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Is there a need to replace wiring if I tripped the microwave oven when drilling through drywall?

Code never prohibits the use of conduit. Even if it isn't required, some installers might want it for future pulls or just protection. Non-metallic cable is the minimum standard. Many municipalities ...
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What is this component in my microwave?

That's the waveguide cover. It's non-conductive, typically made of a mica/resin-based material. Yours should be replaced. When you get that degree of carbonization (which should never happen, but ...
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Is it safe to put a microwave in a walk-in closet?

There should be no problem assuming that you leave adequate clearance around the unit. Any appliance becomes a fire risk if there's flammable junk piled against it. Also be diligent about vacuuming ...
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Is there a need to replace wiring if I tripped the microwave oven when drilling through drywall?

Answer based on new images, previous answers were assuming conduit. Based on the picture that was edited in later, you have nicked an electric cable directly rather than drilling into conduit. I don'...
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Bosch Drawer Microwave causes ARC Faults

Dealing with the problem now: One of the first things to try is just swapping the breaker with an identical one in the same panel. In my experience, there's a lot of individual variation in the exact ...
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is it safe to use a microwave with the outside glass missing?

DANGER, WILL ROBINSON The glass doesn't stop the microwaves. The mesh does. However, without that glass in place, the chance of something else going wrong - e.g., that foil coming off or some other ...
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Is there a need to replace wiring if I tripped the microwave oven when drilling through drywall?

Actually, it is quite the opposite. Most states allow the use of non-metallic cable or conduit, but some only allow conduit. Conduit comes in several varieties, including PVC. PVC conduit is similar ...
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How to safely use euro 16A 250V plug in UK sockets

It's against all regulations to sell anything electrical in the UK without the correct plug. Send it back. You can't just change the plug yourself because a microwave must be earthed. If you bought it ...
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Is there a need to replace wiring if I tripped the microwave oven when drilling through drywall?

The wire is nicked. It is thinner than it's supposed to be, and will overheat and start a fire there unless it is repaired. PVC's fire retardant capabilities are notional at best, so you really want/...
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What would cause a microwave oven to trip the breaker when I open the door during heating?

Is the microwave door sagging a bit? This could be slightly changing the sequence of opening and closing of the microswitches in the door safety interlock, which the last time I looked are two ...
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Bosch Drawer Microwave causes ARC Faults

Don't ignore the possibility that this may be an actual fault in the appliance, or at least that the manufacturer may accept responsibility. I have had a similar issue with two different appliances (...
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Bosch Drawer Microwave causes ARC Faults

Just got off the phone with both Leviton and Siemen! Thank you to Peter Duniho for having me file that AFCI Safety form, was super helpful in me getting in touch with Siemen! I'll put everything I've ...
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What would cause a microwave oven to trip the breaker when I open the door during heating?

TL;DR Switch is Shorting on Door Open Power was connected to another kitchen circuit. A slight pull on the door handle tripped the GFCI outlet. That points to one of the safety switches in the door ...
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What would cause a microwave oven to trip the breaker when I open the door during heating?

Well, it was the switches, but... As I've mentioned elsewhere on this page, the switches tested fine originally. Still, for lack of a better idea, I replaced them. They're inexpensive, so why not ...
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How to diagnose microwave oven that goes completely powerless for 3-5 minutes after each use?

Of course check to make sure there isn't a problem with the circuit supplying the microwave first. What I suspect is actually going on here though is a problem with one of the thermal cutout switches. ...
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How to safely use euro 16A 250V plug in UK sockets

You could buy a good quality adaptor to plug the European plug into a UK outlet. Make sure it has a 13A fuse fitted, and that it uses the earth connection. Avoid all cheap travel adaptors, especially ...
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Microwave oven blows internal fuse when door is closed

Years ago I had experience with helping an electronics shop owner next door to my office fix a similar problem. The problem turned out to be alignment of the micro switches which were all on plates ...
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un-installing a microwave that does not have any visible top cabinet attachment

I know it's an old post, but I didn't see any removal instructions that worked for us anywhere (here or elsewhere). I just removed Hotpoint microwave Model rvm1535bc. I tried to lean it (thinking ...
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How much should over-the-range microwave stick out?

As much as the microwave needs it to. They almost always stick out some, both forward and below the side cabinets. Most upper cabinets are ~12" deep. My microwave comes out another 2-1/2" or ...
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American commercial 240 volt microwave oven in American residence

There is nothing wrong with having 240V receptacles in the kitchen or in any other part of the house. Plenty of people do that all the time for things that other people would consider unusual: ...
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Do I need to use molly/toggle bolts to mount an over the range microwave if I can attach the mounting bracket to studs?

You are better off mounting it to the studs. If there's no studs near the edge then I would add a toggle there.
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How can I bolt a microwave to the upper cabinet if the bolt hole is stripped?

If the microwave is under warranty then get a replacement telling them it's a manufacturing defect, if not then you can do what you want with it so my course of action would be to remove the cover and ...
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Can I warm up "cold patch" in a microwave?

Microwaves work by exciting the molecules in liquids that then trasfer their heat into surrounding materials. To be safe, "microwavable" products have water in them so that the water molecules are ...
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Combining wires from two breakers to one appliance?

As far as 40 vs. 50 - that depends on the manufacturer's requirements. The installation instructions clearly state: A 50 Amp circuit breaker with wire gauge #8 AWG must be used. So there you have ...
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Combining wires from two breakers to one appliance?

Nope Nope, nope, nope. This is called paralleling and there are several sections of NEC dedicated to it. It has at least a half dozen requirements. This reuse scheme violates nearly all of them: ...
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Is this bedroom healthy to live in, in relation to kitchen, refrigerators and microwave oven?

The only danger I could think of from having these appliances in the room next door, or any room in a house for that matter, is that they may pose a fire hazard. Appliances (any appliance, not just ...
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Need help with drywall vs microwave door

Move the microwave... problem solved.
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Microwave tripping the breaker

There are 3 different types of possible breaker trips. The solution will vary depending on the type of breaker trip. Overcurrent This is simply "too much stuff running at the same time on one ...
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Installing a microwave oven and an AC unit with very tight current capacity

Microwave Oven Simple. Use a countertop microwave oven just like you use the toaster and kettle. Physically no space? Get a small cart. I used to use one for that purpose, after redoing my kitchen (...
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Installing a microwave oven and an AC unit with very tight current capacity

Being on the committee of a body-corporate for one of my apartments, I have a little bit of insight. You cant upsize the breakers as the cables to your apartment would have been speced for the ...
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