in 1986), and I feel like the kitchen sink is "too" low. I've just learned that "standard" counter height is 36 inches; I measure 35 1/4" from the floor to ...
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Why would the receptacles in the kitchen not have power after replacing one of them?

I replaced a receptacle, and made sure the wires were in the same order they were originally in when I hooked them back up. I turned power back on and there was no power to the receptacle I changed, ...
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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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HELP! Upgrading my kitchen to ceramic tile floor

So, I've decided to take on this big project. I have a 1/2" plywood subfloor with 3/4" MDF on top. Should I rip out my entire subfloor add a 3/4" t&g plywood then lay 1/2" plywood on top or am I ...
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update/refresh kitchen cabinets

I have builders grade cabinets. They are smooth fronts (sort of modern) they are dark brown and not varnished or stained. I think sort of melamine front....definitely a man made product...so I can't ...
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Can a stove be beneath a window

I'm upgrading my kitchen and after endless deliberating, feel that the kitchen is best laid out having the stove directly beneath a window (the window is about 8" above the stove). I was wondering ...
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How do you install a granite counter top as a floating shelf on a cement wall?

Here is a picture of the space, I want to install a vessel sink and a granite counter top. I would like to install it as a floating shelf and later add in the cabinets as I don't have them at the ...
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Looking for a splashback pattern in kitchen using 3 or 4 different square tile colours

I'm adding some ceramic tiles to a splashback in my kitchen, I'm using square ceramic tiles. I don't want to use just one colour, and using two only really offers me a chequerboard pattern so I was ...
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How can I open an overfilled drawer?

Does anyone have any bright ideas for how to open a drawer that has become jammed shut because it has been filled up too much? I've had a look at the underside and can get at the bottom of the drawers ...
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Breaker being tripped - Oven or wiring?

Recently, our oven was left on all day, and sometime during the day it tripped the breaker. Now, whenever the oven is used (only for heating pizza, so 10-15 minute timeframe), the breaker trips ...
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Fix Kitchen Faucet handle

The little handle came off. There is a loose piece inside the dome piece. Without it the handel doesn't stay in place. I don't know how to take it off and reattach it. The faucet doesn't leak. It ...
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Ceilling Joist Beam

My husband and I want to install 42" cabinets in our kitchen which presently have 30" cabinets with a soffit. (which we were planning on removing) Upon removal of side wall soffit we had no problem ...
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How can I protect a wall from flames of a gas hob?

The flames of our gas hob scorches the wall behind it and the chipboard panel next to it. Is there any material I can affix to those sides to stop this potential fire hazard from happening?
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Measuring clearance height for dishwasher

I am purchasing an 18" dishwasher but not installing it. I have to make sure it is the right size so that there are no issues when the installer comes. I have no idea how to install appliances. My ...
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Remove white stain from countertop

I moved into an apartment with new counter tops. I'm not sure what type they are, but I think they are formica. They also said "glaze." Which I'm guessing is some sort of laminate? Anyways, someone ...
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position of new gas range cooker

we are having a new kitchen . a designer from wren kitchens has told us that as there is a window to the side of the cooker aprox 20cm away this will not pass building regs as there may be a draft or ...
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Two IR switches for one cabinet light?

Wiring a led cabinet light. There's two doors and I have two IR switches. One switch works as expected. The other one you have to close the circuit , open it and close it again to get the light on. ...