How To Install A Microwave [Over-The-Range Style]



hi I'm Shannon here from host improvements calm and today's video we're gonna show how to install a hanging microwave unit so this would be the microwave that generally would be installed over top of your range top you know it has the fan venting fan and everything in it as well you'll get your unit all out of the packaging you'll find all your miscellaneous bolts and nuts and bits and pieces you're gonna find a wall mounting bracket and there's a few different variations but it'll be something like this you're also gonna find a couple templates you're gonna need a template that goes up underneath the bottom side of the cupboard above the unit and and helps you mark out all your holes then there's gonna be a template a lot of times it's paper in this case it's just part of the box but template that goes on the back wall hooks the back wall here also for determining some hole locations so so you definitely need those don't we all your box and everything away until you're done and you know you've got everything one of the other first things you're going to need to do it if your microwave is venting out oh like outside of the house then you're likely gonna have to remove the cover here on the blower assembly and change the blower most microwaves will come with the blower installed to recirculate the air so basically whatever it sucks up off the range the fan will blow it back out wherever the microwave vents into the home but if you need to vent it either straight out the back wall or up through the cabinet and then outside you need to remove this panel and access the the motor housing here there's usually usually a screw maybe this one doesn't have one yeah this one screw back here on the back must be holding it into well just remove this screw see if I can kind of show ya there's one screw here it appears like it's into the blower assembly as well just see if I could pull it out now this one there's two now we'll get them all out eventually I don't think this one should have to come back you'll see Wow it's holding us in something is definitely holding it this point I may have to actually read the instructions because usually that will just pour it out and it's not I don't see any other Hall okay I'm gonna check the instructions remove those two screws oh I see the screws okay so I can put these two back in and then I'll turn this and just show you on this one where the I guess if I would have read the big lettering on the back here screws lower screws I thought it was just pointing to this the screws are absolutely way back in here you can't actually see them on this one so we'll pull those out and that should slider it alike top you notice I have some cardboard down on the counter here so when I'm moving this around I'm not scratching anything okay so the blower unit would come out there's the cord here you can unplug so like I said depending on your obviously this is sitting on its and right everybody understands that so when it's in place the microwave is actually sitting like this so either if you're vented outside it's going to it can be done two ways either the blower needs to be blowing up here and into some duct work that would be up in this cupboard and then out or it might be blowing out the back and going straight out there to the exterior so it's just a matter of orientating this fan the right direction for what you're doing in our case we needed it just the way they had it in there which is blowing forward because this one vents into the house right here so I'll just plug that all back in I just wanted to show you all that kind of work so that if you had to switch it you know what you're kind of looking for once I found all the screws it was easy to get out so I'll just throw these screws back in and put that cover back on now I guess actually also I'm just gonna mention so once once you determine which way that blower had to be if and if it is exhausting to the outside there's another piece that get that over here so you put that cover back on and there's a damper and it comes in the box comes with the microwave if if your unit is exhausting to the exterior and needing to blow upwards then this blows up getting mounted to the top and it's just a matter of a couple screws if it's on the back blowing out it gets mounted on the back okay so but just make sure you have this damper in there basically all it does is it allows when the fan comes on it allows the air and the fan to blow whatever you're blowing out the smell or the smoke out but it is closed so that there's less wind being able to blow in from outside so you definitely want that on there okay so I think the camera will just get rearranged and I'll throw these screws in and then we'll get ready to do the templating okay so we've gone ahead and and mounted our upper template but first of all I'll just kind of explain a few things that we did in preparation here so first of all in our in our case we had an existing unit here that we took down already and you can see our other video for that if you like now that other one was hanging right on the drywall and this tile was added up to the bottom of it the the problem or the issue we ran into is the new microwave actually if you can see that tiles here the new microwave actually hangs down and covers basically one roll of this tiling so what we decided to do was build out the back wall here where the bracket is gonna go this bracket is going to get mounted in this location so we needed to build this out to at least flush with the face of the tile or even just protruding a little bit like we might be a sixteenth of an inch