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Range Hood ductwork.

My home was built in the late 60's. My range hood may or may not have been installed when the house was built. Whoever installed the duct work frankly did a messy job of it. The ducting is vented all the way through the roof. The duct work passes through a hacked up hole in the top of the cabinet above the hood into the attic then outside. I can open the cabinet and easily see the ragged hole the duct goes through, and can even put my hand through the hole and into the attic if I wanted. Is there a way I can tighten up the area? I'm concerned that a) I'm losing heating and cooling through this hole into the attic and b) that critters could potentially make their way into the kitchen from the attic. I have no problem with the inside of the cabinet looking awful, but I'd feel a little better if there were less hole there. I've thought about using plumbing foam such as Great Stuff, but I don't know how much heat that product can tolerate. I do not want to unwittingly create a fire hazard. Can I use Great Stuff, or is there a better product for the job?

(Note: I had to choose something similar under "What product is it about?" because my model isn't listed. It's not really about the range hood itself, though. My range is: Air Care Range Hood Model AC 1270R.)

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I would use regular rolled insulation and stuff as much as you can into that space. It is fire proof so you need not worry. Next, use construction adhesive and strips of plywood or other thin wood to fill in the void with a frame.

get a constructioin adhesive that has instant grab like DAP, available at home depot and most hardware stores.

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The range hood will give off only minimal heat from cooking. You should be fine with what you are using.
If you read the directions on the can of great stuff it will tell you everything it can be used on and what the temperature rating is.

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  • lilleyen Mar 06, 2011

    If I was facing the same problem I would determine the duct dimensions (round or rectangular), and stuff the gaps with insulation as previously suggested and then frame it either with wood to match the cabinets or painted to match the walls.
    If it's rectangular, simple wood moulding of some type will suffice with mitered corners.

    If it's round ducting, determine the size, cut a circle out of whatever material you are using to make a wooden ring, (or have someone make it for you), then with a very thin bladed, saw slice this in two so you can put it around the duct work up against the ceiling, and glue it back together again so it looks like one piece. This will cover up the ragged hole and the insulation so it looks like a properly finished project.

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