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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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Should I install 10 AWG or re-use the existing 8 AWG?

My new built in oven uses a 30 amp/10AWG wiring connection. My old oven has 40 amp/8 AWG wiring. Is it possible to use this connection with just switching a breaker?
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How much ventilation space does a refrigerator need?

The person who built our refrigerator cabinet box only left 1" for ventilation at the top of the refrigerator. Is this enough space for proper ventilation? There is a 1" gap on either side, and a 4" ...
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Can I remove one side frame of the cabinets above the refrigerator?

The space for the refrigerator is more narrow than I'd like. Both sides have a wall/panel extending from the cabinets above. The space is 33"w x 72"h. The new fridge would likely by 36"w x 70"h (...
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How to remove burn marks on kitchen bench top?

My kitchen bench top has these marks (see the picture) after putting a teapot on it for a few seconds. Any solutions! Thank you in advance :)
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Painting kitchen cabinets

I am getting ready to paint my kitchen cabinets and need some advice on best way to go about it. what is the best way to prep kitchen cabinets for painting and what is the best way to paint them, ...
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Can I install a hardwood floor in the kitchen?

I don't know if I can install a hardwood floor in my kitchen. What would you recommend ? Thank you so much Camille
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Is an oven heating element polarized?

I just took out an oven heating element without paying attention to which wire was hooked up to what end. Does it matter how I hook it back up?
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Will having reversed hot and cold damage my faucet?

On our old kitchen tap handles, the cold is on the left side and hot on the right. The new taps are the exact opposite, cold being on the right and hot on the left side. Is it okay to just connect ...
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How to fit kitchen cabinets to corners that are not 90 degrees

I'm currently designing a replacement kitchen for my house. The kitchen is U shaped so going across three walls of the house. The middle wall is not 90 degrees to the other two, it is more like 105 ...
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Why does our “granite” worktop mark so easily?

We had a new kitchen installed, supposedly by experts, but the "granite" worktop that was installed is really really fragile. I had expected a granite worktop to be hard and durable, but this is ...
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How can I insulate kitchen vent to prevent cold air blowing through all the time?

Building code requires my kitchen to have a 15cmx15cm vent (besides the kitchen cook-top vent). This vent is basically a hole in the wall that reaches to the outside. The vent has grating on both ...
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Should we install beadboard paneling or countertop first?

We are planning to install bead board paneling to our kitchen back splash, and new Formica for the counter tops. Which product should be installed first, and why?
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What options are available for ventilation above a stove?

We are taking out our cabinets above our stove area, to create an open plan to the dinette area on other side of counter. Can we have a ceiling mounted fan above stove? (flush with the ceiling) What ...
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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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How to Remove a Stuck Kitchen Sink Strainer

I have a two basin stainless steel kitchen sink. Whoever installed it did not use or properly apply plumbers putty and both sides leak. I went to replace it with a new strainer but can not get the old ...
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Can a range hood vent have a 90 degree bend and vent out the wall?

I know I need to check my local codes before proceeding with this. that will be done but I first wanted to ask this community for advice. i'm going to have my kitchen gutted to the studs in a couple ...
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Can I use the cutout for a drop-in sink to install an undermount sink?

My daughter has bought another home with granite counters and a drop in sink. Can a professional put in an under the counter sink in the existing hole with some modification by him or is this just ...
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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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How to remove “metal” tile adhesive from backsplash area?

Is there no way? There is a similar question here from 2015 with no answer. Our kitchen was tiled with thin, copper-colored aluminum tiles (probably in the '80s), which look like this: The adhesive ...
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How do I stop a countertop soap dispenser from leaking?

I have a countertop soap dispenser. It is a Blanco 911-375 Alta Soap/Lotion Dispenser, Satin Nickel Finish filled with Seventh Generation brand dish soap. For the high-end-quality brand name, it ...
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Do I still have a mouse problem?

Last saturday I was prepping some food when I see this little creature dash across the floor past me carrying a tiny piece of cardboard, on further inspection around the house I found a couple of very ...
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Kitchen flooring

If I get new kitchen cabinets and linoleum flooring and a new dishwasher should I put the linoleum under the cabinets and dishwasher first.
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How to repair (or hide) chipped kitchen cabinets

Our tired old kitchen is getting a make-over! Is there a method to repair damaged laminate-chipboard cabinet doors? As you can see in the photo the base has chipped away and it is very flaky. I'm ...
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How can I insulate a room without tearing down walls?

The kitchen in my Philadelphia row home seems to have been a last minute idea. After last winter, I'm almost certain there is no insulation installed in the room. Is there a way for me to do something ...
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Is it common to caulk around the edges of vinyl tile instead of going underneath wood paneling?

I have a guy going into a rental unit of mine to put in vinyl tile. I told him specifically that I wanted it under the base of the wall's wood molding (similiar to this stuff). He was put off by ...
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What is the easiest way to replace an existing backsplash?

