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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Is it normal for an experienced Finish Carpenter to put so many blemishes on walls during a kitchen cabinet install?

I recently hired a Finish Carpenter with “30+ years of experience” to install my white finish, plywood cabinets. I paid $1400 for him to mount 10 boxes (he only mounted 9 but still charged $1400 plus ...
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How can I take this kitchen faucet apart?

The hot water on my kitchen faucet recently started dripping. I haven't a clue what make or model it is, and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to take it apart to get at the seat and springs. ...
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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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How can I eliminate interference between an overhanging countertop and a patio door opening?

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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How can I help pantry cabinets stay cool?

My pantry doesn't have air conditioning, and recently I noticed (using a cheap wall-mounted liquid thermometer) that the pantry itself got up to 85°f degrees (it was >100°f outdoors). I don't know ...
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Replace 36“ range with 30” [duplicate]

My house came with a lovely 36" Viking propane range that's now 20 years old, and starting to die. Replacing it would be expensive. Exorbitantly, and infeasibly expensive. Replacement 36" ranges are ...
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NEC 422.16(B)(2) Built-in Dishwashers and Trash Compactors Requirement

According to the titled part of NEC, "(4)Receptacles shall be located to protect against physical damage to the flexible cord." I have installed a dishwasher recently, but the plugged to a receptacle ...
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Freezer keeps defrosting

I have a Liebherr freezer/wine fridge (SWTNES 3010-25A). After about a year of owning it, the freezer started to "defrost" itself. I would open it up, and it was wet inside. Checking the temperature ...
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Microwave door interlock switch keeps failing

I have a 1000W GE "over the range" microwave (model JVM3160RF) that is now about 3 years old. Earlier this year, one of the interlock micro-switches failed (would not depress) which caused the ...
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Kitchen Faucet Low Flow by design?

Just moved in and noticed the kitchen faucet has low flow. About 1 GPM. Rest of the house is fine. Seems like the faucet supply lines are too narrow. Never seen this before. Is this normal? The ...
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Range Hood has plug, no outlet on the wall

I removed my upper cabinets and bought a range hood. There is a BX coming from the hole above my stove. There is no wall outlet. Is there any way I can convert this to make the new range hood work? I ...
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Need help installing new ceiling light

There are only two wires coming out of ceiling, both are black and only one reads there is power. I need to install a new ceiling light fixture but don’t know what to do.
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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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Backsplash for behind stove

My wife and I just bought a house, the paint that is in the kitchen is borderline primer. I want to install a backsplash to protect the wall. Would the peel and stick backsplash be sufficient or would ...
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What kind of sink faucet screws are these and how do I tighten them?

I have a loose sink faucet with screws I've never seen that holds it in place. There doesn't appear to be anything for a screwdriver or wrench to latch onto for tightening. How does one tighten these ...
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Is it possible to retrofit an external kitchen fan in an existing house?

I have a 2-storey half duplex that was built in 2008. The kitchen (1st floor) has a range hood fan that exhausts to the side of the house through 8" aluminum duct. The outside vent is not directly ...
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How can I remove the screw from a double demountable hinge?

I am replacing the double demountable hinges on my cabinets. Most of them are a breeze, but two of the narrow cabinets don't have the cutouts; instead, they just removed the plate and screw from the ...
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Can I use existing 10/3 cable for a 40A cooktop circuit?

My kitchen is wired with 10/3 wire for a cooktop stove, however my new cooktop recommends 8/3 wire and 40amp breaker. Is it safe and legal to use the existing 10/3 wiring?
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Need help with new kitchen sink plumbing

Just did my countertops and had new double sink installed. The new sink drains are not centered as before, but offset. The installers took out the old one before I could take a picture of setup. The ...
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Should switches in a kitchen area have GFCI protection?

Do the switches on the wall and over the counter areas have to be on a GFCI protected circuit? As there is live power at the switch all the time, I would think this to be true, but I'm not sure.
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Range hood impeller slipping on rotor shaft

My range hood has a motor with an impeller on it. The impeller is attached to the rotor shaft by a nut that threads onto the impeller's... bushing I guess it's called, which is slotted, so that as the ...
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How to fix kitchen sink leak

Can anyone help with this leak under my kitchen sink? It randomly started a day ago for no reason. Do we just need to try to tighten the nut? The photo shows where it’s actively leaking without the ...
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I have 2 windows in my kitchen, would it be crazy to remove one? [closed]

Redesigning our kitchen and want to remove the stove from the island (G shape) Fridge is built-in on interior wall. Sink/dishwasher is on the far wall facing the front of the house and on the other ...
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Removing a Rayburn Solid Fuel Cooker - Issues to consider

I have a solid fuel Rayburn Regent cooker (essentially an Aga) with built in boiler in my kitchen, which I want to remove. It is no longer connected to the heating system, but appears to be connected ...
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No hot water from kitchen faucet yet there is still water flow through hot water valve

We recently replaced the kitchen faucet. In the process of change we shut off the water to the house at the street level because the hot water valve under the sink would not turn off completely. The ...
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Wondering what my countertop is made of

The previous owner installed this countertop, who cannot be reached. I have no idea what kind of counter this is and wonder if I should be treating it, what I should clean it with, etc. It does seem ...
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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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How do I remove old Moen kitchen faucet?

