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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Wiring from Oven to Switch

At the moment under the oven switch the cable is plastered over (without capping) till it reaches under the counter; there it pops out of the raw plaster and is draped across the back of the units ...
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What are the substitutes for kitchen wall tiles above a kitchen counter?

Can anyone let me know what are the various options that we can use in place of ceramic wall tiles in kitchen (just above the kitchen counter)?
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Nothing Seems To Get Enough Power…?

I just moved into a studio that someone is renting out. They just finished putting in a new kitchen, including a new fridge and stove. However, today is my first day here and I have already noticed a ...
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cooking on a hot&humid day

I have 2 window air conditioners in my house. None of them seem to have a setting to bring in (a little bit of?) fresh air. When we cook, the house becomes a bit smokey. Also, the vapors of freshly ...
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Is this oven pilot light adjustable?

It's the summer, and my Americana oven pilot light seems to generate quite a lot of heat. I'd light to keep it on for convenience, but adjust it down if possible. I understand pilot lights often have ...
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Kitchen outlet and Light

I am roughing in my kitchen wiring currently and have separated the counter top outlets so that I have two per circuit. I also have a separate general lighting circuit in the kitchen. My question ...
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What are the differences between a thermoformed vinyl coating and melamine?

I'm about to purchase a set of kit set kitchen units, and I have a question about the difference between thermoformed vinyl coating on the cupboard doors etc, vs melamine coating. The difference in ...
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Should I add a grease trap to a long drain run from the kitchen?

My 1955 house has a 25 foot drain run from my kitchen to my main stack (~7 feet of bends, then ~18 feet straight along a back wall). It has clogged several times in various places, and I have had it ...
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What's the recommended drainage groove on stone counter top in kitchen? [closed]

We're having a kitchen done, with a new quartz countertop. We want to put some drainage grooves on the countertop by the sink. Our kitchen look is very modern. I wonder what the suggested length of ...
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How to cut center stile from cabinet?

I am considering adding full-length pull-out shelves in some of my kitchen cabinets, and this will require cutting out the center stile. I've seen advice elsewhere online about shoring up the top ...
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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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Should I expect a level ceiling when my kitchen was completely gutted?

My contractor is giving me the runaround. I really like the guy, but I feel like this is unacceptable. My new cabinets look off because of it. What should I do?
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How should I finish the area around the gas line for my range?

We are remodeling our kitchen and had a new gas line run for our range. What's the best way to finish the area around the valve? We'll obviously will need to access the valve and run flex pipe from ...
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Have these cuts for a gas line structurally compromised my studs?

We are in the midst of a kitchen remodel and yesterday had someone come and run a new gas line as we are making the switch from an electric to a gas range. This fellow is a well rated pro but I'm ...
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Who do I call, roofer or plumber?

Last fall, I noticed my first floor kitchen had a leak that dripped down through the lighting fixture. This happened during a pretty strong rainfall. There is a bathroom above it but it had not been ...
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Putty around a new kitchen sink drain

This may sound too simple, but I know nothing about it. My kitchen sink drain was replaced and a small amount of putty comes off around the diameter. I know that is normal but am I suppose to let that ...
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What could be causing my electric hob to leak voltage?

When cleaning my ceramic hob yesterday (wet, but not excessively), I noticed some voltage going through my wet finger when touching the shaft of one of the knobs (I had removed the knobs before). I ...
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Is drywall replacement necessary where a bulkhead was removed?

Is drywall necessary when bulkheads are removed and new cabinets will cover the space made by the removal? Are there safety issues if the drywall is not replaced?
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Add new outlet in pantry to one of the two existing 20 amp small appliance branch circuits

I am doing some remodeling in my kitchen. I currently have the required two 20-amp small appliance branch circuits powering the kitchen counter outlets. I have a small pantry/closet directly off the ...
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Why is foam coming out of the kitchen drain while washing dishes?

I am in Saudi Arabia using FAIRY liquid dish washer to clean my dishes after meals. Every time I observe that the foam is coming out of the drainage located at the kitchen floor during my cleaning of ...
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How can I get a 60 Hz refrigerator to work on a 50 Hz system?

I bought a refrigerator with 4 doors (model #: LMX31985st) in the USA, for use in Europe. I also bought the slow down converter. I'm afraid that the frequency in the USA is 60 hz, and in Europe it is ...
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How can I fix this gap in my kitchen counter?

Click for larger view. These pictures show the gap between my counter and the wall, and re-caulking is only part of what I want to do. It was suggested to me that the cabinet is coming apart from ...
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Can I move this drain line from the wall to the floor?

Here is my kitchen sink drain configuration: (The horizontal run after the trap is actually pitched correctly, not as drawn.) The portions inside the wall are galvanized steel pipe. Under the sink, ...
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Is it common to caulk around the edges of vinyl tile instead of going underneath wood paneling?

I have a guy going into a rental unit of mine to put in vinyl tile. I told him specifically that I wanted it under the base of the wall's wood molding (similiar to this stuff). He was put off by ...
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Is there a special type of screw to hang a light fixture onto the ceiling?

