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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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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What kind of mastic/putty is used for threaded metal plumbing connections?

Whatever is used here is leaking very slightly (like a couple of water drops here and there ), and I'm curious what kind of mastic/putty is used for this purpose. I guess I need to replace it. ...
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Kitchen Reno Drywall for backsplash

I'm a doing a kitchen renovation, however I do not want to move the cabinets, I'm just replacing the doors. I do want to remove the existing ugly backsplash and add a new one. The current one is ...
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Temporary Insulation - Window Fan

I live in an apartment without adequate kitchen ventilation. I like doing a lot of wok cooking, which tends to result in enormous amounts of smoke - tripping smoke alarms and getting into all of my ...
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Drain of kitchen sink on a 1/70 slope over 5 m - passive or active solutions

I am making a home improvement and want to route a kitchen drain of 40mm in an existing sleeve of 110mm diameter at approx. floor level over a straight run of 5 m. The best fall I can hope to get is ...
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Extending conduit/cable for new induction cooktop

Just looking for a double check on something I think shouldn't be an issue. I currently have an old electric drop-in cooktop, and I'm looking to replace it with a new induction unit. The old unit has ...
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Stains in grout

For a tiling job, I used this charcoal grout: After a few days, as indicated by the instructions, I applied this sealer: A few minutes after applying the sealant, these white stains appeared ...
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What can I do with two blind corners ('C'-shaped kitchen)

I have this space: There is around 80cm underneath the counter, call it 70cm afer allowing for a toekick. This consists of: 120cm on the left, reduced by around 9cm of wall to 111cm, of which 60cm ...
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How to wire two GFCI to one split circuit basic receptacle for dishwasher and disposal

How do I wire two GFCI receptacles with two separate circuit with a common neutral for dishwasher and disposal. I only have a 12/3 load wire and there is no way I can run another neutral.The kitchen ...
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Gluing Magnetic Knife Rack/Holder/Strip to Inside of Backpacker-Style Wooden Food Locker so I can remove it later

I don't like having my cutlery loose on the floor of my food locker, so I bought a magnetic strip for my knife, fork, dessert spoon, teaspoon and chopping knife. Now I just need to affix it to the ...
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Can I drill a 6” hole in my i-joist (not load bearing)?

Hi I am in the process of installing a range hood in my basement and I need to snake the 6” vent through a I-joist to get it to a place where I can drill it out through the rim joist. The question I ...
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Vintage Cast Iron Kitchen Sink

These brackets were used to hold up a large 1910 double drainboard cast iron sink. Has anyone ever seen how these are used?
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Moen kitchen faucet loose

I have a moen kitchen faucet that keeps coming loose. From below, I can tighten the nut, however it will not stay tight. As soon as I take my hand or wrench off the nut, it starts spinning backwards....
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What is the purpose of this steel pipe lagged to the stud in this dividing wall?

We’re looking to open up a wall that separates the kitchen and living room. The wall doesn’t reach the ceiling, currently has a 3ft doorway. The house is a single story slab on grade located in SoCal. ...
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How to make sure cupboard door is not bending

My cupboard height is going to be 8 feet and I bought plywood and I didn't realise plywood could bend if the cupboard height is going to be more than 4 feet. Any suggestions and ideas I should keep in ...
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How to repair this kitchen drain pipe?

I bought an house. I've this kitchen "ripped" drain pipe. It is a cast iron pipe. How can I fix it to allow to connect my kitchen sink pipes ?
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Separate sure vent blocking new sink? Can it be moved?

We were installing a new sink from our old 5 inch sink and got halted when we realized it wouldn’t fit because of a sure vent. Of course we had no idea what it was and googled but now we are even more ...
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Any reason to change 15a receps to 20a receps (20a breaker, 12 gauge wire, Kitchen)

I have 20a circuits in my kitchen. The GFCI's are 20a, but all the standard receps are 15a. The breakers are 20a and the wire is 12 gauge throughout. Is there any reason to upgrade to actual 20a ...
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How to get a refrigerator tight to the wall with baseboard hot water heat.?

Complete overhaul of kitchen. We have 12’ of baseboard hot water heat. We are having a toe kick to re-route the pipe for the cabinets so they will be tight with the wall, but what can we do to to the ...
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need quiet refrigerator for living room [closed]

We have an open-plan living room / kitchen. We installed IKEA furniture in the kitchen (Metod / Bobdyn). We have to choose a built-in fridge / freezer. For this IKEA kitchen one can only install 54cm *...
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Musty/smelly cabinets

I just bought an older house that had really bad DIYers. As a result, the inside of the kitchen cabinets were never finished and absorbed all kinds of smells. The worst is the musty smells. I ...
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Our new Whirlpool Range, WFC 315S0 burners turn off and back on in the middle of boiling product for any length of time. Is there a disconnect?

