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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My GFCI/AFCI 20a kitchen socket warning lights are both flashing

Hope someone can help. All my outlets in my kitchen work, but my two GFCI/AFCI 20A outlets occasionally and utterly randomly will flip and for the most part the AFCI light on the outlet will flash, ...
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How to convert from Downdraft cooktop range to hood

As a part of kitchen renovation I have to decide between replacing our down draft with another or to replace it with a cooktop and a hood. I am trying to get some perspective on what is involved and ...
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Wiring for kitchen remodel - appliances, electric oven/microwave combo, fridge, 2 dishwashers

I am working on a plan for a kitchen remodel. The existing range is natural gas powered so it doesn't have a dedicated circuit (It's just plugged into a 15 or 20amp outlet). Other existing wiring ...
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Can I remove kitchen bulkhead/soffit without removing cabinets?

I want to begin a kitchen remodel project. Step 1 will be to fix all the walls. I want to DIY demolish the existing 12" soffit above the cabinets, then hire a plumber/electrician to adjust the ...
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Sharing kitchen hood and kitchen ventilation through one duct

My kitchen currently does not have a kitchen hood, so I'm planning to install it. At the moment there is a ventilation duct, my idea is to connect the hood pipe to the ventilation pipe in the drop ...
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Lower Sanitary T in Wall for new lower sink

I have a question, I need to lower the Sanitary T due to new sink being lower and garbage disposal out being lower then the wall out. Luckily the pipe is vertical in wall. The old T that you see in ...
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Does code mandate outlets when windows are above the counter?

We are renovating our century home's kitchen and would like to install windows that go to the ceiling so that our marble backsplash does not have any seams in it. The thing we later realized is, if we ...
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Where to put new fridge? [closed]

Just bought our first house and we're trying to make two main improvements to the kitchen:   There's no microwave and not really enough counter space for one (But I'll save this for a subsequent post)...
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How to remove the snorkel from GE JVB98SH1SS downdraft vent?

I am trying to remove the snorkel from the countertop so I can clean grease that has built up all over it.
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What happens if range hood is smaller than cooktop?

If the range hood is 70% size of cooktop, shouldn't the smoke from sides of cooktop still get sucked towards middle hence getting sucked inside? So why people recommend range hood bigger than cooktop?
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Lead painted floor below current subfloor: can we leave the subfloor when replacing main floor?

The kitchen floor in our 1860 New England house has many layers. I count 5. We would like to replace the current floor. It's starting to break in many places and we hate it. Below our current floor is ...
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Sealing water leak between kitchen cabinets and floor

Since moving into our house 5 years ago, we have spilled a large amount of water on our kitchen floor a few times. When this happens, the water leaks into the floor boards and drips all the way into ...
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How easy / expensive is it to move kitchen from front to back of the house? [closed]

Good afternoon, My partner and I (who have absolutely no design / construction experience) have found almost the ideal house - just within budget - but the only problem is that the kitchen is a ...
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kitchen faucet leaking from swivel

My kitchen faucet is leaking at the swivel. I have no idea what type of faucet this is, as it was here when we moved in: I assume there's some kind of o-ring I can replace here. But, I honestly can't ...
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How to remove dark spots from wood kitchen countertop

I found some dark spots in the wood of the kitchen countertop this morning. I don't know what would have caused them to appear, and I don't know what the material, type of wood, the countertop is ...
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can a bathroom or kitchen exhaust airt through a vent placed in the outter edge of the soffit and pointing down and out

Can a bathroom or kitchen range vent out through a vent-unit placed on the outter-edge of a soffit if it is pointing down and away from the house?
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How can I remove a mouse stuck in the air duct above a kitchen exhaust fan with built-in microwave?

Last night I heard noises in the cabinet above the microwave. There was nothing there but I heard squeaking and movement from the lower part of the metal air duct in the center of the cabinet. I am ...
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Kitchen lights not working after changing bulbs

These F32T8 kitchen light bulbs stopped working, so I replaced them with these bulbs. After I replaced it, the lights turned on fine the first time. However, the lights no longer turn on. I've checked ...
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Is it a structural wall

So my adult kids started working on the kitchen-they were planning to remove a wall that runs perpendicular to the peak (along the cross-joists, so we thought it wasn't a supporting wall). After ...
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Drawer Slides for Wide Drawers [closed]

I installed an island in our kitchen using two prebuilt 36" wide cabinet boxes from home depot. The cabinet's came with crummy drawer slides which I would like to upgrade; however, in my research I've ...
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Should I tape/support drywall seam next to cabinet?

I'm replacing the dry wall in our kitchen and then adding a tile backsplash. What is best practice in terms of taping the seam that is right up against the cabinet base/top? Should I add horizontal ...
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Trying to remove a bar sink faucet and we have nothing to unscrew to be able to remove it

We are trying to replace a bar faucet that was an expensive unit but 20 years old. All the videos we watched showed a fairly simple screw to unscrew and the faucet would come right out. With this ...
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What is this red sediment inside our sink aerator?

Does anyone know what this red slime/gunk is inside our sink aerator? Besides replacing the aerators, is there anything else we should do? The red sediment is in the aerator of the sink and one of ...
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How to uninstall this tricky P trap?

I have trouble replacing this kind of P trap as shown in the Figure below. Different from a normal P trap (e.g., here https://i.stack.imgur.com/W7MWn.jpg ), threre is no such "wrench stuff". I ...
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Leak from the pipe in the basement that connects to kitchen sink

Everytime kitchen sink water is used it leaks through in the basement (shown in the picture below). I wonder if that can be fixed by applying silicon around or it's something bigger of an issue that ...
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Receptical Box located In bottom kicthen cabinet

We have a receptacle Box located in a bottom kitchen cabinet on the back wall with 1 white, 1 red, and 1 black wite. No ground. I wanted to add a plug to it and then took a closer look at what I was ...
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Removed one kitchen cabinet others will be fine?

