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How to Install an Under Cabinet SpaceMaker Can Opener

The Black and Decker Under-the-Counter SpaceMaker is a combination can opener, bag opener, bottle opener and knife sharpener. And all those tools can be conveniently affixed to the underside of your kitchen cabinet. In order to free up all of that counter space, you must correctly install the SpaceMaker.

Maximize your kitchen space with a Black and Decker Space Maker

The Black and Decker Under-the-Counter SpaceMaker is a combination can opener, bag opener, bottle opener and knife sharpener. And all those tools can be conveniently affixed to the underside of your kitchen cabinet. In order to free up all of that counter space, you must correctly install the SpaceMaker. The templates and fixtures that you need to install the unit are all included in the SpaceMaker's packaging. All you will need are a drill and screwdriver to complete the job.

  1. Prepare the area. Remove all of the cabinet's contents; clear the counter space below it. Then clean the underside and interior of the cabinet with an all-purpose cleaner. Wipe dry.

  2. Clean both the underside and topside of the bottom panel of the cabinet.

  3. Open the cabinet doors.

  4. Place the mounting template (included in the container), print side up, flush against the surface of the underside of your cabinet. Line it up so that the thick line on the template is flush with the outer edge of the cabinet. Center the template so that it is as close to the center of the underside of the cabinet as possible. If not centered, make sure that none of the hole marks in the template line up with the cabinet partition.

  5. Make sure that the template is perfectly aligned, free of wrinkles and flush with the underside of the cabinet. Tape it in place.

  6. Drill through the four drill holes in the template. Drill from the bottom of the cabinet through to the top. Make sure your drill bit is perfectly perpendicular to the bottom of the cabinet as you drill. If the hole is not straight, you will not be able to install the SpaceMaker properly.

  7. Remove the tape and mounting template. Wipe all of the dust clear.

  8. Lay a washer flat and centered over each of the 4 holes that you drilled.

  9. Hold the Black and Decker SpaceMaker in place under the cabinet. Align the front of the appliance with the front edge of the cabinet (or back edge of the overhang). Make sure that the mounting holes in the top of the SpaceMaker are lined up with the drilled holes in the cabinet.

  10. Choose a screw from those provided. The screws must be long enough to fit through the bottom of the cabinet and screw securely into the SpaceMaker's mounting holes.

  11. Drop the screw into each of the holes. Tighten the screws to secure the SpaceMaker in place. It should not move or shake when in use. If it does, tighten the screws some more.

Tip

Cabinets with an overhang must use the template a bit differently. First measure the width of the overhang. Refer to the template and find the dashed line that corresponds with your measurement (for example, if your overhang is ½ -inch thick, look for the dashed line on the template with ½ inch next to it). Fold the template along the dashed line. Then place the template on the underside of the molding as described in Step four, flush with the backside of the overhang. Next, measure the height of the overhang. Use the spacers provided to create a stack of spacers that equals that height (for example, a 1-inch overhang will need two ½ inch spacers). Place the screws through the drilled holes. Then place the spacers over the protruding ends of the back two screws. The screws must be long enough to fit into the mounting holes in the SpaceMaker with the spacers in place. Have a friend hold the spacers in place as you mount the SpaceMaker onto the screw holes and screw the SpaceMaker in place. If you do not have enough spacers to accommodate your overhang, call Black and Decker's Customer Service Line (1-800-231-9786) and they will provide more spacers, at no cost to you.

About the Author

Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.