Here’s how to install a copper hood in a few easy steps.
We will assume that you are unpacking a custom range hood from hand-built wooden crates. Prior to installation, the area should be prepped with ducting in the wall or ceiling and power in the wall or ceiling.
- If the fan unit is shipped inside the hood (installed), remove the screws from the perimeter of the stainless steel liner and slide the fan unit out of the hood.
- This should leave you with a copper shell that is screwed down to the crate. Remove the screws inside the hood to release it from the crate. Be very careful when using power screw guns or drills inside the hood; a bump from starting or stopping torque can dent the hood, and we are not responsible for damage caused during installation.
- Wearing latex or similar gloves, pick up the copper shell and position it where it will be installed. Verify the alignment of the duct with the hole in the hood (cut one if necessary). Also, cut a hole where you need the electrical to enter the hood using the appropriate wiring hardware as dictated by your building code.
- Slide the hood into place to fit over the duct and pull the electrical through to the inside of the copper shell. Using large washers, screw the hood to the wall and ceiling studs and joists. It is a good idea to get 6 to 8 screws in the hood to provide complete support. The copper shell is not that heavy – most are 60 to 70 pounds – and the fan units are about 40 pounds depending on the model and type.
- Once the hood is secure, connect the electrical and any internal ducting. Slide the fan unit inside the copper shell and attach it using the screws removed in Step 1.
- Dust the hood and wipe off any fingerprints or other marks. You’re done!
Island range hoods are installed in much the same with the only difference is that all the connections are done to the ceiling and top of hood rather than the wall.