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).

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

1
vote
1answer
54 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
8k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
115 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
42 views

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?
2
votes
1answer
185 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
50 views

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.
1
vote
2answers
117 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
116 views

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.
0
votes
1answer
92 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
54 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
187 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
448 views

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?
0
votes
0answers
80 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
19 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

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. ...
0
votes
0answers
29 views

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!
0
votes
3answers
110 views

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 ...
3
votes
9answers
31k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
218 views

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 ...
-1
votes
3answers
99 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
166 views

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 ...
7
votes
4answers
13k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
401 views

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). ...
1
vote
2answers
307 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
75 views

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!
4
votes
3answers
4k views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
414 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
337 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
49 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
247 views

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. ...
0
votes
1answer
80 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
407 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
54 views

How do I reapply travertine tile used for a backsplash on my kitchen wall

I originally used to double-sided sticky paper to install my travertine tile pieces to the wall, but some have come off and some are loose. We didn't space them at all just did a pyramid type ...
1
vote
0answers
71 views

Move Kitchen to Living Room-Unit

My unit is on the ground floor, I am thinking to combine kitchen and living room to create an open kitchen and renovate original kitchen to a bathroom/Laundry. I know it sounds crazy and probably ...
10
votes
5answers
19k views

Downsides of Linoleum (in kitchen specifically)

I am thinking of replacing tiled floor in my kitchen with linoleum (in Canada). I see a few benefits to it, 1) easy to wash 2) fallen glassware doesn't always break. However, there seems to be ...
2
votes
1answer
108 views

How to I fit a drawer into this cabinet? (Kitchen - no side panel)

My plan is to fit a drawer into the pictured space. (Apologies for the bad photo. It is for all intents and purposes identical to the one below but without the runners) Based on a fixture elsewhere ...
1
vote
0answers
71 views

Can a horizontally-vented kitchen exhaust have a downward-facing outlet in a soffit?

Can I vent a kitchen exhaust fan horizontally to an exterior soffit, ending with a downward outlet/cap? (Or must the outlet be horizontal (through a wall) or upwards (through a roof)?
1
vote
1answer
178 views

How well will LED strips hold up in a kitchen?

I am planning to install LED strip light in my parents kitchen. We have a chimney that is blocking out all the light over the stove top. The things I am worried about is Longevity of the lights. I ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Which side of a shelf liner faces up?

I have a shelf liner that has bumps on one side and is smooth on the other side. It is non-adhesive. Which side faces up, or what are pros/cons of each? It looks like this:
3
votes
1answer
349 views

What is a good option for raising my kitchen sink?

We just moved in to a new-to-us house (build in 1986), and I feel like the kitchen sink is "too" low. I've just learned that "standard" counter height is 36 inches; I measure 35 1/4" from the floor to ...
1
vote
3answers
157 views

Why would the receptacles in the kitchen not have power after replacing one of them?

I replaced a receptacle, and made sure the wires were in the same order they were originally in when I hooked them back up. I turned power back on and there was no power to the receptacle I changed, ...
3
votes
2answers
5k views

How can I replace this corroded metal P-Trap with a new PVC trap?

I have a big problem at my apartment, the metal p-trap has a hole under my kitchen sink drain pipes due to corrosion, I was told I could temporarily fix it applying epoxy, but I would rather fix the ...
1
vote
2answers
92 views

HELP! Upgrading my kitchen to ceramic tile floor

So, I've decided to take on this big project. I have a 1/2" plywood subfloor with 3/4" MDF on top. Should I rip out my entire subfloor add a 3/4" t&g plywood then lay 1/2" plywood on top or am I ...
1
vote
3answers
108 views

update/refresh kitchen cabinets

I have builders grade cabinets. They are smooth fronts (sort of modern) they are dark brown and not varnished or stained. I think sort of melamine front....definitely a man made product...so I can't ...
-1
votes
1answer
604 views

How do you install a granite counter top as a floating shelf on a cement wall?

Here is a picture of the space, I want to install a vessel sink and a granite counter top. I would like to install it as a floating shelf and later add in the cabinets as I don't have them at the ...
2
votes
1answer
303 views

Looking for a splashback pattern in kitchen using 3 or 4 different square tile colours

I'm adding some ceramic tiles to a splashback in my kitchen, I'm using square ceramic tiles. I don't want to use just one colour, and using two only really offers me a chequerboard pattern so I was ...