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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How to convert exterior vented downdraft to range hood

I currently have an electric cooktop with a downdraft that vents to the outside of the house. I will be converting it to a gas cooktop and would also like to get rid of the downdraft for a hood as I'...
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Bosch range hood fan low hum and not sucking air

Something is wrong with my Bosch range hood fan. It was working on low but when I switched it to high it started making a low humming sound like it was really struggling and not sucking up air at all. ...
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Can I use heat gun to remove wall paint?

I have a section of wall in the kitchen near the window where several layers of paint are peeling off. It is an interior wall, most likely plaster over brick. Using a paint/wall scraper will be hard ...
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Miscalculated Subway tile spacing What should I do?

I miscalculated the spacing of subway tiles (literally misstyped a number in my calculator) I’m installing for my backsplash and ended up with a sliver left over at the top of my wall and under my ...
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How much space is needed for an outlet between window frame and counter top?

How much minimal vertical distance is required between the kitchen counter top and window frame for placing an electrical outlet? We are starting a kitchen remodel.
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How would you fix this cabinet not opening all the way?

I’d like to see what I can do to fix this very annoying problem I have with one of the cabinets in my kitchen. Whoever installed it didn’t take into account the pillar behind the hinge, so it’s only ...
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Pulling up fiber board to install new tile flooring

My wife decided we've had enough of the cheep vinyl tile in our kitchen... She started to pull up the tiles and I came in and started to cut and pull up the 1/4 ply and 1/2 particle board underneath. ...
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Questions on GE electric 5 coil burner element

I have an older GE electric stove: there are 6" & 8" burners. If you set the heat to max the elements each and every one glow cherry red and you have to watch food to make sure it does ...
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Samsung Dishwasher Leaving Brown Residue on Silverware

I am looking to fix a relatively new Samsung Dishwasher. The dishwasher works fine for the most part, but it consistently leaves a brown sticky residue on our silverware. I have tried to clean the ...
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Conduit in kitchens, pro's and cons

This question may sound dumb to those that live in an area requiring residential conduit, but I live in philly, where everybody tries to do as much as they can with NM-B. After wiring my second ...
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How can I increase the power capacity of a kitchen circuit?

My small kitchen has two standard duplex outlets in one wall: one of the outlets is in a corner behind the fridge and it's exclusively for the fridge. The other outlet (this one) is the one I use for ...
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Diagnosing a suspected multi wire branch circuit

Last week I lost power to my new garbage disposal. I opened the box to find this: There are three cables coming in from the bottom. Two of these are somewhere downstream from the Panel, not too sure. ...
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How to hang wall cabinets with the upper plaster removed

I am trying to hang wall cabinets obviously want them level and plumb. However, when I removed my old cabinets half of the wall’s plaster is missing. This creates an extremely unlevel surface. My ...
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Which kitchen appliances can be grouped on the same circuit?

I couldn't find a direct up-to-date answer. For example the comments on this answer contradict each other. So, which of the following kitchen appliances are allowed to be grouped onto the same 20A ...
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Bulbs for Round Kitchen Fixture Containing a Ballast

I cannot seem to find bulbs for this fixture. It is a 6 in. round recessed fixture intended for a single HID or fluorescent bulb, which was installed by the previous owner. It contains a fluorescent ...
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Lubricating squeaky European cabinet hinges

Our kitchen cabinets are about 5 years old now and starting to squeak, some of them awfully. They have European-style hinges (KraftMaid is the cabinet brand and I guess these are Blum hinges). I'm an ...
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What's a hinge called for a two-door corner cabinet?

I have kitchen cabinet in the corner where it has a revolving holder inside, which can spin so that it will use the space deep inside as well. The door for it has 2 panels. There are 2 hinges ...
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My GFCI/AFCI 20a kitchen socket warning lights are both flashing

Hope someone can help. All my outlets in my kitchen work, but my two GFCI/AFCI 20A outlets occasionally and utterly randomly will flip and for the most part the AFCI light on the outlet will flash, ...
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How to convert from Downdraft cooktop range to hood

As a part of kitchen renovation I have to decide between replacing our down draft with another or to replace it with a cooktop and a hood. I am trying to get some perspective on what is involved and ...
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Wiring for kitchen remodel - appliances, electric oven/microwave combo, fridge, 2 dishwashers

I am working on a plan for a kitchen remodel. The existing range is natural gas powered so it doesn't have a dedicated circuit (It's just plugged into a 15 or 20amp outlet). Other existing wiring ...
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Can I remove kitchen bulkhead/soffit without removing cabinets?

I want to begin a kitchen remodel project. Step 1 will be to fix all the walls. I want to DIY demolish the existing 12" soffit above the cabinets, then hire a plumber/electrician to adjust the ...
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Sharing kitchen hood and kitchen ventilation through one duct

My kitchen currently does not have a kitchen hood, so I'm planning to install it. At the moment there is a ventilation duct, my idea is to connect the hood pipe to the ventilation pipe in the drop ...
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Lower Sanitary T in Wall for new lower sink

I have a question, I need to lower the Sanitary T due to new sink being lower and garbage disposal out being lower then the wall out. Luckily the pipe is vertical in wall. The old T that you see in ...
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Does code mandate outlets when windows are above the counter?

We are renovating our century home's kitchen and would like to install windows that go to the ceiling so that our marble backsplash does not have any seams in it. The thing we later realized is, if we ...
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Where to put new fridge? [closed]

Just bought our first house and we're trying to make two main improvements to the kitchen:   There's no microwave and not really enough counter space for one (But I'll save this for a subsequent post)...
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What happens if range hood is smaller than cooktop?

