Monday, September 7, 2009

We finally got a Microwave!

Today we finally got a Microwave! If you don't remember (and why would you), there used to be a 1950s vent hood. It sill worked, but there wasn't a good place for a microwave. Yesterday there was a free microwave posting on a Minneapolis website, and I was the lucky first person to respond!

We picked it up this morning, and then the fun began...



Above, the original vent hood, before we had even moved in. Notice the yellow thing coming out behind it? That was a power strip. Like you'd use for computer or something. Someone had cut the plug off it, and hard wired it into the fan motor inside the vent hood. That meant that all the bacon grease and smoke of who knows how many years had coated the wiring of the thing.

We replaced it with a grounded socket outside the vent hood. The second problem we had was that the microwave's vent is off-center, and the vent hood went straight up. A bit of flexible vent tube and an 7inch to 6inch adapter, and we were in business.


After replacing the shelf in the cupboards, we were finally ready to mount the microwave. It might sound easy, but it took Caroline and I at least 8 hours. Next time we're just going to cap the vent and have it vent to the kitchen.


In the end, we were able to celebrate with our first microwave popcorn since we moved in. Hooray!

4 comments:

AnnaMarie Ferrell said...

What do you mean, next time?

Rachel C. said...

Yay for microwaves and microwave popcorn!! It looks like a really nice microwave too!

Michael said...

Just in case you get a used microwave of your own...

The trick to making the dirty grey plastic white again ended up being bleach water and a steel wool pad.

It now looks like new! (Unlike in the last picture above...)

Kelly said...

Hooray! I bet that was some of the best popcorn you've ever eaten.