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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What could cause an old electric oven to run hot even when adjusted to the lowest setting?

I have an old (probably 1940s) Hotpoint stove/oven that came with my 1901 farmhouse. The cook-top works well enough to use but the oven runs in the neighborhood of 100 degrees F over what the dial is ...
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How to solve the problem of sticky Danish oil?

I ignored the warnings about not getting spray disinfectant on our oak kitchen surface which is finished with Danish oil, and now the surface has become really sticky, attracting dust and crumbs and ...
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Can I use flexible LED strips to get better lighting in my kitchen?

My wife and I really hate how the lights in our kitchen are central and overhead, making it so that when we cut vegetables or work on the counters, our shadow blocks the light from being able to see ...
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How do I remove this sliding drawer in my kitchen?

OK, so I for the life of me can not figure out how to take these drawers off of their slides. The ones I have used in the past have had obvious tabs to push in, or you just had to lift the drawer up ...
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How can I prevent the clanging of my extractor fan vent cover?

I installed this exterior vent for our oven extractor fan However, the metal plate in the vents keeps swinging open and closed when it gets windy and we can hear it in the house to the point where ...
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How can I build pull-down shelving for kitchen appliances?

We have a relatively small kitchen and having appliances like the microwave on the benchtop takes up space all the time when they're not being used. What I'd like to do is build some pull-down shelves ...
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Can I use silicone “window & door” caulk between a kitchen counter and backsplash?

I need to caulk my granite counter-top and ceramic tile back-splash. The big box store only has "kitchen" caulk in white, clear and almond. These colors are not going to work for me, I really want to ...
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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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How to resolve a drainage issue with aerator lower than the original outlet

I have an issue with the drainage of a new kitchen sink I installed. The old sink outlet was higher up (it was a more shallow sink) and more to the right. The same aerator was attached and the ...
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How big should a gap be between a built-in oven and a shelf for mounting a microwave?

I want to put a microwave on a shelf above a built-in oven. What gap should I leave between the top of the oven and the shelf?
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Where can I connect the ground wire when replacing my oven heating element?

My old heating element finally burned out and had to be replaced. That element is not made anymore, but an appliance store gave me the part # for a replacement that works for that oven. I took out ...
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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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Can I use another grout sealer after using Grout Boost?

I put Grout Boost in when I did the grout on my kitchen counter-top. Is it OK to put another sealer on top even though I used the Grout Boost in the grout?
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Why does our “granite” worktop mark so easily?

We had a new kitchen installed, supposedly by experts, but the "granite" worktop that was installed is really really fragile. I had expected a granite worktop to be hard and durable, but this is ...
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How do I install kitchen cabinets?

I am thinking of replacing all the cabinets in our kitchen. What is the process for installing kitchen cabinets? (Ie. best to start in corner, and work out? Top cabinets first?) Edit: We have two ...
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How can I cover the hole left by removing a kitchen wall fan?

We had an old exhaust fan that vented out through the kitchen wall. We removed it and drywalled over the hole, but are unsure how to cover the hole in the exterior siding. Is there a cover for this ...
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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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Are butcher-block countertops appropriate for a very hot and humid climate?

I am thinking of ideas for furnishing a kitchen - my first home - and I am thinking of using a butcher-block top for my counter. I have a few questions: I live in Singapore where it is very hot ...
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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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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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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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Why won't the GFCI-protected devices in my kitchen work even though they seem to have power?

I have a GFCI receptacle that will not reset, and all of the switches -- which are to my garbage disposal, dishwasher, and over-sink light -- will not work. I checked it with a voltage detector after ...
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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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What is the correct way to secure a gas standalone range?

Can somebody tell me the best way to secure a gas standalone range. If there is an earthquake, I would prefer that the range not slide around. It's on engineered flooring over 1-1/8" plywood.
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Can my floor support Kitchen Island?

I am installing a 5' x 3' kitchen island consisting of two base cabinets. Once I've installed the two base cabinets, SilestoneUSA will install a quartz counter top. My plan is to screw two ...
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What type of glue sticks to tiles?

I have some hooks that has a glued surfaced attached to it. They look like this, Image Courtesy: www.dhgate.com I bought a lot of them. Like 50-60. I used them almost everywhere. Mostly in ...
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How can I fix or stop moisture damage caused by the kitchen sink?

