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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GFCI Outlets Wired Inline 2011 NEC

(1) I live in an older home with the kitchen "updated" in the 1990's. None of the countertop outlets are GFCI protected. Can they be properly wired with a GFCI outlet at the beginning of the wiring ...
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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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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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Installing thin slate (chalkboards) as countertops: proper method?

I'm buying some used grade school chalkboards to use as counter tops in our kitchen. I know this is done, as there are plenty of photos online, but the actual info as to how to install is scarce. Is ...
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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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Can I drain the main sink in a double sink (with a small disposal side) into the disposal, to prevent clogs from building up from food waste?

The main sink keeps clogging up--I'll use a plunger, Liquid Plumber, and/or a snake to clean it out and get it running nicely, and then it'll clog again within a week or so. To solve this, I'm ...
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Is this enough support for my countertop?

I am putting a new countertop in (Lustrastone, is like Durastone) that will wrap around an outcorner wall. Along one side is a 48" wide base cabinet and the countertop will be 38" deep. It will ...
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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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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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Post-less combination window & door system

We are planning a remodel and are considering a post-less combination folding window & door system similar to what is shown at: http://www.nanawall.com/applications/belvedere-kitchen ...
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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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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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Remove greasy material from wooden frame

There is a wooden frame in my kitchen and due to cooking/heating the wooden frame right above my burner is become greasy. how i remove that greasy material from wooden frame, as i tried to remove it ...
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What kind of runners do I need in order to fix a drawer to a pre-existing shelf?

I have a set of two shelves beneath a window in my kitchen. I would like to have one drawer (specifically a basket-type drawer) attached to each of these shelves so that I don't have stuff at the back ...
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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 cut pre-existing kitchen backsplash tile for new low voltage wall plates?

I'm doing a little bit of kitchen remodeling, overflow from my home theater remodeling. I'm adding some RCA input ports to a pre-existing low voltage wall plate that previously hosted just Cat5 and ...
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Threaded copper fitting stripped, whats my next move?

I have an awkward plumbing problem. I am inserting a T-fitting into the flexible riser of my kitchen sink and in the process seem to have stripped the copper shank coming from the faucet. The fitting: ...
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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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Vinyl covered cabinets

I just removed the vinyl laminate from my kitchen cabinets. I've been trying to scrape off all the glue but it's been a project. Is there anything else I can remove the glue with? Sanding only melts ...
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Water Problems please help! [closed]

So my water is dripping from both my shower and my kitchen sink even though it's off and I'm wondering how much will the water bill be? Will they still charge me even though its off? Help!
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How to know that new appliance won't trip the circuit?

I'm buying new appliances and want to make sure I won't trip the circuit. MW/convection is 950 W, 1750 W and 900W for three different functions. There is 20 Amp circuit for that. the new stove ...
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Running a new kitchen light circuit from a receptacle with a “traveller.”

I'd like to power a set of three ceiling-mounted down-lights from an existing receptacle in a kitchen reno. A picture of the existing receptacle is attached. My confusion is it has a fourth wire ...
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Connection for range hood from 8“ circular to 10”x3.5" rectangular

I am installing a new range hood for our kitchen. The duct exhaust at the top is 8" circular, but our old vent to outside is 10"x3.5" rectangular. I see what we could usually use a register boot but ...
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My electric oven runs 200C too hot. What can I do?

I have a fairly new (2011-ish) electric oven by Amica which has been running about 200 °C too hot. I can't find a thing in the manuals about re-calibration, though I have read in the past that ...
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What are the differences between Single Stage, Dual Stage and Reverse Osmosis Under Sink Water Filters?

I'm looking to buy and install an under sink water filter - How do Single Stage, Dual Stage and Reverse Osmosis types compare? Comparing: Taste/Odor Contaminants Removed Filter ...
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How to untangle spring for kitchen faucet hose?

I'm trying to install a Grohe Concetto kitchen faucet with a spray hose. There is a long spring that is put over the hose in order to create the tension needed to help the hose return after it has ...
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Wiring requirement for small kitchen

I am in the process of renovating an older home where I require just two or three counter top receptacles. I discovered in the NEC that: The countertop receptacle outlets in kitchens must be ...
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When making kitchen cabinet doors out of plywood, what details will impact the final product?

