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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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Cover old exhaust fan vent from outside home

I recently moved into a house built in 70s. I discovered an uncovered vent outside my kitchen that I want to cover up from outside to prevent any pests. Was wondering if someone has any suggestions. I ...
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Wooden ductwork ok for kitchen vent?

We have a cabinet mounted microwave that acts as the vent for our stove. The old external vent cover let rain in to the microwave so we replaced both. We hired a handyman to mount a new microwave, ...
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Outside-mounted kitchen exhaust fan is loud inside

I have a range exhaust in my kitchen that is ducted to the outside. The fan is located on the outside of the house. It is very loud from the inside of the home. Not so much from outside. Humming and ...
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How to understand fire extinguishers and kitchen fires [closed]

We have bought some of these recently. The rating here is 3-A:40-B:C. Can someone explain what this means? Also, is this good enough to stop any kitchen fires at home?
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How to attach part of the kettle whistle back? [closed]

Photos speak for themselves.  The disk was spot-welded in 4 dots, but fell off: The whistle cap itself is not removable (without destroying the rivet), complicating handling: The "cylinder"...
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Grohe Veletto tap disassembly

Help opening a Grohe tap Hello, How do I open the nozzle end of this Grohe Veletto tap to clean it out? After six years, there’s some build-up, and I think it’s making the spray button stick such that ...
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Dip in floor when installing new hardwood

I'm installing new hardwood in my kitchen (see image). On the right side of the image, the subfloor has a dip of about 1/8th to 1/4 inch, causing a place where there is a cavity under the floor boards....
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How to fix steam-damage on cabinet

I set up a bottle sterilizer and tried to test it out, but it just exploded steam upwards. I quickly moved it out of the way but the damage was done. My cabinet now has two swollen/bubble spots. Not ...
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Ancient portable dishwasher hose is not compatible with ancient faucet

I was given a portable GE dishwasher (probably circa the last century)and the hose connection is not compatible with the equally ancient faucet. I rent and don’t want to switch out the faucet if I don’...
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Any trick to installing a double electric wall oven "whip" so it doesn't bunch up but slides backwards when the oven is pushed back into the cabinet?

Is there a trick or "life hack" to holding the metal-shielded cable, the "whip", in place on the top of a double electric wall oven so that the 4-wire conductor cable and junction ...
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What connector/fix for garbage disposal plumbing?

I bought my home a few years ago, no problems. Lately when I run the garbage disposal the dirty water will spew out of this gap between the pipes. It looks improperly connected (it's not connected, ...
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I would like to add a peninsula to an existing L shaped kitchen

Can I place a drop-in gas cooktop (2 burners is enough) in to the corner of the kitchen counter and then extend the counter to form the peninsula? Will I need a range hood on the above cabinet and how ...
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Sink backup 14 story condo

I live in a 14 story condo building. My kitchen sink has been backing up when I am not using it. It smells like dishwasher detergent and it’s bubbly. Our building plumber ran the main line and said ...
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Grease staining behind backsplash tiles under range hood

We've lived in this house for about three years now and this problem has been gradually developing over that time. It seems as though the oil/grease that has precipitated in our range hood is able to ...
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Kitchen drain height issue [duplicate]

Is the height of my drain going into the wall too high and I’m screwed? What should I do?
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Cabinet replacement on built up floor

When we bought our house a couple of decades ago, the floors were carpet on plywood flooring on the bottom story. We had the carpet ripped up down to the cement and had 1 1/2 inch joists (sideways) ...
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Can I install under cab power to existing cabinets without destroying backsplash or cabinet?

We are owner/builders of a new construction house. We installed power under the cabinets for an outlet strip and then a light box. Except I completely missed - until now - that the electrician missed ...
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What are the options for moving a non-loadbearing wall in kitchen?

Does anyone have any experience removing a non-load bearing wall in a kitchen/living room similar to the one in the attached pictures? Wondering if this this a nightmare project, or a doable DIY.
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Kitchen spout thread sizes, American and Metric

I am trying to adapt metric to kitchen spout which has male threads and an aerator. What are likely metric sizes? I thought the metric equivalent of normal aerator was 22mm. That is a bit too small....
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Can I still install an undermount sink if the quartz cutout is as big as the cabinet width?

I’m looking to replace my drop in sink with an undermount and was told it was doable in general. However I looked under the sink and it looks like the width of the cutout runs against the edge of the ...
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Plug socket not working

My plug sockets are brand new but the top hole in one won't let me put the plug in any explanation please?
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How to remove old single-hole kitchen faucet from countertop

Similar to the Jan 13, 2018 post but I do see a stacked hex nut holding the "C-shaped" tray to the underside of the counter. The problem is the tray (mine is black plastic) has tabs right ...
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What can I use to seal the underside of swollen upper cabinets?

My condo has cabinets from the 80s made from some sort of composite material. The painted areas are holding up but the bottom of the cabinets above the stove have watermarks and the corners are ...
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Protecting kitchen outlets with GFI outlets

I have an issue similar to others wanting to add GFI to upgrade their kitchen outlets having multiple daisy-chained outlets with three wire service (220V with a neutral). I have a split phase wiring ...
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what is this? it used to have a recessed light attached to it

We bought this house and it has some weird wiring throughout. This is at the end (I hope) of a series of 3 light fixtures in the kitchen. It was attached to a recessed light fixture in some cabinetry ...
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Why is the paint bulging away from my drywall ceiling?