they're wider so that this bracket can hang properly and not break the tile so so we added this piece of plywood on here we've got it screwed rate into studs so so that part's good we've located our studs which you can see here there's one there we've got a double stud it looks like over here we found the center line between cabinets from side to side so we've marked that out and that's our basic marking on the on the back to get ready for the template for the upper template again what we did the template will have a bunch of different increments here you know you might have older cabinets that have a frame on the back or whatever so it's it's got these measurements built into it for you to trim too so just read the instructions carefully to be sure that you are marking or taping this on in the right position basically you want this back edge to be at the back of the microwave so what we did in our case we marked a line three-eighths of an inch which is the thickness of the plywood we added from the back wall so that our back of the microwave is sitting out properly – otherwise the microwave would have been actually tipping the top would have been tipping – too far in okay then we cut the template to width actually we didn't have to cut ours it actually fits just fine but you can – be sure that your Center lines line up and then we just use some tape to hold it in place okay now you go through all that because you basically in this case we need one two three holes marked out and also if you were cutting for duct work through the cabinet it has the template here for that as well so okay so that's all kind of on this template and you need it so I've got that template up there I want to drill the first holes and it shows to drill 3/8 holes in these two locations so that's the two I'll start with and those are the mounting bolts that go through now there will be other holes in this shelf already from the old microwave but of course they don't line up with the new one you know Murphy ruled again so we're gonna have to drill all new holes so it's just simply lining up with the center mark of the hole on the template I'm just not I'm trying not to press too hard does help if you holding a scrap piece of block down here so you don't bust out too much on the topside okay so we want to drill right through same thing on this side where is it right here obviously before you do all that just be sure there's no wires laying up there in your way or anything if you have anything in that cupboard now where the cord goes through which is this bigger hole we need a inch and a half I think it said yeah inch and a half so I'm going to use a hole saw for that sure there's no wires up there there is a wire in the location now if this one because it's got a pilot bit once it comes through the top like it did now I can come down through here and give a cleaner cut inside the cab okay so we got the three holes that we need up there we don't need the venting hole because this one is just going to recirculate so we can actually remove this template so this is these ones right here are our new holes it's one there one here and this one here and these other ones are just the old ones that don't line up for the new microwave so now our back wall template like I said in a lot of cases it will usually be paper just like the upper one was but this one isn't it's got a couple marks here to line up the center just gotta extend that line down a bit so we're putting it right up tight to the bottom of the cabinet line our little V notches up in this case with the centre lines and it told us we want to mark these two locations right there and we need the bottom edge down here as well so it's kind of hard to do on this corrugated edge but looks like it's pretty much following the grout line from what it looks like underneath okay so that's the bottom edge of the bracket so we can just reconfirm that because this this mark here should end up in that hole so and then yeah our pencil line is just lining up right here with the bottom of the bracket so we must have done something right it seems to be lining up so with this bracket what they do is they send they send a few different things they send two leg bolts like this and they prefer you for sure want to get one of these in at least one stud it's better if you can get two in our case we're gonna be alright we're gonna actually get to be able to have to get in that stud and this stud but then they also send these kind of butterfly fasteners as well so what you would do is put the put the bracket up there if you had to just drill through drywall you put the bracket up mark that spot on here in fact well why don't we just do one we'll do one in the middle and then then you see exactly what we're doing so we're gonna line our bracket up with the marks that our template gave us and at the bottom and we'll just put one of these other brackets there now I can't put any screws in this bottom row so they give you lots of options here so we're gonna stay in the upper role so that we're not getting into the tile so that gives us that location now what what happens is so they send you some of these bolts you need to put it through the hole on the bracket that you were going to use and then thread this butterfly part through it so what happens is we're going to drill this hole and it has to be big enough that this whole end goes through it we fold the wings in insert it into the hole once it gets in the hole past the drywall that's going to open up then we can pull the bolt from our side and tie it against the backside of the drywall and when we start threading it in eventually it'll suck