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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Door seal to stop spreading cooking odour

Have reasonably good ventilation and smoke extractor in the kitchen. But still, food/cooking odour are spreading in adjacent rooms; possibly through a small gap between door and frame. Can anyone ...
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I only Have Cold water from kitchen faucet. No hot water

I just moved into a house that I normally have rented out. No hot water comes out of the kitchen faucet. When I turn it to either Hot setting or cold setting, regardless the water comes out cold. ...
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How to remove a couple tiles BEFORE grouting

Long story short - I installed a subway tile backsplash and 95% of it looks good, but there is a 1 foot by 1 foot area that came out wavy. I want to remove just this small area and redo it before I ...
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Can I mount kitchen island countertop supports to the cabinet back panel?

I'm finishing up my kitchen island and have a 36" deep piece of laminate top. It overhangs 12" on the back of the two 33" wide base cabinets. I know it is common practice to install L brackets to ...
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How do I remove a stuck kitchen aerator tip?

I recently moved into a new apartment and need to remove the aerator tip on the Moen kitchen faucet to set up the countertop dishwasher I brought with me from my previous apartment. It was missing the ...
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Safe to install vinyl plank flooring under appliances?

We’re installing luxury vinyl plank flooring in our kitchen and the instructions inside the box say not to install underneath appliances which we didn’t know until we started. How hard and fast is ...
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Do kitchen undermount sinks always attach to the granite / quartz or do I have to make a precise hole in the 5/8" plywood

Do stainless steel kitchen undermount sinks always attach to the granite / quartz or do I have to make a precise (routed?) hole in the 5/8" plywood to drop the sink and, have it be supported by the ...
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Older gas stove is hot to the touch

My new apartment has an older gas stove--I'm guessing its from the 70s? All the markings are gone. Anyway, on the stove top there are two hot spots where the pilot lights are underneath. It's hot to ...
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Moving kitchen into dining room

I have recently purchased a 1930's very typical London terraced house- little rectangular kitchen at the back next to a formal separate dining room. I have attached the floorplan. I am going to build ...
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All lights have tripped out!

The existing kitchen light was taken down, it was always blowing the bulbs. Currently, there's no light fixture up, just a connector type thing. Is this wired correctly? I've attached a photo, the ...
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Understanding and repairing kitchen shelf door based on a gas spring

From my understanding, a gas spring has more or less unlimited life. However, in our kitchen (1) which is by now more than 10 years old, a kitchen shelf door using two 250N gas springs seems to get ...
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Can I place the MUA vent directly beneath the range?

In California, I'd like to upgrade my range hood and may require make up air. I've seen these installed in the toe kicks of kitchen cabinets. Would it be acceptable to install registers directly ...
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Cook Top Temperature Too Hot

I have a GE glass top drop in electric cook top (JP655) in my kitchen. Over the past week I have noticed that one of the burners is med-high to high regardless of what the knob is set at. Does anyone ...
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Measuring Incoming Gas Pressure to Stove

I have a new BlueStar Platinum range that I'm trying to hook up. I am wanting to make sure everything is connected per their instructions. They mention the following regarding the incoming gas line: ...
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How to put telephone plate back to the wall

I have this telephone plate in the kitchen and the backsplash tile is brand new. I don't remember how it looks like before. There were only two wires coming out. Now I don't want to cut the tile and ...
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How should kitchen units be fitted to accommodate walls not perpendicular?

So I got a carpenter to fit a stud wall which butts up against a brick wall of the house. (I could've done it but I thought I'd get a pro so it was perfectly plumb and straight.) It's all plastered ...
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What is the proper way to measure the cut-out for the kitchen range?

I want to upgrade my kitchen range. I currently have an old 1987 kenmore drop-in. The manual lists it as a "30 inch drop-in", but when I lift up the cooking surface, the distance from counter top to ...
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Wiring outlet with a switch for garbage disposal

I took out my kitchen and took some photos of the "old" kitchen's garbage disposal wiring: As you can see, it has 2 black lines connected but only one white line connected, while one is capped off. ...
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No loop to hang dish washer drain hose higher

This is behind my dish washer and the drain hose has been like that for awhile (by laying flat on the ground): I believe it should be hang up to make a loop on top, right? But there is no where to ...
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Garbage disposal drain is slightly higher than drain pipe

I bought an old house and this is the old kitchen drain setup: Frankly I never "tested" it before I remodeled the kitchen completely. The old kitchen has drop-in sink and now mine is under-mount. ...
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Can I take a 220 line and convert it to a regular house outlet what would be the damage?

I have a electric 220 dryer hook up in my kitchen now I want to convert it over to use for a higher grade power supply for my microwave blender and toaster without converting Any wires or touching the ...
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Extending a narrow high kitchen table with lateral side-wings

We have a narrow raised kitchen table (with bar stools): I would like to build a simple extension for it so that more people fit around the table. Something like this (or this) would be ideal, but ...
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How to fix holes in linoleum so that I can lay down sticky tiles over it

My kitchen floor has old linoleum. I want to put down sticky tiles over the old linoleum. The linoleum has a few holes. Is there something that I can use to caulk the holes before putting down the ...
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Kitchen BackSplash - Truing Up Walls for TIle

Aspiring contractor and DIY'er here. So I'm learning a lot along my journey and trying to soak in as much knowledge as I can. Live and learn! So I'm working on a kitchen that has some fairly wavy ...
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How big should a gap be between a built-in oven and a shelf for mounting a microwave?

