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How can I fit a glass cooktop hood into a space that's too tight?

Any glass intended for a kitchen is almost certainly tempered. You cannot modify tempered glass. It will explode or disintegrate. Even if it's not, you're unlikely to be successful without specialized ...
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How can I fit a glass cooktop hood into a space that's too tight?

Glass does not take well to sanding, cutting, etc. It can be done, but not so easily. It is even harder on an assembled large object, as opposed to large flat sheets. On the other hand, wood and ...
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How can I fit a glass cooktop hood into a space that's too tight?

If the hood is this kind of arrangement, basically a pair of glass wings extending from a central machine .... my suggestion is return it and buy something different. No matter what you do it's going ...
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New Kitchen extractor fan stopped working

Squeezing the extractor duct to fit into the hood shouldn't cause an issue unless you bent the fan housing and it's binding. Check that the fan spins freely and also check your electrical connections, ...
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Venting Range Hood into Attic Space, Temporarily

The biggest issue you have venting into the attic is warm, moist air being blown into a somewhat closed area (aside from the grease and particles you have a filter for). If the attic space you vent ...
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How many CFM for a range hood do I REALLY need?

The three most important things in venting a kitchen is Ductwork, Ductwork, and Ductwork. I'm beginning to find out the hard way after replacing several builders' quality range hoods with stainless ...
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Is my range hood re-circulation or extraction?

If it's a recirculator there will be vents on the front of the unit, and when it is running you will feel air coming out of those. If it's an extractor there will be a pipe between 3 and 6 inches in ...
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How can I troubleshoot a range hood light failure?

The fact that the lights were flickering before totally going out would lead me to believe there's a loose connection at the switch or that the switch is bad. You can check different appliance parts ...
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How can I fit a glass cooktop hood into a space that's too tight?

There's mentions in other posts of all sorts of changes to the glass, squeezing it in, temporarily moving the cabinets, etc. Do not compress or attempt to modify the glass in any way The glass ...
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How many CFM for a range hood do I REALLY need?

You also have to take into account the ducting run and turns, which derate the air flow. I have a 400cfm exhaust fan in my overhead uwave, and it works fine on the lowest of the 5 settings.I have 6 ...
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range hood with an offset

Never seen one like this - BUT have installed many a hood in cabinets where the vent did not end up exiting the center of the cabinet. a combination of adjustable elbows will offset the vent if you ...
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Range hood - not powerful enough to clear smoke?

As many have mentioned the exhaust duct needs to be sized properly, I have seen folks spend a lot on higher cfm fans that did no better because the root problem was the home was sealed so no air could ...
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Broken wire inside Rangehood, advice needed

I think you were wise to turn off the power to be on the safe side. I also agree that the simplest thing would be to turn off the power to the hood, or safely disconnect the wiring to the hood, ...
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Can I connect the exhaust vent from my range hood to the existing ceiling exhaust fan vent?

Your condo violates Code and is unsafe, and your HOA consists of idiots First off -- your condo's existing setup, with a recirculating hood over a domestic gas appliance, is quite clearly a Code ...
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What can I do about circuit boards on a new range hood that stopped working in a week or more?

Sounds like this is still under warranty. Contact the manufacturer; the info should be in the user's manual.
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Range hood - not powerful enough to clear smoke?

From the comments: I haven't replaced the charcoal filters in several years That is very possibly the key right there. Just like a clothes dryer won't work properly if the lint trap is clogged, and ...
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Is it safe to stuff some insulation above my electric stove?

Use your exhaust fan. It removes grease, products of combustion and most of all moisture. Do you just never use your stove top? I suppose if all you ever do is microwave and use your oven you don't ...
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PVC for range hood ventilation

Check your local building codes to be 100% sure but PVC is NOT permitted by many. I'll reference one from TX but most are similar where it says: M1503.2 Duct Material Ducts serving range ...
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How can I prove my kitchen exhaust vent egress

You can rent a "fog machine" or "smoke (not really smoke) generator" at a rental place that caters to "party supplies" - you can also rent a portable ventilation fan with ...
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How can I prove my kitchen exhaust vent egress

Get an assistant watch the vent and blow air in to the duct with a leaf-blower. If it's connected the breeze should be obvious.
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Range hood fan quit working but started working again

Yes, cold weather and hardened, cold grease buildup can conspire to stop your fan from starting. That's "the answer to the question you asked." The fact that you have enough grease buildup ...
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Is this dryer vent installed correctly?

The vent straps are normally use when flex duct is connected to rigid duct so you're fine. There shouldn't be sheet metal screws used where the rigid is connected to the rigid. The seams are taped so ...
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How many CFM for a range hood do I REALLY need?

I just finished updating my kitchen and I think you have to really be careful of going to far in either direction with sizing a range hood. Most places that don't have a fancy range hood are probably ...
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Imperfectly cut tile (4mm short) within acceptable range of error?

Nobody else will ever notice it. You'll forget about it in a week, unless you let it drive you insane, which will result in everybody feeling bad, since the tile guy is unlikely to see one corner of ...
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Can I replace 1 volt lights with 2 volt lights?

Something is super fishy here, LED's usually require a bit more than 1V especially the "lighting" ones. There are no "Bulbs" in LED's. LED's have very very long lifespans. I don't know LED's failure ...
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Can I replace 1 volt lights with 2 volt lights?

Short answer: No There may be a way to redesign the circuitry but you are better off, in almost every case, to find replacement lights equivelant to what you are replacing.
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Ceiling exhaust fan in kitchen

The picture of your range hood indicates that it was designed to vent back into the kitchen area if desired. That is what those small louvered vents on the front are for. Most such units can be either ...
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Wiring new range hood exhaust fan motor

The old motor had two hot wires in addition to the white (neutral) so that the SPDT switch could select high or low speed. The new motor is one-speed, though you could replace the switch with a ...
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Range vent u-turn?

As long as you can maintain adequate cross-sectional area through the entire path it's probably not an issue (assuming few bends downstream). There may be slightly more noise due to turbulence, but it ...
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What happens if range hood is smaller than cooktop?

The Code requires an overhead exhaust hood to be “at least as wide as the unit and shall extend over the entire unit”. (See ICC M1504) There are exceptions (i.e.: downdraft, etc.) but must be labeled ...
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