I will be remodeling my kitchen later this year. Right now, there was a sale on the refrigerator I wanted so I ordered it. I had to remove the cabinet above where the refrigerator will go due to the ...
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Outlet covers no longer fit

I installed a backsplash in my kitchen, after finishing the job I realized that the outlet covers no longer fit due since they are flush with the wall as opposed to slightly sticking out. Is there any ...
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i have chipped my kitchen cabinet door. Is there any way it can be repaired

I have chipped the kitchen cabinet door. The laminate is shown in the figure 1 along with the chipped door. I am seeking advice for how to repair the chipped door.
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Trying to install countertop/bar on an existing halfwall

Being the poor person I am, I am trying to slowly upgrade my kitchen whenever able. My parents got new counter tops and saved their old formica counters for me. I currently have an L shaped half wall ...
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Need help to ID and remove electric outlet cover

I Need some help identifying and removing an electrical outlet cover in the kitchen. I removed the middle screw but the cover is still not coming off, no screws on the sides either.
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Mounting mess up - need advice

I was asked to mount a bar to suspend cookware from in a kitchen. The plan was to use toggle bolts and mount it above another suspended cookware bar. I began drilling my 5/8" hole through the ...
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Is this induction hob safe for me?

I'm in the UK, I bought a new induction hob that has the label in the picture. It mentions 7kW, although I'm not sure what those 1.5kW/2kW mean then. Is is safe for me to use in a dedicated ring ...
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Tiling kitchen spashback with gap between worktop and wall

I'm planning on tiling a kitchen splashback (first time tiling project). Unfortunately due to curvature of the wall, there is a gap between the worktop and the wall. This varies in thickness between ...
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What type of material is my countertop made of and how should I clean/maintain it?

Countertop was installed when before we moved in. It has a solid black appearance, when wiping with stone cleaner, it will be shiny but will dry to a matte finish. Also stains do not appear while wet, ...
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What should I wash my walls with prior to using “peel and stick” tiles except TSP?

I am installing peel and stick tiles as a backsplash. I would like to know what to wash the walls with before installing. The walls were painted eight years ago.
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Exhaust vents exiting outside next to each other

Is there any code that requires exhaust vents specifically for bathroom, Kitchen hood, and clothes dryer to terminate ‘x’ distance apart? For instance, placing these three exhaust exits on the same ...
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Which caulk around the sink in kitchen is a health-safe?

I need to glue a metal sink within the hole in the countertop - a gap has appeared in one place of contact-edge between the sink and top-counter. Many people have recommend silicone. My question is ...
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Should I put in a sub-panel to add breakers to an older home?

I’m renovating my kitchen in a century home. It has already been updated with newer wire, but many shortcuts had been taken by the previous owner. I plan to replace the old wire throughout and add the ...
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Is it normal for an experienced Finish Carpenter to put so many blemishes on walls during a kitchen cabinet install?

I recently hired a Finish Carpenter with “30+ years of experience” to install my white finish, plywood cabinets. I paid $1400 for him to mount 10 boxes (he only mounted 9 but still charged $1400 plus ...
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Replace 36“ range with 30” [duplicate]

My house came with a lovely 36" Viking propane range that's now 20 years old, and starting to die. Replacing it would be expensive. Exorbitantly, and infeasibly expensive. Replacement 36" ranges are ...
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Can the drain pipes in my kitchen soffit be relocated into the wall?

I'm in planning stages for a major kitchen remodel. Home built in 1984 with PEX plumbing, all electric, etc. We would like to demo the kitchen soffit (bulkhead) to make the ceiling level and install ...
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What is the minimum safe distance between two induction hobs/Stovetops?

I am building a new kitchen in the UK and I want a 5-6 burner induction hob/stove. However, a 5 or 6 burner induction hob is more than twice a 4 ring one. Given that I am looking at other options. ...
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Freezer keeps defrosting

I have a Liebherr freezer/wine fridge (SWTNES 3010-25A). After about a year of owning it, the freezer started to "defrost" itself. I would open it up, and it was wet inside. Checking the temperature ...
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Kitchen Faucet Low Flow by design?

Just moved in and noticed the kitchen faucet has low flow. About 1 GPM. Rest of the house is fine. Seems like the faucet supply lines are too narrow. Never seen this before. Is this normal? The ...
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Range Hood has plug, no outlet on the wall

I removed my upper cabinets and bought a range hood. There is a BX coming from the hole above my stove. There is no wall outlet. Is there any way I can convert this to make the new range hood work? I ...
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Vertical lift mechanism for over the sink cabinet

Are there any vertical lift mechanisms available which can vertically lower down and lift a wall cabinet shelves ? I am redesigning my kitchen and it will have a 36" wide and 18" high cabinet over ...
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Need help installing new ceiling light

There are only two wires coming out of ceiling, both are black and only one reads there is power. I need to install a new ceiling light fixture but don’t know what to do.
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Backsplash for behind stove

My wife and I just bought a house, the paint that is in the kitchen is borderline primer. I want to install a backsplash to protect the wall. Would the peel and stick backsplash be sufficient or would ...
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What kind of sink faucet screws are these and how do I tighten them?

I have a loose sink faucet with screws I've never seen that holds it in place. There doesn't appear to be anything for a screwdriver or wrench to latch onto for tightening. How does one tighten these ...

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