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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Kitchen BackSplash - Truing Up Walls for TIle

Aspiring contractor and DIY'er here. So I'm learning a lot along my journey and trying to soak in as much knowledge as I can. Live and learn! So I'm working on a kitchen that has some fairly wavy ...
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How to fix holes in linoleum so that I can lay down sticky tiles over it

My kitchen floor has old linoleum. I want to put down sticky tiles over the old linoleum. The linoleum has a few holes. Is there something that I can use to caulk the holes before putting down the ...
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Kitchen / Bathroom sink are very “splashy” - How can I change this rectangular aerator?

I just moved into a new flat and I have a problem with the kitchen and bathroom faucets. They are extremely splashy (if opened suddenly the water will spill out of the sink!) and whenever I clean the ...
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Older gas stove is hot to the touch

My new apartment has an older gas stove--I'm guessing its from the 70s? All the markings are gone. Anyway, on the stove top there are two hot spots where the pilot lights are underneath. It's hot to ...
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Proper way to hang valance over kitchen window between cabinets

What’s the proper was to hang a valance at the top of this window in the kitchen between cabinets? Will have horizontal blinds it covers. Tile backsplash runs up to the top of the cabinets. Window ...
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What are the allowable ways to wire a kitchen range hood? (USA)

What are the allowable options for wiring a kitchen range hood? I had my rough-in inspection this week and was intending to have the range hood plug into receptacle behind it. This recep would have ...
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Kitchen faucet twisted to the left for hot water

For some reason, now I have to turn the hot water of my kitchen faucet all the way to the left (10 o'clock) like below photo to get hot water: The cold water is right in middle (6 o'clock). How to ...
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Kitchen backsplash tiling work on multiple days

I am working on tiling my kitchen backsplash with allen + roth Wavecrest White Gloss Subway Wall Tile (Common: 4-in x 12-in; Actual: 12.75-in x 4.25-in) My questions are: Should I use thin set ...
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Replacing an over the range microwave with a wall range hood [closed]

Hubby and I just purchased a new range and are looking to replace the over the range microwave with a wall mount range hood. Floor to ceiling in the kitchen is 10'. Range from floor to top of range ...
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House power flicker

I just had a couple power flickers, power didnt quite come back fully. I was only getting 80 volts at my 120 outlets. The culprit seems to be my stove receptacle. I first checked voltage at the 200v ...
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Remove garbage disposal piece in bottom of sink

I am replacing a new sink in my kitchen and this piece is from the garbage disposal Do I just break the glue / putty free and pull it out?
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What is this microwave filter thing?

During the process of remodeling my kitchen, I removed the Over-the-range Microwave but when I put back in, I saw this piece I frankly cannot fit it anywhere, not in the bottom or on top at the vent ...
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How to remove stubborn kitchen faucet mount nut?

I tried to remove my faucet from old kitchen sink but the nut is tighten so hard: I am using channel lock on the nut to turn counterclock wise and I use my hand to hold on the faucet on the other ...
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Heating element in oven not working - can I still use it?

We noticed a few days ago that one of 2 heating elements in the oven is not glowing. I would assume that would mean that for some reason it has stopped working. I did notice recently that whenever 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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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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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 ...