As I get closer to finishing the installation of the insulation and the beginning of the interior wall paneling I needed to wrap up a couple of loose ends. No, not in the Carlito’s Way sort of loose end. I mean as in the needing to finish the last of the items that go within the walls. I had two items left that needed my attention, the outside cable box and oven exhaust vent.
If you remember from my previous post covering the running of the electrical you’ll remember that while I was drilling holes in the studs of the house I decided to run the cable line. I know that the RV park we are planning on moving to offers cable service included so figured this is an inexpensive and easy job to do now. I doubt we’ll use the cable, but one never knows.
Prepping the outside of the house was fairly easy as it only required that I make sure that the interior location was marked out. I just drilled a small pilot hole between the studs of where I wanted the box and then went outside to mark the cut out location. Then you just drill a hole inside of each of the four corners and use a jig saw to then cut from corner to corner along the straight lines you drew. Once done you throw in the electrical box (with some caulking between it and the vinyl siding), go inside and feed in the line in the back of the box, run back outside and put on the cable faceplate on and wrap it all up with the exterior box (sold in a kit at lowes/home depot).
Next up I began work with the exterior vent for the stove. This part required a bit more forethought as I had to make sure that the vent fan would be lined up over the stove (which wasn’t installed yet) and an appropriate distance from the stove. Basically you want the vent fan to be high enough over the stove to make it easy to see what you are doing while being not so far away that it is ineffective as an exhaust fan. That added to the fact that I didn’t have counters or an oven in yet meant a lot of measuring and re measuring.
I had to throw in a couple of supports to add a bit of rigidity to the vent fan (so I could screw it into something other than just OSB). The process of cutting the whole was very similar to the one for any square cut in an outside wall. You measure, measure again, and then measure a third time. Next you drill holes in your four corners and use a jig saw to cut in between the lines. You then slide in the vent, caulk between it and the vinyl siding, and screw it in. Viola, vent fan run!