I've got an unusual backsplash in my kitchen that I would like to replace. As you can see from the picture, there's about 6" of granite tile acting as a proper backsplash, but above that it appears ...
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How can I remove the screw from a double demountable hinge?

I am replacing the double demountable hinges on my cabinets. Most of them are a breeze, but two of the narrow cabinets don't have the cutouts; instead, they just removed the plate and screw from the ...
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How much weight should a standard cabinet be able to support?

I purchased standard cabinets (no plywood box) including a 33" farmhouse sink cabinet. I found a farmhouse sink I'd like to install and it's about 150lbs. (30" sink). There is no weight rating on the ...
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Is a water pressure booster pump with an induction motor suitable for kitchen tap use?

The water pressure in my kitchen is too low to achieve a reasonable flow rate through the kitchen tap. For many years I have fitted a series of booster pumps which are activated when water is flowing ...
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Sink too low for p pipe

My new sink is too deep for the drain. How can I plumb it to lower the p pipe?
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Gas shut-off inside plaster: why?

We are switching old gas range for a new one and were surprised when we pulled it out and discovered we couldn't shut off the gas without first cutting out the drywall/plaster around the shut-off ...
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Is it ok to pad a washing machine against the adjacent cabinetry?

Not sure how to explain this.. have a new wash machine and it has to go under a counter in small space. The floor is in terrible condition (rotting old plyboard and cork), uneven and falling to bits, ...
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How to hammer in tight place

I have the back of my kitchen sink base unit that has popped out, is made of thin plywood. Now it's raised outside if it's groove and I need to hit it with a rubber mallet to push it down into the ...
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How do you access under a front loading washing machine drum to remove a trapped coin?

We had a coin trapped under our front loading washing machine drum (found out after it was removed). The washing machine engineer got it out by prising the lip of the inside of the drum upwards, ...
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How do I seal a 4+ mm gap between skirting board and slate tiles?

I have a slate kitchen floor and wooden skirting on the walls around (no beading). At some points around the wall there are gaps of around 4 mm or more. I was thinking of simply stuffing paper in ...
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Do wooden cabinets absorb grease in kitchen?

I had my mind on wooden countertops - but I will likely be a heavy duty user and so I have settled on the idea of using wooden cabinets (such as here) with a corian/marble type countertop. My partner ...
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How do I connect 4 electrical wires to a 3-phase cooktop?

I need to connect the wires to my new IKEA cooktop. I learned from the website that the wire colors normally mean, blue=N, brown=L, and yellow/green=PE. However, I have a (3-phase) cable with 4 ...
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What maintenance is needed for subway tiles?

I see many kitchens with subway tiles on their backsplash in design magazines, but this isn't a popular design here in Singapore. It seems like most people consider it a durable option, but I have ...
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What should I do about paint flaking away from an area with moisture in the wall?

We have a very old cottage (built in 1650) that we have just completely refurbished from top to bottom. Because it is stone & brick and had a major problem with damp when we first purchased it, we ...
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What is the correct way to secure a gas standalone range?

Can somebody tell me the best way to secure a gas standalone range. If there is an earthquake, I would prefer that the range not slide around. It's on engineered flooring over 1-1/8" plywood.
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What is the name of this connector for my fridge's wooden panel?

I recently snapped off the wooden panel on my fridge/freezer. It is a tall fridge freezer with a separate door for each component. The doors are wooden panels that are attached to the metal doors ...
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Wiring for new 40 amp wall oven and cooktop

We are upgrading our wall oven and cooktop. The old units were rated for 30 amps each and the new units require 40 amps. We have a 200 amp main panel with one 40 amp breaker for the oven/cooktop ...
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How much deeper sink can I get away with without having to redo waste drain?

I'm remodeling the kitchen. Our sink is a standard 7" deep sink, but most cool sinks these days are 8-10" deep. I would probably want to keep the existing configuration with the double bowl and ...
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Half wall supporting 18" overhanging counter — can this be done?

As part of an upcoming kitchen remodel we plan on knocking down a (non-load bearing) wall between the dining room and kitchen. We are thinking of converting a portion of the existing wall to a half ...
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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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Troubleshooting Jenn air cooktop issue

I purchased a used Jenn Air Cook top range (model c238b-c) to replace an older existing one (c221-c). Both units are the typical counter top with 2 slide-in double cook top element carthridge, and ...
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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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Why does my kitchen sink not drain properly after I don't use it for a while?

I can't figure out why my kitchen sink drain keeps clogging. I've bought several bottles of Draino type stuff and they work for a day or two. But if I don't use my sink much in 2 or 3 days and then ...
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Is drywall replacement necessary where a bulkhead was removed?

Is drywall necessary when bulkheads are removed and new cabinets will cover the space made by the removal? Are there safety issues if the drywall is not replaced?
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What could cause an old electric oven to run hot even when adjusted to the lowest setting?

I have an old (probably 1940s) Hotpoint stove/oven that came with my 1901 farmhouse. The cook-top works well enough to use but the oven runs in the neighborhood of 100 degrees F over what the dial is ...