Our new Whirlpool Electric Range WFC315S0 burners turn off and back on in the middle of boiling product for any length of time. For instance while you are canning which requires consistent heat, the ...
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GFCI in kitchen

I have a double gang in my kitchen. I dont know where the wires come from but one lead to the old plug and another to a switch (which I believe is set up for 3 way). I am now replacing the old plug ...
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How to place an OTR microwave next to a wall

I am trying to replace an OTR microwave since the previous (quite old) one stopped working. While the space is the standard 30" wide, to the left of the opening is essentially a wall, and while I ...
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Low water flow from kitchen faucet

We installed a new faucet about 2 years ago and all was working well. It is a Krause single side handle. Recently we noticed that the flow rate had decreased for the cold side. After a few more days ...
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What is the best way to remove paint smell from room?

Background. Ceiling collapsed in small part of kitchen due to water leak, initial damage was limited to small part of room, but somehow the people who landlord sent round (not professionals), they ...
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Kitchen hot water

The city shut off the water today to work on some water lines when my water come back on the kitchen sink hot water will not come on all other faucets have hot water coming out. I checked the valve ...
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First time changing a faucet and i am stuck

I am a complete novice in terms of changing faucets (and DIY generally), but you have to start somewhere right? I need to change my kitchen faucet and of course I am already getting stuck with the ...
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How to adjust these soft close hinges on the door?

The cabinets in my kitchen have soft close hinges --- see pictures below. The hinges brand is Hettich. One of the cabinets suddenly stopped closing "softly" and it just slams right back in. ...
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Is there such a thing as an expanding fastener that pressure-grips into a U-shaped channel?

I have a kitchen wall which is made of wooden boards separated by U-shaped recessed channels. Rental house, so no drilling possible, but it occurs to me that if there were such a thing as an expanding ...
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Does anyone know this brand logo?

I'm trying to identify the maker of my kitchen sink. It has a stamp on the bottom, but I've had no luck identifying the company name. I live in a house just south of Minneapolis, Minnesota in the ...
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Outdoor kitchen on sloped patio

I am building an outdoor kitchen using standard 8"x8"x16" concrete blocks on a concrete patio which slopes away from the house. The length of kitchen is 120" and the slope of the ...
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Aluminium utensils.cleaning colours carbon stains

I saw videos in youtube to clean Aluminium utensils with be boiled vinegar solution (boiled white vinegar+ detergent+salt+ lemon+ baking soda) or caustic soda solution or toilet cleaners harpic I ...
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Can you connect both a cooktop and an oven off one three-phase cable?

I have a couple of contractors renovating my kitchen and I have two appliances that I will need them to install: an induction cooktop (7600W max power, three-phase) a built-in oven (3600W max power, ...
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New oven door insulation visible

I have had a new oven installed. One side of the door hinge has insulation coming out slightly. It may have gotten slightly discolored from use. Is this normal and safe, or should the insulation be ...
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Best Circuit for Kitchen Receptacle

I have a 3-gang box above my kitchen counter with 3 switches: One for a lighting circuit One for the under-sink disposal One for the dishwasher Nobody wants a wall switch to turn off the dishwasher, ...
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Can kitchen island receptacles serve one of the two required small appliance branch circuits?

Remodeling a kitchen - I already have the two required 20A circuits. However, due to removing a wall to open things up, the receptacles that one of the branches serviced will no longer exist and there ...
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Does adding a receptacle to a circuit require updating to AFCI?

Remodeling a kitchen. I'll be adding two new circuits dedicated to the microwave and fridge. I'll also be reconfiguring the countertops which will result in having to add another outlet to meet code ...
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faucet spins after using hot water, how can i keep it fixed in place?

this faucet needs to spin, but after using hot water, or rotating too far, the base begins to spin in place. sometimes this causes leaking issues the plumbing underneath the sink since it all spins ...
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What wire do I use to retrofit a ground wire from new range back to breaker box?

Redoing my kitchen and installing a new range while also moving the location of the range outlet (thus, I am required to bring it up to code). Existing range is 8/3 with no ground and a 3 prong outlet ...
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What are some methods to attach a kitchen island to concrete?

The previous island I built has a pony wall on the back side which is framed with steel studs. The bottom plate of that framed wall is adhered to the concrete with construction adhesive in ...
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Is a 45 degree turn in the vertical portion of a drain line OK?

The drain line for my kitchen sink currently drops vertically through the subfloor and makes a 90 degree turn in the joist bay below. I am relocating the sink, pushing it about 20" back, e.g., ...
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Where is it safe to connect drain pipe of RO filtration system?

I'm installing iSpring RCC7AK filtration system in a rental apartment so I'd love to minimize impact on existing equipment. I'm considering 4 locations to connect: Drill a hole in the cap. I can't ...
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Two-phase/3-phase cooker connections in the Netherlands

I need to replace an induction hob that has been broken with another of the same model (IKEA Matmässig, just for sake of completeness). Original connection options The original connection to the mains ...

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