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    Inspecting a house today that had the microwave vent terminate into the attached garage, near seen this before. I know its wrong x2, 1. firewall has been compromised 2. should be vented to the outside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Morris View Post
    1. firewall has been compromised
    Note: that is a separation wall, not a firewall. Referring to it as a firewall is poor practice as a "firewall" is a very specific type of wall, and offers much more protection than a dwelling/garage separation wall ... least an inspector get hung out to dry for implying that wall is capable of something it is not ... that could happen.

    But would likely only happen if there was a fire and that wall came into play.

    Otherwise, yes, that installation of venting into the garage is wrong and not code compliant ... not even common sense compliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    . not even common sense compliant.
    Can't you see pulling into the garage, opening the car door, and saying to yourself, "Ah, lasagna tonight!"


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    I had that problem too. I hope by reading this forum, my problem will be solved.


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    Can I see the microwave over please. Over 2,500 homes inspected and I have never come across a microwave oven that required venting.
    Thank you.
    Robert

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROBERT YOUNG View Post
    Can I see the microwave over please. Over 2,500 homes inspected and I have never come across a microwave oven that required venting.
    Thank you.
    Robert
    Robert,

    Really? We have a lot of them installed above ranges and cooktops over here on the left coast. Some will recirculate back into the interior of the home and others will be ducted out to the exterior. I don't understand why all range hoods are not required to be ducted to the exterior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnar Alquist View Post
    Robert,
    We have a lot of them installed above ranges and cooktops over here on the left coast. Some will recirculate back into the interior of the home and others will be ducted out to the exterior. I don't understand why all range hoods are not required to be ducted to the exterior.
    Morning, Gunner.
    Hope this post find you and all the Inspection News members, Jerry, David, Sam, etc...well considering the ongoing pandemic.
    Keep safe gentlemen please.

    Gunner. This would be covered under kitchen ventilation if I am not mistaken. The Microwave vent as posted by the OP thwarted my effort to make sense of the the treads topic.

    'The depth of the hood should be a minimum of 24? inches in height from the range and should not exceed 36? inches. Higher hood top vents can/may improve capture efficiency but the fan should match the cook tops needs.
    Hood tops are typically/normally/usually installed a minimum of, 6'6? - six inches @ six feet and a maximum of 7'0? seven feet above the finished flooring in accordance with code requirements to allow sufficient headroom for personnel.'

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    Default Re: Microwave vent

    The Microwave vent as posted by the OP thwarted my effort to make sense of the the treads topic.
    While I'm not entirely sure what that means, almost every single OTR microwave in the past 30+ years has the capability to vent "somewhere".


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