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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Thin alkyd paint for spraying

I want to paint over factory finished kitchen cabinets. I plan to sand them and brush primer with oil based paint. I plan to use an alkyd paint I was told will make a nice finish. Home Depot warns ...
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What should I consider / know about before replacing with a Stab Lok GFCI breaker?

My mom's house (close to Detroit, MI) has a Federal Pacific panel and we want to replace the existing kitchen circuit breaker with Stab-Lok GFCI breaker. I want to add that I do understand and read ...
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How do you repair or replace an ice maker in a Samsung RF23HCEDBBC Refrigerator?

I have a Samsung RF23HCEDBBC that I bought a little over a year ago. All of the sudden, it stopped making ice in the ice maker. What is bizarre is that if I click the ice maker "reset" and wait a few ...
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Gas shut-off inside plaster: why?

We are switching old gas range for a new one and were surprised when we pulled it out and discovered we couldn't shut off the gas without first cutting out the drywall/plaster around the shut-off ...
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Removing years old grout from drywall in kitchen

I'm about to get new cabinets and countertops for my kitchen. I've removed the old cabinets and countertops, but unfortunately the previous owners had a nasty tile countertop and it looks like grout ...
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How do I get a dishwasher to fit with pipes in the way?

The installer showed up with the new dishwasher (KitchenAid KDTM404EWH). Once he took the old one out, he found that these pipes are in the way: Any ideas about what I can do? The installer said I'd ...
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Is there a hinge which will move both connected doors when just a single door is moved?

I'm about to finish setting up a new IKEA kitchen, and I'm now trying to fit a non-IKEA integrated dishwasher into it. As many apparently before me have discovered, this is not "plug and play" (unless ...
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New GFCI outlet won't reset after tripping when load wires are connected

I'm attempting to replace the outlets above my kitchen counters after doing some remodeling. The old outlets were likely from the 1960's and I'm replacing them with 15 amp GFCI outlets. We have 3 ...
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What to do when a toe-kick saw doesn't fit underneath cabinets?

I have hardwoods in my kitchen that I want to refinish. The only problem is that there is a plywood layer with laminate tile on top of the wood. The plywood goes all the way to the wall, but we don't ...
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What is the generic term for kitchen counter laminate without particle board?

I'm trying to see if I can buy the laminate that kitchen counters usually have, but without the particle board underside. I'm trying to resurface a desk with something stronger, and it would be easy ...
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2 circuits on 1 gfi receptacle

Under my sink is 1 non gfi receptacle that controls dishwasher and garbage disposal. I want to put 1 gfi receptacle to replace current one. There are only 3 wires - one black one white and one red. ...
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Is it safe to cap off live red wire in split receptacle?

Ontario, Canada. Kitchen has a split receptacle with 2 hot wires (black and red). The metal tab on the receptacle (on the side of black/red wires) is broken off. There is a combined 20amp breaker at ...
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What happens when two separate circuits are connected to a 120/240v breaker?

After a kitchen remodel, my 1650 W microwave was plugged into a dedicated outlet connected to a 120/240 v circuit breaker(not tandem). Another circuit with four kitchen outlets is connected to the ...
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I get no water from the kitchen faucet

I've read the answers on this site, and now I'm wondering, where is the aerator? OP: noted there was no water from the Faucet or Dishwasher, in subsequent follow up, it was noted the dishwasher does ...
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How should under cabinet lighting wires be placed on the wall?

I just finished demolishing my kitchen. I noticed that the under-cabinet lighting cables are poking out the wall right at the bottom edge of the wall cabinets. To the untrained eye, this looks like a ...
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Gas line for new stove going from T to termination plate

I am going from an electric stove to a gas stove and I need some advice on installing the gas line. I have a gas line running underneath the stove and there is plug where I can attach the gas line ...
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Dishwasher and disposal receptacle

I have a single GFCI receptacle under my kitchen sink, and I want to power one end with constant power for the dishwasher and the other end with the switch leg from a switch on the backsplash for the ...
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How to find the mystery red wire

I own/live in a brownstone (build in 1900) apartment (split off in ... 1960's?) that's been worked on by many clueless DIY or incompetent electricians so I'm slowly but surely untangling (pardon the ...
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Need Help With Strange Multi-Phase Plug

I'm replacing an duplex outlet in our kitchen and when I removed the outlet, I uncovered some surprises that have me baffled and concerned. There are two cables entering the box, one with three ...
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Direct stove/kitchen exhaust into kitchen sink drain

I live in an apartment that has terrible or zero ventilation for kitchen smells generated while cooking. The exhaust under the Microwave just removes oil from the fumes and circulates the air within ...
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What order do I do projects on my kitchen remodel

I am refinishing cabinets, replacing counters, replacing back splash, floors and appliances. What order should I do the jobs in?
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Kitchen Fan extraction not working as intended

After a long time suffering of sub-optimal fan extraction in my kitchen, I decided to go to the root of whatever was causing it. I have a Zanussi ZHC60136X. I clean the filter grids every now and ...
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Can new cabinets be installed with old floor tile cutouts?

I'm doing a kitchen remodel. After ripping out the cabinets, I noticed that there were no tiles underneath them. Since the tiles are in good shape, is it possible use this exact same tile cutout with ...
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I have a single socket and I would like to know if I can run four more from it [closed]

Can I add four more sockets from a single socket
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How to drill larger holes in cabinets for larger ice maker tubing but leave something to snake with?

