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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Moving a vent/stack pipe

Currently my kitchen vent/stack pipe joins with another stack and I need to move them to allow a window to be installed. Can I just redirect them to the right hand corner then up that corner stud, ...
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What is this closed off pipe under my kitchen sink? [duplicate]

This pipe has a very slow leak. What is the pipe for and what is the best way to stop the leak?
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How to connect switch to electric box containing 3 grey (twin and earth) cables?

The circuit breaker belonging to kitchen tripped today and I narrowed the problem down to faulty switch controlling my fridge. I immediately removed the switch but I forgot to take picture of previous ...
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How can I prove my kitchen exhaust vent egress

The 2-storey ten year old house that I bought last year has a non-venting range hood over the gas stove. I want to replace this with a venting range hood. In in the cabinet directly above where the ...
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4 New LED lights, Last one flickering

Just bought a house and took out old ugly garage-looking lights from the kitchen (long bulb in a frame with thin plastic covers), and cut some holes to put in 4 slim recessed LED lights. There are two ...
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Hanging kitchen cabinets on 2x3s

I'm renovating my kitchen. The current cabinets were screwed into 2x2s and in some cases directly into a cinder block wall. I'm not a fan - it makes it difficult to run my electrical. However, ...
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Anyone know where the flow restrictor might be here? (Grohe Minta Touch)

I am looking to increase the flow rate of my kitchen faucet. It is currently around 1.75GPM. The faucet is a Grohe Minta Touch (original version). Attached below is a photo of the faucet diagram, any ...
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No room to unscrew kitchen faucet

It's a pretty simple problem, but I couldn't find anything, maybe I'm searching for the wrong keywords. There's no room no unscrew my kitchen faucet, even if I twist the spout along with it there's ...
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Stair header going through cabinets

Recently purchased a house and I am hoping to swap out the old cabinets for IKEA. I discovered this inconvenience (see photos). Any idea as to how to work around this? Ideally I want to remove it and ...
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Can I install an above-the-range microwave above an exhaust vent?

So we recently purchased a house that doesn’t have a lot of counter space and we are wanting to install a microwave above the gas range. However , there is currently a through the wall exhaust fan ...
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Pros and Cons of opening wall between kitchen and dining room [closed]

we have a wall between kitchen and dining room. We plan on making an opening about 5' x 3' in the wall. Below the wall will be kitchen sink. What are the pros and cons of making such opening ?
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Dishwasher - pump does not stop working after getting an Error message

We have an elektrolux dishwasher which is some years old. Today while working it gave an error message about leaking water. We found no water outside on the floor. After turning the dishwasher off the ...
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Kitchen water cooler not cooling water

Water in the cooler stays at room temperature and is dispensed properly, but just does not get cold. When I plug it in, I hear a low hum. Not sure how to diagnose. Any tips? It is a basic model that ...
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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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