I recently replaced an over-the-range microwave with a hood. Since the hood is about half the height of the microwave, this left a ~15" gap between the preexisting tile backsplash and the start of the hood. Instead of trying to match tile to the existing backsplash, I am thinking of filling the gap with a piece of stainless steel. I have a few questions:
- There were some extraneous holes (~5" square) in the drywall behind the microwave. I don't think they served a purpose (it's not like there was a junction box there or anything; that's in the cabinet above). Do I need to patch any of those holes, or is it sufficient just to cover them by the metal plate?
- The hood manufacturer sells an accompanying backsplash plate, however, (a) it costs upwards of US$200, which seems very expensive for a ~15"x30" piece of metal, and (b) the size it comes in is too big, so I'd have to cut it down to size. Therefore, I am thinking of finding a cheaper piece of sheet-metal and cutting that down. For what type of metal should I look? Could I get a reasonably nicely finished piece of metal from a local metal shop?
- In the event that I need to cut the sheetmetal to size myself, what's the best way to do that? Am I better off just getting a local metal shop to do it?
- I've read in a few places that one should glue the steel to the underlying drywall, however, some other instructions simply say to drill it to a stud. Is glueing really necessary? If so, what type of adhesive should I use?