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 can I remove the stopper from my sink?

As you can see in the picture, in my infinite wisdom, I managed to block the kitchen sink with the stopper by placing it upside down in the sink, now I can't take the stopper out... Oops. Any ...
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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 can I stop the knocking sound when my new kitchen faucet is turned on?

My apt has a new but very cheap single-lever kitchen faucet w/ sprayer. It also has a new hot water tank in a lower cabinet. When I don't turn on my faucet for a while and then do so, 1-2 "knocks" ...
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What should I do about a gap between a kitchen backsplash and the cupboards?

Theres a small gap between the backsplash and cupboards, the gap is too small to cut strips of backsplash to Make it look normal. I have run out of ideas. Any of you pros got any ideas?
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p and s trap plumbing help

We installed new counters and along with it a new sink. The location of the drain on new sink is lower and much to the left of the old one. After rotating the trap, its still off from the drain by ...
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How do I level my plaster walls and to what level?

I am remodeling my kitchen and I removed a Formica backsplash from my plaster walls. In doing so the adhesive used to attach the Formica remained on about 50% of the wall. On the remainder of the ...
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Should our kitchen sink vent through the roof?

Our kitchen sink vent pipe goes up through the ceiling but not through the roof, should it go through the roof?
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How far from the sink can we install the dishwasher without major remodel?

We are buying an old house built in 1935. We do not want to do a major kitchen remodel but we would like to replace the old portable dishwasher (that you roll over to the sink and hookup) with a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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How to connect the wires when changing from standard to electronic ballasts?

I'm changing from an old standard ballast to an electronic type. Tried match the wiring but something went wrong as the tube doesn't light? When connecting the wires to the sides that the tubes are, ...
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How to untangle spring for kitchen faucet hose?

I'm trying to install a Grohe Concetto kitchen faucet with a spray hose. There is a long spring that is put over the hose in order to create the tension needed to help the hose return after it has ...
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How can I empty a bucket of stinky water under my sink?

Well, the kitchen sink was leaking and a family member stuck a bucket under there and never told anybody. The problem is the pipes under the sink actually go into the bucket and it is full of water ...
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How do I fix the low water flow of my kitchen sink?

Here's what I know. Our kitchen sink used to work fine, then one day the water flow was suddenly really low, like just slightly better than a trickle. We called our landlord about it, and so he came ...