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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Installing base cabinets - Securing to floor/shimming?

I am in the process of installing base cabinets in my kitchen. From what I have read online from articles such as this, it sounds as if base cabinets only need to be fastened to each other and the ...
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Installing thin slate (chalkboards) as countertops: proper method?

I'm buying some used grade school chalkboards to use as counter tops in our kitchen. I know this is done, as there are plenty of photos online, but the actual info as to how to install is scarce. Is ...
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Is there a reason I should NOT install a ceiling fan in my kitchen?

We need to install a new ceiling light in the kitchen. We do not have any kind of exhaust fan in the kitchen, and it would be nice to be able to move the air around on the occasion that something gets ...
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Shouldn't a kitchen 'fridge be on it's own circuit?

I thought major appliances like refrigerators in newer houses were supposed to be on dedicated circuits. I just replaced a melted outlet in my kitchen. It was a 15 amp outlet, wired as a pass-through ...
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Microbubbles on kitchen cabinet doors using HVLP sprayer, how to fix the issue?

We're trying to paint our kitchen cabinet doors white but keep getting a ton of microbubbles in the process. We have primed the doors twice using B-I-N Shellac-Based White Interior Primer and Sealer ...
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Two ovens on one breaker: NEC says OK, but installation manual wants dedicated circuit

I have a situation very similar to using two oven in one outlet. I'd like to install a 30 amp GE Advantium 220v oven and a 20 amp GE thermal oven on an existing circuit with a 50 amp breaker. However, ...
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Is this an isolation valve?

I'm trying to change the kitchen tap in my apartment, but I'm struggling to stop the water supply to the existing tap. I have flexi pipes installed so I'm assuming I also have an isolation valve, but ...
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Fasteners for securing cabinets together

I'm planning on using GRK Cabinet screws to fasten cabinets to the walls, but plan on using GRK trim screws to secure the cabinets to each other, like these. Are these appropriate? The heads seem a ...
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Do there exist smoke detectors with detached silencers?

I'm looking to replace a smoke detector for my kitchen, and I was wondering whether anyone had designed a smoke detector with a remote silence feature. The traditional method of keeping a stool or a ...
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kitchen faucet not working

I was running water into the sink while using the garbage disposal, but the water stopped coming from the faucet. I turned the disposal off, but the water won't come back on now.
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Cooker Hood with Off-set flue required [closed]

I need a cooker hood with an offset flue. There is a rafter right where I need to go through. Whilst searching I came across one that had quite a wide flue that may just work (better measurements ...
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Garbage disposal hums but won't spin

I moved in to a new house a few months ago and the other day I noticed my garbage disposal stopped working. The unit is an Insinkerator Badger 1 with 1/3 HP. When I flip the switch I can hear the unit ...
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What's this piece called (Need to know what to stick into Google)?

I've got a drawer that is held in place with these clip type things but one of them is missing. I want to try and find a replacement but I need to know what it's called so that I know what to search ...
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How to solve the problem of sticky Danish oil?

I ignored the warnings about not getting spray disinfectant on our oak kitchen surface which is finished with Danish oil, and now the surface has become really sticky, attracting dust and crumbs and ...
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Ikea Maximera in other cabinet; exact dimensions?

I’d like to use IKEA Maximera drawers a cabinet in my current (non-IKEA) kitchen. Without just buying them and hoping for a fit, I’m wondering how precise my cabinet needs to be to match for it to ...
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Blender killed outlet?

tl/dr: It seems a finicky blender killed my outlet - My blender initially turns on but then stops after a moment, and won't turn back on. I plugged a night light into one plug and it turns on ...
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GFCI outlets in kitchen

I was wondering if i could have one outlet control all counter outlets? I need to replace some and trying to do this cheaper. I'm buying a property and trying to get it up to code.
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Does OTR Microwave need to be flush against upper cabinet?

Installing an OTR cabinet and have run into an issue. The upper cabinet has a lip that runs around the whole thing. This will cause the top of the microwave to not be flush against the bottom of the ...
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How can I remove a MEPLA cabinet door hinge that has no exposed screws?

Below is an image of the hinge I need to replace. Just can not figure out how to remove it from the door side?
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Replacing old plug-in 220V range with new hardwire 3-wire electric cooktop: remove outlet or add a plug?

My apartment had an electric range which plugged into NEMA 10-30P/10-50P and was served by two 50A circuits. I will be installing electric/220V induction cooktop using the same circuits. There are ...
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TheDoor Release Button on our Panasonic microwave oven Model NN-H275

The door release button popped out on our microwave, can it be reinstalled?
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What is this style of cupboard door called?

Trying to identify (and locate a replacement) for this style of kitchen cupboard door. I see them often, especially in rentals, here in Canada. I assume they are cheap, does this style, where a wooden ...
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Standard height for kitchen sink drain exit from wall?

I am in the process of a kitchen remodel and now have come to the plumbing. My original kitchen had a 2-bowl sink and my new kitchen will have a 30" wide sink base with a 27" wide single bowl. There ...
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How much deeper sink can I get away with without having to redo waste drain?

I'm remodeling the kitchen. Our sink is a standard 7" deep sink, but most cool sinks these days are 8-10" deep. I would probably want to keep the existing configuration with the double bowl and ...
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Can I use existing wiring for installing an OTR Microwave?

