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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over the stove microwave venting

We recently had our kitchen remodeled and that included adding a microwave over the stove. The contractor vented the microwave/range fan above the unit through a cabinet up through the attic to the ...
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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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Is it damaging to turn off a small fridge for two days every week?

I am a student who studies in a different city than my home so I go home almost every weekend or second weekend. I recently brought a room sized fridge and to save electricity costs, whenever I go ...
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Bowed Wall / Running Corners: Help Me Tackle Getting Studs in Plane

So here is my conundrum: I'm dealing with some wavy walls in a very old home and clearly the framing is all over the place. The worst offending wall has what seems to be a pretty large almost 4' span ...
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What I can use to waterproof a sink cutout

I'm using solid wood to make a worktop/countertop in my camper van. It's going to have an undermounted sink, so I need to use something to protect the edge of the sink cutout from water. I have no ...
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Installing 15“ deep wall cabinets on a 14” deep soffit

I'm remodeling my kitchen which has a soffit/bulkhead that is 14" deep. I've been looking at ikea cabinets but all of their wall cabinets are 15" deep. Now, I understand the mechanics of hanging the ...
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How to permanently remove moisture on concrete kitchen floor

We are currently renovating our kitchen and when we removed our vinyl flooring we noticed lot of moisture. We want to put self adhesive vinyl tiles but wanted to avoid the scenario of moisture ...
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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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Who to call to fix electric oven?

My electric oven stopped heating. The range works fine. The digital controls work fine. The oven light works fine. But neither the element at the bottom of the oven nor the one at the top heat up at ...
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Does laying vinyl click flooring under appliances void the warranty?

I have just had a new kitchen installed and after all I decided to put a new floor which happens to be vinyl click panels. I was told that to make the floor to look professional the installer would ...
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Can I replace a microwave with a range hood exhaust vent without doing carpentry?

My fairly small kitchen has a standard (30") four-burner slide-in gas range, and above it a microwave with a built-in vent. All over 10 years old. The vent exhausts to the exterior via a duct that ...
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Dowel joints in plywood

I plan on replacing my kitchen cabinets later this summer. The old ones were home made by the previous owner and are oddly sized so I need to make my own out of plywood. Is it possible to put dowel ...
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How to solve the problem of sticky Danish oil?

I ignored the warnings about not getting spray disinfectant on our oak kitchen surface which is finished with Danish oil, and now the surface has become really sticky, attracting dust and crumbs and ...
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Kitchen lit with exclusively PAR20 spot lights, how can I reduce shadows?

At some point somebody installed 6 can lights that accept PAR20 bulbs in my kitchen. It appears that PAR20 bulbs are for spot lighting, which means focused lighting, which means shadows everywhere. ...
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Do integrated condenser tumble dryers exist?

We're looking to fit a condenser tumble dryer into a kitchen unit. It is possible to buy both integrated and free-standing vented dryers, but only a free-standing condenser. Searching the internet we ...
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Which Kitchen outlets do NOT need GFCI?

I have the 2 circuits in the kitchen with GFCI outlets, but I'm not quite sure which other ones do NOT need GFCI. Other circuits in the kitchen include Microwave, Fridge, and Dishwasher. It makes ...
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Old mobile home wiring, outlets stopped working

Yesterday 3 of my outlets stopped working. Earlier this winter 2 got burnt and I haven't replaced them yet, but they're on the other side of the house. The 3 that stopped working are all around each ...
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Broken control panel glass on propane range

The glass covering the control panel on our Whirlpool propane range shattered after I don’t a pot on it. Whirlpool says I need to replace entire control panel ($949.00). Can I just remove the glass ...
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Kitchen sink pipe question

Total newbie here and 1st post. Im trying to change out my kitchen sink strainer but during the process I damaged one of the pipes (corroded). Also the slip nut is stuck (need a hacksaw). Im looking ...
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Kitchen sink half-wall against brick: which layer to drywall?

Relocating a kitchen sink to an exterior wall, I'll be building a 2x4 half-wall against the brick in which to run plumbing. I'll then install cabinets in front of that wall. Which layer to drywall? ...
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Why does the kitchen faucet lose pressure and sputter?

Only the kitchen faucet, all other in trailer work fine, will start with full pressure, lose the pressure, and if I turn the water off then back on, it sputters so hard that it can be felt on the ...
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Microbubbles on kitchen cabinet doors using HVLP sprayer, how to fix the issue?

We're trying to paint our kitchen cabinet doors white but keep getting a ton of microbubbles in the process. We have primed the doors twice using B-I-N Shellac-Based White Interior Primer and Sealer ...
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Wiring a Split Outlet with Two Neutrals

I’m trying to replace a very old outlet in my kitchen. The garbage disposal and the dishwasher are plugged into this outlet. The top outlet is switched, but the bottom is always hot. Everything I’ve ...
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Removing Hose Attachment on Kohler Kitchen Faucet

I'm not sure how exactly to remove this attachement, and I don't want to break anything. Anyone have any ideas. I've checked a bunch of youtube videos for similiar faucets with no luck.
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Safer Diatomaceous Earth, safe to sleep in home with it?

