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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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Install tiles on top of laminate floor in kitchen

This is my remodel kitchen here done 5 years ago. Notice that everything is new BUT the floor. As I decided not to do the floor at that time. But now it looks dated. The kitchen floor is same level ...
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Frost building up in freezer

My Kitchenaid unit (refrigerator on the top, freezer on the bottom) started building up a lot of frost kind of suddenly. I inspected the freezer door gaskets, and they seem to be sealing normally. ...
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Kitchen peninsula countertop over hang to patio door

I am in the process of remodeling the kitchen and the peninsula countertop coming into question: It's right next to the patio door and there is only 4 inches space. The countertop is 3 feet wide. ...
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Sealing gap(s) around cabinet pipe penetrations

I own a slab house. Under the kitchen sink there are gaps around the pipes on the base of the cabinet, a good 1/2 inch gap. I'm wondering if I can seal those gaps and what the best method would be. I ...
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Burn stain on unknown countertop material

Yesterday morning I placed a burning hot stainless steel frying pan on the countertop in the house I live in. I got distracted by other things and I am pretty sure it stayed there for a while. Upon ...
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Chirping in Kitchen - Always one minute apart

So we've been getting this weird chirping noise in the kitchen. It's always just one chirp, and always a minute apart between chirps when I decided to time it. It first started yesterday in the ...
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Why is my kitchen water supply so high?

I'm about to move into a new apartment in Germany, which in most cases you need to put in your own kitchen! One confusing thing about the apartment I've rented is that the water supply (outlet?) is ...
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Black water from kitchen sink cold water line

Today I noticed my kitchen sink was leaking underneath in the cabinet. I went to take a look and it looked as if it was coming from somewhere inside the faucet. I disconnected the lines and removed ...
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Half wall supporting 18" overhanging counter — can this be done?

As part of an upcoming kitchen remodel we plan on knocking down a (non-load bearing) wall between the dining room and kitchen. We are thinking of converting a portion of the existing wall to a half ...
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No studs just furring strips on brick for cabinet install

1961 kichen remodel-and the exterior wall is brick with furring strips with drywall. This is the longest wall and will have the majority of wall cabinets (old cabs were nailed into the ceiling). ...
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Removing fake self stick backsplash

How can I remove self stick backsplash. Some of them have been falling off, but some are stubborn and won't come off easily without pulling the top layer of drywall off.
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Is this normal? Cabinet/Backsplash install

We hired a contractor for our kitchen but are doing our own bathroom. The contractor installed the wall cabinets directly on concrete and the base cabinets on top of ungrouted tile. The contractor ...
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Best way to fit this dishwasher under the kitchen counter?

This dishwasher is about a half inch too tall. Cutting a slot into the underside of the counter would solve the problem, and the lip of the washer would hide the cut, but I don't know the best way to ...
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Should I resurface these kitchen cabinets or throw away? [closed]

I have these old kitchen cabinets and I cannot tell what wood it is. It seem "light" on the weight. No damage or anything. Should I make it look nicer with some new paint and decoration (how)? Or is ...
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Door Bell transformer box [duplicate]

My door bell transformer is on an outside wall in my ceiling. I want to know if I can put the whole thing with the wire behind the drywall? Concerned about it over heating.
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Is my p-trap too low?

We recently installed a new sink and because the drain is in a different spot decided to replace the plumbing. This is the preliminary set up. My question; is the distance from the bottom of my p-trap ...
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Replacing a Cast Iron Sink with a Stainless sink

We have granite counter tops and are replacing a cast iron sink with a stainless one. We bought a 33x22" sink (which is the size of the Cast iron) and because of the clips (which the cast iron doesn't ...
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light fixture with no power

We are installing a light fixture in my kitchen, it's an old fixture that was my grandmothers. When we hooked everything up at first the light worked and everything else on that circuit also worked (...
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How to tighten sink faucet?

I have a double-bowl, stainless steel kitchen sink mounted to a granite countertop, with a faucet with a pull-out spray head (pictured). The faucet is no longer tightly mounted, so it wobbles back ...
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Quick connect for kitchen faucets?

I've been looking for a way to simplify the process of switching faucet adapters between the regular aerator, the dish washer adapter and the fish tank adapter to drain out water. I saw that there ...
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Kitchen faucet clogging

My kitchen faucet pull out sprayer head keeps getting clogged with light teal colored granules. The granules are soft enough to mash between my fingers not hard like rocks. I disassemble the faucet ...
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mounting un-vented range hood in plaster and wood lath wall

How best to fasten 30 pound range hood to wall - range hood has 2 large keyhole slots, I do not want to open the wall if possible. Would conical anchors (#12 screws) and construction adhesive be ...
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What material is my damaged kitchen ceiling made of and how should I repair it?

I have a house built in the 1950's, 3 bedroom brick ranch in Michigan. I had a leak in my roof, which over a period of time caused the kitchen ceiling to start to fall apart, peel, and show water ...
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GFCI Suddenly Tripping

I have 4 GFCI plugs on the kitchen wall that have been there for a few years. Late afternoon yesterday, all 4 tripped. I kept resetting them and they kept tripping. 2 are on 1 breaker and 2 on another....
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Replacing kitchen faucet hose in tight space with nonstandard plumbing?

I can't remove the hose from underneath... What sort of faucet house connection is this, and how do I remove it? Looking up at base of faucet:
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How to replace Blender's Drive Coupling? [closed]

I am in need to replace the drive coupling of a blender, Breville BBL605. The drive coupling looks some thing like this : I watched a video on youtube for a similar looking blender : https://www....
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Alternatives to knobs for kitchen cabinets?

