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How to repair a broken Handle on my microwave oven

My handle broke off my microwave oven. It looks like the bootom screw broke off. I don't know how to take the handle off to fix it. Please help Thanks Bob

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If you or a friend decide to work on it, we have *critical* safety & disassembly info at our site, which is linked at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your model number here: http://tinyurl.com/gv383 Those diagrams should help you see how it comes apart.

Posted on May 10, 2007

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    William Miller May 10, 2007

    FOLLOW-UP: Quite often you have to take the door apart.

    It's usually not necessary to take the door off and usually best not to take it off.

    The attached photo shows how door panels often need to be separated.

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