Stuck up drawers, drawers that fail to open or close or those that slip out of their drawer slides can give you some problems. It is irritating to wrestle with a stuck up drawer when you are in a hurry to take something out. Fortunately it is quite easy to remove faulty drawer slides and replace them with new ones. It is a simple process and you just have to follow some easy instructions. Take a look below.
- Unscrew the drawer from the old drawer slides. Pull out the drawer as far out as it will go and locate the screws that hold the drawer in place. Remove the items that are stored in the drawer. Typically you will be removing two screws from each side of the drawer. Be careful when you are removing the last two screws. Support the drawer so that there will be no danger of it falling down and hurting you when the last screw is removed. You can now remove the drawer.
- Remove the old drawer slides. Locate the screws that anchor the drawer slides to the sides of the drawer box. These are located in the elongated holes on the flat sides of the slides. Use a flat head or a Philips screw driver to remove the screws.
- Take new measurements. Fill up the old screw holes with wood sealant and take new measurements for the replacement drawer slides. Make sure that the left and right measurements are aligned. One of the causes of stuck up drawers is misalignment. Carefully mark where the slide will be placed and mark also the holes for the screws. One easy way to do this is to cut a piece of wood or plywood to the correct height where the drawer slide will be placed. This will be your spacer. Trace the upper edge of the spacer and do the same for the other side. You will then be able to mark the right position and have correct alignment with this simple trick.
- Install the new drawer slides. Drill pilot holes to make it easier to drive the screws in place. You have to pull the tongue part of the slide to find the elongated holes. Position the left side of the drawer slide in place, with the back end touching the back side of the drawer box and the end with the stopper in front. Align it carefully on the marks that you have made and put the two screws in. Do the same for the right side of the slide.
- Position the drawer back in place. Push the drawer back into the drawer box and check that there is equal clearance between the drawer and the drawer box all around. Pull the tongue part of the slide all the way out and mark the center of the two elongated holes on both sides of the drawer. Drill pilot holes and drive the screws in to attach the drawer to the new drawer slides.
Drawer slides are rated to take it different weights. If you are storing items with considerable weight in your drawer, make sure that you install the right one to ensure that the drawer slide will be able to take the combined weight of all the items stored in the drawer as well as the weight of the drawer itself.