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Installing a Range Hood - Wall Vent Instructions

  • Installing a Range Hood - Wall Vent

    Range hoods are a necessity in any kitchen. A properly installed range hood will vent hot air and cooking odors outside as well as help keep kitchen surfaces free of grease. The trickiest part of installing a range hood is determining how to run the ventilation ducts. You will need to decide if it is easier to vent through an outside wall or up through the roof. See the tutorial, "Installing a Range Hood – Roof Vent," if that option is better for you.

  • Overview

    To install the range hood, first remove the fan, filter, light housing, and electrical housing from your hood. Next, punch out the knockout that corresponds to the direction your electrical cable will come from. Then install the ducting in the proper locations. And finally, reinstall the fan unit and check your work.

  • Locating the Position

    Hold the hood up where it will be mounted and outline the location for the knockout and duct with a pencil.

  • Cutting the inside Hole

    Drill holes in each corner of your outline and then use a reciprocating or jig saw to cut from hole to hole. Next, cut the hole for the electrical cable by using a drill bit the same size as the knockout outline and pull your cable through it.

  • Cutting the Outside Hole

    To cut a hole in the outside of the house, drill the four corners of the hole from the inside out so that the outside hole will line up with the inside hole. Next, from the outside, cut from hole to hole using a reciprocating saw.

  • Exterior Cutting Options

    If the exterior has a masonry finish like stucco or brick, use a masonry bit to drill the four corners from the inside and then from the outside drill a close series of holes between the corners. Next, use a masonry chisel to chip away between the holes until the center falls away.

  • Installing the Cable Clamp

    Back in the kitchen, install a cable clamp in the knockout hole on the hood. With a helper, hold the hood in its final position. Feed the electrical cable through the clamp and then screw the hood in position below the cabinet.

  • Installing the Duct

    The next step is to install your ducting. Attach the ducting to the wall cap, an exterior vent cap for ducting and then install both by screwing the wall cap in place on the exterior wall. For a masonry wall use screw anchors. It may be necessary to trim the ducting to length. Also, make sure that the damper in the hood moves freely and is not obstructed by a poor fit with the ducting.

  • Sealing the Duct

    Apply a generous bead of exterior silicone caulk around the wall cap to seal against moisture.

  • Finishing Up

    Reinstall the fan unit, light cover, and filter. Connect the black wires together, the white wires together, and the green or copper wires together or to a ground screw. Cover the wire connections with wire nuts, and then cover all the wiring with the electrical housing cover. Finally, turn the power back on and see how it all works.


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