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 to clean an induction hob from scorching?

After all water boiled, an empty teapot was left on the surface with turned on hob. You can see the spot on the photo. Is there some ways to fix or clean this? Induction hob BOSCH PIB673F17E.
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How can I help pantry cabinets stay cool?

My pantry doesn't have air conditioning, and recently I noticed (using a cheap wall-mounted liquid thermostat) that the pantry itself got up to 85°f degrees (it was >100°f outdoors). I don't know what ...
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Is my ceramic hob wired correctly?

My 5.8kw ceramic hob has been wired into a 30 amp junction box with the electric ignition cable of the old gas hob and then wired into the cooker switch with .6 mm cooker cable. Is this correct wiring?...
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Pull Up All Laminate Boards Or Cut One Board in Doorway and Start From There

Now that I have installed Pergo XP laminate flooring I've discovered that there is a soft spot from the doorway which transitions from the kitchen into the dining room. When walking into the dining ...
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Recessed Light Placement

Im a DIYrs when it homes to simple home remodelling. Am doing a kitchen upgrade all around. Bought this house and lot of stuff has gone wrong, so on, not going into much details. Only thing now is ...
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Loud gushing noise when neighbour runs their faucet

I live on the 2nd floor of an 11 floor condo. Lately I have heard a loud gushing water sound under my kitchen sink when a neighbour runs their water. This occurs every time the neighbour turns on ...
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What tube should I use for a kitchen rail?

I am building a kitchen rail for hanging utensils and frypans along the wall and need some help choosing the right tube size for the job. Because I'm renting the place I don't want to drill any holes,...
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Widening cabinets to fit a OTR microwave [closed]

Purchased an older home with odd custom kitchen cabinets. I am wanting to remove the ugly box range vent and add a box shelf and an OTR microwave, but the width between my side cabinets is 28 inches. ...
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Kitchen cabinets - what thickness and type of backer board should be used?

When using a backer board for installation of cabinets, usually, at 34", 54"and 84", what thickness and type of backer board should be used? The walls in this old building remodel is plaster and ...
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How should this vintage wall-mount sink be mounted? Does not fit standard cast iron brackets

I'm planning to wall-mount a vintage 'Standard' victorian cast iron sink similar to the one in this question: Antique Cast Iron Sink Wall Mounting Support and Weight Issues?. That sink has two bolt ...
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How should my light be connected to this old wiring layout?

I live in a really old house and still have old wiring red (live) black and neutral. I've come to change my kitchen strip light and have an abundance of wires to connect to my new 2 wire brown blue ...
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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 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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How do I remove spots from my new ceramic tiles?

I just laid dark brown ceramic tile in my kitchen. After grouting and cleaning I still have spots and round circles (from the cleaning bucket's bottom) on the floor. I have tried soap and water and ...
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cabinet hinges, crooked,uneven some will not close cabinet doors

I recently removed all cabinets to redo them. I had old brass or copper looking hinges. I wanted to change to nickel to match the rest of my kitchen.I have returned 4 different types of hinges because ...
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Easy way to putting a kitchenette in the basement without having to cut through the floors

I would like to add a kitchenette in my basement so I can rent it. However I am in a really low budget and I don't want to destroy the floors. I would like to have a 2 burners electric stove, a small ...
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How do “infinite zones” in induction cookers work?

I'm considering switching from ceramic to induction. I noticed that several producers (e.g., Electrolux, Bosch and Siemens) advertise something like "infinite zones", where the size of an induction ...
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How can I find a sink that will fit where an old sink was?

We wish to rid ourselves of an 'American Standard Americast' kitchen sink and go with an over-the-counter sink. We have a granite counter top that cannot be changed and therein lays an issue as the ...
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KItchen backsplash tile cut too short and grout line too thick

I just had my back splash installed in my kitchen and the tiler cut one section a bit too short. The grout went up today and the area is thicker then any other areas and very noticeable especially ...
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“Plastifying” rusty integrated dish drying rack (food contact)

I have a dish drying rack integrated inside a slot above my sink. It is now rusty but I haven't been able to find a new one with the right size, despite searching in many stores. Since the rusting ...
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kitchen suction cups

I am trying to fix some suction cups to the kitchen tiles, which are very slightly bumpy. With the suctions I was given adhesive transparent backing to fix on the tiles or wood. I fixed one on the ...
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Installing base cabinets - screwing to the wall and each other?

This weekend I'll be building a couple of base cabinets to replace some of the existing ones, which I assume are original to the house (circa 1960s). I consider myself handy but have never built ...
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Lowering wattage in an existing halogen system

I just moved into a house that has under-the-cabinet halogen G8 100 watt bulbs. There are 12 bulbs under 4 cabinets that all work off the same switch so it's lit up like a Christmas tree! I'd like ...
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Why do my fluorescent lights turn on slowly or not at all in the summer?

