Tag Archives: diy

Don’t Start A Kitchen Renovation Before Reading This

april 10

Dreaming about a kitchen renovation? Ah yes, imagining the possibilities is lots of fun. But, once you’ve figured out your budget and the kinds of amenities you’d like in your new kitchen, it’s time to understand the relationship between you and your contractor.

Unless you’re an expert do-it-yourselfer, you will need to hire a contractor.

The rules. Do you live in a condo? Check with the board to find out the rules that will affect your renovation. The work will most likely be limited to certain hours in the day. So, if your contractor likes to show up early in the morning or work late into the evening, you will almost certainly receive complaints from your neighbors. Condo rules may also limit the type or power of the stove and range hood.

If you live in a home with your own four walls, you might be thinking that renovations will be easier for you than those living in condos.

Well, that’s not entirely true.

There are city by-laws, county ordinances, and even state rules that could limit your choices. Find out if you need a permit to do your renovations. Anything from altering walls to installing windows to plumbing work to installing electrical work to installing electrical could require a permit. If in doubt, ask your contractor as well as city staff.

Once the work is underway, you’ll still have to make decisions. Choosing finishes, cabinet hardware, the sink and faucet combination, plus any number of other changes will have to be made, sometimes on the spot.

Don’t cave in to the pressure that your contractor or salespeople may place on you. Think about what you want from your new kitchen and push the experts you hire to deliver it.

Have questions about which range hood is best for your kitchen? Call us!

Refresh Your Kitchen With A New Sink

mar. 19

This one is for all of you do-it-yourselfers out there. you are all super talented. But, sometimes, you just need a little help.

So, today we thought we’d share a video courtesy of NGHTV all about replacing your kitchen sink, countertop, and faucet.

We have kitchen sinks in a variety of sizes on sale. Check them out and call us if you have any questions!

How To Clean A Range Hood With A Baffle Filter

Photo: Martha Stewart | Youtube.com

Keeping your range hood looking great and functioning well is easier than you might think. Simply wipe the hood with a non-abrasive cleaner and pop the filter into the dishwasher. But, if you live without a dishwasher, or you just like to be hands-on, check out the video below and this video on how to clean a range hood with a baffle filter.

How To Install A Ductless Range Hood

Photo: Danny Four Square | YouTube.com

This one’s for all of you out there who love DIY projects. Although we always recommend that you hire the right professionals to do the work for you or to help you out, there’s no reason you can’t install a range hood yourself. You’re going to need to know your way around working with drywall and electrical wiring.

Check out this great video, and contact us if you have any questions!

Featured Product: Under Mount Double Bowl Square Kitchen Sink

oct. 26

This under mount double bowl square kitchen sink is the perfect do-it-all kitchen helper.

Think about how much thought you really give your kitchen sink. Probably not very much, right? Well, you won’t need to give this one much thought either. Because it’s installed under the countertop, it looks clean and integrated into the kitchen decor. The double bowl offers more functionality than a regular sink without taking up too much more counter space.

Unlike nearly any other sink material, like stone, stainless steel is super easy to clean. It won’t show scratches and certainly won’t crack (under normal use, of course!). The brushed steel works with both traditional and modern kitchen decor.

Wondering if this is the right sink for your kitchen? Give us a call! We love hearing from you.

 

How To Install An Electronic Circuit Board

oct. 12

As beautiful as your range hood looks in your kitchen, it’s the electronic circuit board that’s really the most awe-inspiring part of the whole appliance. That little component houses all the wires and mechanisms that power the range hood to draw up and exhaust smoke, fumes, grease, and odors out of your kitchen to the outdoors.

Sometimes, after many years of working well, you might find that your range hood stops working. Now what? You might decide that this is the time to remodel the kitchen and buy a new range hood. Or, you might decide to fix the one you have.

If you’re an expert at working with electrical components, you can order a circuit board from Range Hoods Inc. Make sure you’ve chosen the right component for your range hood before placing your order. Better yet, give our expert tech team a call first. Once you’re sure you’ve matched the circuit board to your existing range hood, you can follow the instructions that come with the component.

And if you run into any issues, give us a call!

Learn From The Best DIY Fails

Photo: America's Funniest Home Videos

Feeling in the mood for some kitchen DIY? That brand new range hood you bought just arrived, and you can’t wait to install it. Before you do, though, I have to ask you to consider whether or not you’re really up to the task. If you’re not already a contractor, consider hiring one to help you install your range hood. Range hood installation requires that you know how to work with drywall, plaster, and any other kind of wall material. You have to know your way around all the electrical components, too.

Whether or not you decide to go ahead and install your own range hood, I thought I’d post a video reminder of what might go wrong. Don’t laugh. Ok, go ahead, laugh. But, if you’re anything like me, you’re laughing because you’ve been there. Sometimes, you really want to be the perfect DIY-er. You know, the one who doesn’t need help. The one who can do the job without all the proper tools.

Uh huh. I’ve been there, and I have the bruised ego to show for it. So, while you’re watching this video, remember that we’ve all been through these kinds of DIY fails ourselves.

Tell us some of your own stories.

How To Install The Cavaliere Euro Professional Series Range Hood

Oct. 2

The Cavaliere Euro AP238-PSF Professional Series Range Hood is a sleek and beautiful stainless steel range hood that brings a touch of modern style to any kitchen decor. Whether you love DIY projects or just want to be informed, check out our installation video below!

DIY Tips: Figuring Out Range Hood Measurements

sept 20

Most of us look around our kitchens and wonder how we might maximize the space we’ve got. There are so many things we need to pack into that one room. Everything from big appliances to utensils needs to have a place in the kitchen. So, when you’re shopping for a new range hood, size becomes a top concern.

Given that you can’t easily shift cabinets around to accommodate a range hood that’s a little too big or small, knowing how range hoods are measured is very important.

So, let’s go there. How do range hood measurements work anyway?

The first place to start is with the advertised measurement. Range hoods are actually between a 1/8″ and 1/4″ smaller than listed. What? So, if you order a range hood that’s 36 inches wide, what exactly are you getting?

You’re actually getting the right range hood. It’s been built to be a slight bit smaller than advertised so that it will fit properly into an opening of that nominal size.

Read more: Measurements for Range Hood Installation and How To Install A Range Hood

Need to know more? No problem. Give us a call. We’d love to hear from you!

 

DIY: Get The Electrical Right When Installing Your Range Hood

sept 12

Today, we’re going to answer a¬†question we received recently from a homeowner: What are the electrical requirements for installing a range hood?

With so many people now making the choice to renovate their home instead of moving, electrical wiring can become an issue. Many older homes naturally have wires that may be obsolete, like knob and tube. Or, the wiring may have been sufficient to power the few appliances and low electrical load that most people used in homes over 50 years old. Just think: a home built in the 1930s didn’t have to accommodate cell phone chargers, television sets, computers, air conditioners, and in some cases, room lights!

Our range hoods require your home to have a circuit box that can handle 110V at 3 AMPS with a standard 3-prong plug. That’s not at all excessive by today’s standards. But, it might be an issue if your home is of an older vintage. I recommend asking your range hood installer to double check your home’s power capabilities before installing the unit. That way, the wiring can be adjusted before the unit is installed.

Call our Support Team if you have any other questions. We love hearing from you!