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Unless every one of your guests wipes the inside door knob down (and disposes of the cleaning material) each time, you have no guarantee of hygiene, assuming you do the same thing. Each time. And, it's a kitchen. We humans have evolved to that point where we generally don't allow (or try not to allow) fecal bacteria to commingle with the stuff that we eat. ...


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We just finished installing black slate chalk boards for counter tops. We used 3/4 plywood. Then used construction adhesive. Edging we used 3/8 hickory to match cuboards. When cutting be sure to tape cut line and carefully support so you avoid chipping the end of your cut.


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There are two basic stove/range/hob type hoods. Externally vented would have a flue of some sort that vent smoke ,fumes and odors to the exterior. An internally vented type just filters and recirculates the air back into the kitchen. To make things more confusing most hoods can be set up to operate in either mode. The conversion usually involves installing ...


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I wouldn't expect it to be anything more than a resistive element so it shouldn't be polarized... but the maintenance manual is almost certainly available on the weB, free or for a small fee, so I'd suggest you check that.


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I have to assume this is a glass top type. If so, it might be defective OR it might be a design feature. You'd have to check the specific model number to find out. If this is an open element type, it would not work this way, as the entire burner is conducting current. I highly doubt this is the case, however.


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All the homes built after the war were either plaster and lath or gypsum plaster boards. They were like 48 x 16 and were applied like drywall boards then skim coated over the top. Be careful though: sometimes the compound contained asbestos.


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Most likely lath and plaster.


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Already answered but assuming this is a US house you don't have 3 phase industrial power. Most likely you don't even have the other 2 phases on the utility pole. You have split phase residential power. A neutral isn't needed since it's balanced no current would flow thru it in the cook top. Basically one phase off the primary side with a center tap. The ...


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If I were to guess and this is just a guess. I would say you have cast iron drain. I would say that it is rusting on the inside and that the drain itself is just a microbe of the width it used to be. Given that it is rusting on the inside, it will get a little prickly when dry. It will catch some food and grease and quickly clog. I have seen this ...


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In this case, you would simply not hook up the neutral wire. Instead you can just put a wirenut on it and tuck it neatly into the electrical box. Typically 240V appliances require the neutral wire so that they can run the electronics at 120v or provide a plug on the appliance. In this case, these devices are hooked up to one leg of the hot and the ...


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Without any kind of electrical knowledge or experience, a tripped breaker or GFI are the two things to check. From my perspective calling an electrician is the safest bet at this point. Especially considering the receptacle sparked. She needs to get this checked out.


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Try and insert a piece of wire from the side by pulling the drawer out very slightly. The drawer sides should be lower than the face, allowing you to slip something in without opening it much more than 1/8". Then wiggle the wire around and see if you can shift whatever is keeping the drawer from opening.


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There is no right or wrong way to do it. Experiment with whatever you have on hand: dice, marbles, squares of paper, etc. Hint: even if you make mistakes, just finish it so it looks like it is supposed to be that way. Here is a sampling of some ideas to get you started (from here).


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Nobody mentioned this but the EPA has ingredients of vinyl on a red-list of products that are known or highly suspect of causing cancer. You will definitely NOT hear this from the vinyl manufacturers. Check for yourself by searching for epa phthalates vinyl. Linoleum is made from linseed oil. It is a natural product. Cork as someone mentioned is another ...


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I just got a new fridge and the manual says to leave it to stand for two hours, but wait twenty four hours before putting food into it. It doesn't say why though.


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Don't overthink it and worry too much about what you or someone else might want to do in the future. Will you want a new floor? Will you want a new cabinet configuration? You simply don't know. Just worry about what you want right now. Find cabinets you love and find a floor you love. The one pro I can think of for tiling only up to the cabinets is that ...


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I just finished updating my kitchen and I think you have to really be careful of going to far in either direction with sizing a range hood. Most places that don't have a fancy range hood are probably lucky to have 100cfm hood. I looked at all of the information I could and what I found was that while the minimums are something to pay attention to, you have ...


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...or, you have something (side effect of moving your plumbing) that took a couple of months to jam up your pipes. But the fact that it's happening on both, not just hot or just cold, suggests that @BMitch is probably on the right track. Having had a "hot side only issue" that traced to a nearly plugged elbow, I feel a need to keep the idea out there when ...


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This symptom is common with external sprayers. The diverter causes water to shutoff from the faucet when the sprayer is in use. The external sprayer may be leaking (into the sink, or under it) or the diverter valve itself may be failing. If you have a sprayer, check both ends of the hose for leaks and fix that if you find any. If not, remove the valve and ...


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Is it possible that the breaker is tripped but hasn't completely flipped to the "off" position? The breakers we have do this and it's hard to notice which one has flipped unless you look very carefully to see if one is ever so slightly dislodged from the "on" position. If this is the case, switching it to the "off" position is required to be able to reset ...


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You want to use hardi backer board to go over the existing damage. It is easy, cheap and will eliminate the imperfections. Attach the hardi backer board with tile adhesive and screws. Additionally, utilize tile adhesive with the glass tiles. No mixing tools are needed and the tiles are still workable as you complete the work. Make sure to use a level and ...


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If you are doing the work yourself, remove a section of drywall, replace with tile backer board, and have a good surface for tiling without spending a fortune. Backer board is relatively inexpensive and a much better surface for tiling than drywall. If the drywall is wavy and uneven because the studs are not lined up correctly, you can shim the ones that ...



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