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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Range hood ducting

Can a 90 degree duct be placed immediately at the horizontal outlet (3.25 in x 10 in ) ? If so, will it cause a certain level of "backdraft" whereby after the 90 degree elbow there is a 7 feet duct ...
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Should I use mastic or thinset for ceramic tile backsplash in kitchen?

I am about to install a tile backsplash in our kitchen, using these tiles, in 2" x 4" "mosaic" sheets. When I tiled my bathroom I used thinset (unmodified on the floor and modified on the ...
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Covering up ceiling damage

I have just started to paint my kitchen ceiling and the first white coat really showed up some surface damage we hadn't noticed before. It looks like the previous occupiers scuffed their fridge ...
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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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Burnt sheathing behind outlet

I heard buzzing and popping noises behind this kitchen outlet so I opened it up and it looks like this: What might've caused this? And to repair this, do I have to cut up the drywall and replace ...
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Adding a plug to a direct wire vent hood

I inadvertently bought a range vent hood that is a direct wire model instead of a plug in. Is there any reason why I couldn't run a grounded replacement plug with a wire to the unit in lieu of the ...
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Electrical receptacle inside kitchen cupboard? (California code)

Is an electrical receptacle allowed inside a kitchen cupboard by the California Electrical Code? (i.e. installed so that the receptacle face plate is on the inside back panel of the the cupboard, so ...
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Is it possible to add a water storage tank to fridge that doesn't have one?

I have a Whirlpool fridge model WRS325FDAM. I'm told it does not come with a water storage tank inside of the firdge that will keep the water line cool when dispensing out of the fridge. Is it ...
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What circuit does the samsung NE58H9970WS induction range need?

I tried looking through samsungs install manuals. The manually helpfully says the oven should only plug into the circuit with the correct amps - however it doesn't say what those amps should be. I ...
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How can I insulate a room without tearing down walls?

The kitchen in my Philadelphia row home seems to have been a last minute idea. After last winter, I'm almost certain there is no insulation installed in the room. Is there a way for me to do something ...
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How to Remove a Stuck Kitchen Sink Strainer

I have a two basin stainless steel kitchen sink. Whoever installed it did not use or properly apply plumbers putty and both sides leak. I went to replace it with a new strainer but can not get the old ...
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Maintainability of natural stone vs porcelain floor tile?

I am planning a kitchen floor retile project, I'm initially researching tile selection. I was comparing two tiles and someone at a big box retailer told me that while marble tiles look nicer, they ...
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Is there an online tool for designing kitchen layout?

I am looking at having my kitchen replaced. It is a tiny room no bigger than 6ft by 6ft. I would like to find an online tool that will let me drag and drop appliences and fittings into the room so I ...
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Does a garbage disposal and/or dishwasher need to be on a GFCI?

Part of me always cringes when I turn on the garbage disposal with a wet hand, which got me thinking... Does this thing need to be on a GFCI? And on that same thought, does the dishwasher need to be ...
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Do I still have a mouse problem?

Last saturday I was prepping some food when I see this little creature dash across the floor past me carrying a tiny piece of cardboard, on further inspection around the house I found a couple of very ...
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Gas ranges and the need for electicity

Does a gas range need any electicity to keep or start the pilot light going? or if there is a power failure will the gas range still work?
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Best place to put Microwave Oven

What is the best place to keep Microwave Oven in home? I thought to keep it my kitchen but my electrician said not to put it in kitchen along with LPG (but didn't provided any specific reason). What ...
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What is this kitchen cupboard arm?

Need to replace this arm as it is supposed to attach to a gas strut but the inside thread has been warn out, i just cant seem to find the name of it.
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What to do if average gas usage increased by 30x but they say there is no leak?

Not sure if this is the right place, but figured you guys may have some answers/suggestion of what to do? My average hourly gas usage has increased by 30x suddenly and the company said they will send ...
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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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Installing an air gap in a concrete countertop

I am remodeling my kitchen; pretty much all of the work except for installing a granite countertop. I am putting in a dishwasher (kitchen previously did not have one) and I would prefer to install an ...
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How do I wire a gcfi outlet in this situation?

While attempting to rewire a duplex receptacle under my sink to power a garbage disposal and a dishwasher (half-switched), I ran into a problem. The existing receptacle only had 12-2 romex and ...
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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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Stove-side table material

My apartment has a small gas stove, and I'd like to build a small table next to it to act as additional counter-space (as there's currently no counter-space immediately next to the stove) and also as ...
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What maintenance is needed for subway tiles?

I see many kitchens with subway tiles on their backsplash in design magazines, but this isn't a popular design here in Singapore. It seems like most people consider it a durable option, but I have ...
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Which Kitchen outlets do NOT need GFCI?

I have the 2 circuits in the kitchen with GFCI outlets, but I'm not quite sure which other ones do NOT need GFCI. Other circuits in the kitchen include Microwave, Fridge, and Dishwasher. It makes ...
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Range vent hood pipe

What type of pipe is best for venting my stove hood? Does flexy hose work or should it be hard pipe only?
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Why do I have low pressure when faucet is on hot but regular pressure otherwise?

I just bought a brand new Facto single handle ( hose assembly ) faucet installed it and everything was working fine but now the pressure has decreased to a dribble from the hot side but the pressure ...
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Tape on one side of hob extractor fan

I've recently moved into an apartment, and I wanted to clean the extractor unit above the hob as it is quite greasy-looking. The fan unit is double-sided (Electrolux EFG500), and on one side there ...
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How can I fill in a large hole in a granite kitchen countertop?

This isn't your regular faucet-change hole or a minor cavity - it's a really large hole someone made in this granite counter top. I'm renting this flat so replacing the whole counter is not an option. ...
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What kind of connection does this weird kitchen sprayer use?

This is the connection to my kitchen sink's sprayer attachment. What connection is this and where could I find a replacement. http://imgur.com/a/BPsiu Thank you!
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Can I drill smaller holes in granite?

Can I drill smaller holes in granite? I want to install aluminum shelves on a vertical backsplash behind the stove. I will need to drill 7 holes for screws and or mollies. If I can ascertain the studs ...
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What is this mysterious odor from the kitchen sink and how do I fix it?

The kitchen sink in our home has recently been producing an odd aroma - depending on the day, it's a mix of boiled eggs, sulphur, brackish water, or old food. What we have tried garbage disposal ...
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How to install crown molding or valance board around a cabinet?

I am replacing the cabinets in my kitchen and am going to be installing some crown molding (actually a valance board and then crown molding) around the top of the cabinets, as in this picture. The ...
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Unknown armature in a kitchen

Can someone explain me the function of following armature in a kitchen? The valve is probably for the dish washer, but what is the purpose for the metal thing below? It does not seem modifiable and ...
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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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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 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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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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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 ...