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Our kitchen has a very old over-the-range microwave from when we bought the house. In fact, just today my wife noticed that the label inside says Dec 1990. It's quite weak and has no turntable.

So we've been wanting to replace it for a while. The only issue is that, according to most advice, our existing setup has the over-the-range a few inches closer to the surface of the range than it really should be. *And* all modern over-the-range microwaves that I can find anywhere are at least a couple inches taller than our ancient beast.

No big deal, I thought to my innocent self, I'll get a handyman or someone to cut away a few inches of the cabinet above it that we rarely use. There's a couple inches of border plus at least one cabinet shelf that we never use. If it was easier, I'd be fine to lose the whole cabinet.

So I had a handyman over last weekend, and apparently the situation is much tougher than I thought. Being a new homeowner, I couldn't properly describe it to them before they got here, but here's the situation as I learned: the front of the cabinets have a Formica layer and it's all connected across several cabinets. It's even bound at the corner to the Formica on the neighboring pantry. He suggested that someone familiar with cabinetry could handle it, but he wasn't able to.

I made a few calls to other local cabinetry companies and handymen a couple days ago. One has gotten back to me and advised me that it could be done, but that it's risky and I should strive to simply find a shorter microwave. I've tried and have failed to find one much shorter (he gave me an appliance guy he knows and I'll try him too).

But I'm wondering what the truth is... is this really so difficult? Am I really stuck with this ancient microwave until our next kitchen remodel? Or am I turning to the wrong places? What would you do?
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