When should I install range hood ducting? I am putting in new cabinets. The kitchen has never been vented outside before. The duct work needs to be installed above the cabinets. What needs to be done first, cabinets or duct?
You want to install the duct work first. You'll be going through the walls and or through the ceiling and trying to do this after the cabinets are install is a pain. you also then take the change of damaging the new cabinets in the process. Ideally, do them both at the same time if it's possible because then you can totally coordinate exactly what needs to be done. This works if you're doing the work yourself but might be difficult if you've got contractors doing it.