I like to cook. So, one small home improvement that has improved my life a lot has been venting the over-the-range microwave fan through the exterior wall. The tools and parts were cheap, the project was fairly simple, and and it has really cut down on the smoke and odor in the kitchen and in the whole house.
A reader below raised the question of whether I did this duct work upgrade "to code". I did, but he makes a great point! And along with duct work code, the electrical code is key. It saves lives. To see the recent post on common electrical code violations as well a link to electrical accident resources, you should click here.
For some reason, the builder didn't bother to provide this simple upgrade. So, I took these steps to do it myself:
A couple of key points:
Pros: Now, I can cook fish or bacon in the kitchen (instead of outside on the grill) without smelling up the whole house. (Also, for better or worse, arriving guests can now smell what's for dinner.)
Cons: I should have done this about 5 minutes after I moved in.
Tools I used -- or should have used for this project include:
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Christopher Simmons is a homeowner in the Raleigh, North Carolina area who enjoys home improvement projects.