The attached picture shows what's behind a "blob" of paint that seemingly delaminated from my ceiling kitchen right adjacent to the hood that's over the stove. The paint delaminated during a ...
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How can I repurpose an existing 40 amp circuit that serves a central air conditioner outdoors for a 30 inch induction range?

How can I repurpose an existing 40 amp 220 volt circuit that services a central air conditioner outdoors to a 30 inch induction range in the nearby kitchen that requires a 40 amp circuit? The ...
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Adding a dimmer switch for led cabinet lights to existing circuit

I have a single light switch that controls the overhead lights in my kitchen. I want to install new LED strip for my kitchen cabinets and have them controlled from a new dimmer switch next to the ...
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My new electric kitchen stove stopped working

I have a house that was built in the fifties,it has heavy wiring that comes from behind a cabinet for the stove. The plug in is on heavy wiring, is a three plug and matches the one that comes out from ...
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Hot Ground Reversed when Upstream GFCI Trips

Remodeling a kitchen and ran into an piece of romex coming out of a wall like an "extension cord" and came for advice on a previous post. I moved the "extension cord" to the line ...
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How to update the top shelf of a kitchen [closed]

Modern kitchen cabinet design have elements to ease access and make use of the space that is available. For example adding carts, rolling elements, and lazy Susan can improve access. Is there such a ...
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Best Way to Lengthen the Romex 10 wire from the Wall to the Stove

I'm hooking up a ceramic stove and the last installer ran Romex 10 w/o armor from the drywall thru cabinets to a J box under the stove. From the J box he used BX to the stove. It worked that way for ...
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Repairing drywall box/soffit/bulkhead

Apologies in advance for the uninformed question. I made very little headway researching this specific application. Brand new to drywall, but looking to learn. I removed a set of hanging kitchen ...
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Can kitchen plumbing run behind cabinet and not in wall?

Normally, plumbing (drain and supply) runs inside wall, but is it permitted, by national building code, to run plumbing between wall and cabinet (not inside wall)? Below is a crude cartoon of what I ...
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Can I remove double top plate?

I am doing some renovation in my kitchen and when I removed the door that goes into kitchen, I came cross some sticking out wood from my ceiling and my wall and I am wondering if they can be removed ...
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No holes for ducted hood in kitchen above stove

I moved into a new apartment. There are no holes made in the cabinets or wall for a duct for a hood above the stove area. I have a large gas stove which I use almost daily. However, there is an ...
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Is having a gas stove with a recirculating hood a bad idea? [closed]

We currently have an electric stove and a recirculating hood (microhood), and we don't like either. Ideally, we'd go for a gas stove and a proper venting hood. However, adding a venting hood is tricky ...
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How can I fill gaps at counter level for backsplash tile?

My wife and I are tackling redoing a kitchen backsplash with mosaic tile. We first had to redo some drywall. In hindsight I would have done a few things differently but we’re here now. We have some ...
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How do I fix a leaking kitchen faucet?

I have this kitchen sprayer faucet and it has started to leak. The leak is only from the spout and the leak stops when the main handle is in off position. I already tried changing the cartridge and it ...
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Kitchen sink slow drainage and P-Trap installation

Please see attached picture. I used a combination of flex and fixed pipes under the kitchen sink. Please note that the level of U or P-trap is higher than the drain in the wall. Is this configuration ...
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Extension Cord Coming Out of Kitchen Wall Possible NEC Code Violation

In progress remodeling a basement kitchen in a home built 2003. Current NEC Code for my area is NEC 2017. When I pulled out the old base cabinet I found an live extension cord coming out of the base ...
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Elastomeric Paint for Kitchen Floor

I'm looking for recommendations for coating a kitchen floor. The floor in question has a plywood subfloor, with 1/6" self leveling compound on top that has hairline cracks, and some epoxy ...
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What material is this kitchen countertop

I just bought a house and the kitchen countertop has some scratches (no deep, you don't feel them with your hand) and glass stains. I'd like to know what material is in order to know if/how I can fix ...
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How can I clean a gas oven's cabinet of rodent debris?

We found mouse droppings in the house and got a pest control company to use poison baits to get rid of it. We have cleared the house of the droppings. However, we found droppings in the gas oven ...
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Used Cabinets for Kitchen Remodel?

We're very seriously considering buying used kraftmaid kitchen cabinets. They're in good condition and have been professionally removed from previous kitchen. The cabinets are white with a blue island....
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Why does my microwave oven + hood combo suck in air from the top?

I have a 12 year old Whirlpool Microwave + vent hood combo (model GMH5205XVS-1). As far as I know, it should be configured to vent outside (via vent on an exterior wall). If I open the cabinets in ...
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Kitchen cabinet hinge issue

I have a face frame, full overlay cabinet that I want to open 170 degrees. I bought a Blum hinge 170-degree face frame hinge but, when installed the cabinet door is over too far and the adjustments on ...
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How can I fix my particle board round kitchen table, I dropped it on its side and hole removing it from the box on concrete!

I received my brand new round particle board kitchen table and decided to remove it from the box outside before lugging it up the stairs. I lost my grip and dropped it on the side on concrete and ...
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How to install over the range microwave with a large gap between appliance and upper cupboard?

My surrounding upper cabinets are 40 inches. My over the range cabinet is 20 inches. The microwave I am trying to install is 10 inches (whirlpool YWML55011HS). It's 400 cfm. I want to install it 5 ...
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Why is there a hole in my sink tailpipe and can I replace it?

I'm replacing my water filtration system. The old one used a dedicated drinking faucet. The new one connects directly to the main faucet. In removing the old drinking faucet, I found 3 lines: input, ...
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