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Cabinetry / Shelving Category

Problem:

Drawer track-slide system is broken.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Slides screws

  • Pliers

  • Screwdriver

  • Replacement glides/slides

Solution:

 

In order to maintain the optimum operability of your drawers, make sure you take care of the slides/glides of your cabinetry in general, as when they bend out of shape or break, the cabinet will not open at all or at least not correctly.  You may ultimately need to replace the glides/slides of your cabinetry if a repair will not do the job.

If the track-slide system of your drawer seems broken, do the following:

  1. Pull out the drawer and uplift it so as to remove it off its tracks.

  2. Flip the drawer over so as to gain a better view of the slides/glides.  Also, check the corresponding slides/glides inside the cabinet.  (Make sure that they are all correctly aligned, and if not, use a pair of pliers to re-align the slides/glides to make the drawer slide out properly.  This may be the only thing you need to do to make your drawer work, absent of course any visible breakage.)

  3. If you see any slide/glide that is broken, it is best to replace the slides of the drawer and the corresponding interior cabinet.  Unscrew the slides/glides and use them to look for comparable replacement slides/glides at your local hardware store, home improvement outlet or any online hardware store (where sales taxes may not be applicable to you based upon the location of the online store, which is a plus for the wise consumer in saving money).

  4. Once you get the replacement slides/glides, screw them onto the drawer and in the interior of the cabinet where the original slides/glides used to be.

  5. Put the drawer back into the cabinetry by sliding it back onto the tracking system for continued normal use.  It should work fine.

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