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Need help figuring out microwave installation above stove

Just purchased new stove and microwave to put above stove, however we do not have a cabinet above the stove to attach it too....Any suggestions what we can do....desperate...thanks

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Re: need help figuring out microwave installation above...

Not sure I understand the question, but is building your own cabinet or enclosure an option?

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