you're in the
home improvement zone--YOUR HANDYMAN ZONE!
/ Shelving Category
Drawer is stuck or otherwise hard to open.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
If you have a hard time opening a drawer and find
that it's stuck, it's time to pay attention to its tracking system.
In such circumstances, it is often the case that the drawer cannot
be opened because it is off its tracking system, which can prove to
be difficult to fix. The drawer, under the circumstances, has
undergone the stress of use--or really overuse--as the common cause
of such a problem is that the user of such a drawer has kept
over-laden objects or just too many objects in it. In the
future, be mindful of the weight and quantity of items you store in
a single drawer and consider lessening the load.
To fix the the drawer from being stuck, do the
Take a butter
knife (or something like it) and carefully attempt to insert it
in the outer-lining crevice of the drawer so as to try to
unblock the blockage of the drawer while gently trying to maneuver the
drawer back into its tracking system.
setting the drawer back into place on its track, slide it
completely out of the cabinetry as you normally would.
Take the drawer
and flip it over.
over, you will have a better look at the slide / runner / glide
that, when in proper use, runs as part of the cabinetry's track
system (the slide
/runner can be located on the bottom or sides of the drawer).
Make sure that this slide / runner / glide (or for that matter the
cabinetry's track) is not damaged or otherwise bent out of
shape. If it is, it must be correctly aligned to its
original position. Use pliers to realign the drawer slide
/ runner / glide or the cabinetry's corresponding
track, as applicable.
If the drawer is
made of wood, lightly sand the slide / runner / glide and then apply
some bar soap or beeswax on it to ensure that it will run
smoothly in the future. If the drawer is made of metal, be
sure to wipe the slide / runner / glide clean with a rag of any foreign
substance that may be on it, and lubricate it with some oil.
Put the drawer back into the cabinetry by
sliding it back onto the tracking system for continued normal
use. It should work fine.
Handyman Zone Team
Find Pre-Screened, Top-Rated Cabinet Refacing Contractors! Get Bids & Review Today! Free Service!