11:52AM | 09/05/13
Member Since: 04/04/10
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Hi all,

I could really use some help. I live in an apartment and am renovating my kitchen (L shaped galley) and have run into an issue I am not sure how to resolve. I would like to open up the kitchen to look out over the living room by making the full wall behind the range and adjacent cabinets into a half wall. The building inspector said that I could do that however he told me that I must reinstall a recirculating fan over the range. I was planning to install a ceiling mounted range hood with a recirc. fan over the range but when the engineer inspected the wall to determine if it was a load bearing wall, he discovered the following:

(a) there is an I-Beam in the ceiling that runs lengthwise above the range and adjacent cabinets that is approximately 2 feet high and 18”-20” wide at the base, and 10” of that I-beam sits above the range area, the exact spot that I would have to install the hood; and

(b) the ceiling is a dropped sheetrock ceiling being held up by metal strips (maybe called furring strips) and rods hanging from above with approx. 2 feet of space between the sheetrock and the floor above; and

(c) The partition walls were built with metal studs.

So, assuming I can get the wiring to the hood, here are some of the questions that come to mind:

1. Is there any way to drill into the I-Beam to attach the recirc. range hood?
2. If not, are there any types of clips that exist to attach the hood to the I-beam?
3. If I was able to find a creative method of attaching the 60 lb fan to the dropped sheetrock ceiling, is that kind of a ceiling system strong enough to hold up a fan of that weight?
4. If I were to half the wall but keep about a foot of wall attached to the ceiling (top stud still attached to I-Beam by several nails) and attach the hood to the hanging wall instead, I wonder if that would require me to have some kind of post in the corner to hold up that upper portion of the wall.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.,


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