Questions tagged [kitchens]

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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Installing cabinet on a wall with a hump in it

I am installing SEKTION cabinets from Ikea and there is a hump in one of the walls. The adjacent cabinet wall is straight. The backsplash will most likely be subway tiles, I would like to go with ...
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Can I place cabinets and plumbing on a 2 foot cantilevered section of my house for my kitchen remodel? [closed]

I am planning a kitchen renovation in the fall and I want to do wrap around cabinets throughout the entire space, but I got some confusing info from someone about what you can put on a cantilevered ...
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Replacing an old oven

I have an old oven that does not work any more. I need to replace it with a new one. As you can see, this is not a modern cooking range where the stove is right on top of the oven. What do I need to ...
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Kitchen sink backs up after 50 seconds

A few days ago without warning, my kitchen sink started backing up. From a presumably drained state, it takes about 50 seconds for the water to back up. I've measured the fill rate as one liter in 9 ...
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Splitting up electrical lines to kitchen

I am beginning to renovate my kitchen and have a pair of 30 A breakers for the electric oven, and a pair for the electric stove. I am going to install gas stove and gas oven. I wanted to use one pair ...
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Can I replace the sheet layer on the hob carbon filter

I have a Hotpoint hob filter in my kitchen with a grease filter. I have then a carbon filter above with what seems to be another grease filter attached to it (see photos). Can I only replace the sheet ...
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What is this spiral-textured pipe in wall cabinet?

I’m helping with parents' kitchen remodeling and will take down my vent hood cabinet and do away with it. I just want vent hood straight up to ceiling for a clean modern look. But when I look inside ...
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My kitchen faucet was installed so that the water doesn't flow into the center of the sink

The water does not flow into the center of the sink. It hits into the sink about 3/4 back. Lots of water gets splashed up on the counter behind the sink. Can I bend the faucet so that the nozzle is ...
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Proper Flow under Kitchen Sink connected to Disposal

Hi all, I really appreciated the feedback on my last post pertaining to bathroom sink p-trap, so I thought I'd try to get some advice on this situation. It's been like this since we've moved in, (...
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How do I reattach the coupling nut to the strainer tailpiece?

Kitchen Sink: Gap between Coupling Nut & Strainer Tailpiece (what happened? lasted 12 years then doesn't fit) Photo 1 (the tailpiece and coupling nut) Video (under the kitchen sink - water ...
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The plastic film is peeling off the corners and edges of some of my kitchen cabinets - how can I simply fix this?

The corners and edges of some of my kitchen cabinets are peeling (the clear film over the colour). How can I easily fix this without redoing the whole door/surface (ie just fixing the small peeling ...
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What's the best position for under-cupboard lighting?

When we had our kitchen done, the builders put in under-cupboard lighting. Without asking me, they put them right at the back of the cupboards, next to the wall... We are about to replace these ...
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Radiant stove burner - Wire or switch?

One of the burners on my glass range stopped working. More specifically, it won't turn on when I turn the knob, but it does warm up when using the Simmer Select setting. I lifted the glass cooktop to ...
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What material is used to create oven/cooker kitchen cabinets?

My concern is fires. I think the sides of ovens sometimes heat a lot, and this makes me wonder how to design a: Cabinet inside which built-in/enclosed ovens rest. The sides, including the bottom ...
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Can I use expanding foam to seal a hole behind my kitchen gas stove?

There is a hole in the wall behind my kitchen gas stove where some pipes for the stove come through. But mice also come through there. I want to seal the gap using expanding foam, but when I read the ...
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Installing tiles in a basement kitchen on concrete floor, existing kitchen in place, how can I tile under the existing cabinets?

I have a kitchen basement that is L shaped On one side of the L I have a stove and a dishwasher so those are easy to move and tile under On the other side there is a sink and counter two cabinet, some ...
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Do tankless under the kitchen sink 110v water heaters any good for instant warm water? [closed]

I was planning to install a mini tank water heater under the kitchen sink. It's just to be able to wash hands quickly without waiting for the hot water to come in from main heater. I don't have enough ...
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Pink rigid board over existing VB and batt insulation?

Replacing drywall on a north interior kitchen wall. I am down the studs, tuck taped the VB over existing pink batts where needed, my questions can I install pink rigid board right over the VB and the ...
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How can I open a kitchen cabinet door where the child lock is keeping it closed?

We have recently moved into a new house and our kitchen cabinet doors appear to have child locks fitted. One of the cabinets has suddenly locked shut, and we cannot get it open. The following links ...
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Installing new kitchen faucet in old mobile home

I need to install my new Glacier Bay Sadira kitchen faucet in my old 1972 mobile home. Before I begin wrenching, I've visually noticed (I think) that the new faucet's attached braided hoses are a 3/8&...
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How can I repair this water damage area in my "laminate"(?) countertop near my sink?

I'm renting and don't want to have to pay my landlord for an expensive countertop replacement, so I'd like to know how this can be fixed. Also, there is some potential replacement material hidden ...
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I don't know what my countertop is made of

We live in a house that was built in the 70s. We want to paint the countertops but we have no idea what the material is! Any ideas? Suggestions for painting ?
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Are the notches in these studs holding up a beam a structural concern?

I have a concern and a question about the same structural studs. If it matters, I am in Ontario, Canada. Firstly, as you can see in the picture, the three 2x4 studs are holding up the four 2x8 beam ...
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What is the name of photographed hinge?

The goal is to order a replacement hinge online (such as Amazon.com) with the correct search words. The hinge is connects the door to the kitchen cabinet:
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Open Neutral, circuit not connected at the panel and too may receptacles on one circuit

Beginner here, I am trying to figure out as much as I can before I call in an electrician. I have a receptacle in my breakfast area showing open neutral. I turned off the power and checked all other ...
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Convert cooker supply to 13amp sockets

I will shortly be having a range cooker installed that requires 2 x 13 amp supplies. Maximum power required is stated as 3 kW and 2.85 kW respectively. I have a redundant cooker supply on its own ...
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Can anyone tell me what is happening to my gas stove?

