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 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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Why isn't my mini fridge getting cold?

I recently got a mini fridge from my neighbor. He said he didn't want it because it wasn't keeping his food cold. I examined it and it is a brand new mini refrigerator in good condition except for the ...
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What replacement florescent lamps can I use?

One of the lamps has gone on the under cabinet lighting in our kitchen. I did have a big stack of spare florescent tubes I bought some years ago. But now looking on the internet I can't find any ...
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How to fit kitchen cabinets to corners that are not 90 degrees

I'm currently designing a replacement kitchen for my house. The kitchen is U shaped so going across three walls of the house. The middle wall is not 90 degrees to the other two, it is more like 105 ...
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How do I connect 4 electrical wires to a 3-phase cooktop?

I need to connect the wires to my new IKEA cooktop. I learned from the website that the wire colors normally mean, blue=N, brown=L, and yellow/green=PE. However, I have a (3-phase) cable with 4 ...
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Can I add/install overhead kitchen cabinets without a wall?

Setup In my current kitchen, I have a semi-decent (yet always inadequate) amount of cabinet space. I would like to add some overhead cabinets over the peninsula. However, being a peninsula, there is ...
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What type of island hood do I need?

I have a 30 inch induction cooktop and a 15*20 inch electric grill on a peninsula. The peninsula separates the kitchen from the family room - no wall on that side. We use the grill a lot for chicken, ...
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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 ...
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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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Why do my appliances show two sets of power consumption ratings and which one applies to my house?

Aptos, CA, USA I'm trying to determine how much power my electric oven is using (as part of a larger project to possibly upgrade our electrical service (with help from a licensed electrician of ...
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How do I seal a 4+ mm gap between skirting board and slate tiles?

I have a slate kitchen floor and wooden skirting on the walls around (no beading). At some points around the wall there are gaps of around 4 mm or more. I was thinking of simply stuffing paper in ...
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How do I prevent shadowed areas when installing recessed lighting in a vaulted ceiling?

I'm building a house, and it has a high vaulted ceiling in the kitchen. I already bought recessed lights, but I'm worried that with the inclination of the ceiling, the light over the sink area won't ...
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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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What techniques can be used to buff a stainless steel sink?

Hypothetically, say I was too aggressive using a bucket in a new stainless steel sink. Hypothetically, say the sink now has some scratches. I used an oxalic acid based cleanser (Bar Keepers ...
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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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Will greenboard retard mold growth?

I have had problems with mold in my kitchen behind the sink cabinet a couple of times. I have gutted the sink cabinet, the drywall behind it and the lazy susan area, leaving the countertop in place. ...
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What could cause water to leak from the top of the fridge?

It appears that once a day, there is some water streaming from the top of the fridge (on the inside). I collect about a small cup of water nearly every day that comes out from roughly the same spot ...
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How can I refresh the finish on my kitchen cabinets?

I am getting ready to put my house on the market and I would like to clean \ "restore" my kitchen cabinets. They are an oak cabinet that aren't painted, they are stained. I don't know exactly what ...
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Can a kitchen faucet be installed by someone with no experience? [closed]

I bought a pull out kitchen faucet online. Can this be installed by someone (me) with no experience?
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What kind of wood is recommended for replacing kitchen cabinet shelving? [closed]

We have kitchen cabinets with removable plywood shelves. They are 1/2" thick and 10.25" wide. The lengths are 19.25" (short) and 31.25" (long). We want two more short, and one more long one. They ...
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Should I use 2' x 2' tiles for a galley kitchen?

I am redoing my kitchen and I'm considering using a large tile size. Are 2 foot by 2 foot tiles difficult to work with? Will I run into problems with size limitations of the tools I'm using and layout ...
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How do I renovate 45 year old aluminum wiring for a new outlet for a new cooktop and range?

We are currently updating our '69 era kitchen and are relocating some if not all of the receptacles. The old cooktop and range that we have now removed, were hardwired and used aluminum wire. We have ...
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How do I bend a wooden edging for a tile counter top?

I'm about to build a tile counter top (or bench top as we call it here) for a new kitchen. I'm going to be using large porcelain floor tiles on top and thought I'd finish the edges with a nice native ...
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How do we convert our drop-in sink to an undermount one?

We are in the process of remodeling our kitchen and are trying to narrow in on our sink for our new granite counters. We like the Kohler Staccato with unequal bowls and would like to have it ...
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Should I cap off my clogged kitchen pipe at the wall or after the p-trap?

A member of my household thought our garbage disposal was a magic ray gun that obliterated anything poured down its black hole. The plumber cleared a glue-like substance from the pipes underneath the ...
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Do wooden cabinets absorb grease in kitchen?

I had my mind on wooden countertops - but I will likely be a heavy duty user and so I have settled on the idea of using wooden cabinets (such as here) with a corian/marble type countertop. My partner ...
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How do I remove this kitchen faucet?

I Googled a lot, checked a lot of YouTube videos but to no avail. I have a single hole kitchen faucet. The image shows the bottom part of the faucet. I'm not sure what to unscrew. I thought there ...
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How do I extend outlets after installing a backsplash?

I have installed a back splash in my kitchen, if I use the plastic spacers how many should I use or is there a limit? I understand that this can cause to much air space around the receptacle or light ...
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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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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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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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Suggestions for a kitchen layout for my house? [closed]

We have just started to renovate our newly bought apartment. It is part of a very nice old building located in the center of Granada Spain. The apartment is approx 120m2 and we are in the process ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Why isn't my dishwasher cleaning as well as it used to?

My dishwasher no longer cleans dishes as well as it did 5 years ago. Some info: It is 10 years old, a low-end Frigidaire we have hard water here (and no water softener) I have cleaned the food trap ...
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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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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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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 ...