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 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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How can I add a carbonated water tap in my kitchen?

I love carbonated water, but am sick and tired of buying it in bottles. There are home water-carbonating appliances like SodaStream, but I prefer not to have another countertop appliance. Can I ...
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Can I move my kitchen to the front of the house or any other ideas?

I recently purchased this 3/4 bedroom house. I liked having the additional room space downstairs (converted garage) but do not like how it is separated from the rest of the house. Also, the kitchen ...
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why does kitchen tap go cold when pressure is reduced

I have a mixer tap in the kitchen, when the pressure is medium or low the water is cold - i need to turn the pressure up way too high for the water to be hot. This is really annoying as the water ...
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Would it make sense to have a bathroom without a sink?

I had this idea to maximize the amount of space in my small bathroom, to redo it and the kitchen in one go, put the kitchen sink next to the bathroom, and skip the bathroom sink. A quick internet ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 long should I wait before plugging in a new refrigerator?

Today I received my new refrigerator, and I've been told not to plug it in until a couple of hours have gone by. Some people told me a couple of hours was enough, but others have told me up to 12 ...
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How should I tile under kitchen cabinets?

I currently have tile on the floor of the kitchen that just butts up to my cabinets. I plan to change the floors and also change the cabinets. Is is best to rip out all the cabinets and tile, and ...
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How many CFM for a range hood do I REALLY need?

I like to cook. I would like to put in a fairly powerful range (nothing huge, though; I don't need six burners and a griddle), and will need a hood that can carry smoke, heat, steam, grease, etc. from ...
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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 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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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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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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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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How to repair this cabinet door?

We had a small kitchen fire, which licked the cabinet door, creating small bubbles in the stain. I sanded the stain off, purchased a close-enough stain, and did this. The question is, how to make ...
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How do I repaint my kitchen cabinets?

I am doing my first home repainting and I'd like to ask a question. I need to repaint my kitchen cabinets. They are currently painted with a glossy ugly shade of green (don't ask). Moreover, it ...
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How to clean settled grease from kitchen cabinets?

I like to fry a lot (I am not fat though :)) so there is quite a lot of grease and oil fume buildup on my kitchen cabinets. I tried spraying and wiping, to no avail. Any idea how I can clean settled ...
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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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How to remove rusted remains of kitchen sink tailpiece?

While taking out an rusted tailpeice it broke and you can see what was left in the pvc pipe. How can I remove the rest of the tailpiece? Update: Also how would I know which tailpiece size to replace ...
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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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Tankless water heater and inconsistent water temperature

We recently brought a house that was built in 1927, and much of it has been updated. The previous owners put in a tankless water heater two years ago. Our hot water is very inconsistent. When someone ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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How can I convert my under cabinet lighting from halogen to LED?

Our kitchen has under-cabinet lighting that uses halogen 20 watt G8 socket bulbs. With 15 bulbs in the kitchen that is 300 watts. I'd prefer to replace them with 3 watt LED bulbs. I've been ...
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How do I remove spots from my new ceramic tiles?

I just laid dark brown ceramic tile in my kitchen. After grouting and cleaning I still have spots and round circles (from the cleaning bucket's bottom) on the floor. I have tried soap and water and ...
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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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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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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 ...