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Shpigford 11-30-2007 07:47 PM

Is a microwave wall mount necessary?
We just got a new over-the-range microwave and I'm curious if the wall-mount is really necessary.

I hesitate to do it mainly because it means I have to drill into our tile backsplash...which is obviously a bit more risky than drywall.

The microwave will be bolted at the top to our cabinets and, from what I understand, those bolts are what actually holds all the weight and the wall-mount at the bottom is just to keep the microwave from tilting/shifting when you open/close the door.

What I'm debating on doing is using something like a thin piece of condensed foam (think some like foam core board) with an extremely sticky layer on it and basically just "stick" the bottom/back of the microwave to the tile.

Sounds pretty rigged, but I'm just really hesitant to drill in our new tile.

Any ideas/suggestions?

rjordan392 12-01-2007 06:09 AM

You have it backwards. The wall mount holds the weight. The bolts are for keeping it from tilting and do contribute to holding a bit a weight.
Follow the mounting procedures and locate and install the mounting frame onto the studs. There is a special drill bit for drilling through ceramic tile.
Don't even try to mount it in an area of the wall that does not have a stud behind it. It won't last.

MinConst 12-01-2007 06:22 AM

The wall bracket is DEFINITELY needed. As stated it holds the majority of the weight and needs to have at least one screw into a stud.

hubbard53 12-03-2007 08:44 AM

yep, just to reiterate, the wall mount is necessary. The wall mount is thin and seemingly flimsy but when you mount it flush against the wall it becomes much more substantial and bears most of the weight of hte appliance

JGarth 12-03-2007 10:03 AM

As Sir Charles would say .... "You just made my FIVE".....

Mike Swearingen 12-03-2007 01:51 PM

To drill cleanly through tile, simply tap a pointed punch where you're going to drill (to keep the bit from skipping) and drill through it with a masonry bit slightly larger than the lag bolt.
Measure over from a corner to find the 16" stud centers, or use a magnetic stud finder.
Good luck!

skymaster 12-03-2007 07:18 PM

shpigford, IF we presume at least half *ssed installers, open the adjacent cabinets and find the screws holding them, you can figure your 16" centers from them.

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