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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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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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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How to clean an induction hob from scorching?

After all water boiled, an empty teapot was left on the surface with turned on hob. You can see the spot on the photo. Is there some ways to fix or clean this? Induction hob BOSCH PIB673F17E.
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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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How far from the sink can we install the dishwasher without major remodel?

We are buying an old house built in 1935. We do not want to do a major kitchen remodel but we would like to replace the old portable dishwasher (that you roll over to the sink and hookup) with a ...
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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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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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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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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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Widening cabinets to fit a OTR microwave

Purchased an older home with odd custom kitchen cabinets. I am wanting to remove the ugly box range vent and add a box shelf and an OTR microwave, but the width between my side cabinets is 28 inches. ...
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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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Excess dishwasher water

I have noticed there is approx. 12mm of water left inside my dishwasher after the cycle is complete. Have check the filters and they are all clean and clear. Any suggestions as to what the problem is? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why isn't my mini fridge staying cold?

My mini fridge has full power, but I come home after a couple of days to find that the compressor has shut off and everything has defrosted and the fridge isn't cold anymore. I can turn the knob and ...
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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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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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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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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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Miele Speed Oven Installation

I would like to put a convection microwave oven over the counter and above my dishwasher so that I have counter-space that is clear for working. How would I attach the oven to the wall - it is an ...
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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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can i use an inline exhaust to vent a kitchen and bathroom?

I have 2 bathrooms and a kitchen that are currently unvented. I would like to install an inline exhaust fan to service all three. I will be putting the exhaust fan just inside a gable that will have ...
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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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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 convert my AC under kitchen cabinet lights to LED lights?

Under my kitchen cabinets I currently have 120 volt AC florescent lighting. I want to replace these lights with brighter LED strip lighting, which typically is run using 24v DC current. The lights ...
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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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How can I insulate kitchen vent to prevent cold air blowing through all the time?

Building code requires my kitchen to have a 15cmx15cm vent (besides the kitchen cook-top vent). This vent is basically a hole in the wall that reaches to the outside. The vent has grating on both ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I install a dishwasher under a 23 inch deep counter space?

We want to install a dishwasher in our kitchen, however the cabinet box is only 23" deep and dishwashers are usually 24 inches deep (as I understand). This would pose a problem when opening a bank of ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...