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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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Efficiency of hood fan

I would like to run a 12' duct with 3 elbows from our range hood to the vertical exhaust duct. What strength of hood fan do I need for a 14'x12' x 9'h kitchen.
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dripping faucets

I have a delta faucet with ceramic valve bodies in my kitchen. It was dripping and I replaced both hot and cold and it's still dripping but not as bad. My gas hot water tank(watts expansion tank at ...
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Sealant/joining compound for kitchen laminate worktop installation

What is the recommended sealant and joining product for use with laminate kitchen worktops? I have a butt joint within 10cm of the kitchen sink, and water has penetrated the joint and expanded the ...
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Complete power loss in over-the-range microwave

The over-the-range microwave in my kitchen (GE, 1500W) has completely lost power. The power loss was intermittent for a day, but then at some point it never came back. I have checked all fuses that I ...
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Kitchen aerator doesn't want to screw tightly into place

I'm trying to replace my kitchen faucet's aerator, but as I'm tightening it, it'll reach a point where it sort of "pops" and becomes loose, allowing me to tighten it again. I'm not sure if that's a ...
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NEC 422.16(B)(2) Built-in Dishwashers and Trash Compactors Requirement

According to the titled part of NEC, "(4)Receptacles shall be located to protect against physical damage to the flexible cord." I have installed a dishwasher recently, but the plugged to a receptacle ...
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Water shut-off valve

Does anybody know how to take off this kind of water valve I don't where to unscrew this water valve?
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Can pipes under the kitchen counter be moved into the sub-floor

Our dishwasher sticks out by 5cm (2 inches). When we pull it out we can see the 20 year old (or more) plumbing typical of that age in the United Kingdom: Question: Can the pipes be rerouted to be ...
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why does kitchen faucet only work when dishwasher is running

Kitchen faucet only works when the dishwasher is running. I tried cleaning the diswasher filter but made no difference. Any ideas?
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What is the maximum length I can extend the water supply/drain hose coupling for my PORTABLE DISHWASHER?

I just purchased a full-size, portable dishwasher (Maytag). The water supply/drain hose coupling is not very long and I would like to extend it to approximately 10 feet long. - Is there a maximum ...
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Flaking in kitchen ceiling - will plaster patch work?

Need some advice. We acquired an older property a few years back that had a kitchen ceiling with water damage from the past, just past a foot wide. (Culprit was apparently a lack of/damaged caulking ...
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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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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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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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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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Bowed Wall / Running Corners: Help Me Tackle Getting Studs in Plane

So here is my conundrum: I'm dealing with some wavy walls in a very old home and clearly the framing is all over the place. The worst offending wall has what seems to be a pretty large almost 4' span ...
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Black water from kitchen sink cold water line

Today I noticed my kitchen sink was leaking underneath in the cabinet. I went to take a look and it looked as if it was coming from somewhere inside the faucet. I disconnected the lines and removed ...
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Replacing a Cast Iron Sink with a Stainless sink

We have granite counter tops and are replacing a cast iron sink with a stainless one. We bought a 33x22" sink (which is the size of the Cast iron) and because of the clips (which the cast iron doesn't ...
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light fixture with no power

We are installing a light fixture in my kitchen, it's an old fixture that was my grandmothers. When we hooked everything up at first the light worked and everything else on that circuit also worked (...
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GFCI Suddenly Tripping

I have 4 GFCI plugs on the kitchen wall that have been there for a few years. Late afternoon yesterday, all 4 tripped. I kept resetting them and they kept tripping. 2 are on 1 breaker and 2 on another....
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Are there hinges that will accommodate 1.5 in thick cabinet doors? If so, would they solve the issue discussed below?

I'm adding a frame around my kitchen cabinet doors, using lengths of oak that are 3/4" thick x 2 1/2" wide. The 3/4" thick frame makes the cabinet doors 1 1/2" thick, and when I reattached the hinged ...
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Movable kitchen island on glueless vinyl

My kitchen island is a 66" x 36" countertop supported by two 33" x 24" base cabinets, leaving a 12" overhang on the long side. The island weighs at least 300lbs empty. Contents will add another ...
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How do I clean the aerator or replace the head of my kitchen sprayer?

How do I clean the aerator or replace the head of my CFG kitchen pull-down sprayer? It swivels from left to right for either spray or flow - I know it detaches just cannot figure out how to clean or ...
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Kitchen Light randomly goes out every ~10 minutes

For the past few weeks, we've noticed our kitchen track lighting randomly "goes out" every 10 or so minutes. It started out just "flickering" off for a few seconds before coming back on. Sometimes the ...
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prevent kitchen aspirator exhale from other condominium kitchens

first of all sorry my bad english. I live in a condominium in a rented house and the owner installed very cheap appliances in the kitchen. The condominium has the kitchen aspirator pipe for the ...
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Add tile to kitchen floor, eveness problem

My current kitchen floor has a plywood subfloor with glued on vinyl tiles. It would be better to have a mortar bed with ceramic tiles, but if I do this, it will add about an inch and a half to the ...
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a non working single 10W MR16 in a recessed light (LED)

One of the bulbs is not lighting up. I tried a new bulb and replaced the ceramic bulb holder and that did not help. What am I missing? Could it be a transformer that suddenly went bad? If that is the ...
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How can I install a steel sink if the mounting rails don't fit through the cutout?

