DIY Kitchen Upgrades and Remodel
Updated: Jan 20, 2021
1. Oven Range Hood Upgrade Installation
Broan Brad Stainless Steel Oven Range Hood Installation-Part # CBC130SS-Non ducted application.This hood is a 30" Stainless Steel Range Hood and very easy to install. Please remember to shut the power off at the breaker before starting and confirm you have the correct breaker off by testing with some kind of a meter. I use my battery powered voltage meter for electrical work. I took my old white one out as it was old and we were going for the stainless steel appliance look for the kitchen After unpacking, the first step is to unscrew the panel the side panels for both electrical connection as well as wiring. There's a sheet metal piece in there that is used for ducting only and can be removed if not using ducting. This video does not demonstrate a oven range hood with ducting. This one is without ducting. I removed the electrical wire knock out with a Phillips head screwdriver. This is where the wiring will run through. This wiring is similarly color coded. Black to black, white to white, and ground to ground. Once you get the wires run through it's a good idea to get it mounted in the overhead before you start trying to wire it in. Once I got it wired and secured to the overhead with the mounting screws I screwed the sheet metal side panels back in. I then put the screen in below the fan. It just snapped in. I then put the lights in and now it's ready to go.
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2. Kitchen Undersink Incoming Hot Water Valve Replacement Demonstration Tutorial
3. DIY Laundry Room Complete Makeover
This room was in major need of a makeover. I believe it was addition years ago and had many abstract "custom" modifications made to it. It served as sort of a laundry and deep freezer room. It was time to give it a makeover. It was covered in tile on a cement floor and the tile became brittle and fractured so I removed all of it by hand with a hammer, chisel, and pry bar. I got the floor back down to clean cement. The wall were all sorts of goofed up so I decided to put cedar planks up for uniformity and I like the look of it. I offset the cedar plans and secured them into the walls with my brad nailer. I put cedar planks on the roof too and replaced the light fixtures. Additionally I replaced the dryer vent with new vent ducting. For the floor I placed a coat of sealant on it, let it dry, then painted it. This made it look 100% better. I replaced all of the old wall outlets with new upgraded ones. I cut some of the cedar planks to about 3" for the floor trim around the edges once the floor dried. Same with the door trim. Put the appliances back in and now it's good to go like new.
4. DIY Caulking Kitchen Sink, Stove and Outdoors | Step by Step Tutorial
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5. DIY Kitchen Sink Faucett Installation-Delta Brand Trask Model #19933-SSSD-DST
In my "DIY Kitchen Sink Faucett Installation-Delta Brand Trask Model #19933-SSSD-DST" video, I take you step by step through the process of installing this thing.
Step 1: Remove all the parts from the box and lay them out
Step 2: Make sure gasket in on topside off sink
Step 3: Run faucet hoses down through sink hole
Step 4: (Underside) thread on washer and nut to faucet
Step 5: (Underside)Secure with Phillips head screws
Step 6: Place weight around braided hose and connect braided hose
Step 7: Place the plastic holder around the connected hoses
Step 8: Teflon tape water connections
Step 9: Thread hose onto water connections
Step 10: Screw the head onto the faucet
Step 11: Turn water on at valves under sink, make sure no leaks
Step 12: Install soap dispenser
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6. Brand New Double Kitchen Sink Drain Plumbing-Easy to Install | Tutorial Demo
Don't pay the plumber to come and do this for your. Do it your damn self and save a couple hundred bucks. Head to your local hardware store and pick up the easy to connect kit for a double sink drain. In this case I needed the drain plumbing that contained the dishwasher drain connection for my adjacent dishwasher as is the case for many houses. Hopefully watching this video you'll get an idea what you need. The parts are pretty cheap at Lowe's and Home Depot. There are many custom applications especially in old houses where you'll need couplings and reducers etc. This was the case in for this job. If you're striving to be a DIY-Technican, just take your time and make sure you make the correct cuts and connections based on your plumbing configuration. Good luck and happy plumbing.
7. How to Remove a Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink-Removal, Disconnections, and Plumbing
Getting new granite countertop installed so it's time to replace the whole sink as well as the hedge lodge plumbing underneath. As you can see by the zip ties and everything, it's long overdue. The first thing I did was turn off the main water supply. I then disconnected all of the drain piping underneath and used pot to collect any residual water. I then disconnected the dishwasher water supply line as well as it's drain hose/piping. I then disconnected the water line going to the faucet. The sink and faucet assembly came right out.
8. How to Install New Kitchen Stainless Steel Double Sink Drains
I put in a double stainless steel kitchen sink and it needs some drains installed. The sinks typically don't come with the drains so you have to buy them separate. The two drains I purchased were titled "Kitchen Sink Strainer. Plumber's Spec".
