Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Microwave Installation: Part 2

I left you last at this:

We picked up right when Nate got home from work. The previous owners did not have the old microwave attached to a stud so we made sure, per the installation instructions, to have at least one of the bracket screws on a stud. (I also had some great "stud finder" jokes during this process, as you can imagine). Here is the bracket, just waiting to hold the new micro:

After this we had to mess around with this paper template for the underside of the cabinet. It called for drilling 1/2" diameter holes. No drill bit in our collection was going to make a hole that large so Nate went scouting at the neighbor's. Our neighbor, who makes guitars, said we needed a fan-shaped drill bit (forgive me as I do not know the technical name for it). So it was off to Lowe's. This made Nate happy, as he always likes aquiring new tools:

Once loaded in the drill, it became QUITE the weapon (notice Nate giving me the evil eye):

After you drill 3 holes using the nifty fan bit, it was time to rotate the fans inside the microwave according to your ventilation preference. This sounded really difficult to me, but seriously ended up being a joke. You lift out a part, turn it 90 degrees and stick it back in. Now, it was time to install the micro. The directions were VERY clear that you needed two people to lift it into the bracket so I put down my camera (and Corona) to help (thus no pictures). While Nate held the microwave in the bracket, I screwed in the 3 top screws to the cabinet.

We have a new microwave that has stayed attached to the wall and cabinet (so far)!
By doing the installation ourselves, we saved $147 (Installation is $150 but the drill bit cost us $3).

You can see that although the microwave is perfectly placed over the oven, there is some extra space to the right. Nate is going to build a shelf for my most used cookbooks to even this out visually. I am very excited about this!

Now where was that kitchen list...

  1. Sand cabinents, wood putty any existing holes

  2. Prime cabinets

  3. Paint cabinets

  4. Change cabinet hardware

  5. Change countertops

  6. Install sink and garbage disposal

  7. Install new microwave

  8. Remove upper cabinets that divide kitchen & dining area

  9. Paint pantry doors and install new door hardware

  10. New light fixtures

  11. Install subway tile backsplash

  12. Make and install cookbook shelf next to microwave

  13. Install gas shut off valve

  14. New range/oven

  15. Make and install roman shade in window


ethan@OneProjectCloser said...

The microwave looks awesome! The drill bit is called a spade bit just in case you were curious.

Tara said...

Nice work! The book shelf for cookbooks will definitely finish it off and look great (plus keep them handy).