I Just Bought the safer brand of diatomaceous earth, which is not the food grade version i believe. Im trying to use it to get rid of centipedes in the house i just moved into. This seems to be the ...
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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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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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How to connect LED tape strips in separate locations to one power source?

We're looking into running LED Tape Lights under the wall cabinets in our kitchen. We have three sections that would get the lights and we need them all powered by a single switch. There is a switch ...
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Different appliances for a kitchen in stainless

I am redoing my kitchen and looking for the best reviews of the various appliances. If I get them all in stainless, but from different manufacturers, will they match? Or do different companies have ...
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Complete power loss in over-the-range microwave

The over-the-range microwave in my kitchen (GE, 1500W) has completely lost power. The power loss was intermittent for a day, but then at some point it never came back. I have checked all fuses that I ...
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How to get rid of ants on ceiling?

I tried Borax with sugar as bait but these ants are not taking it. They wonder aimlessly on ceiling, they come from an electrical junction box in kitchen. There is no visible path it's just circling ...
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Outdoor kitchen on top of paver patio

Besides using Pressure Treated wood for the framing of the kitchen/bar/ island outside- is there anything between the pavers and the PT wood framing that needs to put down?
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Dryer Outlet in the kitchen?

Just started to renovate my mother's kitchen and already got some of the appliances to install but I realized there's a 3-prong dryer outlet instead of a stove outlet when I removed the counter top ...
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How to eliminate odor from the heavy cooking?

We live in a small space. And we cook a lot leaving our home smell like a spice box. What are the ways to follow while cooking to not spread the odor.. And secondly get rid of the smell fast.
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Water Dripping out of Overflow Pipe outside of house near my kitchen?

I have a overflow? pipe near the kitchen drain on the outside of the house that's been leaking as of late, and I'm curious if anyone knows what the pipe is, what it does, and how to fix the issue? ...
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Check if propane gas tank is almost empty?

We have a 100-lb propane gas tank that we use for our gas stove. We never know if the tank's almost empty, and I always wonder if we're changing it too soon. Is there an accessory that I can add to ...
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Should I run the tap while dumping boiling water?

It seems to be common advice to run the cold water while dumping boiling water down the drain (for example, when draining pasta). A variety of reasons are cited for this, one of which is that it is ...
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Can I cover my kitchen stone floor with tiles?

I have this stone floor in my new kitchen, and I'm going to need to cover it with something. I'm not sure what kind of stone it is. The floor is really cold in the winter, so I don't want to leave ...
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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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Replacing either the light socket or the whole recessed light fixture

Fixing my old house up to put on the market. Had it rewired a couple yrs ago. This light fixture is above my kitchen sink.Keeps tripping out when turned on. I can't find square recessed lighting to ...
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Do I really need buildup strips under laminate countertops?

We have our laminate countertops for at least part of the kitchen cut and glued together (and secured with miter bolts). In looking for info about attaching it to cabinets, I found that most websites ...
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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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How can I install a dishwasher under a 23 inch deep counter space?

We want to install a dishwasher in our kitchen, however the cabinet box is only 23" deep and dishwashers are usually 24 inches deep (as I understand). This would pose a problem when opening a bank of ...
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Efficiency of hood fan

I would like to run a 12' duct with 3 elbows from our range hood to the vertical exhaust duct. What strength of hood fan do I need for a 14'x12' x 9'h kitchen.
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How can I open a stuck, overfilled kitchen drawer that doesn't have a horizontal entry point?

Slightly different to other questions I've seen. Solutions to them have you put something through the small gap (ruler, coat hanger, straw, anything). However, ours has a slight vertical dip before ...
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How much deeper sink can I get away with without having to redo waste drain?

I'm remodeling the kitchen. Our sink is a standard 7" deep sink, but most cool sinks these days are 8-10" deep. I would probably want to keep the existing configuration with the double bowl and ...
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dripping faucets

I have a delta faucet with ceramic valve bodies in my kitchen. It was dripping and I replaced both hot and cold and it's still dripping but not as bad. My gas hot water tank(watts expansion tank at ...
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Old light was working and now the new one isn’t

I just installed a new light fixture in my kitchen where an old one was I have it all
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Should I use mastic or thinset for ceramic tile backsplash in kitchen?

I am about to install a tile backsplash in our kitchen, using these tiles, in 2" x 4" "mosaic" sheets. When I tiled my bathroom I used thinset (unmodified on the floor and modified on the wall/shower)...
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how do i remove kitchen sink drainer basket without a visible lock nut?

my kitchen drainer basket is made of plastic without the usual lock nut. i could not remove it.