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 do I properly wire GFCI outlets in parallel?

I have two countertop outlets in my kitchen that I am in the process of replacing with new, GFCI-protected outlets. These two outlets are on a circuit together, and they are the only loads on that ...
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What accessories, aside from faucets, fit into sink faucet holes?

I'm going to replace an existing 3-hole faucet with a single hole faucet in my kitchen sink. I plan on installing a soap dispenser into one of the other holes, but that will still leave me with one ...
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How can I remove a mark from a freshly painted wood cupboard?

While carrying a cupboard door to reinstall, my husband accidentally scratched a gray line on the door with his belt buckle. We were using "Advance"-brand paint. How can I get this off without ...
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Who to call to fix electric oven?

My electric oven stopped heating. The range works fine. The digital controls work fine. The oven light works fine. But neither the element at the bottom of the oven nor the one at the top heat up at ...
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Is there any corelation between housing and lamp data?

Is there any method, table, equation, mathematical procedure, computer algorithm, or data base to convert lamp data such as a Philips PAR30L flood lamp or LED Par38L flood lamp to minimum housing ...
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How do you refinish a Corian countertop?

The title says it all. We have a Corian countertop. One of the selling points of this type of counter is that it is supposedly easy to fix minor flaws in it, but there seems to be little information ...
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How can I fix my kitchen sink cheaply?

We live in a condo. Our kitchen sink will gurgle a lot. From time to time, there will be bubbles and even an overflow of bubbles and some sediment coming up from the kitchen drain. Someone has ...
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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 ...
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How should I distribute the weight on a marble island?

I am building a rather large cart for use in my kitchen. Due to the dimensions of the room the top (marble) is about 5' 7" long, 14" wide and is quite heavy (estimated 150 pounds). My largest ...
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How do I tell if my kitchen range space is set up for gas?

I have a gas line to my house for the furnace but need to know how to tell whether I can hook up a gas range in the kitchen without having a gas line installed to the spot where the range goes.
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What options are available for ventilation above a stove?

We are taking out our cabinets above our stove area, to create an open plan to the dinette area on other side of counter. Can we have a ceiling mounted fan above stove? (flush with the ceiling) What ...
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Why does my sink supply shutoff valve spray water when I close it?

I am trying to shutoff the hot and cold water to the sink to replace the faucet. But the moment I slightly turn the valve to close, the water sprays all around the valve. When I open it, the splash of ...
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Can I install an under-mount sink in an existing Formica counter?

I am slightly remodeling my kitchen (on a slim budget). Because I cannot afford granite countertops, I've decided to use the countertop makeover kits on the Formica that are available and make it ...
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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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How to deal with a dishwasher height issue without tearing out cabinetry when installing flooring?

The house I purchased has nice new cabinetry and counter tops but cheap flooring. We plan to install 3/4" wood flooring (already purchased) but learned that installing the flooring would make it so ...
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Is Kitchen cooktop venting required?

I'm replacing an electric cooktop with downdraft ventilation. Does building code require that I keep this ventilation, or can it be removed?
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Why won't my ice maker eject ice?

I have a component-style ice maker, by which I mean it's not one of the modular kinds with holes for probe tests. It's similar to that style in that the water fills the mold, then the thermostat ...
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Why energy saving bulb flashes when the switch is off?

I have a energy saving spiral light bulb in my kitchen. In exactly every 27 seconds, the first segment of the bulb faintly flashes when the switch is off. And not once, repeatedly every 27 seconds. ...
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Is there software or a web site that lets me upload a photo and visualize changes to a room?

I'm thinking of changing my kitchen and bath floor, countertops and backsplash. I don't have all day to create a 3-D model from scratch. Can I start with a photo and visualize changes?
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What is the best way to improve counter tops without completely replacing them?

I would like to re-do our counter tops in the kitchen. We currently have the laminate on particle board type. What is the best way to refinish this type of counter top to make it look higher ...
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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 ...
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Can an HRV replace the air exhausted by a range hood?

I'm in the process of buying a 1950s ranch house. It doesn't have the greatest insulation, so I'm planning to do some improvements over the first few years to tighten things up. I'll certainly do the ...
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How many CFM for a range hood do I REALLY need?

I like to cook. I would like to put in a fairly powerful range (nothing huge, though; I don't need six burners and a griddle), and will need a hood that can carry smoke, heat, steam, grease, etc. from ...
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What do I need to connect a refrigerator water line?

I currently have a water valve behind my refrigerator, but it's not hooked up to our current refrigerator. I have no tubing coming out of the valve. We purchased a new refrigerator and want to hook ...
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Why is water only coming through the handheld hose?

I have a hose at my kitchen sink, installed alongside the cold water faucet. Every once in awhile when I press the hose trigger, it becomes stuck and will not return to the off position ...
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Why is my Delta kitchen faucet dripping? How can I fix it?