9. Mosaic Pattern Kitchen BackSplash Glass Tile Installation | American Ocean Brand | Tutorial
In my "Mosaic Pattern Kitchen BackSplash Glass Tile Installation | American Ocean Brand" tutorial video I use a glass cutting wet tile saw. Doing this custom work for this kitchen I cut the pieces to fit as I went and used Type I Mastic for Tile and Stone that I purchased from Lowes.
10. How to Replace Kitchen Sink Faucet Spout Filter (Aerator)
Kitchen sink spout spraying all over? Not getting enough water flow from the sink faucet? It's likely the faucet spout filter is clogged. In this tutorial I show you the simple process for accomplishing just that. I didn't realize it until I removed the old one that it needed to be replaced with a new one. This won't be the case all the time as you may just be able to clean the old one off of sediment, plastic, etc and reinstall it. In my case, the filter was damaged therefore not doing it's job. I do filter all of the water but this screen holds back the big particulates. I couldn't believe how much crap had built up on my filter. I'm surprised it flowed as well as it did. Amazing how much stuff is in our water. Changing this thing out is simple. Mine takes a 22mm wrench. Take the 22mm wrench (or vice grips if you don't care about the finish) and turn it counter clockwise to loosen. Once off, clean it all off and inspect for damage. If damaged, then replace. If still good, reinstall. The screen that I removed did not have a gasket but luckily the new one came with a gasket. If you are going to get a new one I recommend you take the old one to the hardware store with you to match it up. Pull it out of the package in the store and be sure it's the correct size and thread pitch. There is not a huge risk here for the most part as many of them are standard size. I believe the technical name for these is a sink faucet aerator.
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11. Bosch Dishwasher Installation: How to Install a Dishwasher in your Kitchen
Once you have removed your old dishwasher you can follow my installation video titled: DIY Bosch Dishwasher Installation: How to Install a Dishwasher in your Kitchen. After unboxing your dishwasher and removing the associated parts be sure to ensure that the power is still off at both the breaker as well as verifying with your voltage checker that it is for sure off. In this installation I first removed all the parts from the inside of the dishwasher. I then played the dishwasher gently on it's side and installed teflon tape around the connection on the dishwasher that would be the mating surface between the brass elbow for the incoming water and the dishwasher itself. After placing teflon tape on there I installed the brass elbow. I then ran the drain hose from the dishwasher to the drain line under the sink and then made sure it was secured to the dishwasher via the provided hose clamp. I then pulled the electrical wiring out and got it ready to hook up. I then hooked up the incoming water supply line to the brass elbow. I then tested it for leaks. Now it was time to do the wiring which was very simple. I made sure I followed the manufacturers recommendations but even without that, the green screw always indicates the ground and then of course you have a 50/50 shot after that for white and black. In this case they show black on the left and white on the right so this is what I did. After hooking up the wiring and making sure it was wired in tight I placed the front cover back on the wiring panel. After that I installed the plastic kick plate along the bottom. I then leveled it and adjusted the heigh to to match the surrounding cupboards as well as ensure it was level. Then I secured to the surround cupboards using the metal tabs so it would fall forward when the door was opened. Then I turned on the breaker and did some dishes.
12. How to Install a Bosch Silence Plus Brand Dishwasher
I purchased this Bosch Silence Plus Brand Dishwasher from Lowe's and trucked it back to the installation location. I used a dolly to cart it into the house. If you have two people you can move it without a dolly. I bought a new voltage sensor, some zip ties, teflon tape, wire nuts, electrical tape, wire strippers, a new hose and threaded brass elbow connector. Some models already come with this and you may possibly be ablate re-use the existing one.
Once I got it the house and unpackaged I made sure to turn off the power at the breaker. I verified that the power was off with my voltage indicator so as not to get shocked. I then removed the old dishwasher.
I then ran the new steel braided hose through the cupboard hole to the water connection and hooked it up. Then I hooked up the drain hose from the back of the dishwasher to the sink drain. I then adjusted the dishwasher legs to it fit level and flush. I pulled the existing wiring up to the and through the electrical connection box on the dishwasher. I then wired it up to the electrical box. Ended up not needing the wire nuts or electrical tape. I've installed these before where the existing house power cable was not long enough so I'd have to add a splice to make up the distance to the electrical box on the dishwasher. Once everything was tight I turned on the water to check for leaks. I made sure there was not even the tiniest drop of water came out. The connections have to be completely tight. After verifying electrical and water connections were satisfactory I slide the dishwasher into place and secured it to the surrounding cupboards with screws so it didn't move when opening and closing the door.
