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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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 ...
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Should we install beadboard paneling or countertop first?

We are planning to install bead board paneling to our kitchen back splash, and new Formica for the counter tops. Which product should be installed first, and why?
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Why does it seem all new faucets are using braided hose instead of stainless steel?

I have been looking for a new kitchen faucet recently at all the box stores, and noticed that pretty much all pull-out/pull-down faucets are now using a black braided hose instead of a more rigid ...
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How do I fix my kitchen ceiling?

How do I fix my kitchen ceiling? I have the ceiling covering peeling off. It has exposed cracks where water has possibly come through from the tiles above. So, how do I fix my kitchen ceiling?
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How do I properly ventilate my pantry?

I live in a very old appartment which has a food pantry in the kitchen. The pantry has a wall outside and on that wall is a hole. What do I have to put in that hole in order to match with the pantry ...
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What should distance be between the two lower cabinets flanking a “30” inch range?

What should the proper distance be between lower cabinets flanking a "30" inch kitchen range? We have researched this subject and find more then one answer. Some say 30 inches, others say 30 1/4 ...
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Should the support structure for a kitchen island be built on top of tiles?

I'm currently remodeling my kitchen, and I'm going to have a 9'x40" granite island in the new kitchen. There will be only two 33" wide base cabinets under the granite top, one on each end. The two ...
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What information do I need to give a general contractor to get a good quote?

I'm looking to do some major renovations: removing an interior wall removing popcorn ceilings new kitchen (layout, appliances, counters, cabinets, etc) new master bath new flooring throughout new ...
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Should I use mastic or thinset for ceramic tile backsplash in kitchen?

I am about to install a tile backsplash in our kitchen, using these tiles, in 2" x 4" "mosaic" sheets. When I tiled my bathroom I used thinset (unmodified on the floor and modified on the ...
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Portable home bar plans?

I'm moving into about a 1500 sq. ft. house soon and I would like to build my own portable bar that I can store beverages in. It should be long enough to put a couple stools in front of where people ...
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How much weight should a standard cabinet be able to support?

I purchased standard cabinets (no plywood box) including a 33" farmhouse sink cabinet. I found a farmhouse sink I'd like to install and it's about 150lbs. (30" sink). There is no weight rating on the ...
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When to stop putting out mouse traps?

So last week my wife and I discovered some evidence of mice fooling around in our kitchen at night (e.g. shuffled cleaning supplies under the sink, hoarded dog food, and of course their droppings). ...
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What is this component that connects to the garbage disposal?

I am trying to install a new faucet with a soap dispenser. I removed my old facuet; however, where the soap dispenser is supposed to go, this is here: It has pipes that go to the sink erator under ...
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How can I conceal an over-the-range microwave?

We are in the process of remodelling our kitchen, and are going from an electric to gas stove. Because of this, we are going to need a vented range hood. One thing that we are certain about is that ...
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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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How to polish Corian countertop?

I have a Corian countertop that has seen many years of wear and tear. I'd like to sand and polish it however the instructions that came with the countertop recommend Hope's Countertop Polish as the ...
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How do I connect my kitchen sink sprayer

I just bought a house, and the first thing to break is the spray hose for my kitchen sink. It was added recently, and I'm unable to find any brand listed to help me understand the parts, or even what ...
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Is it possible to retrofit an external kitchen fan in an existing house?

I have a 2-storey half duplex that was built in 2008. The kitchen (1st floor) has a range hood fan that exhausts to the side of the house through 8" aluminum duct. The outside vent is not directly ...
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How can I install a dishwasher under a 23 inch deep counter space?

We want to install a dishwasher in our kitchen, however the cabinet box is only 23" deep and dishwashers are usually 24 inches deep (as I understand). This would pose a problem when opening a bank of ...
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What type of adapter do I need to connect my water supply lines?

My last faucet started to leak, so I just bought a new Moen one. I just about got it installed, but when I tried to hook up the water lines, I have two female connectors that don't seem to like each ...
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How much room does a fridge coil need to dissipate heat?

I want to put a small bar fridge in the (rather large) kitchen cupboard under my sink to ultimately be used as a kegerator. The fridge will be a custom free-standing insulated box (similar to this ...
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What is the standard range hood clearance?

What is the proper distance between the top of a kitchen range and the bottom of a basic hood fan?
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How should I wire a GFCI outlet and a switch to isolate the switch but provide GFCI protection further in the series?

I am replacing the outlets for my garbage disposal/dishwasher circuit in my kitchen. Currently on that breaker there is one non-GFCI outlet with a pigtailed switch controlling the garbage disposal and ...
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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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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 ...