tight and this will be against the backside of the drywall basically the drywall in our case the plywood will be pinched between there and it has pretty good holding power that way the one thing I didn't check because I wasn't originally going to use it but I just need to see how big of a hole we need to drill for that so I'm just going to double check that okay so we've got our thing marked there it's asked for a 3/4 inch hole in order to get that butterfly through it so we're going to drill that okay so we've got our whole that that butterfly will go into so like I said we have to get it restarted into here and hopefully it's long enough with that extra plywood on there just fold it in push it right inside so it'll open up you can kind of see in there that it's spread open no maybe you won't on there and by just pulling back on it a little bit it keeps enough pressure against the wall to keep them from spinning we can tighten it up what they do this okay I'm not going to get a rate snug until I get my end ones in that we know are gonna go into studs there so for those ones for the size that they sent we're gonna drill a 3/16 hole just pre-drilled into the studs so we aren't splitting the stud or anything and I just got my brackets sitting with those marks that the template gave us don't go too crazy just in case there's some electrical back there you know don't go in any more than about an inch and a quarter okay so we got those pre started now we can put in our leg bolts so they sent leg screws I'm just making sure I'm lined up with the line down there okay then we can tighten up this Center one here so like I said any that I've done they recommend you have at least one one of these bolts into the actual stud which shouldn't be a problem they're 30 inch opening so there should be at least one stud in there generally you should find two but if you if not just make sure you get one of those butterflies in there too so we've got that we can get rid of this tape pull over there I apply woods just going to stay in there we're not going to see that once the microwaves hanging off of there so we've got all that so we're pretty much ready to to mount that microwave on there okay now this is definitely easier with two people what can be done with one you just got to hopefully have all your stuff within arm's reach and what I'm gonna do then I'm gonna grab the microwave first thing I'm gonna do is it's gonna clip up on to these hooks here you're gonna have some kind of hooks there might be three but the back corner is gonna basically if you have it tipped out it's gonna sit up on there and that'll take some of the weight until you get it pushed up here line up your bolts and get them all started before you push it right in place they'll make sure that you've fed your cord up through this hole okay so I'm going to grab the microwave as the cammer gonna be okay there okay so just want to make sure you kind of have your cord in a position where you're able to okay so I'm just making sure that it dropped onto those hooks and it did and you can see basically at this point you have to be feeding that cord in there you're not gonna get your hand up in there lots of dust up there and we want to just kind of keep tilting it keep pulling the cord so that everything so we're all on those hooks just nicely of course I didn't kick my stool over here okay so I've got the microwave up there stool to stand on you just want to get these bolts started here they're really long no stick in the back one in there as far as you can so gonna have to be hanging on to it the whole time that'll basically support the week saw the one lined up I'm just going to throw a drill on those just speed it up just don't don't over tighten it with a drill or any ok so I just ran those up there I'll just double check Emily Wow doesn't need to be super tight just so it draws the microwave up tight and we've got our cord simply rode it around where a reared house to go up here plug it in do some cleanup put your doors back on and you're pretty much ready to run so we just got to pop the doors back onto this cabinet this particular European hinge has a simple release back here and to clip it on I just basically fit it into the hinge and snap the back closed to get it off I squeeze this yours might have another screw here that you need to loosen off and tighten up when you get it all lined up these are this just simply snap on like that so something else you might have to do just close both your doors and just make sure you've got enough clearance here you may have to adjust the doors up so they aren't rubbing these ones just clear so we should be all right okay down below I just wanted to make sure that you seen the hinge or not the hinge with the bracket here so here's that little tab that's on the bracket and it fits into a slot great up here on the microwave so that's what it's resting on on the back there you can see the same thing here okay so that pretty much wraps up our microwave install and as I mentioned before we also have one on removing an old microwave so you might want to check that out as well in this case the homeowner is just updating to a different finish and eventually all the appliances will be a stainless variety if you you know how but let us know how you made out with your project you know if you watch this video or any or other ones you can comment on the bottom of the video or even in the forum and as far as you know how your project went compared to what we showed you and also you can if you have questions on it maybe you're stuck you got a bit of a 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26 Comments