I went to boil water with a stainless kettle "not a plastic container" but only 1 minute passed I smell something like melted plastic. So, I turn off the burner and found this thing on the ...
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How to rehabilitate misaligned kitchen faucet sprayer nozzles

My kitchen faucet spray pattern has gone a little haywire. It's not mineral deposit/build-up... I soak in vinegar solution a few times a year to prevent this. I think it happened when I used a ...
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How can I fasten the front of a cabinet base securely?

I think the plank needs to be rotated 180deg so its left side goes to the right side for it to be correctly aligned. Anyway, this wooden plank certainly had a plastic clamp (or maybe something else) ...
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Methods for fitting base cabinets on top of carpet

I am wanting to fit some kitchen-style base cabinets for storage in one of my rooms, however this room has carpetted floor. I was thinking about buying/building actual kitchen cabinets as these seem ...
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Non-toxic paint to mark metal cutlery [closed]

In my office, we have a lot of private cutlery brought from home. Over time it magically disappears so I have bought new sets several times. Is there a paint (preferably in a pen) that can be used to ...
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Kitchen Cabinet Materials with lowest emission, Vocs, etc

What are the kitchen cabinet materials which have Low Air Gas toxic emission, (low VOCs, low formaldehyde) ? I see different material types: Solid Wood, Veneer, MDF, Laminate, plywood, metal, Melamine,...
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Installing New Undermount Sink Under Existing Countertop

I'm doing initial research into replacing our existing sink. Pictured below: We absolutely hate the double basin sink since the bigger side doesn't have the garbage disposal and barely gets used. ...
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Working out which plug is on which half of a handle tied circuit

In a house built in the early 1980s in California, USA. My kitchen and dining room are (mostly) on a single pair of 20 amp circuits - excepting the dishwasher and garbage disposal, which each get a ...
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Kitchen Circuits

I am redoing a kitchen and have a question regarding circuits. I have only five 20 amp branch circuits as the box is full and don’t plan on upgrading. I have two circuits for small appliances ...
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Can a corroded kitchen drain pipe stub going in wall be unscrewed? Is it just a nipple?

My galvanized kitchen sink drain pipe is in a plaster wall behind a wood cabinet. The stub coming out of the wall into the cabinet is corroded (right at the wall) and the bottom of the stub (that I ...
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Wiring 6000W 110V Crepe Maker

I have a China-made commercial size crepe maker with double griddles/plates. The back plate states that it is 110V, 5400W, while the online data lists it as 6000w (2x3000). It comes without a plug, ...
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Hot water in shower and washer but not other faucets

I have no hot water in bathroom or kitchen sinks but hot water does go in shower and washing machine. My water heater appears okay and runs. I run "hot" water faucet in sink for a minute but ...
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How should I reconnect two light switches with four black wires?

we recently moved to a condo and I was looking to replace some dated dimmers with regular on/off light switches to be able to use LED bulbs. Ended up taking off the two light switches but did not ...
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Kitchen extraction ducting

Just realised our builder must have only had a 100mm hole cutter when installing the kitchen extraction unit as I found the kit with a 150mm ducting and noticed the series of reducers on the unit to ...
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kitchen downlights sometimes flicker or go out

We moved into our new (to us) house 7 months ago and have been working our way through loads of issues (the previous owners let lots of things go to ruin). We're now on our kitchen downlights -- we ...
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Kitchen faucet help: 3/8 supply to 1/4 copper pipe

I am new to plumbing with metal pipe having only done DIY stuff with PVC and similar pipes (irrigation and aquarium plumbing). We just moved into a house, and my kitchen water supply valve has I think ...
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Repairing heating element and plug for old electric cooktop

I'm repairing an old Thermador TM45-1 electric cooktop (22" by 45" with two 6" burners, two 8" burners, and a griddle in the center). It's in surprisingly good shape except for 1 ...
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Do I need to supplement my floor joists or steel girder for a remodel?

I am doing a kitchen/den remodel and spoke to an engineer beforehand about taking out some walls (he said it's safe to do as they aren't load supporting). On his way out he said I should get someone ...
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How would I tighten a screwless kitchen shear?

I have a pair of J. A. Henckels kitchen shears that look exactly like this: The joints are covered with a blue cap on both sides. I sharpened them recently, but they still don't cut well, and I ...
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Outlet buried behind cabinet and need to find any suggestions

I went to plug in new disposal and the contractor (who was fired) did not cut it in. I know it's there cause of photo, but I don't know exactly and do no want a 2 foot hole in brand new kitchen ...
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Is #8 wire suitable for an oven on a 50A breaker?

My house took considerable damage to the roof and electrical supply to my home in a wind storm. The main breaker panel was in a sorry state and so while the damage did not technically reach the panel ...
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Electric stove burner starts and stays on high on lowest setting. Infinite switch passes ohmmeter tests

BACKGROUND: I have a GE glass-top radiative stove (model jp3030tj2ww) that has 1 burner that starts on high on the lowest setting and gets stuck there and a 2nd burner that only does this sometimes ...
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Kitchen drain older copper metal steel replace put a new one in

I'm trying to remove a drain out of a sink it's the older one I don't think it's ever been replaced the actual centerpiece it's letting all the debris go down it needs to be taken out so what do I do ...
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How should I redo plumbing to fit new garbage disposal?

Planning to replace InSinkErator Badger 1 garbage disposal with Evolution Compact and it appears they have slightly different dimensions (5" vs 5-3/4"): How do you recommend changing this ...
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