I'm doing a budget kitchen renovation. I currently have a microwave shelf in the upper cabinets. I am switching to an over the range microwave and going to get rid of the massive shelf (built for a 15 year old tank of a microwave). I am planning on continuing my back-splash tiling through the area where the microwave used to be and installing open shelving in this area, as I won't be able to match the existing cabinets exactly. I know that it is illegal to cover up junction boxes so my questions:
1) Will the microwave have its own breaker so that I could remove the breaker and cover over the existing outlet with tile? I'm not at home to be able to check this.
2) If it does not have its own breaker, can I find wherever the power is coming from (probably stove or adjacent outlet), and remove the wires from the "supply power box" so that the microwave wires are dead?
3) Is it still illegal to cover the junction box up even if the wires are dead?
Thanks for any help.