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Old 01-18-2011, 12:06 PM
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Has anyone replaced an over the counter microwave? I'm wondering if it's a one man job or will I need help with the mounting of the unit. Most weigh in at about 50+ pounds which is kind of unwieldy considering the bulk.
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Has anyone replaced an over the counter microwave? I'm wondering if it's a one man job or will I need help with the mounting of the unit. Most weigh in at about 50+ pounds which is kind of unwieldy considering the bulk.

Just had to replace ours. You need two people. The microwave is mounted and held in place with two lag bolts that are in the cabinet that is on top of your microwave. Very hard to support 50 lbs with one arm and driving a screw way above your head with the other. You need at least 3 hands. I only have two!
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I agree that it is much easier with two people. I have done it alone by blocking up the old unit from the stove top by placing a moving pad on the stove then using a stool and some 2X4 blocking. Then remove the supporting bolts and sliding the old unit out. Install the new one the same way.
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If you have to do it yourself, slide the range out, and you can support the new unit on your shoulder.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll let you know how it went.
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Just had mine done by Home Depot, they had 2 men come out and the installation was free. They also don't charge tax if they install the unit, couldn't figure that one out.
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Many older units are wired directly to the unit but the new units require that an electrical outlet be installed above the unit for the plug. You can use the wiring that feeds the old unit.
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One more thing to watch out for: Virtually all over-counter microwaves are the exact same width, so they fit nicely into the original space, but the height varies by as much as couple of inches. This may pose a problem if you have a finished backsplash area with tile, etc. The new unit may leave an unsightly gap at the top of the backsplash or there may not be enough space to mount the microwave flush to the wall.

Old, old rule: measure everything first!
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Old, old rule: measure everything first!


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