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Old 08-02-2017, 03:50 PM  
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Kitchen Exhaust Fan - Stud in the way


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We had a under the cabinet microwave above the stove with a vent. We want to replace the microwave with an exhaust fan. The vent was behind the microwave and is on a exterior wall. We thought this would be a easy swap and removed the microwave. Then realized that there is a stud in the exhaust vent area. It was boxed out.
The microwave exhaust did not have vent pipe going inside the exhaust vent. where as the exhaust fan has a pipe to vent out.
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what can we do about the stud? could we take a small chip off the stud may be a inch or so just to insert the vent pipe? the wall will be boxed out similar to encasing they have now. will it make it structurally not strong?

Images of the exhaust vent on wall (this is a very well used kitchen and we really need a powerful exhaust ha ha) as well as the new exhaust fan we are planning to install.
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Old 08-02-2017, 04:42 PM  
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I would close that and from inside the cupboard above go straight out on one side of the stud.
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What would be the reason ? Is it so that stud isn't touched ? We will have to replace the existing one piece of siding in order to close the existing vent. By venting up The cabinet space will be lost and the vent pipe will have extra length and turn so it might reduce the vent power ? I was hoping there would be a way to use the existing vent since it is right behind the exhaust and will go outside the house right there. I am a newbie and this is the first Big project. Thank you !!
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Old 08-02-2017, 05:17 PM  
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Measure the depth of that thing with the vent full open.
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It is 3 inches, but looks like we can remove the vent coming out easily and install it flat against the wall ( microwave was exactly like that, with vent flat against the vent on the wall ) . Stud will be in the wall opening but we won't be touching the stud. ( stud was there withmicrowave vent as well). That should work right ? Attached picture shoes the vent out of the exhaust that we can remove easily
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