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Install Over the Range Microwave
GE Profile Advantium® 120 Above-the-Cooktop Oven

Pictured Here: GE Profile Advantium® 120 Above-the-Cooktop Oven, From GE Appliances

(c) GE Appliances
Stop! Don't call a handyman or appliance technician to install your over the range microwave. Unless installation is part of the purchase price of your microwave, you can install it easily enough with common tools and with an extra set of hands.

Prefer to watch? This step-by-step is adapted from our video about installing an over the range microwave.

Installation: Difficult or Not?

Because the job looks deceptively ugly, let me tell you the only three aspects of this project that are even remotely scary--and why they are not.

What Looks Difficult: Securing Microwave to Wall. Won't It Fall?
No. Once you find the studs in the wall, you're 75% done. A special metal mounting plate attaches to the stud, and the microwave attaches to the plate. It is virtually impossible for the microwave to fall.

What Looks Difficult: Wiring the Microwave
This is difficult only if you make it so. True, if you buy a hard-wired microwave, you will need intermediate electrical skills to wire it. But I recommend buying a plug-in microwave so you don't have to deal with that.

What Looks Difficult: Deciding Where to Drill Holes for Power and Exhaust

Not at all. Paper templates temporarily applied to the wall will show you exactly where to drill. You can even drill right through the paper.

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