Project Guide

How to Install a Range Hood

1
MARK FOR HOLES
Mark for holes - How Install Range Hood
  • Remove the filter, fan and electrical housing cover from the range hood.
  • Use a hammer and screwdriver to remove the knockouts for the electrical cable and the duct. 
  • Hold the hood in place and mark the holes for the duct and the cable.
2
CUT INSIDE AND DRILL LOCATOR HOLE
Cut inside drill locator hole - Install Range Hood
  • Cut holes through the drywall or plaster.
  • Use a long bit to drill holes at each corner all the way through the outside wall.
3
CUT THE SIDING
Cut siding - How Install Range Hood
  • Connect the dots between the holes on the outside to mark the outline of the hole.
  • Use a reciprocating saw, saber saw with an extra-long blade, or keyhole saw to cut the outline. 
  • Remove insulation or debris that would interfere with installing the duct.
4
ATTACH DUCT CAP
Attach duct cap - How Install Range Hood
  • Push the wall cap into the wall to see if the duct is long enough to reach the range hood.
  • If not, purchase an extension and attach it with sheet metal screws and duct tape.
  • Apply caulk to the siding where the cap flange will rest.
  • Push the cap into place and fasten with screws.
  • Caulk the perimeter of the flange.
5
RUN POWER TO HOOD
Run power hood - How Install Range Hood
  • Shut off power to the circuit.
  • Run cable from a nearby receptacle or junction box through the hole in the wall.
  • Strip the sheathing and clamp the cable to the range hood electrical knockout.
  • Mount the hood securely by driving screws into studs or adjacent cabinets.
6
CONNECT WIRES
Connect wires - How Install Range Hood
  • Splice the white wire to the white fixture lead, black wire to black lead, and the ground wire to the green lead. 
  • Fold the wires into place and replace the electrical cover. 
  • Reattach the fan and filter. 
  • Restore power and test.
7
CLOSER LOOK: VENTING THROUGH A MASONRY WALL
Venting through masonry wall - How Install Range Hood
  • Use a long masonry bit to drill the locator holes.  
  • Draw the outline carefully, double-checking that you can slip in the vent with room to spare.  
  • Drill holes about every inch along the outline.  
  • Use a hammer and cold chisel to chip between the holes.
8
CLOSER LOOK: VENTING THROUGH A MASONRY WALL
Venting through masonry wall - How Install Range Hood

Drill holes and drive masonry screws to attach the duct cap.