Under cabinet plug mold is an outlet strip that is installed under kitchen cabinets to supply power to the appliances. Kitchen cabinets usually have outlets in them, but they are normally very inconvenient for any kind of use.
What Is The Under Cabinet Plug Mold?
An under cabinet plug mold is an alternative to placing outlets in hard-to-reach places behind appliances or on top of counters where people often bump into them and break them. It was designed specifically for cabinets to put plugs within easy reach of users who are standing near kitchen countertops. It also provides hidden protection from water damage in kitchens with exposed outlets or which have saturated areas where electrical cords may be at risk of becoming wet.
You can install the plug mold not only in the kitchen also in bathrooms. But only there is no risk of water getting inside the plug socket. For this purpose, ceiling-mounted outlet strips would be ideal. It is also the perfect solution even for night tables, office desks, garages, etc., wherever you do not want plugs scattered around because it is out of sight.
Benefits Of Under Cabinet Outlet Strip
- Offers a safer and less cluttered place for home appliances that need to be plugged in while not in use (toaster, blender etc.)
- Protects plugs and cords from being damaged by liquids or heat or being bumped into by furniture items.
- Save space above kitchen countertop for other purposes such as cooking utensils, food preparation, storage containers etc.
- Allows you to keep your cord arrangement clean and organized away from the foot traffic below cabinets. Wires always clutter when they don’t hide behind appliances or inside outlets under the countertop.
- Makes small appliances accessible when you are standing right in front of them without any need to move or climb over other items in your kitchen or reach back behind appliances where they are in storage.
- Prevents electric shock to children if they accidentally come in contact with wires. Because of their location under cabinets, normal toddlers cannot climb up to countertop to reach, nor could older kids.
- Improves the aesthetics of your kitchen as all wires are behind cabinets and appliances. This can make your kitchen look tidy, clean and clutter free.
- You don’t need to move entire appliances out of the way in case you need to unplug something occasionally for maintenance purposes.
How To Install Under Cabinet Plug Mold?
Here we provide step-by-step instructions on how to install an under cabinet plug mold so you easily finish the installation.
- Unpack the under cabinet plug mold from its box carefully removing all parts, screws, batteries etc. Make sure nothing you forget inside whatever box it came in because they can be precious for future use if needed.
- Find out where you will need to install under cabinet plug mold. On a kitchen countertop, on the wall next to a sink or somewhere else? Just remember to choose the place away from any wet areas that have risk of water splash frequently. Avoide bathroom floors, bath tub etc., close enough not too much space for between appliances between cabinets that are not too far apart.
- Make marks on the desired place to show where to drill holes to hold under-cabinet mold in place. Moreover, make sure there is enough space between them so you don’t drill into one of them while installing.
- Drill holes according to measurements so it can fit in place perfectly. And it won’t loosen once installed correctly onto any surface using screws provided with the kit itself.
- Install provided plastic anchors if needed so they can hold tightly against drywall or wood surfaces. As long as they are smaller than screw hole size and do not require a drill for installation. Note that the plastic ones should be softer than metal and harder than drywall.
- Once you have drilled holes, attach under cabinet mold to the surface by screwing it in tightly from behind making sure all screws fastened firmly and you can easily handle them without breaking or stripping.
Connect The wires
- Insert batteries into the battery slots that comes with the kit if there are. On the contrary, never use rechargeable ones as they may not provide enough power.
- Attach wire connectors to every wire that needs to be connected. Make sure heat shrink ends of each wire touch other wires that were attached together before using a needle nose pliers if needed for a tighter fit. But do not break or shatter them. The fragments could get stuck in the socket when installing under-cabinet plug mold. And it would cause electrical issues so care must be taken when doing this.
- Push wires back into wall or under the cabinet and screw in wire mold caps to close off each wire individually which can be used to hold them firmly in place because plugs should not be inserted into each socket until everything is connected properly so no sparks are created that might cause a fire when inserting electrical appliances with cords attached.
- Once you have made sure you have connected all plugs, sockets and wires perfectly, you can plug anything into your new under cabinet mold. It will work perhaps even better now. Its improved location by hiding them behind cabinets can create a safer kitchen environment.
The benefits of under cabinet outlet strips are that they provide electrical access points to plug in appliances no matter where there is space for them. So you can enjoy high-quality benefits without worrying about wires exposing and hanging around everywhere.