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Height to mount an outlet for an over the range microwave?


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Old 07-23-14, 09:29 PM
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Height to mount an outlet for an over the range microwave?

Is there any standard/typical on where to mount the receptacle box for an over the range microwave?

The actual microwave hasn't been selected YET but I would like to rough in the junction boxes now.

Horizontally I guess I am just going to position it in the middle of the 30" space, vertically I am trying to figure out how high off the finished floor to put it.
 
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Old 07-23-14, 09:34 PM
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Normally in the cabinet above the microwave.
 
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Old 07-23-14, 09:57 PM
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75" oc.
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Old 07-24-14, 06:54 AM
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75" OC it is.

I sort of estimated around 76" with eyeballing.

No cabinets yet nor microwave, just an empty kitchen wall not even sheetrock.

I am debating to mount a box at 75" and later on having to cut the cabinet's back around the box, or to just strap the wire at that height and just drill a hole to feed the wire through and use a surface mount inside the cabinet.

Also now leaning against centering the box horizontally may be off to the right is better.
 
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Old 07-24-14, 08:17 AM
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just strap the wire at that height and just drill a hole to feed the wire through and use a surface mount inside the cabinet.
That's what I would do. The actual height to stub the cable out of the wall will be determined by the cabinet that will eventually go above the range. Surely you have some sort of cabinet layout or plan to get that height. If not, it would be better to be too high than too low, just leave some extra cable roughed out of the wall.
 
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just strap the wire at that height and just drill a hole to feed the wire through and use a surface mount inside the cabinet.
I usually leave the wire in the wall, then once the cabinet is up, cut through the back of the cabinet and drywall and mount a remodel box in the wall. That way it's flush with the cabinet, but still recessed and not taking up more space than necessary.

Also my measuring skills often leave much to be desired as I'm sure a pre-cut hole would end up somewhere it shouldn't be.
 
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Old 07-24-14, 05:47 PM
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I do this quite a bit because I install kitchen cabinets for a living.
If your ceiling is 8', the cabinet above range will most likely be 24" high.

The outlet box must be inside the cabinet, not behind microwave.

So place it around 10" down from ceiling, to the right side of microwave cabinet, don't place it in center of cabinet because you may have duct work there later.

If your ceiling is lower than 96", place outlet a little higher, the cord on the microwave is plenty long enough.

Also, when I say place "outlet", I mean place stub out like you mentioned:

just drill a hole to feed the wire through and use a surface mount inside the cabinet
This quote is the best way to do it. I wanted to give you a pretty accurate area to bring cable out of wall.
 
 

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