If the range hood is 70% size of cooktop, shouldn't the smoke from sides of cooktop still get sucked towards middle hence getting sucked inside? So why people recommend range hood bigger than cooktop?
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Lead painted floor below current subfloor: can we leave the subfloor when replacing main floor?

The kitchen floor in our 1860 New England house has many layers. I count 5. We would like to replace the current floor. It's starting to break in many places and we hate it. Below our current floor is ...
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Sealing water leak between kitchen cabinets and floor

Since moving into our house 5 years ago, we have spilled a large amount of water on our kitchen floor a few times. When this happens, the water leaks into the floor boards and drips all the way into ...
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How easy / expensive is it to move kitchen from front to back of the house? [closed]

Good afternoon, My partner and I (who have absolutely no design / construction experience) have found almost the ideal house - just within budget - but the only problem is that the kitchen is a ...
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kitchen faucet leaking from swivel

My kitchen faucet is leaking at the swivel. I have no idea what type of faucet this is, as it was here when we moved in: I assume there's some kind of o-ring I can replace here. But, I honestly can't ...
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How to remove dark spots from wood kitchen countertop

I found some dark spots in the wood of the kitchen countertop this morning. I don't know what would have caused them to appear, and I don't know what the material, type of wood, the countertop is ...
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can a bathroom or kitchen exhaust airt through a vent placed in the outter edge of the soffit and pointing down and out

Can a bathroom or kitchen range vent out through a vent-unit placed on the outter-edge of a soffit if it is pointing down and away from the house?
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How can I remove a mouse stuck in the air duct above a kitchen exhaust fan with built-in microwave?

Last night I heard noises in the cabinet above the microwave. There was nothing there but I heard squeaking and movement from the lower part of the metal air duct in the center of the cabinet. I am ...
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Kitchen lights not working after changing bulbs

These F32T8 kitchen light bulbs stopped working, so I replaced them with these bulbs. After I replaced it, the lights turned on fine the first time. However, the lights no longer turn on. I've checked ...
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Is it a structural wall

So my adult kids started working on the kitchen-they were planning to remove a wall that runs perpendicular to the peak (along the cross-joists, so we thought it wasn't a supporting wall). After ...
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Drawer Slides for Wide Drawers [closed]

I installed an island in our kitchen using two prebuilt 36" wide cabinet boxes from home depot. The cabinet's came with crummy drawer slides which I would like to upgrade; however, in my research I've ...
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Should I tape/support drywall seam next to cabinet?

I'm replacing the dry wall in our kitchen and then adding a tile backsplash. What is best practice in terms of taping the seam that is right up against the cabinet base/top? Should I add horizontal ...
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Trying to remove a bar sink faucet and we have nothing to unscrew to be able to remove it

We are trying to replace a bar faucet that was an expensive unit but 20 years old. All the videos we watched showed a fairly simple screw to unscrew and the faucet would come right out. With this ...
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What is this red sediment inside our sink aerator?

Does anyone know what this red slime/gunk is inside our sink aerator? Besides replacing the aerators, is there anything else we should do? The red sediment is in the aerator of the sink and one of ...
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How to uninstall this tricky P trap?

I have trouble replacing this kind of P trap as shown in the Figure below. Different from a normal P trap (e.g., here https://i.stack.imgur.com/W7MWn.jpg ), threre is no such "wrench stuff". I ...
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Leak from the pipe in the basement that connects to kitchen sink

Everytime kitchen sink water is used it leaks through in the basement (shown in the picture below). I wonder if that can be fixed by applying silicon around or it's something bigger of an issue that ...
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Receptical Box located In bottom kicthen cabinet

We have a receptacle Box located in a bottom kitchen cabinet on the back wall with 1 white, 1 red, and 1 black wite. No ground. I wanted to add a plug to it and then took a closer look at what I was ...
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Removed one kitchen cabinet others will be fine?

I will be remodeling my kitchen later this year. Right now, there was a sale on the refrigerator I wanted so I ordered it. I had to remove the cabinet above where the refrigerator will go due to the ...
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Outlet covers no longer fit

I installed a backsplash in my kitchen, after finishing the job I realized that the outlet covers no longer fit due since they are flush with the wall as opposed to slightly sticking out. Is there any ...
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i have chipped my kitchen cabinet door. Is there any way it can be repaired

I have chipped the kitchen cabinet door. The laminate is shown in the figure 1 along with the chipped door. I am seeking advice for how to repair the chipped door.
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Trying to install countertop/bar on an existing halfwall

Being the poor person I am, I am trying to slowly upgrade my kitchen whenever able. My parents got new counter tops and saved their old formica counters for me. I currently have an L shaped half wall ...
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Need help to ID and remove electric outlet cover

I Need some help identifying and removing an electrical outlet cover in the kitchen. I removed the middle screw but the cover is still not coming off, no screws on the sides either.
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Mounting mess up - need advice

I was asked to mount a bar to suspend cookware from in a kitchen. The plan was to use toggle bolts and mount it above another suspended cookware bar. I began drilling my 5/8" hole through the ...
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Is this induction hob safe for me?

I'm in the UK, I bought a new induction hob that has the label in the picture. It mentions 7kW, although I'm not sure what those 1.5kW/2kW mean then. Is is safe for me to use in a dedicated ring ...
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Tiling kitchen spashback with gap between worktop and wall

I'm planning on tiling a kitchen splashback (first time tiling project). Unfortunately due to curvature of the wall, there is a gap between the worktop and the wall. This varies in thickness between ...

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