I have a Broan 688 vent in my bathroom. It's incredibly loud, and it doesn't have a light.
I bought a Revent replacement from home depot, which is designed to fit the exact cutout as the Broan. Installing this fan involves removing the Broan housing.
Once I got into the vent, I found out that the previous contractor seems to have stapled my bathroom vent housing to the rafter, making it incredibly difficult to remove (see picture). It also looks like it might be stapled over another bracket of some sort, and I don't know what that bracket's purpose is. I've damaged this housing to the point where I doubt I could get it back in.
Does anyone have thoughts on how I can get out of this pickle? I don't think I can reinstall the Broan fan due to how much I've bent the housing, but I might be able to bend it back into place. I've also disconnected the duct from the broan housing, and i suspect it will be difficult to reconnect it with the housing stapled into place.