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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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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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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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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Can I move the kitchen to the living room?

I am thinking to buy a ground floor flat and am wondering is it possible to move the kitchen to the reception room. There is room to put it to the right as you walk into the room as an L-shape. ...
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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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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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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 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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If polyurethane is not food safe, why is it used on dining tables?

Why do online sites say that polyurethane isn't food safe, and is there some way I can use it on my kitchen worktop and still be safe? I don't prepare or store food directly on it or use it as a ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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How do I install a water line for a refrigerator in a galley kitchen?

My sink is on one side of my galley kitchen and the fridge is on the other. The living room doorway is between the water line to the sink and the fridge. The house sits on a slab so there is no ...
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Why did our kitchen faucet stop working?

No water comes out of my kitchen faucet when I turn it on. Every other water outlet in the house is working fine, and the kitchen faucet was working fine until the last time we used it (two days ago). ...
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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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Primer scraping off

We primed our kitchen cabinets after washing them with regular cleaning supplies. We did not sand. The primer will peel off if we scrape it with our fingernails. What should be our next step?
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Can I build a garbage chute that connects the garage for residential use?

My current home has the kitchen adjoining to the garage. Most of the really smelly garbage is generated in the kitchen. The big garbage can and recycling bins live in the garage. Is there an ...
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Can I use a vent that was over an electric oven for a dryer instead?

I just bought an apartment built in 1980 and it does not have a washer and dryer. There is a vent above an electric oven. I am remodeling the kitchen and moving the oven to the other side of the ...
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How do I troubleshoot my electric oven?

I've got a Kenmore electric oven, model no. 911.94391790. The other day, the oven was on bake mode @ 350° I heard it make some funny beeping noises and the clock/display area started to flash random ...
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Does water run through a kitchen faucet sprayer when the faucet is off?

I was attempting to replace my faucet sprayer and hose today and discovered that the hose I bought was not compatible with the faucet. I bought a hose that screws on, the one on the faucet has some ...
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Kitchen sink backing up problem

I have side by side sinks in the kitchen. When one sink drains, it backs up into the other sink. I have removed the trap and it is clean, however, the problem still exists. What am I overlooking? How ...
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What is a good way to cat-proof (or child-proof) kitchen cabinets?

Our 6-month-old kitten has figured out how to reliably open kitchen cabinets at floor-level, by standing on his hind legs and grabbing the knob. What are some good ways to make it harder for him to ...
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Can I bore my own hinge holes?

I'm scheming to reface my kitchen cabinets with sustainable lumber (looking for FSC certified or salvage) and trying to figure out what my options are. Our existing hinges aren't much different from ...
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Will having reversed hot and cold damage my faucet?

On our old kitchen tap handles, the cold is on the left side and hot on the right. The new taps are the exact opposite, cold being on the right and hot on the left side. Is it okay to just connect ...
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How can I remove the screw from a double demountable hinge?

I am replacing the double demountable hinges on my cabinets. Most of them are a breeze, but two of the narrow cabinets don't have the cutouts; instead, they just removed the plate and screw from the ...
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Why do I have almost no water pressure after installing a new kitchen faucet?

I installed a Price Pfister 533 single control kitchen faucet today, and for whatever reason my water pressure is next to nothing. It was perfectly fine before. What is wrong and how do I fix it?
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How can I attach stainless steel utensils to aluminium posts?

I am trying to attach aluminum posts to stainless steel eating utensils so that I can then screw the posts into my kitchen cabinets. The directions said to use bonding glue, but I've tried JB Weld ...
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What should I do about paint flaking away from an area with moisture in the wall?

We have a very old cottage (built in 1650) that we have just completely refurbished from top to bottom. Because it is stone & brick and had a major problem with damp when we first purchased it, we ...
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Why isn't my mini fridge getting cold?

I recently got a mini fridge from my neighbor. He said he didn't want it because it wasn't keeping his food cold. I examined it and it is a brand new mini refrigerator in good condition except for the ...
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What replacement florescent lamps can I use?

One of the lamps has gone on the under cabinet lighting in our kitchen. I did have a big stack of spare florescent tubes I bought some years ago. But now looking on the internet I can't find any ...
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How to fit kitchen cabinets to corners that are not 90 degrees

I'm currently designing a replacement kitchen for my house. The kitchen is U shaped so going across three walls of the house. The middle wall is not 90 degrees to the other two, it is more like 105 ...
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How do I connect 4 electrical wires to a 3-phase cooktop?

I need to connect the wires to my new IKEA cooktop. I learned from the website that the wire colors normally mean, blue=N, brown=L, and yellow/green=PE. However, I have a (3-phase) cable with 4 ...
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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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Can I add/install overhead kitchen cabinets without a wall?

Setup In my current kitchen, I have a semi-decent (yet always inadequate) amount of cabinet space. I would like to add some overhead cabinets over the peninsula. However, being a peninsula, there is ...
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What type of island hood do I need?

I have a 30 inch induction cooktop and a 15*20 inch electric grill on a peninsula. The peninsula separates the kitchen from the family room - no wall on that side. We use the grill a lot for chicken, ...
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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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Is a water pressure booster pump with an induction motor suitable for kitchen tap use?

The water pressure in my kitchen is too low to achieve a reasonable flow rate through the kitchen tap. For many years I have fitted a series of booster pumps which are activated when water is flowing ...
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Why do my appliances show two sets of power consumption ratings and which one applies to my house?

Aptos, CA, USA I'm trying to determine how much power my electric oven is using (as part of a larger project to possibly upgrade our electrical service (with help from a licensed electrician of ...
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How do I seal a 4+ mm gap between skirting board and slate tiles?

I have a slate kitchen floor and wooden skirting on the walls around (no beading). At some points around the wall there are gaps of around 4 mm or more. I was thinking of simply stuffing paper in ...
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How do I prevent shadowed areas when installing recessed lighting in a vaulted ceiling?

I'm building a house, and it has a high vaulted ceiling in the kitchen. I already bought recessed lights, but I'm worried that with the inclination of the ceiling, the light over the sink area won't ...
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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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What techniques can be used to buff a stainless steel sink?

Hypothetically, say I was too aggressive using a bucket in a new stainless steel sink. Hypothetically, say the sink now has some scratches. I used an oxalic acid based cleanser (Bar Keepers ...
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Which comes first - Flooring or Kitchen Remodel?

My wife and I are going to upgrade multiple parts of our house but we really want two key areas completed first, but we're not sure where to start or if we should do then at the same time, which is ...
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Will greenboard retard mold growth?

I have had problems with mold in my kitchen behind the sink cabinet a couple of times. I have gutted the sink cabinet, the drywall behind it and the lazy susan area, leaving the countertop in place. ...