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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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Food safe varnish or paint

I'm making a set of drawers that will be used to store food. I'm using plywood and to seal it and make it easier to clean I'd like to use either varnish or if that's not possible, paint. Is there a ...
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Kitchen Refacing\New Counter top

I would like to get some opinions from you folks of our kitchen refacing and new counter top install. We have had many issues with the project from week one. We went through an actual company in hopes ...
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Kitchen Physics: How to unstick metal pot lid from wooden salad bowl

So this isn't really a home-improvement question but I think the people here have the skills to answer it. If there's a different site you'd recommend asking, please let me know and I'd be happy to ...
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Under Cabinet exposed NM/Romex

The original builder (USA, ca. 2006) ran exposed NM/romex between the fixtures. Maybe this is a nebulous question, but is that within code?
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Refrigerator should be away from LPG cylinder. Why?

In India (and probably other parts of the world) there's general advice regarding refrigerator positioning. It is suggested that we keep the refrigerator away from the Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) ...
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Ceiling fixture faulty?

I'm not an electrician nor I claim to be. But I have had one out here recently and hoping to get more understanding and insight. My ceiling fan in the kitchen is very old, at least 40 years. It has 5 ...
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Convert 220v dedicated oven connection to 110v receptacle?

I removed a 220V Oven residing on a dedicated circuit using 2 pole 40A breaker. The wire from the breaker to the outlet is 8/3 with red, black, white, and ground. I would like to move my fridge to ...
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How do I weigh a kitchen island to determine what size castors to get?

I need castors for a kitchen island. I need to know what to get. Do all the castors need to carry full weight or do I divide by 4 to get say 4 50lb to hold a 200lb cabinet for example?
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GFCI for kitchen outlets far from faucet

I gave a galley kitchen and a couple of outlets on the side opposite of the sink, so about 5-6 ft away from water. Do they need to be GFCI or just regular because they are at a distance? What is the ...
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What Medium to Use On Plank Subfloor For Porcelain Tile

Story My wife and I are remodeling our kitchen, and our contractor ask us if we want to remove the hardwood in the kitchen. He said that keeping the hardwood will make the floor solid. I did some ...
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Installing base cabinets - Securing to floor/shimming?

I am in the process of installing base cabinets in my kitchen. From what I have read online from articles such as this, it sounds as if base cabinets only need to be fastened to each other and the ...
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Two ovens on one breaker: NEC says OK, but installation manual wants dedicated circuit

I have a situation very similar to using two oven in one outlet. I'd like to install a 30 amp GE Advantium 220v oven and a 20 amp GE thermal oven on an existing circuit with a 50 amp breaker. However, ...
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Is this an isolation valve?

I'm trying to change the kitchen tap in my apartment, but I'm struggling to stop the water supply to the existing tap. I have flexi pipes installed so I'm assuming I also have an isolation valve, but ...
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Fasteners for securing cabinets together

I'm planning on using GRK Cabinet screws to fasten cabinets to the walls, but plan on using GRK trim screws to secure the cabinets to each other, like these. Are these appropriate? The heads seem a ...
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Do there exist smoke detectors with detached silencers?

I'm looking to replace a smoke detector for my kitchen, and I was wondering whether anyone had designed a smoke detector with a remote silence feature. The traditional method of keeping a stool or a ...
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Height Adjustable Kitchen Island on Casters

I am planning to build a kitchen island with two features Height adjustable Movable using casters The reason for #1 is it can be used as dining table during parties The reason for #2 is that can be ...
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kitchen faucet not working

I was running water into the sink while using the garbage disposal, but the water stopped coming from the faucet. I turned the disposal off, but the water won't come back on now.
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Cooker Hood with Off-set flue required [closed]

I need a cooker hood with an offset flue. There is a rafter right where I need to go through. Whilst searching I came across one that had quite a wide flue that may just work (better measurements ...
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Garbage disposal hums but won't spin

I moved in to a new house a few months ago and the other day I noticed my garbage disposal stopped working. The unit is an Insinkerator Badger 1 with 1/3 HP. When I flip the switch I can hear the unit ...
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What's this piece called (Need to know what to stick into Google)?

I've got a drawer that is held in place with these clip type things but one of them is missing. I want to try and find a replacement but I need to know what it's called so that I know what to search ...
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GFCI outlets in kitchen

I was wondering if i could have one outlet control all counter outlets? I need to replace some and trying to do this cheaper. I'm buying a property and trying to get it up to code.
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Blender killed outlet?

tl/dr: It seems a finicky blender killed my outlet - My blender initially turns on but then stops after a moment, and won't turn back on. I plugged a night light into one plug and it turns on ...
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Does OTR Microwave need to be flush against upper cabinet?

Installing an OTR cabinet and have run into an issue. The upper cabinet has a lip that runs around the whole thing. This will cause the top of the microwave to not be flush against the bottom of the ...
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Replacing old plug-in 220V range with new hardwire 3-wire electric cooktop: remove outlet or add a plug?

My apartment had an electric range which plugged into NEMA 10-30P/10-50P and was served by two 50A circuits. I will be installing electric/220V induction cooktop using the same circuits. There are ...
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TheDoor Release Button on our Panasonic microwave oven Model NN-H275

The door release button popped out on our microwave, can it be reinstalled?
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What is this style of cupboard door called?

Trying to identify (and locate a replacement) for this style of kitchen cupboard door. I see them often, especially in rentals, here in Canada. I assume they are cheap, does this style, where a wooden ...
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Standard height for kitchen sink drain exit from wall?