I want to put a microwave on a shelf above a built-in oven. What gap should I leave between the top of the oven and the shelf?
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Is a P-Trap needed for dishwasher return line?

Currently my kitchen Plumbing is torn apart. I had new countertops installed and the plumber came today and said the top gas cap ((?) protecter from fumes I'm assuming) no longer fit and CUT it off. ...
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Kitchen / Bathroom sink are very “splashy” - How can I change this rectangular aerator?

I just moved into a new flat and I have a problem with the kitchen and bathroom faucets. They are extremely splashy (if opened suddenly the water will spill out of the sink!) and whenever I clean the ...
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Proper way to hang valance over kitchen window between cabinets

What’s the proper was to hang a valance at the top of this window in the kitchen between cabinets? Will have horizontal blinds it covers. Tile backsplash runs up to the top of the cabinets. Window ...
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What's the deal with half-walls behind the kitchen cabinets? Can I cut into it?

So I've recently moved in to a new house and the kitchen has two "blind cabinets" but no real good place to put my cat's food and water where it will be out of the way. So I got this brilliant idea ...
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Kitchen faucet twisted to the left for hot water

For some reason, now I have to turn the hot water of my kitchen faucet all the way to the left (10 o'clock) like below photo to get hot water: The cold water is right in middle (6 o'clock). How to ...
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Why does it seem all new faucets are using braided hose instead of stainless steel?

I have been looking for a new kitchen faucet recently at all the box stores, and noticed that pretty much all pull-out/pull-down faucets are now using a black braided hose instead of a more rigid ...
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What is this microwave filter thing?

During the process of remodeling my kitchen, I removed the Over-the-range Microwave but when I put back in, I saw this piece I frankly cannot fit it anywhere, not in the bottom or on top at the vent ...
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Replacing an over the range microwave with a wall range hood [closed]

Hubby and I just purchased a new range and are looking to replace the over the range microwave with a wall mount range hood. Floor to ceiling in the kitchen is 10'. Range from floor to top of range ...
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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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House power flicker

I just had a couple power flickers, power didnt quite come back fully. I was only getting 80 volts at my 120 outlets. The culprit seems to be my stove receptacle. I first checked voltage at the 200v ...
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How to remove stubborn kitchen faucet mount nut?

I tried to remove my faucet from old kitchen sink but the nut is tighten so hard: I am using channel lock on the nut to turn counterclock wise and I use my hand to hold on the faucet on the other ...
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Remove garbage disposal piece in bottom of sink

I am replacing a new sink in my kitchen and this piece is from the garbage disposal Do I just break the glue / putty free and pull it out?
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Loud gushing noise when neighbour runs their faucet

I live on the 2nd floor of an 11 floor condo. Lately I have heard a loud gushing water sound under my kitchen sink when a neighbour runs their water. This occurs every time the neighbour turns on ...
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Install tiles on top of laminate floor in kitchen

This is my remodel kitchen here done 5 years ago. Notice that everything is new BUT the floor. As I decided not to do the floor at that time. But now it looks dated. The kitchen floor is same level ...
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adding an electric range/oven in house with only 100amp main service?

Well I'm doing some wiring in the kitchen before the big remodel in there and I thought I'd install a 40 or 50 amp circuit for an electric range/oven (there's a gas oven currently, but may want to ...
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Can I install an under-mount sink in an existing Formica counter?

I am slightly remodeling my kitchen (on a slim budget). Because I cannot afford granite countertops, I've decided to use the countertop makeover kits on the Formica that are available and make it ...
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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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Frost building up in freezer

My Kitchenaid unit (refrigerator on the top, freezer on the bottom) started building up a lot of frost kind of suddenly. I inspected the freezer door gaskets, and they seem to be sealing normally. ...
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Previous owner didn't get permits for remodel, am I now liable?

Location is Hillsboro, OR (suburb W of Portland). I'm considering purchasing a house that had significant remodeling done a few years ago (kitchen and bathrooms incl. plumbing). If the previous ...
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Sealing gap(s) around cabinet pipe penetrations

I own a slab house. Under the kitchen sink there are gaps around the pipes on the base of the cabinet, a good 1/2 inch gap. I'm wondering if I can seal those gaps and what the best method would be. I ...
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Have these cuts for a gas line structurally compromised my studs?

We are in the midst of a kitchen remodel and yesterday had someone come and run a new gas line as we are making the switch from an electric to a gas range. This fellow is a well rated pro but I'm ...
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Burn stain on unknown countertop material

Yesterday morning I placed a burning hot stainless steel frying pan on the countertop in the house I live in. I got distracted by other things and I am pretty sure it stayed there for a while. Upon ...
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Chirping in Kitchen - Always one minute apart

So we've been getting this weird chirping noise in the kitchen. It's always just one chirp, and always a minute apart between chirps when I decided to time it. It first started yesterday in the ...
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Why is my kitchen water supply so high?

I'm about to move into a new apartment in Germany, which in most cases you need to put in your own kitchen! One confusing thing about the apartment I've rented is that the water supply (outlet?) is ...
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What kind of IKEA screw is this?

This is a screw on the side of an IKEA drawer. On line videos say turn it left or right to level the front of the door. Instructions are to use a Phillips screwdriver. It's not a Phillips head and the ...