So we recently moved into a new place and it seems like the kitchen faucet use to leak at some stage and that the previous owners did fix this, but now behind the kitchen sink by the tiles, there is ...
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Should switches in a kitchen area have GFCI protection?

Do the switches on the wall and over the counter areas have to be on a GFCI protected circuit? As there is live power at the switch all the time, I would think this to be true, but I'm not sure.
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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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Is it safe to have a gas stove on the same circuit as a couple lights

I've always heard that stoves and ranges should be on their own circuit, but am not sure if that applies to only electric or both. We have a gas stove and I discovered recently that it is on the same ...
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Can I attach a kitchen vent and a dryer vent to the same exhaust?

I currently have a dryer attached to an exhaust vent with flexible tubing; this flexible tubing is in severe need of repair. That is (I hope) easy enough, and is not the crux of my question. The ...
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How do I properly cut pre-existing kitchen backsplash tile for new low voltage wall plates?

I'm doing a little bit of kitchen remodeling, overflow from my home theater remodeling. I'm adding some RCA input ports to a pre-existing low voltage wall plate that previously hosted just Cat5 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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When to stop a backsplash? [closed]

We have a kitchen with a U shaped with a peninsula that divides the kitchen and the living room/dining room. If the end of the peninsula is against a black wall, how far up the wall do we stop the ...
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Is an exhaust fan over a gas range required?

Are we required to have one in a standard kitchen with a gas range in a residential home? The big question is not how many CFM or ducted or not, just whether there is a requirement in the building ...
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Should second trap under kitchen sink S-trap be there?

My kitchen sink drains through an S-trap immediately below the sink to another trap (a P? a U?) in the basement below. The drain pipe then runs along the wall till it meets the main drain pipe shortly ...
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How can I protect a wall from flames of a gas hob?

The flames of our gas hob scorches the wall behind it and the chipboard panel next to it. Is there any material I can affix to those sides to stop this potential fire hazard from happening?
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When making kitchen cabinet doors out of plywood, what details will impact the final product?

I really want to replace our overwrought, baroque cabinet doors with flat panel doors. I want them to look good but I actually like the look of plywood. It seems from what I've read like I have to ...
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How do I install a glass tile backsplash on 1/2" drywall?

I am currently building a house and am at the point where the builder has just finished the drywall and is ready for the kitchen cabinets and countertops to be installed. There will be no backsplash ...
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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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How can I replace a kitchen cabinet hinge with no visible screws?

My kitchen cabinet hinge is broken. I want to replace it, but not really sure how because it is attached to the cabinet door without any screw (1). Anyone know a proper way to detach the hinge?
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Why can't the plumber fix my kitchen sink?

I had a professional plumber out today. He spent about 3 hours trying to unclog my kitchen sink. Finally he said there's something wrong with the drain because he can't get it fixed. So here I am with ...
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What is this rubber thing I found by the sink?

I found this rubber thing by the kitchen sink of my new place and I'm trying to figure out what it is. Any ideas? it looks like some kind of stopper but it doesn't seem to fit anything I see.
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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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Is it safe to use a portable microwave in a confined shelfspace?

I have an 900 watt emerson microwave that looks similar to this one: It weighs about 30 pounds and the outside dimensions are about 19" (W) x 16" (D) x 12" (H). We normally have it sitting on the ...
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Duct and fan requirements for stove hood

I have a commercial range, 36x24" on which I do things like stirfrying for 30 people using a 24" wok. Our hood which advertises 900CFM is performing poorly. It uses a 6" duct which has to run up 3' ...
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Can I install a (probably ductless) range hood against brick?

I'm thinking about making an offer on a 1930's house that needs a few improvements. The gas stove/range isn't situated against an exterior wall. Rather, it's placed against the back side of the brick ...
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Do I need bracing for 12“x55” shelves?

I am installing new shelves in my pantry, 12" x 55" with walls on three sides. The shelving material is laminate over particleboard. Considering how heavy a shelf full of canned goods is, can I get ...
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Can I remove one side frame of the cabinets above the refrigerator?

The space for the refrigerator is more narrow than I'd like. Both sides have a wall/panel extending from the cabinets above. The space is 33"w x 72"h. The new fridge would likely by 36"w x 70"h ...