You’d think that a range hood is a pretty basic device to use … and it is. But there are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind each and every time you cook. Following these best practices ensures that your range hood stays in good working order for a long time. It also means that the air in your home remains as clean as possible.
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!
The range hood does wonders when it comes to helping you maintain a healthy home. It’s purpose is to draw up all of the smoke, fumes, grease, and odors that are normally produced every time we cook. It then exhausts all of that stuff to the outdoors where it can dissipate safely. If those by-products stayed in our homes, the indoor air we breathe would become potentially toxic. The paint and other types of surface materials would also discolor and become damaged over time.
So, other than making sure that you purchase the best range hood that suits your cooking habits and lifestyle, you should also make sure that the range hood filters are cleaned regularly.
Check out this video (courtesy of Build.com) that takes you through a step-by-step mesh filter cleaning.
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.
When you’ve hired a professional to come into your home to fix or install something, do you hang around and watch them work? I have to admit I do. Even if I know absolutely nothing about how to fix or install that object, I make sure I’m around to answer any questions they may have and also to ask questions.
Whether or not you know your way around a toolbox, I would suggest that it’s a good idea to know a little about how that pro might go about fixing or installing whatever the object is. Big appliances and fixtures, like a range hood, definitely fall into that category. Something as vital to your home’s air quality, like a range hood, should be installed correctly.
Range hoods are very heavy and must be well-fastened to the wall studs. Do not hang a range hood on the drywall or plaster alone. Use the stud locator to find the studs and make marks for the screws. Use the drill bit (smaller than the screw shaft) and pre-drill the screw holes. Don’t use a drill bit that is too large; this could cause the range hood to pull away from the wall and this could result in injury.
Watch this video courtesy of This Old House on how to do it properly.
I’ve interviewed a lot of chefs over the years, and one question I always ask them is what music they like to listen to in the kitchen. The answers have sometimes surprised me. One chef told me that he prefers absolute silence since everyone likes to listen to different genres. Oh well, I thought, I guess the hum of the range hood fans would provide at least some background ambiance, right?
Anyway, I love cooking with music. I also have a fairly wide repertoire to choose from – My iPod is loaded with songs from a lot of different genres.
Like any dance party, the music you choose must match your mood and energy level. If you just got in from a long day at work, and you find yourself staring at the empty cutting board wondering what you could possibly cook for dinner, turn on a bright, happy tune and get moving. Maybe it’s Saturday morning and you’re planning to prep and cook some of the meals for the upcoming week. In that case, plan your set list carefully. Start with some slow numbers, work up to some classic dance and high energy songs, then slow it back down again.
Take a look at some of my favorites below, and let me know what yours are!