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How to uninstall a built in microwave?

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Built-in microwaves have limited space at the front.

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Microwaves need adequate air space around them, but they appear to be built into the cabinets with no extra room. This illusion comes from trim pieces that are installed to the front of the cabinet after the microwave is installed. If you need to remove your microwave and replace it, or even if you want to clean behind it, you can remove it more quickly than you might think. All you need is a few small hand tools.

Insert the tip of a putty knife under one side of the trim that surrounds the front of the microwave to a depth of one inch. Force it lightly if you have to. Tip and rock the putty knife sideways until the trim lifts up slightly.

Holding the trim up with a putty knife, insert the tip of a 1/2-inch chisel under the trim. Place a small scrap of 1/4-inch plywood under the chisel. Using it for a fulcrum, pry down on the putty knife to lift the trim off the face off the cabinet. Do all four sides.

Pull out all nails in the trim or the cabinet using diagonal pliers. Reach into the opening. Grab the microwave with both hands. Slide it gently toward your body until you can reach behind it and unplug it.

Slide the microwave forward to your body until you can get both hands underneath it and pull it out of the opening.

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