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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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 ...
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Fix Kitchen Faucet handle

The little handle came off. There is a loose piece inside the dome piece. Without it the handel doesn't stay in place. I don't know how to take it off and reattach it. The faucet doesn't leak. It ...
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Why does my kitchen sink not drain properly after I don't use it for a while?

I can't figure out why my kitchen sink drain keeps clogging. I've bought several bottles of Draino type stuff and they work for a day or two. But if I don't use my sink much in 2 or 3 days and then ...
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Ceilling Joist Beam

My husband and I want to install 42" cabinets in our kitchen which presently have 30" cabinets with a soffit. (which we were planning on removing) Upon removal of side wall soffit we had no problem ...
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How can I protect a wall from flames of a gas hob?

The flames of our gas hob scorches the wall behind it and the chipboard panel next to it. Is there any material I can affix to those sides to stop this potential fire hazard from happening?
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Do I have to provide better support when hanging a range hood from soffit framing?

I recently purchased a house and am currently renovating my kitchen. I have gutted the kitchen and changed the wall between the kitchen and living room to a half wall. The design I have now is setup ...
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Measuring clearance height for dishwasher

I am purchasing an 18" dishwasher but not installing it. I have to make sure it is the right size so that there are no issues when the installer comes. I have no idea how to install appliances. My ...
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Remove white stain from countertop

I moved into an apartment with new counter tops. I'm not sure what type they are, but I think they are formica. They also said "glaze." Which I'm guessing is some sort of laminate? Anyways, someone ...
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position of new gas range cooker

we are having a new kitchen . a designer from wren kitchens has told us that as there is a window to the side of the cooker aprox 20cm away this will not pass building regs as there may be a draft or ...
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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 ...
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How do I install a “Lite in the Box” (brand) faucet?

I have a Lite In the Box kitchen faucet that provides two flexible supply tubes for attaching to water supply. These supply tubes have two o-rings on the faucet end and are attached last in the ...
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Two IR switches for one cabinet light?

Wiring a led cabinet light. There's two doors and I have two IR switches. One switch works as expected. The other one you have to close the circuit , open it and close it again to get the light on. ...
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Problem with Ladylux kitchen faucet sprayer

I have a 14-year old Grohe Ladylux kitchen faucet. Recently, the spray knob stopped working properly. Normally when you press and release the knob, the faucet goes to spray mode until you press the ...
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Power to kitchen receptacles out after receptacle shorted

Today I plugged a blender into a kitchen outlet and the outlet appeared to short circuit and broke (I saw giant spark and lost power to my kitchen). The circuit breaker for the kitchen jumped. After ...
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How do I remove a stuck kitchen aerator tip?

I recently moved into a new apartment and need to remove the aerator tip on the Moen kitchen faucet to set up the countertop dishwasher I brought with me from my previous apartment. It was missing the ...
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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 can I build pull-down shelving for kitchen appliances?

We have a relatively small kitchen and having appliances like the microwave on the benchtop takes up space all the time when they're not being used. What I'd like to do is build some pull-down shelves ...
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What effect does the number of coil turns on an electric stove heating element have?

I'm in the US. I have an electric stove with three 6" burners, and one 8". The 8" burner doesn't perform like I think it used to, so I'm considering replacing it, to see if it improves. (It's slow to ...
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kitchen sink and trap

Our kitchen sink is about 3' away from drain pipe. The drain pipe from double sink runs about 3' 2' up, then it comes down to the drain pipe with p trap. Is that configuration allowed, code?
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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 ...
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Drill through kitchen floor tile

I recently purchased a new refrigerator and in doing so want to swap out the copper ice maker line for a stainless steel flex line. In order to do so I need to make the water line access hole to the ...
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Can microwave with convection replace an actual oven? [closed]

Maybe this belongs on seasoned advice.... I live in a townhouse with a small kitchen and I am wondering if something like this KitchenAid item implies that it can be used as a microwave and as a ...
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Why would our kitchen faucet hot water stops working intermittently when it gets cold outside?