I'm attempting to install a new kitchen faucet, but I'm having trouble removing my old faucet. Based on the attached pictures, is it obvious what I'm supposed to unscrew? Also, is it a concern that ...
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Side-Drawer for the kitchen

I have some space left under my kitchen sink, which I would like to use as best as I can. However the space I have left over is only (w,h,l) 20x18x52cm. I saw the following drawer on ikea's website ...
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Replacing kitchen wall tiles

If my kitchen wall tiles start some centimeters below the countertop and the base cabinets, can I replace the tiles without moving the cabinets? For example by cutting the tiles at the countertop line ...
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How should I wire a GFCI outlet and a switch to isolate the switch but provide GFCI protection further in the series?

I am replacing the outlets for my garbage disposal/dishwasher circuit in my kitchen. Currently on that breaker there is one non-GFCI outlet with a pigtailed switch controlling the garbage disposal and ...
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Kitchen setup for US appliances in Europe/India

I am relocating to India from US and taking all the appliances along. I understand that a lot of appliances can go toast due to voltage support as India/Europe has 230v range and US appliances work at ...
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Kitchen installation plumbing and electricity preparation

Hi when I install a new kitchen, should I first take care that the electric wires that are behind the base cabinets will be hidden inside the walls? Is it ok if they will be inside a plastic "tunnel" ...
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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 to finish jagged edge of kitchen subway tile?

Did our own backsplash tiling in the kitchen, and didn't realize until we were finished that the cap/trim/edging goes UNDER the tile. Not on top. So now we've got an ugly looking edge to the tile (...
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Kitchen drain plumbing leak at double P-trap

This is the plumbing setup under our kitchen sink, there are two p-traps, one for the kitchen sink and another for the dishwasher that both feed into the drain pipe. The black p-trap (dishwasher) ...
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Kitchen floor mold?

Is this mold under the tile? There was a leak. The floor is not weak when standing on it. Does the subfloor need to be removed? Or would corcobium spray do the job? And how to remove tile glue? Thanks!...
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Face Frame Cabinet Hinges won't close

I have some large cabinet doors (3 hinges on each door) which I recently installed new soft-close hinges however the left side the bottom of the door won't close and on the right side the top of the ...
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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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The under part of my kitchen sink is flaking off some white particles

The underside of my sink in my kitchen is crumbling off onto my cleaning supplies. What do I do to stop that and what is it so I can make sure it doesn't return?
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Cap water supply line (kitchen)

I have a 3/8 OD (I believe) water supply line coming out of a T-connection in my kitchen - one line services the cold water for the sink faucet and the other goes to the fridge. I would like to cap ...
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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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Can an outlet for a dishwasher be located below the floor?

I am not a handy person, so I had family members install a new dishwasher. When they finished, I noticed that this was how the electrical was installed. The dishwasher was plugged into a new outlet ...
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Dryer with one wire connected to water pipe does not work after replacing copper pipe with pex

I have a dryer with a 3-wire power cord. One wire was fastened to a copper water line. I replaced the copper water line with pex tubing and now the dryer won't work.
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WEATHER-resistant GFCI's required in bathrooms?

My new non-WR GFCI outlet says on the back of it... NOTICE:DO NOT INSTALL non-weather resistant devices in wet or damp locations as per latest NEC code. When installing weather resistant devices in ...
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How to hang IKEA KUNGSFOR kitchen suspension rails, partly in stud, partly in plasterboard

I'm looking to install 2 IKEA KUNGSFOR suspension rails to create a combination close to this, but with 1 fewer shelf and using a grid on the back instead. My kitchen is fairly small (formed from the ...
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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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What is this layer of material in the kitchen floor?

I have decided to replace the linoleum flooring in my kitchen with a layer of LVT Underlayment, and then Vinyl plank flooring. There were sections of the original floor that were not covered by the ...
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Can I use a remote (inline) blower with a range hood that has its own blower, if I remove the built-in blower?

I would like to install a remote blower (inline probably) and a new range hood, mostly for noise levels. The thing is, I see two categories of hood: -'Consumer' grade ones with internal blowers that ...
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Do I have to have an exhaust fan above my stove?

My stove is smack dab next to the back door (which is easy to open and close). Do I have to have a functioning exhaust fan? Or can I just close it off to solve a draft problem I am having? And same ...

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