Yesterday, my darling daughters began working on replacing our old, not working right, range hood.
It’s still not done.
Here is the progress so far – and I apologize in advance; some of these progress photos are really gross!
First up, here is the new range hood that my daughter bought.
Note the placement of the light, at the front of the hood.
This is what it’s replacing.
Note where the light bulb is. In the back, and on one side. Which meant half the stove top would be in shadow. 😀
That mass of wires is just… something else. It’s also impossible to clean. At best, we could take off the filter and clean that. The fan wasn’t working any more, though it did sometimes still run. This meant that steam would accumulate underneath, and we would have to dab with paper towel to prevent… fluid… from dripping onto the stove – and whatever was cooking at the time.
I discovered that when I dabbed against the bundle of wires, the light would go on and off.
The range hood was held in place with a couple of screws.
Two different screws, requiring two different types of screwdriver.
We have a lot of that around here.
Also, we discovered that the breaker for the range hood is the same one for the ceiling lights in the new addition, and the wall plugs in the dining room. It took a while for us to find the right one!
This is what was behind it. (Again, I apologize…)
First, my daughter had to remove the insert at the back.
This was not held in place with screws.
It was held in place with two nails. This one she was able to remove easily enough. The other one…
… the nail was flush with the wall, and she had to manhandle it out by twisting the insert frame.
This is what the opening to outside, with its own insert and flap, looked like.
Now, I do believe this is the original range hood, which means this is accumulated since about the mid 1970’s. So, I supposed this is pretty good for more than 40 years.
I just need to keep telling myself that…
It took a great deal of scrubbing to clean that out. Of the various things we used, plain ordinary dish soap was the most productive.
Believe it or not, this is clean.
Or, as clean as we could get it. At least it’s no longer coated in a layer or grease and dead bugs.
The new range hood insert fit so snug, there was no need to try and screw it in place.
After this, the new hood could be screwed into place, after removing a section of wires that were Frankensteined together.
Hooking it up should have been quick and easy.
These are the original wires.
The exposed one should be the ground.
These wires had been cobbled together with another section of wire, which in turn was cobbled together with the wires for the old range hood.
I think we have a reason for that, but I’m not sure.
The original wires are copper.
The new wires are not.
Which is how it was with the old range hood.
So… we think that extra section of wire was the workaround for that?
My older brother is, I believe, the person who wired it originally, so before we finish hooking it up, we want to check with him before we do anything more.
Which means we’re leaving the breaker off for now.
Which means we have no ceiling lights, and no dining room outlets.
The outlets in the kitchen are on another breaker, and there is another small light mounted near the window, so we can at least have some light there, and the fish tank still has power.
I’m hoping my brother gets back to us soon!