Step by step installation of this new Bosch Brand Silence Plus Dishwasher. Do it yourself. Equipment list as follows:
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13. Electrical Kitchen Range Hood Removal
Get rid of that old outdated oven range hood. See the steps on how to do it by watching my DIY Electrical Kitchen Range Hood Removal tutorial. The old oven range hood was a Nutone brand oven range hood. It really needed to be upgraded. Removing the old one and installing the new one was a lot easier than I would have thought. This style is not vented. Meaning, there is no sheet metal ducting going to the outside of the house. This style of range hood just blows it back into the kitchen. Some models have filters on them.
The first step is to shut the power off at the breaker. Ensure the power is off with a good voltage tester as well. Here is a link to a video I made on a good voltage tester used for this purpose: https://youtu.be/F1eoiFjvAO4
After you've verified that the power is off to the range hood, it's time to unscrew the lightbulb that in there and bust out your cordless drill to unscrew the electrical box screw to expose wiring. Couldn't hurt to verify again that the power is off just before touching any wires. Disconnect any the wires coming from the main power. Now unscrew the securing screws from the bottom of the overhead cabinets. Take note of the wiring and colors of wires. Most of them will be white to white, black to black, and then the ground. Now it's time to install the new one.
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14. IKEA IVAR Model Kitchen Hutch Shelving Assembly
15. How to Fix a Gas Stove Burner That's Not Working-Simple Fix Using Just a PaperClip
If all of your other gas burners are working but one isn't, it's likely that you have a cleanliness issue in the bottom gas inlet beneath the burner's metal parts on the stovetop itself. It's a very simple fix once you know how to do it. This is a common problem with gas stove burners. If you have a small paperclip handy, this will work just fine. Better yet, if you have a set of torch tip cleaners, even better. If you don't have any, you should buy some. I've provided the link below for a set of these and they are perfect to keep around for when this happens to you. They are so cheap there's no excuse for not owning some, especially when it means not being able to cook.
Before working on this or any other gas system make sure you turn off the gas, even for a little fix like this because you will be somewhat up close and personal to where the gas exits into the "bowl" portion of the burner located beneath the special metal parts. After turning off the gas you can now start removing the components that make up the burner portion. Most of them just kind of sit on top of each other. Once you have removed all the burner parts and set them off to the side you can now take your cleaner from your set of tip cleaners or your small paperclip and ream out the gas oriface in the center at the bottom. Be sure to get a tip cleaner or paper clip that fits just snug as you don't want to force it in there or wind up breaking it off while a portion of it is stuck inside the oriface (then it will never work). Now reassemble the metal parts that make up the burner. Turn the gas back on and light the burner. If it doesn't work at first try the process one more time. If it still doesn't work after that you likely have another issue that is causing the problem and call a professional.
Summary of this DIY fix is as follows:
Step one: Shut off gas
Step two: Take it apart
Step three: Obtain small paperclip
Step four: Clean out bottom gas oriface with paper clip
Step five: Re-assemble burner parts
Step six: Turn gas back on
Step seven: Light burner
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16. Deco Gear "Chef" Rapid Electric Portable Stainless Party Ice Maker- Unboxing, Assembly and Usage
This great little portable Electric "Chef" Deco Gear Brand Party Ice Maker has been amazingly easy to unbox and set up. The video shows how easy it is to unbox this unit and quickly make some ice. To get right down to it, it has been one of the easiest appliances to "assemble" and use that I've ever purchased. It does everything it said it would and actually efficiently and quickly makes ice. It always makes us, as consumers, happy when the contraption you buy does exactly what it says without fail or disappointment.
We use quite a bit of ice around our house for our drinks and our smoothies.
As far as simplicity and ease of use, I would recommend this electric ice maker to anyone who is in the market for one. I will update this description and post down the road to follow up how it stands the test of time. If it breaks tomorrow I'll update this at the beginning of the description. So if you are reading this and there is nothing saying differently at the very beginning of this description, than it has been running full time and still going.
One of the nice functions of this thing is that as the ice slightly melts after being made it slowly drips back down into the reservoir which makes it so all of your ice doesn't stick together. You always have the small or larger piece of ice that this machine makes.
In the video I demonstrate what the assembly guide recommends, and that's making sure that the reservoir plug on the bottom is plugged in. I really didn't need to tighten it up anymore as it was already tight. I guess there's a chance that is came loose during shipping, however, you'll know it right away it it's loose because you may get a little water out the bottom.
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17. 8 DIY Practical Refrigerator Magnet Ideas-Items You Lose but Commonly Use
Along with some repurposed decorative beautiful snail shells are some practical refer magnet items that you can never find when you need them. The video shows all of the items that were made into refrigerator magnets first, then goes through the step by step process on each one being made. Frankly it probably gets a little monotonous after watching the first few being made.