Published at Sunday, July 02nd, 2017 - 23:47:11 PM. Drawer. By Kirby.
Fix Your Broken Kitchen Drawer - The Real Story My first project of my Fix-It-Up series is to fix the drawers in my kitchen. One runner had completely disappeared with no one admitting the deed, and the other rails were not staying in their tracks. This caused us over the months to push, pull and tug until one whole drawer front tore loose from the drawer itself. My hubby fixed that problem but the root of the problem remained-drawers that wouldnt slide. I purposefully picked a rather easy project for my first in the series for two reasons: one, to attempt to succeed in my first project (the vanity of it all), and two, because I had just finished putting away all my Christmas stuff the week before and I was tired! My trip to Home Depot for a replacement drawer runner was successful only because of a very helpful gentleman who couldnt help overhearing me and Geri talking to a nice, although clueless, Home Depot employee. This kindly bystander just happened to be a cabinet builder, lucky for us, and filled our heads with all kinds of advice and tips about drawer problems. Ill share those with you as we go. Here are the steps I took with explanations so you can master this task yourself. * First things first; empty the drawers. Heres a picture of my totally disorganized mess. One drawer with Tupperware and such, the other with small kitchen appliances and tools. * Take your good drawer: Or an example of what you need to the hardware store with you. This is invaluable. Dont fool yourself thinking youll be able to pick out what you need from the overwhelming mass of merchandise. Believe me, it will all look the same after you get there. * Clean the area first: After you pull out the drawers, clean the empty cabinet of old dust and filth. It will make working on your project easier. * Mount the hardware to the cabinet: This was pretty easy by following the directions that came with the railings and also following the example of the intact drawer. * Drill pilot holes: Its always better to drill small pilot holes before sinking your screw, especially into particle board. Particle board will split and crumble (it happened with this project to me even with a pilot hole. Nothing that a bit of wood glue couldnt fix.) * Adjust the back bracket: The brackets that attach to the back of the cabinet were intact, but over the years had moved so that the drawer fell out of the rail when you pushed it in. Each back bracket has two holes for screws, one that slides and one that anchors the bracket. - Unscrew and remove the anchor screw but leave the screw in the slide; loosen slightly. - Slide both brackets as far towards the middle of the cabinet as possible. In other words, all the way to one end of the slide. - Carefully put the drawer back in its railings, and slowly push the drawer all the way in. - Remove drawer. - Now the back railings are exactly where they need to be to hold the drawer since the drawer itself moved the back brackets to the exact location. Tighten the slider screw, and add a screw in the anchor slot after drilling a pilot hole. Most of the time, the back brackets are parallel to eachother. * Fix any problems with the drawer: My drawer (and this was the good one!) was beginning to separate (see photo). The bottom of my drawer was only held together with little staples, so I added some wood glue and hammered the staples back in place. I totally bent one staple trying to hammer it in, so I replaced it with a screw with a pilot hole drilled first. * Clean the drawers and surrounding woodwork: Heres your chance for a thorough cleaning. I like mild soap and water, followed by Liquid Gold. * Replace the shelf liner: Mine was faded, dirty and torn...it should be, it was 15 years old! But being the pack rat that I am, I still had the original roll with plenty left to replace it. Ahhh, fresh and new. * Organize: I proudly rid myself of at least 25-50% of the stuff. The rest, I placed neatly into storage containers and bins. While youre at it, tidy up the other drawers too. * Admire your work: Its OK to be proud of yourself.
A Guide to Understanding Drawer Slides When it comes to choosing a drawer slide, there are a variety of factors to take into consideration. In addition to the ease of sliding and base material, how the slides are mounted is an important factor. This classification determines the amount of weight the drawer can hold, how easy the installation is and the length of extension. Here is a breakdown of 5 of the most popular types along with the features of each. Bottom-mount- These slides have two rails mounted on the bottom of the drawer (one on each side). The slides are hidden from sight, and leave the drawer sides without clutter. They are typically used in kitchens, bathrooms and other rooms where storage is a top priority. Since they can hold more weight, they are ideal for heavier loads, and are generally full extension drawers (or very close to full extension), allowing you to easily take the drawer out for cleaning or moving. This type of slide is very easy to install, making it a popular option among many homeowners. Blum drawer slides are popular for bottom-mount options. Center-mount- These are installed under the center of the drawer and stretch from the front to the back of the drawer. They are invisible from the top and hold a light to medium weight (making them ideal for smaller drawers). You usually cannot fully remove the door with this type of mount. Typically old furniture was made with a center-mount drawer slide, so you may notice that on certain pieces of vintage furniture. The best part about center-mount drawer slides is that they are very easy to install. Side-mount- Side-mount drawer slides are a very popular type of drawer slide that is used often in kitchens and bathrooms. In this type of slide, two rails are installed on both sides of the drawer. They are widely available in different lengths, materials and weights, so its easy to find slides that are right for your home. These slides are very visible when drawers are open and slightly lessens the drawer width. They can be used to hold more weight than other types of slides, so they come in handy with larger loads. European- European drawer slides are often used with frameless or face-frame cabinets since they are easy to mount. They have an "L"- shaped frame which mounts directly to the bottom of the drawer without any hassle. On this type of slide, the hinge is completely concealed from the outside, which offers a professional and more modern look. These are generally fairly inexpensive, making them a popular option for those remodeling their homes. Hettich drawer slides are popular for European epoxy options. Ball-bearing- Ball-bearing drawer slides often replace the popular center-mount slides. The ball bearings allow for easy use with minimal disruption or noise. Some models even allow you to press on the sides of the slides to fully remove the drawer from the base, which allows for easy transportation when moving or just for drawer cleaning. Other models are self-closing. Understanding the benefits of the different types of drawer slides is very important to the DIY-er. Aesthetics and load capacity are very important factors in the decision.
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