We live in Florida, and the fluorescent lights in the kitchen turn on very slowly (if at all) in the summer. Other clues are: They work fine in the early morning Later in the day (hot day) they ...
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How do I remove the diverter valve from my double handle Pfister Glenfield kitchen faucet to fix my side sprayer?

When I turn on my sprayer on the side, the water still comes out the main spigot. It didn't do that when I first got the faucet.
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How do I fix a bowed-out kitchen cabinet?

The base kitchen cabinet has 3 large drawers. The drawers fall off the track wheels because the vertical cabinet walls are bowed outwards.
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Fan in (UK) fan oven scraping against heating element

I have a fan oven at home that's only a few years old. About six months ago it started intermittently emitting a horrific sound, that I was able to trace to the fan at the back of the oven scraping ...
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Is kitchen sink drain water toxic?

I've had a partially blocked kitchen sink for a few days and have had a few dishes that have been laying in the water that's flowed up from the sink drain for a few days. These have developed a ...
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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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Sealing a cooktop to the counter? Manufacturer says no

I'm in the process of installing a Wolf CG365T/S gas cooktop, and according to the manufacturer's instructions, I am specifically instructed not to seal the cooktop against the counter. I'm inclined ...
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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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Dowel joints in plywood

I plan on replacing my kitchen cabinets later this summer. The old ones were home made by the previous owner and are oddly sized so I need to make my own out of plywood. Is it possible to put dowel ...
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Troubleshooting Jenn air cooktop issue

I purchased a used Jenn Air Cook top range (model c238b-c) to replace an older existing one (c221-c). Both units are the typical counter top with 2 slide-in double cook top element carthridge, and ...
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Electrical appliances on one outlet

Firstly, this is in France so we're talking 220V power. I've got two new single/individual induction hobs. They're both 2100W at full blast. I'm replacing a double hob unit where one hob was 1900W ...
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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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GE Dishwasher - Control Pad Buttons Won't Respond (gld5660v00ss)

I have a GE gld5660v00ss Dishwasher that no longer responds. The "Normal Wash" and "Heated Dry" buttons are lit, but no other buttons respond. The Start button does nothing, and none of the other ...
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Changing slim line range hood to proper rangehood

we are redoing our kitchen and would like to change the existing slimline rangehood to proper rangehood with wall ducting. We need to to draw another hole in the wall above the current hole? or can ...
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Do I use grout to install my travertine backsplash?

We just purchased 3x6 tumbled travertine backsplash. Do you have to have a grout line or can you install without. Will it stay up?
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convert pendant ceiling box to recessed type light

I took down the kitchen island ceiling fixture - now there is just the 2" deep (or so) electrical box. I want to have a "pot" type light there - but there is not room above it for a can fixture. Is ...
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Non IKEA dishwasher for IKEA Metod system

I have a kitchen finished with IKEA Metod system and a narrow, 45 cm wide non-IKEA dishwasher. Apparently the IKEA dishwasher front does not fit the typical dishwasher - Metod front's dimensions are ...
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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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Warming drawer sliding open during use

Thermidor warming drawer keeps sliding out I have tried leveling,really difficult. Is there another solution
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When NOT to use GFI outlets

Recently renovated a kitchen, including adding 2 GFI outlets: one by the sink and one on the opposite wall near stove. City inspector ordered that the one by the sink be removed. What reason would ...
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How to clean oxidized stainless steel Espresso maker?

I left my Bialetti coffee maker too long on my inductive stove. It got red hot for a moment and has now a nicely oxidized base. Is it possible or advisable to clean it so that it looks new?
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Replaced an oven heating element now there's smoke coming from my oven?

I'm scared to leave my oven plugged in. I replaced the bottom one after it burned out. (I have a glass top oven) and plugged it in and than I smell electrical smoke than I see it coming out. Did 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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Repair damaged kitchen cupboard door laminate

I have white gloss laminate on my kitchen doors. The cupboard next to oven has cracked and peeled on the corner quite badly. Is it possible to repair the covering or can I buy a sheet of the ...
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GFI outlet and light switch

Does a GFI outlet need it's own wall box, or can I have a GFI and a light switch, both with separate incoming lines and outgoing loads, in the same wall box? Thanks.
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Removing Danish Oil spills [duplicate]

We recently recoated our worktop with Danish Oil and noticed later that some oil had dripped down our silver effect washing machine. We have tried soapy water and white spirit but can't remove 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 ...