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wheelds 09-19-2012 10:33 AM

Help with microwave installation.
 
Hell All,

I am replacing my appliances in my house and I have come accross a dilemma with my microwave. I DO NOT have wall studs on the back of the microwave. I have read threads here where posters are calling people crazy for not finding the studs on the wall, were below is proof. I have a 1/4 cabinet backing that the old microwave was mounted to.

So i am looking for ideas on installation. I am installing a Samsung smh1713s microwave. I have considered using anchors and drill through the cabinet backer but realling looking for advice on the best solution for mounting. Thanks in advance.


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hardwareman 09-19-2012 05:10 PM

are those cabinets just hung from the ceiling???

wheelds 09-19-2012 06:01 PM

Yes

Cabinets on the left side are mounted to the wall and you can see the support on the right side at the bottom and they are screwed in to the ceiling above using U bolts I think

hardwareman 09-19-2012 07:58 PM

don't believe I've ever seen that before, anyway you'll have to hang the new micro the same as the old. Mount the micro bracket to the 1/4" panel, most of the support will come from the bolts in the upper cabinet

wheelds 09-20-2012 10:11 AM

what would you recommend for mounting the MW bracket to the backerboard? The old bracket was screwed in with tiny screws that didn't even grab into the particle board. I am amazed the microwave never fell.

I was looking into using toggle bolts or something similar. I am not opposed to drilling completely through the backerboard, i just want it to be clean as possible.

sublime2 09-20-2012 10:27 AM

Whats behind the backerboard?
Brick? Drill holes in brick put anchors in the holes then secure.As stated already,most support will come from securing to the cabinet above it.
Toggle bolts won't work if there is no space between board and brick.

wheelds 09-20-2012 10:34 AM

maybe backerboard was the wrong word to use. Its a cabinet beauty panel? that lines the backside of the cabinets in the picture. Its only about 1/4" thick so any kind of anchors will not work.

sublime2 09-20-2012 11:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wheelds
maybe backerboard was the wrong word to use. Its a cabinet beauty panel? that lines the backside of the cabinets in the picture. Its only about 1/4" thick so any kind of anchors will not work.

So behind the beauty panel is sheet rock?
Toggle bolts will work.as for clean holes,you will not see them as the MW will cover them.

wheelds 09-20-2012 01:40 PM

Looking at the picture in my first, i want to mount my new microwave in the existing space. It is cabinets suspended from the ceiling. The backside of the cabinets (what is seen from the dining room, living room) is beauty board stained the same as the cabinets. I have no sheet rock, no studs, nothing else but the 1/4" board on the back of the microwave to mount to.

wheelds 09-20-2012 01:41 PM

i guess i can better explain this with a new picture with my old microwave removed. I will upload one when i get home.

hardwareman 09-20-2012 05:24 PM

not sure what else you can do besides mount it the same way the other one was.

hardwareman 09-20-2012 05:45 PM

toggle bolts are probably not a good idea, I don't think you want them big ole things sticking out the back side.

hardwareman 09-20-2012 05:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sublime2 (Post 1013762)
So behind the beauty panel is sheet rock?
Toggle bolts will work.as for clean holes,you will not see them as the MW will cover them.

he has nothing behind the backer panel, no wall no brick no nothing. Cabinets are hung from the ceiling only, that is his problem

NitroNate 09-20-2012 05:47 PM

can the microwave be attached from above somehow? might take a little ingenuity but it's better than falling off. maybe look at reinforcing the back panel from behind and then screwing into that.

sublime2 09-20-2012 06:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hardwareman

he has nothing behind the backer panel, no wall no brick no nothing. Cabinets are hung from the ceiling only, that is his problem

Thanks for the clarification!


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