I need a stainless steel double bowl kitchen sink (33 × 22, standard size). All the ones I see have these rails under the edge. This is to clamp the sink to the counter. The hole I have cut is a bit ...
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Water Dripping out of Overflow Pipe outside of house near my kitchen?

I have a overflow? pipe near the kitchen drain on the outside of the house that's been leaking as of late, and I'm curious if anyone knows what the pipe is, what it does, and how to fix the issue? ...
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How do I figure out where a kitchen leak is coming from?

I have a leak in my kitchen that rears its ugly head whenever there is severe rain and wind. To the best of my knowledge, it has only happened twice. Obviously, I would like to fix this. In the ...
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Use of paint on kitchen wall. Water and oil resistance

We are renovating our kitchen and we will not have top-level cabinets. (see picture). Now I am wondering if it is possible to use some type of paint and/or polish, for the wall behind stove or whole ...
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Painting softwood kitchen floors, tar adhesive residue - advice?

Looking for any advice people have to offer about choice of paint, coatings, procedure, etc. Details: Original kitchen floors (doug fir) from a 1925 home. About 150 sq ft. Floors were originally ...
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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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Trouble with kitchen pull-out faucet universal hose?

(I am using terms as shown in this exploded view) A few months back the hose for my kitchen pull-out faucet broke. I went to the home improvement store and bought a universal replacement hose. I had ...
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Installing an additional Kitchen Lighting circuit

I would like to install an additional Kitchen Light above a Breakfast Bar as a new circuit but would like to avoid lifting the floorboards on the floor above if possible as it is the bathroom and I ...
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What are these thing in my fridge and how to get ride of them?

I found these bugs and i dont know how to get ride of them or what they are. First time it was near the eggs, cleaned everything. But 3 weekd after i found them again. Dont know what to do. If this ...
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Stove causing GFCI outlet to trip

I installed a GFCI outlet with the source being from another outlet (non-GFCI). from this GFCI outlet there is another outlet downstream but it is wired from the LINE of the other GFCI instead of the ...
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Finishing nails into treated lumber indoors… a disaster waiting to happen?

We framed out our new kitchen island with some leftover lumber, some of which is treated. Our cabinets came with some extra skin, which is roughly 1/8" thick, and we already attached it to our island ...
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How do I identify make / model of this kitchen faucet?

I am trying to identify this fixture, to get some rebuild parts: What approach should I use? (It is a kitchen fixture in use in a bathroom)
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Burnt sheathing behind outlet

I heard buzzing and popping noises behind this kitchen outlet so I opened it up and it looks like this: What might've caused this? And to repair this, do I have to cut up the drywall and replace the ...
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Stove-side table material

My apartment has a small gas stove, and I'd like to build a small table next to it to act as additional counter-space (as there's currently no counter-space immediately next to the stove) and also as ...
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Does a drain pipe have to be in the floor/wall or can it run on top of floor underneath cabinets?

I'm renovating my kitchen on the second floor of my duplex, so there is a finished ceiling directly below it. The kitchen sink will be moved about 7 feet horizontally from where it is now. In the ...
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cooking on a hot&humid day

I have 2 window air conditioners in my house. None of them seem to have a setting to bring in (a little bit of?) fresh air. When we cook, the house becomes a bit smokey. Also, the vapors of freshly ...
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fitting a smaller range

when we bought our house, it had a very used 40" gas range. now that range has died. replacing with a new 40" range is very pricey ($2k+), and our cooking needs don't justify the size anyhow. i'm ...
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Kitchenette vs. kitchen electrical circuits

I am living in a mother-in-law suite in the lower level of a 2003 home. I just had a 6ft. kitchenette installed. I will use a small fridge, a toaster oven, and a coffee pot. The electrician ...
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Connection for range hood from 8“ circular to 10”x3.5" rectangular

I am installing a new range hood for our kitchen. The duct exhaust at the top is 8" circular, but our old vent to outside is 10"x3.5" rectangular. I see what we could usually use a register boot but ...
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What is this (in kitchen plumbing)!

I took apart part of the drain system underneath my kitchen sink to clear a clog, and found this guy. Not sure if someone in my house dropped it down on accident, or it’s been there a while, or broke ...
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When to stop a backsplash? [closed]

We have a kitchen with a U shaped with a peninsula that divides the kitchen and the living room/dining room. If the end of the peninsula is against a black wall, how far up the wall do we stop the ...
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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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How do I remove the cotton from my Frigidaire oven? [closed]

How do I remove the cotton from my Frigidaire oven? It smells like rat urine.