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Old 05-07-2010, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I live in a Toll Brother's house. I'm trying to find a replacement external vent cover. It covers the flap on the side of the house which is for the kitchen range exhaust fan. I have already tried calling the builder, who referred me to some business that doesn't even carry them. I've tried searching online, and have been to Home Depot looking for one. I've searched the Lowe's website and they don't seem to carry it. I've also tried the website of at least one local builder's supply store.

The vent does not appear to have any kind of identifying information anywhere. It's about 9" x 9" x 4". I've attached some pictures.

I have a home warranty, separate from the builder's warranty which I could use to replace it. However, that is going to cost me $50 to replace this one piece. I expect that it costs a lot less than that.
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Old 05-07-2010, 07:06 AM
 
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A search for an "exhaust vent" or "dryer exhast vent" should turn up what you need.

Often the metal vent covers like the ones you pictures are pre-affixed to a length of tubing that passes through the wall. You can find similar plastic ones that can be screwed in place over the opening; they often have flap to seal off the openening when air isn't blowing through. You can also find louvered models.
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Old 05-07-2010, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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A search for an "exhaust vent" or "dryer exhast vent" should turn up what you need.

Often the metal vent covers like the ones you pictures are pre-affixed to a length of tubing that passes through the wall. You can find similar plastic ones that can be screwed in place over the opening; they often have flap to seal off the openening when air isn't blowing through. You can also find louvered models.
Thanks. I've done a search already, and have looked a few different websites. I've mostly found the ones with tubing. I haven't seen the plastic ones that you mention. I will keep searching.
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Old 05-07-2010, 01:12 PM
 
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For whatever reason (I suspect their nationwide purchasing) I often have difficulty finding home replacement items like these in Lowe's or HD. I have much better luck at ACE Hardware. It always amazes me how that relatively small store has what I need.

Frank
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Cary
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Could you provide additional information about the cover that you are seeking? I need to know the size dimensions of the rectangular duct (or diameter if the duct is round) of the duct work that services the appliance. There should be a damper to block outside air entry and maybe a screen as an insect barrier if there is no damper.

Tract builders/production builders often buy in bulk from non-local vendors and we have troubles finding an exact match when some of the super cheap plastic becomes brittle and cracks.

There are aluminum (bare and painted) copper, stainless and galvanized options to meet your need. It would also be helpful to know the type of siding on your home. We often fabricate a medallion of PVC around the duct opening, then attach whatever shape and style vent cover the customer prefers.

Your need could most easily be met with a brushed aluminum vent cover from R. E. Michael. Untitled Document or here: http://www.luxurymetals.com/range_hood_vents.html

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