I have very old oak kitchen cabinets that I just can’t see replacing because they are in beautiful condition yet we never had any kind of knobs or hardware to open and close them with. Now that we are ...
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Remove stuck tailpipe from sink

I want to replace my kitchen strainer and to do this, I'm trying to replace the tailpipe - but it's stuck. I was able to unscrew the nut all the way I believe. If you look at the picture below, you ...
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Are there hinges that will accommodate 1.5 in thick cabinet doors? If so, would they solve the issue discussed below?

I'm adding a frame around my kitchen cabinet doors, using lengths of oak that are 3/4" thick x 2 1/2" wide. The 3/4" thick frame makes the cabinet doors 1 1/2" thick, and when I reattached the hinged ...
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Moen kitchen faucet replacement

I had a leaky kitchen faucet so I got a new Moen 87557 from Homedepot. I was able to install everything up until I was ready to connect the faucet to the water outlet. The old faucet had a 3/4" (I ...
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Could I shut off the refrigerator for awhile?

I purchased a new refrigerator two days ago and have been running it. But I need to stop using it for 70 days, and then start it again once I get married. Could this usage pattern cause a breakdown? ...
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Enlarge a drawer opening

I need to know what tool and instructions or suggestions on how to make my kitchen drawer openings taller. The drawer faces are tall enough to cover another 3/4 " and i really could use that little ...
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Bottom shelf of cabinet, support weight of itself?

I have another question posted about making my kitchen island movable. To do this, I have to put it on casters. The most aesthetically pleasing method is to have the casters inside that 4" void ...
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Move rangehood fan inline

I have one of these rangehoods, the fan is built in directly above the filters so its noisy as hell when you run it. I don't really want to spend $1K+ on a new "silent" rangehood, I was wondering if ...
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Movable kitchen island on glueless vinyl

My kitchen island is a 66" x 36" countertop supported by two 33" x 24" base cabinets, leaving a 12" overhang on the long side. The island weighs at least 300lbs empty. Contents will add another ...
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How do I clean the aerator or replace the head of my kitchen sprayer?

How do I clean the aerator or replace the head of my CFG kitchen pull-down sprayer? It swivels from left to right for either spray or flow - I know it detaches just cannot figure out how to clean or ...
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Fridge works for 2 months if I unplug it for 2 hours

My fridge quits working after a couple months. The only fix seems to be unplugging it for a few hours then plugging it back in. It is not iced over. I have replaced the main control board. I have ...
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Kitchen ceiling uneven after removing soffit

I just removed my kitchen soffits . Now I can see the 2 areas were the soffits were. The ceiling popcorn was replaced but still I can see .How I can fix it without having all the ceiling re-done? ...
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Covering damaged wood cabinet under sink

The bottom face of the wood cabinet under the kitchen sink has lots of water damage from leaks with the previous owner. I'd like to cover over this wood. However, because I also want to put in a ...
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Sink too low for p pipe

My new sink is too deep for the drain. How can I plumb it to lower the p pipe?
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Kickplate or grout first? [closed]

I have small, decorative tiles just in front of my kitchen cabinets. However, my cabinets sit on a 2x4 platform to raise them and I need to put in a kickplate to cover the wood. Should I grout first ...
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Cabinet Crown moulding blocks outlet

I would like to add crown moulding to my cabinets up to the ceiling for a finished look. However, there is an electrical outlet used for in-cabinet lighting that is above one section. How do I get the ...
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Ok to hook up water filters to a regular kitchen faucet?

So we have this beautiful Grohe Minta (sort of upside down 7-shaped) kitchen faucet. We want to add a drinking water faucet next to it, but cannot find any filtered water faucet that goes with the ...
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Why do Instructions to Leviton nylon plugs and connectors say “DO NOT use with solid wire”?

I bought Leviton “black and white professional” 20 amp 125V nylon connector(#5369 NEMA 5-20R) and plug(#5366 NEMA 5-20P)for my dishwasher. Both the dishwasher powerline from the panel box and the ...
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Kitchen Light randomly goes out every ~10 minutes

For the past few weeks, we've noticed our kitchen track lighting randomly "goes out" every 10 or so minutes. It started out just "flickering" off for a few seconds before coming back on. Sometimes the ...
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Ikea Maximera in other cabinet; exact dimensions?

I’d like to use IKEA Maximera drawers a cabinet in my current (non-IKEA) kitchen. Without just buying them and hoping for a fit, I’m wondering how precise my cabinet needs to be to match for it to ...
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Trying to replace my old kitchen gas stove, how to find a replacement? [closed]

I've got an old kitchen gas stove which is built-in the ceramics on my kitchen. It's shape used to be popular in the 90s (rounded corners), however it seems as though these days all stoves come in a ...
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Must remove old adhesive before installing new peel and stick vinyl?

Advice needed! There are three layers of flooring currently in our kitchen : 1) original linoleum 2) 20 year old vinyl tile (something like peel and stick) 3) 15 year old vinyl peel and stick ...
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Is there minimum clearance from gas stove to door?

I know there is a minimum clearance to hood and cabinets above, but I can't find a side-clearance to a doorway. My concern is someone coming through the door and not seeing the hot stove around the ...
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Is it safe to put pots and pans with hard plastic handles on the bottom rack of the dishwasher? [closed]

I have a Whirlpool dishwasher I bought in 2014. It works fine. But where should I put pots and pans with hard plastic handles when I load the dishwasher? I want to put them on the bottom rack, but I ...