Saturday, March 12, 2011

Installation Instructions on a Cabinet Mounted Toaster Oven

These instructions are based off of the Black and Decker SpaceMaker toaster oven. A different brand might vary a little on how to install.
First, unpack mounting washers, screws and spacers for mounting, making sure everything is there, and set them aside in a safe place where they will not roll away or get lost. There is a pattern paper included that is called a template.
When you choose the location, make sure it is within reach of an electrical outlet. The cord provided is a short cord. Don't mount over any other heating or cooking appliances nor over the sink. Do not put it under, in front of, or behind any under cabinet lights. And also, make sure it is at least 4 inches away from any walls or surfaces.
To start you need to determine if your cabinet has a flat bottom or an overhang. Put your hand under the cabinet and feel if the bottom is flush with the front of the cabinet or if you have to reach up to touch the bottom.

 The hood/deflector of the toaster oven is removable to make installation easier. Remove it by pulling forward slightly on the hood to release the front hooks. Once the front hooks have released, the hooks at the rear will disengage easily.
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1. Open cabinets and remove contents to make mounting easier.
2. Position the mounting template on the bottom of your cabinet, making sure to align thick line on template with front edge of your cabinet, taping securely. Check that the screw holes won't line up with the dividing partition inside the cabinet.
If the cabinet has an overhang, measure the depth or thickness of it and find the dashed line on the template that has the same measure. This is the line to use for that cabinet, aligning with the front and carefully bending it around on the overhang, taping as you do that. Continue to keep it against the cabinet and finish positioning it and taping in place.
3. Drilling from under the cabinet up, drill holes through the 4 places marked on the template, using a ¼-inch drill bit making sure to drill straight up through the mark on the template and not at an angle. SAFETY TIP: Wear safety glasses.
4. After the holes are drilled, carefully remove the mounting template in case you move or wish to remount at a later time.
5. Clean up dust and debris inside the cabinet and the bottom underneath.
6. Place washer inside the cabinet over each of the 4 holes you drilled.
7. Hold hood in place, aligning front of hood with front edge of cabinet; drilled holes on cabinet should be aligned with mounting holes on the hood.
8. Insert the screws down through the holes inside the cabinet, tightening in place to secure hood to cabinet. If the cabinet has an overhang, measure the distance up to the bottom of the cabinet and use the number of spacers needed to equal that distance. For example, if the overhang measures 1" up to the bottom of the cabinet, then two ½ inch spacers are needed on each screw to keep the toaster oven mounted level and even.
Note: Always tighten screws to ensure the appliance does not move or shake during operation.
Once the hood is secured, lift the toaster oven up, engaging the rear hooks on the hood first, and then the front. Any extra cord can be hung over the cord management hook behind the unit.
If you are doing the spacer installation, you will probably need someone to help hold spacers in place while placing the hood. A couple of clamps might be able to be used on the ones in the front if there isn't anyone to help. Short of having clamps or someone to help, maybe you can think of something creative to solve that.
Now it is time to place the toaster oven on the hood and then wash toaster parts, inside, and outside of the oven. Plug it in and start cooking and toasting.
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