I really want to replace our overwrought, baroque cabinet doors with flat panel doors. I want them to look good but I actually like the look of plywood. It seems from what I've read like I have to ...
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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 40-amp breaker enough for my new range?

My new range says it needs a 40-amp circuit breaker minimum. But it also says maximum draw is 13,200 watts on 120/240, so doesn't that mean a 40-amp breaker would be inadequate? By my math, max ...
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Wiring from Oven to Switch

At the moment under the oven switch the cable is plastered over (without capping) till it reaches under the counter; there it pops out of the raw plaster and is draped across the back of the units ...
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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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What are the substitutes for kitchen wall tiles above a kitchen counter?

Can anyone let me know what are the various options that we can use in place of ceramic wall tiles in kitchen (just above the kitchen counter)?
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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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How long should I wait before plugging in a new refrigerator?

Today I received my new refrigerator, and I've been told not to plug it in until a couple of hours have gone by. Some people told me a couple of hours was enough, but others have told me up to 12 ...
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Nothing Seems To Get Enough Power…?

I just moved into a studio that someone is renting out. They just finished putting in a new kitchen, including a new fridge and stove. However, today is my first day here and I have already noticed a ...
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How to fix leak in ABS pipe going into cement

I discovered a leak in the drain pipe from my kitchen sink (and dishwasher) as it joins with the main drain in my basement floor. The leak is at a Y junction - the bottom of the Y is in the slab, one ...
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cooking on a hot&humid day

I have 2 window air conditioners in my house. None of them seem to have a setting to bring in (a little bit of?) fresh air. When we cook, the house becomes a bit smokey. Also, the vapors of freshly ...
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SimpleHuman plastic slim trashcan cover won't stay on

I've got a SimpleHuman 40 liter plastic slim step can (http://www.simplehuman.com/40-litre-slim-step-can-black-plastic) and the lid will not stay on. When I press the foot pedal the cover pops off. ...
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Why is foam coming out of the kitchen drain while washing dishes?

I am in Saudi Arabia using FAIRY liquid dish washer to clean my dishes after meals. Every time I observe that the foam is coming out of the drainage located at the kitchen floor during my cleaning of ...
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How to solve the problem of sticky Danish oil?

I ignored the warnings about not getting spray disinfectant on our oak kitchen surface which is finished with Danish oil, and now the surface has become really sticky, attracting dust and crumbs and ...
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Kitchen outlet and Light

I am roughing in my kitchen wiring currently and have separated the counter top outlets so that I have two per circuit. I also have a separate general lighting circuit in the kitchen. My question ...
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Is this oven pilot light adjustable?

It's the summer, and my Americana oven pilot light seems to generate quite a lot of heat. I'd light to keep it on for convenience, but adjust it down if possible. I understand pilot lights often have ...
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Remounting an undermount sink in a manufactured stone benchtop

The undermount sink in our recently purchased house has started to pull down from the benchtop, so there is a ~5mm gap and the seal has broken. It's only pulled away from one side but I don't think it ...
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Tankless cold water heater and inconsistent water temperature

We recently brought a house that was built in 1927, and much of it has been updated. The previous owners put in a tankless cold water heater two years ago. Our hot water is very inconsistent. When ...
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What are the differences between a thermoformed vinyl coating and melamine?

I'm about to purchase a set of kit set kitchen units, and I have a question about the difference between thermoformed vinyl coating on the cupboard doors etc, vs melamine coating. The difference in ...
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What could be causing my electric hob to leak voltage?

When cleaning my ceramic hob yesterday (wet, but not excessively), I noticed some voltage going through my wet finger when touching the shaft of one of the knobs (I had removed the knobs before). I ...
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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 to cut center stile from cabinet?

I am considering adding full-length pull-out shelves in some of my kitchen cabinets, and this will require cutting out the center stile. I've seen advice elsewhere online about shoring up the top ...
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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 ...