I installed a Delta Ashton single pull faucet in my kitchen about a year ago. Recently, it has started leaking both at the pivot and at the spray selector on the wand (red areas circled in the image ...
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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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How can I remove faux brick from a kitchen wall?

My kitchen has these fake bricks placed over the drywall on the walls around the cabinets. My question is, is there a way to remove just the bricks without completely tearing down the cabinets and ...
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Can a range hood vent have a 90 degree bend and vent out the wall?

I know I need to check my local codes before proceeding with this. that will be done but I first wanted to ask this community for advice. i'm going to have my kitchen gutted to the studs in a couple ...
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What material should be used behind a sink and range in the kitchen?

I am getting ready to demo my kitchen to the studs in a couple weeks. I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for alternate materials to use other than "green" board (moisture resistant drywall) ...
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Tips to Remove Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops without Damage for Donation?

We're taking on a project to upgrade our kitchen cabinets and countertops, but we think that the current cabinets are quite new and usable (just not our style). We'd like to remove them while ...
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Wiring gas hob with electric ignition to mains

We are currently in the process of moving into our newly renovated house. The electrician has completely rewired the house, and the plastering has been done. Only when we went to install the oven and ...
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How can I paint kitchen cabinet hinges?

We have old, ugly kitchen cabinet hinges. I've read conflicting opinions online as to whether spray painting them is a good idea. How would you do it if you were going to go for it?
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Need a gas cooker but have no gas supply

I am not sure about the terminology, i.e if it's called an electric cooker, burner, stove or something else. So I'll just refer to it as a electric or gas cooker to simplify things. We don't have a ...
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How do I repair laminate damage on a kitchen drawer?

The heat from our oven has caused significant damage to the laminate coating on a drawer and a cupboard door, is there a way to repair this type of damage or do i just have to replace it?
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Why is my kitchen faucet dripping even after water is shut-off?

Kitchen faucet (two separate handles, pull-out hose, Price-Pfister Catalina model) is dripping from the faucet itself. I shut the water from below the sink, determined it's a cold water, unscrewed the ...
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Which Kitchen outlets do NOT need GFCI?

I have the 2 circuits in the kitchen with GFCI outlets, but I'm not quite sure which other ones do NOT need GFCI. Other circuits in the kitchen include Microwave, Fridge, and Dishwasher. It makes ...
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How do I put up a travertine tile backsplash?

I'm trying to put up a tile backsplash in the kitchen (approx 25 sq ft) and I'm having trouble deciding between mastic and thinset for putting it on the drywall. For that matter, is it OK to put the ...
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Why are my smoke detectors going off when I cook?

Seems like every time we cook anything in the oven the fire alarms (in-home system, all connected) go berzerk. is there any way to make them "less sensitive"? We do blow/vaccuum them out gently here ...
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Why does my kitchen faucet suddenly have too much water pressure?

I have a single lever Kohler kitchen faucet. The water comes out with so much pressure that if I am trying to rinse anything it makes water spray everywhere. The faucet has not always done this. Is ...
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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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Can I use the cutout for a drop-in sink to install an undermount sink?

My daughter has bought another home with granite counters and a drop in sink. Can a professional put in an under the counter sink in the existing hole with some modification by him or is this just ...
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I am replacing my countertop and sink. How do I choose a new sink that fits my existing plumbing?

I am going to replace my countertop and sink, but the installer wants me to buy the sink first and then he will make the appropriate cut outs for it. Then I will need a plumber to install it. How ...
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Why does my new replacement pull-out kitchen faucet sprayer leak?

I've had the same old sprayer attachment to my kitchen sink for a long time and last week I finally decided to get rid of it. The current sink hose (with sprayer detached) is shown here: And if ...
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What are ways to clean glass top ranges undergoing heavy use?

We are avid cooks and our cooktop witnesses almost daily use. To that effect, does this picture of suggest permanent wear, or can it be cleaned? Either case, any way of cleaning or mitigating the ...
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How to turn on a ballofix / ball valve?

When I turned the valve off, it was as if it made a small click, as if it had reached a locking position. Now I can't turn it on again. I have one other just like this one, and that one can I turn ...
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How do I prepare wooden kitchen units for painting with eggshell?

We have some old IKEA kitchen units that we want to paint in eggshell. I wanted advice on the best preparation for the doors. My only experience with painting wood has been re-glossing doors etc. ...
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What is the best way to get rid of plants growing in my walls?

In a rental unit my fiancée just leased, 2 weeks after she moved in, a vine-type weed sprouted from the baseboard in her kitchen. Upon further inspection, I was able to pull about a foot of vine ...
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Can I put a convection toaster oven over the range?

My over-the-range microwave died and I want to replace it with a convection toaster oven. I would love it to be put where the microwave was, over the stove. Can I do this? I have looked for ...
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What to know before installing cabinet and drawer dampers?

I want to install dampers on my new cabinet doors in my kitchen. When the contractor gave me the price to add these, the cost was over $30 per door. So I decided not to install them. But since then, I ...