The cold water works great and has never stopped. But sometimes, when it gets really cold outside, the hot stops working. And then, magically, it will start working again. There is no drop in ...
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Kitchen sprayer only uses half the water, how to fix?

I have a Moen kitchen faucet with separate sprayer. When I use the sprayer, it only cuts the main water flow by about half and sprays with the rest. Every other sprayer I've used will transfer all of ...
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What type of adhesive should I use to attach metal to vertical tile?

I'd like to attach a magnetic, metal knife rack to a tile splashback in my kitchen. The tile is glazed white and the attachment points on the rack are small (about 0.9 sq in of metal). The rack weighs ...
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How can I open an overfilled drawer?

Does anyone have any bright ideas for how to open a drawer that has become jammed shut because it has been filled up too much? I've had a look at the underside and can get at the bottom of the drawers ...
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Can I install a new hob, or will I need a larger circuit?

I want to swap a ceramic hob for another model. My current set is: oven and a hob rated at 2075+6000=8075W in total ,they go through a 32Amp Circuit breaker, the oven is plugged to the wall, the hob ...
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Should I install 10 AWG or re-use the existing 8 AWG?

My new built in oven uses a 30 amp/10AWG wiring connection. My old oven has 40 amp/8 AWG wiring. Is it possible to use this connection with just switching a breaker?
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No water coming out of kitchen faucet!

Yesterday, our kitchen faucet suddenly stopped working. Water pressure has always been fine, but now there is only a trickle. It's a single handle faucet and both the hot and cold will not work. I ...
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Why does my whirlpool ice maker make ice, quit for several weeks, then start again?

I have a Whirpool side-by-side with an in door ice dispensing system. I have been having an issue with the ice maker for some time now. I thought the ice maker was defective because it would make ...
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Does a drain pipe have to be in the floor/wall or can it run on top of floor underneath cabinets?

I'm renovating my kitchen on the second floor of my duplex, so there is a finished ceiling directly below it. The kitchen sink will be moved about 7 feet horizontally from where it is now. In the ...
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Should the entire element on my burner on top of electric stove turn red when turned on?

I just bought a new Frigidaire electric range. On top of stove burner the element does not turn completely red. Should the entire element turn red? Not just partially.
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water backing up into both sinks, whether running the disposal or dishwasher

Water is sitting in both kitchen sink drains with equal pressure. When running dishwasher it bubbles up some on both sides. When running disposal, water sucks down on disposal side, but then creeps ...
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How to attach metal knife rack to tile without ruining tile?

I'd like to attach a magnetic, metal knife rack to a tile back splash in the kitchen of my rental apartment. The tile is glazed white and the attachment points on the rack are small (about 0.9 sq in ...
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Corner sink installation in corner lazy susan cabinets

I need some opinions on how best to proceed with a corner sink installation. Our kitchen is a G shape, so we have two corner base cabinets. (Well, have one, will pick up another one tomorrow). We are ...
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Why does our “granite” worktop mark so easily?

We had a new kitchen installed, supposedly by experts, but the "granite" worktop that was installed is really really fragile. I had expected a granite worktop to be hard and durable, but this is ...
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electrical combination outlet and switch wiring

I have a combination wall plate with a switch on top and outlet on the bottom. The switch controls the garbage disposal and the outlet is always on. There are two black wires and one white. One ...
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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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Do I really need buildup strips under laminate countertops?

We have our laminate countertops for at least part of the kitchen cut and glued together (and secured with miter bolts). In looking for info about attaching it to cabinets, I found that most websites ...
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Should I add a grease trap to a long drain run from the kitchen?

My 1955 house has a 25 foot drain run from my kitchen to my main stack (~7 feet of bends, then ~18 feet straight along a back wall). It has clogged several times in various places, and I have had it ...
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If I move my sink, how should I route the vent?

I want to relocate my kitchen sink to an inside wall from the outside wall. The vent pipe is currently in the outside wall. Can I run the vent pipe across the ceiling between the rafters ,the rafters ...
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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 ...