My plastic ice maker water hose broke and I decided to switch it to a stainless braided hose. The stainless braided hose needs a larger hole to pass through. While I have access to drill larger holes ...
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Plugging a kitchen sprayer that has a quick-connect fastener?

TL;DR: Is there an easy way to properly plug a kitchen faucet sprayer when the sprayer uses a quick-connect instead of a threaded connection? Simply cutting the hose and plugging it isn't an option. ...
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How do I make an non-toxic, low cost DIY cleaning solution for laminate floors?

My kitchen's laminate floors quickly become dirty from food and dog bowl spills. Instead of spending a fortune on potentially toxic cleaning solutions, I'd like to make my own cleaning solution that ...
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No water from certain taps

I do not have either cold or hot water from my tap in the kitchen and the one in the bathroom. The shower and the tub both have water but these two have nothing .... possibly an airlock? tried my ...
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Would you have done this pantry construction differently?

We're building a pantry in a small kitchen opening (about 1' depth, 6.5' height) and the original construction framing is anything but straight. Nice cabinet-grade plywood is being used. ...
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kitchen-counter light replacement

I have a tube light above my kitchen's electric cooking range . It is a Philips light that has "F15T8/CW/24" written on it. I think that it's this product. Are the below guesses correct? "F15" means ...
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Painting softwood kitchen floors, tar adhesive residue - advice?

Looking for any advice people have to offer about choice of paint, coatings, procedure, etc. Details: Original kitchen floors (doug fir) from a 1925 home. About 150 sq ft. Floors were originally ...
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PET Kitchen Backsplash

I need a new kitchen backsplash. Would like something cheap, easy to cut and install, preferably white or transparent and possibly a single large piece. I believe that PET might be a good material ...
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paint a wall where the surface is uneven

I have remove most of the wallpaper in my kitchen, to be able to paint it. However, the surface is uneven and I'm not sure what kind of products I can use to make the wall smoother and to apply ...
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How do I remove wallpaper when it is close to a cupboard?

I have wallpaper close to a cupboard as you can see in the picture below. I'm looking for a way to remove it, without removing the cupboard. Is there a technique that can do that? Thanks. Update: ...
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Microwave not working, sparks and discharges near magnetron

I have a microwave oven - standard cheap LG unit. It's no longer working (it made electrical sparking sounds), so I opened it up to see if it's possible with a DIY repair. First thing I did was of ...
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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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Can I integrate my over-the-range microwave hood's lights with my under cabinet lights?

I have a combination microwave/range hood installed above my range. It has a light on it, which shines down onto the range and is controlled by a button labeled "Surface Light" on the front of the ...
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Apron sink available for or able to fit a regular 30" base? [closed]

Ordered a basic 30" base and now would like to have an apron sink. Is there one out there that will fit or is there a way one can be 'coaxed' to fit.
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Removing grout from perimeter of counter and backsplash?

The previous homeowners of my house remodeled the kitchen and without looking too close, everything might look professionally done, but unfortunately we're left trying to correct a lot of these bad ...
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Does the NEC require armored cable in kitchen islands?

One electrician told me that armored cable (BX) wiring must be used in a kitchen island cabinet. Another electrician told me that simple Romex is fine. Which is it? Does the NEC require BX in kitchen ...
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Whirlpool gas oven #SF367LEMW ignites but goes out after 15-20 minutes, but broiler works?

Kitchen stove... gas oven won't stay lit. I haven't really done anything to it, except pull the bottom cover off to see if it had carbon built-up on it... it didn't.
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What's in my mystery box?

I recently moved into a new house, and as part of trying to understand (at a basic level) how everything is wired and plumbed together I've come across a metal box, on the wall of my kitchen. What is ...
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Is it ok to pad a washing machine against the adjacent cabinetry?

Not sure how to explain this.. have a new wash machine and it has to go under a counter in small space. The floor is in terrible condition (rotting old plyboard and cork), uneven and falling to bits, ...
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Range hood installation for non built-in stove

I'm looking to buy a range hood for our stove. The hood will be externally vented through the roof (1 story house) since it's on an interior wall. It seems that most of the wall mounted chimney units ...
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Duct tape on my range cord?

Recently I discovered that my three prong cord for my seven-year-old range has duct tape neatly wrapped around it for about 2 inches. Is this hazardous?
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cement countertop polyurethane tacky in spots

We had cement countertops installed a week ago. The contractor applied a thick layer of polyurethane (not sure the brand, but he mixed 2 parts of something) within a day or so, most of the poly was ...
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Cable choice for kitchen. Maximum demand and diversity

I'm trying to calculate and chose the correct cable to rewire my kitchen. The general vibe for creating final ring circuits is to use 2.5mm Twin & Earth apart from the cooker. I've been reading ...
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How to cover up wall after removing a row of tiles to fit exhaust vent

I recently installed a new exhaust hood in my kitchen. As the new one is slightly larger than the old one, it was necessary for me to remove a row of tiles and mortar below for it to properly fit. ...
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What type of cement is used to repair foundations?

We're in the process of remodeling our kitchen and we just pulled up the tiles. We found a few spots where there are large gouges or holes if you will, in the foundation. I'm guessing they were there ...
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New Kitchen Sink not draining properly

I recently installed a new sink in the kitchen. Previously it was a dual drain and now is a single drain in the center of the new sink. I now have an issue where the water doesn't drain all the time. ...