microwave hoodHaving a handyman install a microwave hood above the range is a great convenience and a space saver. Removing the builder-grade vent hood takes just 5 minutes and the removal of four screws, but some people have difficulty getting the electrical cord run up into the cabinet.

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The old vent hood will have a cord that runs through a hole and into the wall cabinet. Too often, people attempt to force feed the cord on the new microwave hood into the hole of the old vent hood. In most cases, the hole is in the wrong place and so the thick cord can get pinched between the top of the microwave and the underside of the cabinet. It is much easier to cut a hole in the correct location. This way the cord isn’t pinched and the microwave sits correctly without having to force it.

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The new microwave should come with a template that shows you the exact location to cut the hole. Tape the paper template to the underside of the cabinet and mark out the hole. Use a hold saw and bore the hole. If you don’t have a hole saw you can drill a series of holes and just cut out between the holes. You can also use a jigsaw if you want. It doesn’t have to be pretty, just functional as the hole won’t be seen.

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Once you have the hole cut, you can hang the microwave on the wall bracket and feed the cord through the hole to plug into the outlet in the cabinet.

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