Kitchen Lighting Tips: How to Install a Range Hood

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Range hoods removes smoke, grease and heat from the kitchen. This kitchen lighting equipment, if installed properly will draw out odors and cooking grease away and will leave your kitchen clean and fresh.

Before installation, you will need:

Tools: Screwdriver, Hammer, Nail set, Reciprocating saw, Electric drill, Wire cutters, Caulking gun, Wire stripper, Cable ripper

Materials: Range Hood, Caulk, Galvanized wood screws, Wall cap, Metal duct, Cable connector, Wire caps, NM cable

Safety First!

Every product installation that involves electricity must make sure to follow a few safety precautions:

  1. Wear goggles and dust mask.

  2. Turn off power and make sure to test the wires to ensure the power is off.

  3. Have your work checked by an inspector.

  4. Consult a licensed electrician to avoid overloading the circuit.

Let’s Get Started!

The following instructions are applicable for under cabinet range hoods.

  1. range hood install1Remove the old hood, locate the electrical connection under a cover near the light fixture and disconnect the wiring by removing the wire nuts and separating the connections. Mark the holes for the duct and the cable.

  2. Check and make sure the new hood will cover at least the entire cooking or 24 inches to 30 inches above the surface of the range.

  3. Check the direction of the venting, the vent should run either up through the cabinet or back through the wall. Open the proper venting hole in the hood and knockout the wiring.

  4. Wire the hood. Thread the wiring from the wall through the cable clamp and the small hole in the back of the hood. Using wire nuts, connect the two black wires to the black wires coming from the wall and the two white wires to the white wires coming from the wall. Tuck the wires and replace the cover. range hood install2

  5. Tighten the screws.

  6. Turn on the power to the circuit and test the fan and light. Make sure the air is flowing on the outside vent.

When purchasing a range hood, it is also useful to know the “cfm” rating which indicates the number of cubic feet of air it pulls per minute. It is recommended to choose a fan with a cfm rating that is double the square foot of your kitchen.

Installing a Kitchen Faucet and Side Sprayer

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Adding new kitchen fixtures, such as a faucet, can be an easy and inexpensive way to update your kitchen. If you are a handy person you can easily install the kitchen faucet yourself. Just follow these steps and in no time you will have a fresh and updated kitchen. Before starting on this project be sure to read the instructions given  from the manufacturer and take any requested actions.  Continue reading →

Do-It-Yourself: Install New Kitchen Countertops

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Are you bored with the look of your kitchen? Are your countertops showing all the wear and tear of preparing and cooking your meals? What you can do is give your kitchen a new makeover with the simple task; install new kitchen countertops!

Step 1: Choose a Material for the Countertop

This project is for installing granite countertops, which may call for consulting with a professional for help on certain aspects. Some countertops are best left to the pros, who have the proper tools and technology and will measure and cut these large pieces with laser precision. But countertops can be made of many materials and once correctly cut are installed using the same steps. Once you decide what materials you are going to use for your countertops, check with the manufacturer for their suggested installation techniques. Continue reading →

Installing a Traditional Kitchen Tile Backsplash.

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Among the improvements for the kitchen is the replacement of a rather ordinary tile backsplash with one or more visually compelling designs. Below is a summary of steps, as well as a list of tools and materials used, as seen in this project.  Continue reading →

How To Guide for Installing Your Kitchen Sink

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Granite composite sinks make great additions to many kitchen designs. Their sleek appearance and relatively thick edge make a drop-in installation appear more contemporary and custom than drop-in sinks made of stainless steel or cast iron. Here is a step- by- step guide!  Continue reading →

Top 5 Steps on How To Make Your Home Green

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As you build your new home, there are so many decisions you need to make. Location, style, materials…etc. But have you thought of ways you can save money as well as your environment? Adding Green elements can benefit you and your future in so many ways. You can add green materials and products that will help you gain in lower energy costs, and make the house more viable when it’s time to sell in the future if you wish.  Continue reading →

How To Get Ready To Install Cabinets

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Ready to update your kitchen or bathroom? Adding some new cabinets is a great place to start. You will be amazed at what a new set of cabinets can do to freshen up the vibe in your home!

1. Remove Everything from Kitchen. Begin the remodeling process by removing all existing appliances, cabinets, countertops, and moldings from the space where the cabinets are to be installed. Moving these out of the way will allow for easier access to install the new cabinets. Also make sure to shut off the water, power, and utility lines before beginning to remodel as these may present a hazard during the remodeling stage.     Continue reading →

Choosing Your Kitchen Countertop Tile

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Kitchen countertops are the pride and joy of any great kitchen, which means picking the right countertop material, is an important task.  Asking yourself (or the cook of the family) some important questions will help in the search for the perfect countertop.   What is the priority in the kitchen; style, durability, usability, green factor or maintenance.  All of these items should go into choosing the correct countertop for your new kitchen.  Continue reading →

Casual Dining Style: Eat-in Kitchens

Need a casual and easy going eating experience?  An eat-in kitchen might be the answer to all of your problems.  In today’s fast pace and busy families, an eat-in kitchen can allow for a busy family to still eat together without the need for formal dining.  There are really three options for an eat-in kitchen; counter dining, breakfast nooks or a tradition eat in kitchen with table.  Convenience is a driving factor for most families who are looking for a more modern take on the family dinner concept.

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This is the most popular option of the three and can accommodate almost all families.  If there is already a bar or peninsula in your Counter Diningkitchen, simply adding stools or chairs to the area will turn it into an instant eat-in kitchen.  However, this is not always convenient or safe with families with young children or older members of the family, due to the bar stools that usually needs to accommodate a bar setting.  This kitchen is a great example of how easy it is to convert an island into an eat at counter.  Most people are looking for space in the kitchen and may not relish giving up space for eating; however, unless someone is currently sitting at the island, you lose no space.  This is a great compromise of using the space for more than one purpose; it is house multi-tasking at its best!  Continue reading →

How to Repair a Tile Backsplash

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After months and months of searching, you have finally found your dream home. You’re walking through the kitchen, and you’re thinking of all the wonderful dinner parties you will have, in your new, beautiful kitchen.

As you’re walking around the kitchen you see three broken tiles near the base of the wall. You think to yourself, “I can fix that”, nothing is going to stand between you and your dream home.

The first thing on your ‘to do’ list, after you purchase your home, is to fix those three broken tiles. Now where to start, how to get them out, without breaking any other tile? Follow these simple steps, and before long you will be having your first dinner party.  Continue reading →