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Microwave range hood install -- stud in middle of exhaust

Installing a microwave range hood over stove under cabinet. Stud runs down middle of rectangular exterior exhaust vent. Appliance salesman at Lowes said that it shouldn't be a problem.....however Whirlpool installation book says it can't be installed that way with a vent through the wall.

I'm trying to figure out a work around. Has anyone solved this problem?
Can the exhaust fan be repositioned sideways?

One solution would be to go up into overhead cabinet and have a vent made that moved the exhaust sideways before going out the wall. But I hate to get into the upper cabinet if I can avoid it.

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  • Hugo19971 Aug 14, 2008

    Thanks Rick,
    What I think I'll do is remove the entire area of drywall between the studs and fill that in with a piece of plywood. Using plywood is a great idea. It can be glued and screwed to the studs and serve well as an anchor for the mounting plate.

    Concerning the stud (2x6) that is in the way: I do want to box it out. Unfortunately, the exhaust from the micro/hood is at the very top of the mounting installation.....right up next to the upper cabinets. That means I'll have to remove the upper cabinet to box it out. I don't know if it's worth the effort to avoid going up in the cabinet and putting in an offset vent. It's a north wall and I'll end up having a vent custom made. Do you know of a source for ready made vents? Preferably stainless steel with a good damper. I'm sure it will get cold this winter.


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You have a few options, First off, I am assuming that the stud you refer to is an outside wall. Assuming that is true, then you have a few options.... one of them is to cut thru the stud and run the vent out. Even if that stud is on a bearing wall ( meaning it is carrying a roof load above it) ... It is unlikely to pose a problem if that one stud has been compromised with it cut out, If that concerns you.. and you are handy, you can open that area of wall up from the inside and box the area that the vent will be located in with short pieces of 2x4 to the studs on either side of it... Another option is to vent the hood up thru the cabinet above and direct that out slightly offset to the stud in the wall..
One thing I have done is to cut the stud out and then to place a piece of 1/2" plywood in the area that the micro/hood will be located and attach that piece with drywall screws to the studs in the wall.. That piece of plywood will help support the stud you cut when you screw it to the adjacent studs and also act as a place to secure the hood mounting bracket on the wall. Granted, it shifts the hood out from the wall 1/2 " but then you have plenty of surface to secure the plate and don't have to worry about hitting a stud or using wall anchors.. I hope you understand my comments..If not...please respond to this and I will provide additional information to clarify this... Hope this helps !

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  • Eric B Jan 11, 2014

    This is a horrible idea!!!! You can't just assume that cutting through a stud is acceptable. You could compromise the structural integrity of the wall, possibly the entire house. "It is unlikely to pose a problem..." That is a very easy piece of advise to other people as the outcome doesn't affect you.

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