Venting a Microwave/Range Hood Outside
Hey everyone. I received some very helpful advice before from this site and hoping to be so lucky again...
I'm in the process of remodeling the kitchen. My question is in regard to the new microwave/range hood we bought to go over the gas range. We moved the range hood to a new location in the kitchen, so the old air duct which vented outside is no longer in the right place. Basically I'm wondering how to set up a new air duct in the correct location. And how difficult will this be? (I have decent general handyman skills but have never done this specific type of work before) What supplies will I need?
The new location is right up against an exterior wall, so in terms of projects like this, it should be as easy as it gets. I'm guessing it's something along the lines of cutting a hole in the wall with my reciprocating saw, installing a pipe or duct, placing a vent cover on the outside wall, then finally installing the microwave (assuming drywall is back up). The studs of the wall line up about as well as I could hope for; the microwave is 30" wide, the first stud is from 7"-8.5" and second stud is from 23"-24.5" ... so the space between studs is pretty close to the center of the microwave location.
A follow up question is what should I do with the old vent? Would it be okay to just leave it in place and cover it up with drywall?