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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Which caulk around the sink in kitchen is a health-safe?

I need to glue a metal sink within the hole in the countertop - a gap has appeared in one place of contact-edge between the sink and top-counter. Many people have recommend silicone. My question is ...
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Should I put in a sub-panel to add breakers to an older home?

I’m renovating my kitchen in a century home. It has already been updated with newer wire, but many shortcuts had been taken by the previous owner. I plan to replace the old wire throughout and add the ...
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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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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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Can the drain pipes in my kitchen soffit be relocated into the wall?

I'm in planning stages for a major kitchen remodel. Home built in 1984 with PEX plumbing, all electric, etc. We would like to demo the kitchen soffit (bulkhead) to make the ceiling level and install ...
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What is the minimum safe distance between two induction hobs/Stovetops?

I am building a new kitchen in the UK and I want a 5-6 burner induction hob/stove. However, a 5 or 6 burner induction hob is more than twice a 4 ring one. Given that I am looking at other options. ...
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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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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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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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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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How should I attach heavy floating shelves to hollow plasterboard walls?

I have the following shelves, intended to be floating shelves, that we want to attach to our kitchen walls. The walls are hollow plasterboard, with no studs where we want to put these shelves. They ...
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Help identifying the type of shelf support

please could someone help me identify the type of shelf support in the pic below. This is from a kitchen cabinet shelf, need to order some spares, but can't find anything that resembles it online. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What can I use instead of a ducted range hood in my kitchen?

I know this edges pretty close to a shopping recommendation, but I hope that I'll manage to stay on the good side. If not, please tell me and I'll delete the question myself. My situation: I live in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to insulate around kitchen cabinet cut outs for outlet and propane line access?

New home, builder cut out kitchen cabinet holes for electric outlet and propane line to gas cooktop. Toe kick heating vents below kitchen cabinets now blow warm air out through these cut outs. Any ...
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Can I paint plain particle board shelves?

I recently purchased a house and the kitchen cabinets have particle board shelves with no vaneer or vinyl wrap. Can I just paint them or will this cause future issues?
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Ideal split for Kitchen and Living room on across five circuits

So I've started renovating my 18' x 13' kitchen/dining area, and thanks to an old sagging ceiling that's getting ripped out, I have the opportunity to redo electric in not only that room but the ...
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Black mould in silicon around tiles - spraying vinegar or tea tree oil enough or need to scrub?

I have what I believe to be "black mould" in the silicon section behind my kitchen sink; from what I have read lots of moulds / mildews can be black, but the more dangerous one (Stachybotrys chartarum)...
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how to attach a door handle onto wall

I need a light duty rail in my kitchen to hang cleaning clothes just near the sink. After doing my market research, I saw a door handle with a suitable shape, something similar to this: However it ...
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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 pressure

I believe the low pressure from my kitchen faucet hot and cold is from this blue connector. The faucet and parts are new. If I disconnect this, the pressure seems normal, but with it connected it ...
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I dont know where the dimmer needs to go

Have seen comments that say the dimmer in a 4-way configuration must be at one of the ends of the circuit. Already have a dimmer that functions well, but its mechanically failing. Since it works can ...
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Food safe varnish or paint

I'm making a set of drawers that will be used to store food. I'm using plywood and to seal it and make it easier to clean I'd like to use either varnish or if that's not possible, paint. Is there a ...
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Kitchen Refacing\New Counter top

I would like to get some opinions from you folks of our kitchen refacing and new counter top install. We have had many issues with the project from week one. We went through an actual company in hopes ...
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Kitchen Physics: How to unstick metal pot lid from wooden salad bowl

So this isn't really a home-improvement question but I think the people here have the skills to answer it. If there's a different site you'd recommend asking, please let me know and I'd be happy to ...
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Under Cabinet exposed NM/Romex

The original builder (USA, ca. 2006) ran exposed NM/romex between the fixtures. Maybe this is a nebulous question, but is that within code?

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