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Wall mounting needed for a top mount microwave/hood combination Whirlpool Model MH2175SB1. The cabinet above the stove is too flimsy to support the heavy microwave (50-60 pounds). Called Whirlpool. Sent me to distributor, so not confident something exists to fix exactly. Any ideas?

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  • l_creighton Jan 30, 2009

    Really appreciate the comment about that thin wall bracket being able to bear that much of the weight. Now I'm feeling more comfortable about this installation! Thanks!

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Is there a wall behind where the microwave is to fit?

Most of these ship with a mounting plate and instructions for mounting to the wall. In fact, the wall bracket carries about 1/2 the weight, and the overhead cabinets carry the other half. The plates come with a good set of instructions for how to install.

Whirlpool is sending you to a distributor because they have to watch liability in this litigous world we live in..

Posted on Jan 29, 2009

  • Mark Egan Jan 30, 2009

    If you can find a copy of the installation instructions, then you will see what I am talking about.

    Plus, even though the plate is thin metal, the way it is being used, the thickness has lessor bearing on it's ability to support the load.

    You may be able to find the installation instructions at www.managemyhome.com

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