I am in the process of a kitchen remodel and now have come to the plumbing. My original kitchen had a 2-bowl sink and my new kitchen will have a 30" wide sink base with a 27" wide single bowl. There ...
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Move wall drainpipe to make room for garbage disposal?

My kitchen sink is almost centered over the wall drainpipe and there seems to be no way to arrange any connections to make room for the garbage disposal. Before I give up and learn to live without, ...
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Can I use existing wiring for installing an OTR Microwave?

We are looking at installing an over the range microwave in our house but I have a few questions concerning the electrical hookup before we pull the trigger and get one. Currently there is a range ...
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Help with re-wiring a two circuit outlet with one controlled by switch

(https://i.stack.imgur.com/Y7RKV.jpg) (https://i.stack.imgur.com/yb0Ns.jpg) I am trying to reconnect the wires for this outlet but have run into an issue. The pictures above were taken before ...
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Wiring for new 40 amp wall oven and cooktop

We are upgrading our wall oven and cooktop. The old units were rated for 30 amps each and the new units require 40 amps. We have a 200 amp main panel with one 40 amp breaker for the oven/cooktop ...
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How do I read the specifications for this Panasonic microwave trim kit?

The web page for the NN-TK922SS 27" Wide Trim Kit for select Panasonic Microwave Ovens includes these specifications: TRIM KIT OUTER SIZE Side A: 18-9/16" Side B: 27" TRIM KIT INNER SIZE Side C: 24-...
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Is “servo-drive” a generic term when applied to kitchen cabinets/drawers?

I'm translating a Russian text about a high-tech kitchen, and one sentence goes like this: The cabinets are equipped with servo drives and will open at a light touch. The original text says ...
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Old Moen Faucet Replacement

I am unable to find the model # and I was wondering if anyone could tell me where to get parts? The arm has broken off.
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The proper kitchen hood

I have the following kitchen setup. The red line is the duct of width of cca 6 inches (15 cm). The kitchen is part of a living room which has volume of 90 m3 but is also connected to a hall of cca 26 ...
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Axial or centrifugal fan for short run out of kitchen?

I'm researching replacements for a broken extractor fan in my kitchen. It is wall mounted and runs through the wall straight outside, no long ducting involved. The current (broken) fan is the ...
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Proper way of permanently fixing a heavy utensils drawer with “hanger” rail?

In my kitchen, all our drawers appear to use a wooden rail "hanger" (at the top of the drawer) to slide in and out: The problem is our utensil drawer is probably one of the heaviest, and it finally ...
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Drain Pipe from Washing Machine entering Kitchen behind Oven and running down the outside of the wall

I'm planning a remodel of my Kitchen, and when looking around behind the Oven I've noticed that the drain pipe from the washing machine, as well as what I believe to be the hot and cold supplies for ...
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Remodel issue as floor replacement affects existing cabinets

We have knocked down a few walls to achieve an open floor plan. Now, with disgusting carpet (most of house), ceramic tile (entry), hardwood (nailed down in kitchen/dining), and linoleum sheet ...
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Do I need to use paint or just cleaning agent for marks on kitchen wall?

I have some marks on the kitchen wall from a tall trash can. Do I need to paint over them? If so, do I need to degloss/sand the wall first? I have tried a damp towel and failed. Can they be cleaned ...
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Is it worth DIY remove old tiles or just put new tiles on old tiles in Kitchen?

In video removing old tiles does not seem to be that hard. However, can things go wrong when doing so? What type of damage can occur if the tiles does not come off and we apply too much pressure? Is ...
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Vent system leaking under sink

We've recently noticed a leak under our sink - it's possibly always been there and it's just not been severe enough that we've noticed it. The system was fitted by the previous owners of the house and ...
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Replacing a kitchen exhaust fan

Here's an exhaust fan in the ceiling of a kitchen that's probably around 40-50 years old: A non-contact voltage detector shows that the fan does get power when the wall switch is flipped on. However ...
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Moving a refrigerator

First question, I am moving and have friends helping. How do they disconnect the ice maker from the water line? Are there specifics they need to follow? Second question, I am moving a frig. It will ...
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Hot Water line Clogs only in Kitchen Sink

New Faucet installed in Kitchen sink. The cold water runs just fine but I keep getting little pieces of black stuff in the filter of the hot water line. The hot water will run fine for about 30 ...
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Can I place a slide-in gas range up against plywood sheathing?

I'll be putting a slide-in gas range up against a knee wall. However, I planned on bracing the knee wall with 3/4" plywood sheathing from the bottom plate up 30", where it would be completely covered ...
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Can a simmerstat switch be fixed? And how?

I stumbled across this site and think it sounds like someone might be able to help me with my problem… Let me outline… I have a cooktop (St George CC355, if that's useful) and it has two hotplates (...
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How to retrofit existing kitchen exhaust fan

I'm remodeling a kitchen that is circa 1940's. In the kitchen is an exhaust fan that sits inside a 3.25x10 duct. I would like to keep an exhaust fan in this location and re-use the existing duct, ...
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How can I reduce an 8“ duct to 4” in a short distance?

I currently have my kitchen cabinet that a Trades-Wind vent motor is being placed inside. The opening is 8" for the vent. My cabinet is not tall enough to allow for ducting to go from the 8" to a 6" ...
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Need to renovate kitchen in house, where to start? [closed]

In my new house, the kitchen needs to be redone. The floor tiles are ok. The tiles that cover part of the walls are ok. The paint above the tiles that goes up to the ceiling needs to be redone. The ...