I am trying to hang a light fixture on the ceiling of my kitchen. What i have noticed from other light fixtures that I have hung is that it takes a special type of screw (or at least it seems like 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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How can I install a furnace register in a kitchen-cabinet toe kick?

I'm planning to install new kitchen cabinets. I'll be covering up the kitchen's existing sidewall diffuser with new cabinets, so I'd like to relocate it to a new register in the toe kick of the sink ...
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Connection for range hood from 8“ circular to 10”x3.5" rectangular

I am installing a new range hood for our kitchen. The duct exhaust at the top is 8" circular, but our old vent to outside is 10"x3.5" rectangular. I see what we could usually use a register boot but ...
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How to fix leak in ABS pipe going into cement

I discovered a leak in the drain pipe from my kitchen sink (and dishwasher) as it joins with the main drain in my basement floor. The leak is at a Y junction - the bottom of the Y is in the slab, one ...
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Brown Tile Floor Turned White

Living an older home with tile floors. Someone said I should clean it with mix of vinegar and water. I was actually cleaning a cabinet and spilled some of the vinegar and water solution and it has ...
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What is the easiest way to replace an existing backsplash?

I've got an unusual backsplash in my kitchen that I would like to replace. As you can see from the picture, there's about 6" of granite tile acting as a proper backsplash, but above that it appears ...
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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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Is this enough support for my countertop?

I am putting a new countertop in (Lustrastone, is like Durastone) that will wrap around an outcorner wall. Along one side is a 48" wide base cabinet and the countertop will be 38" deep. It will ...
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Can I use a pump to discharge kitchen sink waste water, rather than digging up the concrete?

We are installing a small kitchen in the basement. There is a full bathroom in the other corner of the area, same side as the planned kitchen. I could use some experienced recommendations for the ...
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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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What is the minimum distance wiring must be behind a tile backsplash?

I have a log home and would like to correct the kitchen counter-top receptacles. I have discovered the following problems that necessitate rewiring the entire kitchen (new cabinets/countertops were ...
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How to connect flexible tube to copper pipe

Underneath the kitchen sink, the faucet assembly has a copper tube that used to connect to a flexible pipe. The two have become separated as shown below: I have tried pushing the connector back onto ...
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SimpleHuman plastic slim trashcan cover won't stay on

I've got a SimpleHuman 40 liter plastic slim step can (http://www.simplehuman.com/40-litre-slim-step-can-black-plastic) and the lid will not stay on. When I press the foot pedal the cover pops off. ...
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Is it OK to have the kitchen drain and roof vent on the same line?

Can the kitchen drain wet vent be on the same vertical pipe as the air vent going out the 2" roof? I also have a sanitary tee attached on the top that attaches the vent for the washing machine. Just ...
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How can I disassemble this P-trap?

I have a double-basin kitchen sink, and the drain line from the garbage disposal is completely clogged. I've been unable to clear it with drain opener, so I'm looking at replacing the P-trap, but ...
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How can I hide exposed countersunk screws in kitchen cabinets side panel?

How do I hide screws on the side of a kitchen cabinet wall that has slightly countersunk screws? I will be painting my cabinets black.
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Should backsplash be tiled before or after installing kitchen cabinets?

I've been searching the Internet and all English-speaking web sites state that the backsplash should be tiled after installing the kitchen cabinets (both lower and upper) and countertops. In some ...
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How will a granite countertop on a floating island affect the laminate floor it sits on?

We are looking at upgrading our countertops to granite. We have a floating laminate floor under a movable island that we don't wish to anchor. The island would have a 40"x50" top surface. How does ...
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How do you access under a front loading washing machine drum to remove a trapped coin?

We had a coin trapped under our front loading washing machine drum (found out after it was removed). The washing machine engineer got it out by prising the lip of the inside of the drum upwards, ...
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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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Can I share the dishwasher or other appliance lines from adjacent room lines?

I've read the posts by Tim and Mitch posted in Sept. I'm remodeling the kitchen with all new wiring. I've never had a dishwasher, but will at some point. I only have enough space for a 24"er, so ...
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fitting a smaller range

when we bought our house, it had a very used 40" gas range. now that range has died. replacing with a new 40" range is very pricey ($2k+), and our cooking needs don't justify the size anyhow. i'm ...
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How can I stop kitchen sink caulking from peeling off after a few weeks?

We recently had a new metal kitchen sink and Formica counter-tops professionally installed, but the installer did not apply any caulking around the sink. During a follow-up call with the counter-top ...
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How do I make this large mold for concrete countertop?

I've been wanting to make a concrete counter-top for a long time but there's one section that is giving me trouble. The mold would have to be bigger than would fit on a standard 4' x 8' sheet of ...
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Can we use an under mount sink as a drop in?

We got a great deal on a sink, but then found out it is an undermount model. Our current one is a drop-in. We would not be able to add the support needed for an under mount. Has anyone installed an ...