How to install a rangehood

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How to install a rangehood

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Rangehoods are an important feature for your kitchen, designed to draw up the steam, smoke and odours from your cooktop. We’ll show you how to safely install one over your stove. Remember this is a job for at least two people so make sure you have someone to help you lift the rangehood into place. You will also need an electrician to install any power points and to check for any wiring in the walls before you start drilling and cutting.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Mark the fixing bracket for your rangehood
2 Attach the rangehood fixing bracket to the wall
3 Mark and attach the canopy bracket
4 Position the rangehood on the bracket
5 Mark and cut the hole for the vent pipe
6 Attach the rangehood to the wall
7 Install the rangehood canopy
  • Step 1. Mark the fixing bracket for your rangehood

    Place the drop sheet over the stove to protect it. Then get someone to help you lift the rangehood into position. Mark the wall at the top of the rangehood, take the rangehood down and mark 22mm above that line. This is where the top of the bracket will go. Now use the spirit level to draw a straight line across that point. Find the centre of the rangehood and draw vertical line down from this point. 
  • Step 2. Attach the rangehood fixing bracket to the wall

    Place the fixing bracket in position so that it lines up with the centre line of your rangehood. Use a pencil to mark the screw holes to attach the bracket. Then using an 8mm drill bit, drill three holes and place wall plugs into each of them. Put the bracket in position and attach it using the 40mm screws provided.

  • Step 3. Mark and attach the canopy bracket

    With a spirit level, mark the wall at the height of your rangehood canopy. In this case we’ve made it level with the top of the cupboards. Measure 20mm down from the top line and mark it, either side of your centre line. Then centre the canopy bracket along the vertical line. Use a pencil to mark where the two holes will be drilled and attach the bracket as you did in the previous step.
  • Step 4. Position the rangehood on the bracket

    Once the bracket is attached, get someone to help you lift the rangehood onto its bracket. Remove the vents in the rangehood and look for the two pre-drilled holes at the back of the rangehood. Mark the two holes and remove the rangehood from its bracket. Then drill the holes you just marked and put wall plugs in each one.
  • Step 5. Mark and cut the hole for the vent pipe

    The vent pipe we are using is 154mm. To cut a perfect size hole you can make a builders’ compass. Just take a thin piece of scrap timber and cut it at half the diameter of the vent. Drill a hole into the wood and use a nail to put it on your centre line, about 85mm below the top bracket. Holding a pencil against the end of the wood, spin the wood around to mark out the circle for your vent pipe. Now put on your dust mask and safety glasses and cut out the circle with plaster saw. Before you cut, get an electrician to check there is no wiring behind the wall.
  • Step 6. Attach the rangehood to the wall

    Get someone to help you lift the rangehood onto its bracket. Place the one-way valve in position, on top of the rangehood and use the small screws provided to secure it. Fit the flexible vent pipe into place, on top of the valve and feed it through the hole in the wall. This is the stage where an electrician installs a power point for the rangehood.

  • Step 7. Install the rangehood canopy

    When installing the canopy, wear some gloves because the metal edges are sharp. Line the canopy up with the top bracket and use the two screws to secure it. Also, screw in the two holes at the back of the rangehood, to make sure it’s properly attached. Finally, clip the rangehood filters back in place. If your rangehood is venting into an exterior wall, you will need to install an external vent on the outside of your home.
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