How to Replace a Range Hood in Your Kitchen

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Home Improvement |

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The bathroom and the kitchen are the two rooms in your home that often require the most attention and are the two rooms most of your home repair projects will occur.

In our last post we discussed common mistakes during kitchen remodels and today we will provide instructions on a common kitchen DIY and that is how to replace a range hood in your kitchen.

Your under-cabinet range hood will eventually wear down and start to omit loud noises or appear grungy near the vent. You will want to replace it when these signs of wear start to occur. The good news is that it is a very easy project to replace a range hood and should only require 1-2 hours to complete.

Here are the tools you need:

  • Power drill
  • Non-contact tester
  • Flat-blade screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Range hood
  • Eletrical cable clamp
  • Safety goggles

The first step is to turn off the power. You will want to turn off the electricity in your kitchen before you attempt to remove the current range hood. This requires you to locate your circuit breaker box and shut off the necessary switches.

Now remove the grease filter from the old range hood and the wiring cover to disconnect the wires powering the vent. First use your non-contact tester to ensure the wires are not “hot” so as to avoid serious injury.

Now disconnect the white and black wires and the bare wire from the grounding screw.

Then remove the range hood from the cabinet above. Most of the time the range hood is connected with four screws. You will want someone to support the hood during this step so that it does not fall as you remove the screws from the wall and cabinet.

Now insert a cable clamp to the new range hood and then attach the vent to the range hood. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions so that the vent is attached properly and securely.

After the vent and cable clamp are installed you can run the wires through the new electrical box and reconnect the black cables together and white cables together.

Now it is time to install the new range hood. You will need a helper to stabilize the hood as you screw it into the above cabinets and the wall behind your stove.

Then you can reattach the bottom panel of the range hood and install the new grease filter and new lightbulbs if needed.

After the installation is complete, return to your main circuit panel and turn on the electricity in your kitchen again. Now turn on the range hood and ensure the lights and the vent are both working properly. If something does not work, read through the manufacturer’s instructions again step-by-step to ensure you completed the entire process.

You can now enjoy your new range hood in your kitchen! Be sure to visit our Home Remodeling blog again for new instructionals and DIY projects for your home.

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Four Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Home Improvement |

Where should I begin with my kitchen remodel? What are the things are should keep in mind? What could be the secret to having a successful kitchen renovation? These are some of the concerns or rather questions homeowners often ask when dreaming about a kitchen remodel. We both can relate to the exciting experience of remodeling or redesign a kitchen. Most people, however, think it’s a small task that doesn’t need much regarding time and resources.

Note that a kitchen remodel is not a small undertaking, and there’s a lot that one should carefully consider and a number of mistakes to avoid. Here’s a list of mistakes every homeowner should avoid when having a kitchen remodel.

Rushing through the Planning Process

The most important phase of any remodeling project has always been planning. In this case, you may start well by coming up with a plan. The problem comes in when you rush through the planning phase without necessarily being careful with the details. This mistake could end up leading to unnecessary expenses and delays in completing your project. Without adequate planning, you may end up changing your mind as the project continues which means you’ll increase your remodeling costs. Proper and adequate planning helps to ensure your kitchen remodel is accomplished on schedule, and your costs remain within your budget.

Thinking Fad, Not Function

According to home improvement experts, any kitchen renovation should be able to last about 10 to 15 years on average. That means your focus should be taking a balanced approach. Make sure everything you’re installing makes sense from a functional point of view. Also, remember to be practical on having a kitchen that matches your specific needs and lifestyle. It’s not a matter of what you say in another home.

Not Hiring the Right Professionals

DIY projects may seem like the cheapest route to follow but not this time. Your kitchen remodeling project will need specific expertise which means you should work with licensed and highly professional contractors. Hire multiple professionals to handle specific tasks. Keep you remodel budget in mind though. Professionals will not only deliver high-quality work but also help you make informed and cost-saving choices and decisions.

Letting a Contractor or Someone else make Decisions and Choices for you

It doesn’t matter if you love delegating your work, you’re the one who knows, and best understands your needs, habits, and lifestyle. You know what’s best for yourself as well as your family. It’s, therefore, your role to make the right decisions about your project. The contractors and professionals working on your kitchen remodel can only help with useful information and professional advice. This means you need to do your research, visit showrooms, and educate yourself on different kitchen fixtures, appliances, products, and materials. This will help you know what you want and have an authentic opinion about everything, from the materials to be used to the respective costs.

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