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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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Moving wet appliances away from sink around kitchen L bend and past oven

I am renovating my kitchen so that I can introduce a dishwasher and extend my counter top. My kitchen is a small L shaped one, and in order to get everything I want in the design I need to move my wet ...
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Sealant/joining compound for kitchen laminate worktop installation

What is the recommended sealant and joining product for use with laminate kitchen worktops? I have a butt joint within 10cm of the kitchen sink, and water has penetrated the joint and expanded the ...
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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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What to do with a gap in the countertop next to kitchen sink?

I screwed up cutting the hole for the 25" drop in sink on my $160 countertop. It's just a little too wide. What are my options besides buying a larger 33 inch sink and being more careful next time?
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Convert two switches to a dual stack, and add outlet - possible here?

Here's the setup in our kitchen. On the left with two brown wires is the disposal switch. On the right is a switch for an over-the-sink light. I would like to put these into a dual (stacked) ...
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Q: What is the safest way to clean soiled concrete for tiling in a small kitchen?

I'm planning on tiling my kitchen floor which is bare concrete. However, I did a water test on the concrete and it's soiled to the point that water beads up on the surface. The floor most likely needs ...
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How do I extend outlets after installing a backsplash?

I have installed a back splash in my kitchen, if I use the plastic spacers how many should I use or is there a limit? I understand that this can cause to much air space around the receptacle or light ...
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Kitchen aerator doesn't want to screw tightly into place

I'm trying to replace my kitchen faucet's aerator, but as I'm tightening it, it'll reach a point where it sort of "pops" and becomes loose, allowing me to tighten it again. I'm not sure if that's a ...
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Is there a replacement for the Sylvania FB40CW/RS/SS-6 34W Super Saver bulb?

Our Kitchen Light bulb finally went out. I need 2 Sylvania super saver FB40CW/RS/SS-6 34W bulbs to replace it. It seems they are not available. Has the number changed? Is their a new replacement ...
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Over-the-range Microwave on small-appliance branch circuit

Either there is conflicting information or a lack of when it comes to this question. Is it allowed in NEC code to permit an over-the-range microwave to run off of one of the small-appliance branch ...
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Is an exhaust fan over a gas range required?

Are we required to have one in a standard kitchen with a gas range in a residential home? The big question is not how many CFM or ducted or not, just whether there is a requirement in the building ...
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Consulting expert for remodelling plans while doing the work myself?

I'm planning a kitchen renovation that involves removing a floor to ceiling pantry that separates the kitchen and dining areas, new cabinets, new flooring, and new appliances. I'm unsure of how to ...
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How can I prevent the clanging of my extractor fan vent cover?

I installed this exterior vent for our oven extractor fan However, the metal plate in the vents keeps swinging open and closed when it gets windy and we can hear it in the house to the point where ...
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Use cement board without plywood for outdoor kitchen

For outdoor kitchen, do I need to use plywood on top of the framing, then cement board? Or can I put cement board directly mounting to the frame like this? Source: http://www.homedit.com/how-to-build-...
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Can I bore my own hinge holes?

I'm scheming to reface my kitchen cabinets with sustainable lumber (looking for FSC certified or salvage) and trying to figure out what my options are. Our existing hinges aren't much different from ...
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Microwave oven is not working but display works well

I recently moved to a new place. Since moving my Bosch microwave oven (model number: HLK4555EU/01 1) stopped working. The user interface seems to be functional but it just doesn't start. While moving ...
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Why is there two sets of black and white wires connected together in my wall?

Don't understand what this is, I was told it was probley a splice in the wires to extend wiring but I thought white had to be with white, black with black and ground to ground.....is this something ...
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Kitchen drawer soft-closer - whose company logo is this?

The soft close on my pull out larder has broken and I'm struggling to identify it for obtain a replacement. Does anyone recognise this logo? The only other identifying mark on it is a number 136685 ...
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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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Range hood - not powerful enough to clear smoke?

Whenever I sear steak (or cook anything on high heat), despite having our range hood on the highest setting, the smoke alarms always go off and the entire house smells pretty bad for several hours. ...
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Issue with Kitchen Receptacle

I have a kitchen split receptacle. The top outlet of the receptacle reads 120V AC as expected, with the hot wire being red and feeding from the breaker. The bottom outlet reads 17.44V AC, with the ...
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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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Wiring requirement for small kitchen

I am in the process of renovating an older home where I require just two or three counter top receptacles. I discovered in the NEC that: The countertop receptacle outlets in kitchens must be ...
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Low water pressure in a specific sink after turning off the supply lines

Water pressure is normal in my entire house, however, recently, I had to turn off the shutoff valves to a single sink. Since I closed the shutoff valves and then opened them fully, the water ...