We are looking at installing an over the range microwave in our house but I have a few questions concerning the electrical hookup before we pull the trigger and get one. Currently there is a range ...
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Help with re-wiring a two circuit outlet with one controlled by switch

(https://i.stack.imgur.com/Y7RKV.jpg) (https://i.stack.imgur.com/yb0Ns.jpg) I am trying to reconnect the wires for this outlet but have run into an issue. The pictures above were taken before ...
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Wiring for new 40 amp wall oven and cooktop

We are upgrading our wall oven and cooktop. The old units were rated for 30 amps each and the new units require 40 amps. We have a 200 amp main panel with one 40 amp breaker for the oven/cooktop ...
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What should I do about a gap between a kitchen backsplash and the cupboards?

Theres a small gap between the backsplash and cupboards, the gap is too small to cut strips of backsplash to Make it look normal. I have run out of ideas. Any of you pros got any ideas?
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How do I read the specifications for this Panasonic microwave trim kit?

The web page for the NN-TK922SS 27" Wide Trim Kit for select Panasonic Microwave Ovens includes these specifications: TRIM KIT OUTER SIZE Side A: 18-9/16" Side B: 27" TRIM KIT INNER SIZE Side C: 24-...
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Is “servo-drive” a generic term when applied to kitchen cabinets/drawers?

I'm translating a Russian text about a high-tech kitchen, and one sentence goes like this: The cabinets are equipped with servo drives and will open at a light touch. The original text says ...
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Old Moen Faucet Replacement

I am unable to find the model # and I was wondering if anyone could tell me where to get parts? The arm has broken off.
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The proper kitchen hood

I have the following kitchen setup. The red line is the duct of width of cca 6 inches (15 cm). The kitchen is part of a living room which has volume of 90 m3 but is also connected to a hall of cca 26 ...
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Is it safe to have a gas stove on the same circuit as a couple lights

I've always heard that stoves and ranges should be on their own circuit, but am not sure if that applies to only electric or both. We have a gas stove and I discovered recently that it is on the same ...
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Proper way of permanently fixing a heavy utensils drawer with “hanger” rail?

In my kitchen, all our drawers appear to use a wooden rail "hanger" (at the top of the drawer) to slide in and out: The problem is our utensil drawer is probably one of the heaviest, and it finally ...
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Should I run the tap while dumping boiling water?

It seems to be common advice to run the cold water while dumping boiling water down the drain (for example, when draining pasta). A variety of reasons are cited for this, one of which is that it is ...
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Old light was working and now the new one isn’t

I just installed a new light fixture in my kitchen where an old one was. I have it all wired-up the same as the old light, but it doesn't work. Would a picture(s) of my wiring help you to see what I ...
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Drain Pipe from Washing Machine entering Kitchen behind Oven and running down the outside of the wall

I'm planning a remodel of my Kitchen, and when looking around behind the Oven I've noticed that the drain pipe from the washing machine, as well as what I believe to be the hot and cold supplies for ...
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Do I need to use paint or just cleaning agent for marks on kitchen wall?

I have some marks on the kitchen wall from a tall trash can. Do I need to paint over them? If so, do I need to degloss/sand the wall first? I have tried a damp towel and failed. Can they be cleaned ...
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Remodel issue as floor replacement affects existing cabinets

We have knocked down a few walls to achieve an open floor plan. Now, with disgusting carpet (most of house), ceramic tile (entry), hardwood (nailed down in kitchen/dining), and linoleum sheet ...
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Align kitchen cabinets to wall, or align face frames?

First time installing kitchen cabinets. Uppers went it fine, no trouble at all. With the base cabinets, though, I have one wall that is out of square about 1.5 inches in 12 feet. Should I just be ...
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How to clean kitchen cabinets?

I just bought a house with some dirty (greasy, grimy, dusty, &c.) wooden kitchen cabinets. What is the best way to clean them? I've read that paint thinner works well, however, I am afraid that ...
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Replacing a kitchen exhaust fan

Here's an exhaust fan in the ceiling of a kitchen that's probably around 40-50 years old: A non-contact voltage detector shows that the fan does get power when the wall switch is flipped on. However ...
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What I can use to waterproof a sink cutout

I'm using solid wood to make a worktop/countertop in my camper van. It's going to have an undermounted sink, so I need to use something to protect the edge of the sink cutout from water. I have no ...
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Moving a refrigerator

First question, I am moving and have friends helping. How do they disconnect the ice maker from the water line? Are there specifics they need to follow? Second question, I am moving a frig. It will ...
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Hot Water line Clogs only in Kitchen Sink

New Faucet installed in Kitchen sink. The cold water runs just fine but I keep getting little pieces of black stuff in the filter of the hot water line. The hot water will run fine for about 30 ...
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Can I place a slide-in gas range up against plywood sheathing?

I'll be putting a slide-in gas range up against a knee wall. However, I planned on bracing the knee wall with 3/4" plywood sheathing from the bottom plate up 30", where it would be completely covered ...
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Can a simmerstat switch be fixed? And how?

I stumbled across this site and think it sounds like someone might be able to help me with my problem… Let me outline… I have a cooktop (St George CC355, if that's useful) and it has two hotplates (...
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How can I reduce an 8“ duct to 4” in a short distance?

I currently have my kitchen cabinet that a Trades-Wind vent motor is being placed inside. The opening is 8" for the vent. My cabinet is not tall enough to allow for ducting to go from the 8" to a 6" ...
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How to repair (or hide) chipped kitchen cabinets

Our tired old kitchen is getting a make-over! Is there a method to repair damaged laminate-chipboard cabinet doors? As you can see in the photo the base has chipped away and it is very flaky. I'm ...
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Need to renovate kitchen in house, where to start? [closed]

In my new house, the kitchen needs to be redone. The floor tiles are ok. The tiles that cover part of the walls are ok. The paint above the tiles that goes up to the ceiling needs to be redone. The ...

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