cutting studs from exterior wall

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Old 09-04-06, 08:07 PM
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I'm planning on installing a new range hood in my kithen and I want to vent it through the exterior wall, but I'm sure that there is a stud that may be in the way.
Is it ok to cut through the stud or does it need to be reinforced first before cutting since its on a load bearing wall?
 
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You never ever want to cut or remove a stud from a load bearing wall without placing the appropriate size header in it's place.

Are you sure you can shift the venting to either side of the stud?
 
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The vent hood I'm purchasing has a 14"in. sq. opening in the rear and the adapter changes it from 14"in. sq. to 7"in dia. but it is rigid and the stud is within this area.Are there any flex ducts that be purchased for the size outlet?
 
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There are flexable duct pipes but I doubt they would work in that short of an area. The vents I'm familiar with exhaust to the top. Would a ventless exhaust hood work? They filter the air before sending it back into the room.
 
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Is there a way you can modify the adapter, to shift the outlet to one side or the other? If the adapter is tapered, perhaps you could cut out where the taper starts, replace it with a flat piece, cut out a new opening slightly smaller than the large end of the taper, then re-attach the taper in the new location.

If the output is 7" dia, and there is a stud in the way, then it sounds like a shift of 3 1/2" either way should clear the stud?

If the adapter is flat, with a round 7" tube extending from it, cut it out of the flat piece, leaving a 1/2" flange, replace the flat piece with a new section, locate and cut the new hole, then attach the tube using the flange.

Or... see if your local heating/cooling installer can fabricate a new adapter.
 
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Wont this hood vent out the top, most will also. Then we go up in the cab above it and out the wall with a small 7"offset .

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Lightbulb Cutting stud from exterior wall

Thanks for the feed-back it has been very helpful getting some other opinions on this subject.
It can't vent the hood to the ceiling because of cabinet is in the way.I already have a hood the has the filter and venting in back into the kithen, the hood that I want to put in is supposed to be an upgrade from that type of hood.
The idea of modifing the adapter is what I may have to do; I'll have to wait until it arrives since it had to be special ordered to fit the hood.
any other comments will greatly appreciated.

Again Thanks!!
 
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When exhaust fans are vented to the top they vent into the cabinet and then either go up thru the ceiling or turn out to the ext wall. The inside of the cabinet is boxed in to hide the vent. You only lose use of a small portion of the cabinet.
 
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The hood I purchased is designed to vent through the top or out the rear. I didn't want to cut through the cabinet and the ceiling to get to the roof because its more labor intensive and troublesome.All things considered It was easier to go out the rear of the unit than up.Going up into the cabinet then out the wall will have me still running into that stud, but I understand it may offer me more room to change directions sligthly to by-past the stud.

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