|Meaning no disrespect to the former house owners...
||[May. 21st, 2010|08:26 pm]
...because I'm a lousy handyman myself. |
Nevertheless, I'm very glad I thought to myself, as I tried to take down the microwave oven over the range, "wow... it's entirely possible that someone did this really stupidly. I'd better make sure I'm prepared for that."
But I was right to be concerned. As soon as I loosened the bolts, the microwave wanted to drop, so I had to be ready to let it down gently - and, the cord doesn't *quite* fit through the hole they drilled for it - even if you strip off the duct tape. Next, I figure out how to put up a range hood.
Have you thought of a TV series? ;)
*grin* I guess I don't need to be ready to help install a range hood next weekend, then. (I mean, you *could* decide to wait for an extra pair of hands, even if they aren't attached to terrifically strong arms. OTOH, if you do it yourself, that very likely means we'll have good coffee next week...)
Also: Of *course* there was duct tape. It's the signature of the half-assed do-it-yourselfer: "Ah, crap, this [thing] doesn't fit quite right and I don't have the tools to do the job right. Where's the duct tape?"
I resent that duct-tape slur. Maine is held together with duct tape. If all you have is a hammer . . .
Well, since the blower on the microwave was a ducted exhaust, it was quite natural for there to be duct tape around the ducting.
I still don't quite get why there was duct tape around the hole drilled for the electrical cord.
Now... now I find myself stuck by the tiny bit of nervousness around the screws. There are four screws that are used to hang the hood. It doesn't look like there's a lot of play, so I need to place them just right. (What do they call this? There's a circular hole where you place the hood over the screws, then you slide it down a small slot at the base of the hole, and tighten the screws up.)
And, the nervous-making thing is, if I'm a tiny bit to the left or right (or front or back), I can't just yank 'em out and drill a new hole. I'm better off being off by a lot than off by just a tiny bit.
Sounds like somebody was worried that the cord would get abraded by the hole and slapped on some
weasel grease duct tape to serve as padding.
As for hole-drilling precision, the best way to do it would be to get someone to hold the hood in place while you mark through the hole targets with a pencil or a sharpie But trying to do that alone (assuming the hood is large and on the heavy side) probably isn't going to work, so yeah, precise measurement is key.
Aren't you glad we bought you that snazzy drill?
Does the range-hood come with a drilling template? They often do . . .
No, but I've also given up on doing this myself. Under the cabinet, there's a chunk of wood that I could use for support. It looks like I'd be drilling less than a quarter inch into this wood. Even if I've measured perfectly, I simply don't know anything about whether this is safe, or stupid. I'm going to ask a pro to handle it.
Edited at 2010-05-22 06:51 pm (UTC)
Here's the funny thing - the microwave I took down? Yeah - drilling template. The range hood? No. But I do have a pro mounting the damn thing. (And I'll let him never see that I intend to plug it into the outlet rather than have it wired into the house wiring. (I've been told that might be a code violation. And, if it is, in the fullness of time, I'll get it wired in. But not right now!)
You may, but I'm going to give it a shot. It looks like precision measurement for the mounting screws (always remember: measure once, cut twice - or something like that), then re-use the old hole for the power cord, mount it, and duct tape the exhaust port (because otherwise someone who used to bullseye womp rats might fire a proton torpedo... never mind).