  • tripjet999

    April 15, 2019

    Nicely done, but stainless is – ugh – SOOOO outdated!

    We're going with glorious WHITE!

    Reply
  • John L

    April 15, 2019

    You make it look easy… Is there a video for replacing a microwave with side extensions for 36" openings?

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  • Jermaine Simmons

    April 15, 2019

    I was able to cut the tile…..:0

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  • SAM HERRERA

    April 15, 2019

    Great Video!!!
    Saved me $140.00 of installation at Best Buy.
    Thank You Buddy

    Reply
  • Ron Howarth

    April 15, 2019

    Excellent instruction easy to understand Thank you very much!

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  • tinhinnh

    April 15, 2019

    Looks nice but a pita to clean – aka grease collector

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  • Ben Vazquez

    April 15, 2019

    Thankyou ?

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  • SGT. York

    April 15, 2019

    Bro you a Genius. Thanks for your step by step video I was able to install the microwave. Had some issues with installations nothing a hammer couldn’t fix. Thanks again!

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  • rriley428

    April 15, 2019

    Watching this video gave me a headache ??‍♂️. FYI you forgot to use the supplied washers for the screws that came in the bag. Throw away the cardboard. Measure down 17-1/4. All other brands are 16-1/2.

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  • A Bodao

    April 15, 2019

    Appreciate the extra helpful tips-Thanks

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  • Don Kleim

    April 15, 2019

    Great as usual Shannon.

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  • Fernando Torres

    April 15, 2019

    U should have studied before making a video!

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  • Marlen Rosado

    April 15, 2019

    Exelente la explicación detallada gracias por compartir sus conocimiento se ve que sabe muy bien su trabajo saludos me gustaría saber como intalar un ventilador d techo gracias

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  • Aventuras y retos Garcia Guzman

    April 15, 2019

    This help to finish my kitchen

    Reply
  • D A

    April 15, 2019

    I had just finished the install of my new microwave after watching this and it went so smooth without any cursing, lol. I also ran into the same issue where the hanging bracket would be halfway on the backsplash tile. I had to use a piece of 3/8" plywood to "build it out" as you say. Also, great tip on having to move the upper cabinet template out to compensate for the 3/8" being built out. That little tid bit of info right there probably saved me from having to make swiss cheese out of the cabinet and most likely cursing out loud. Thanks Shannon!

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  • Chris A

    April 15, 2019

    Did I miss where the exhaust fan ductwork went?

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  • D A

    April 15, 2019

    Thanks for another great video. You make everything seem so easy and I'm impressed how calm you always are. My process usually involves some banging and cursing. Lol.

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  • Art By Kathy Cappadona Jenkins

    April 15, 2019

    If you have a microwave that has to vent outside and you put the vent on the back like you explained, wouldn’t that get in the way of the installation? You didn’t actually show us how that would be mounted. Because I think that’s what I would have to do in my home.

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  • Nancy Walsh

    April 15, 2019

    Excellent video, thank you! Wish I could hire you, where do you live please?

    Reply
  • Yak Motley

    April 15, 2019

    Thanks for this video! Your a life saver !

    Reply
  • William Conner

    April 15, 2019

    I will be doing one this weekend

    Reply
  • Champagne H.

    April 15, 2019

    Great video!!

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  • MWS ICT

    April 15, 2019

    Brushed metal microwave….

    … white kitchen range. Ouch.

    Reply
  • Wuusaa 84

    April 15, 2019

    First time homeowner and these videos are very helpful. It’s nice to watch before you get started.

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  • shockingtelevision

    April 15, 2019

    Thanks so much for the video! Big help

    Reply
  • Tom Smith

    April 15, 2019

    I watched a bunch of your videos and your work is top notch….

    Reply

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