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TSE
Apr 17, 2011, 03:37 PM
Alright, so my dad has kept on telling my mom that he will fix her kitchen drawers for the past two years now.

I am absolutely sick and tired of hearing the same BS "blah blah blah my back hurts blah blah blah I'm not feeling well" so I decided I am just going to end the suffering and fix them myself.

The problem with the drawers are simple - they stick out. When you close them, they roll open and stay that way. We have tried just simply taking everything out and seeing if it's just too much weight, but it does the same thing.

The contraption is simple, it is just a drawer that rests on wheels on a flat long piece of metal.

How can I fix these drawers, educated population of MacRumors?

yetanotherdave
Apr 17, 2011, 03:39 PM
Either
1) There's something between the wall and the back of the drawer acting as a spring, pushing the drawer back out.
Or
2) your house is on a slope

wvuwhat
Apr 17, 2011, 03:40 PM
The "track" (flat long piece of metal) of the drawer has probably sunken down over time. I'd take the side which is at the front of the drawer of this and raise it up a little bit and see what happens.

iJohnHenry
Apr 17, 2011, 03:54 PM
Put a little rubber self-adhesive speed-bump, just in front of the back wheel, when the drawer is closed.

You should be able to do this from below, as far as positioning.

Or you could measure twice, stick-em once.

codymac
Apr 17, 2011, 04:15 PM
You can:
- level the tracks
- increase the friction on the glides/sliders/wheels
- install magnets to hold them shut

rdowns
Apr 17, 2011, 04:17 PM
Stop listening to all these ignorant posts. Slap a piece of duct tape on it and move on.

zioxide
Apr 17, 2011, 04:24 PM
Stop listening to all these ignorant posts. Slap a piece of duct tape on it and move on.

and if the duct tape makes them too sticky, just use some wd-40 :D

iJohnHenry
Apr 17, 2011, 04:37 PM
Stop listening to all these ignorant posts. Slap a piece of duct tape on it and move on.

and if the duct tape makes them too sticky, just use some wd-40 :D

Proof positive that PBS is worthy of U.S. Government funding.

Red Green for the masses. :cool:

8CoreWhore
Apr 17, 2011, 05:30 PM
Either level the cabinets or level the tracks or add magnets.

Cole JM
Apr 17, 2011, 05:36 PM
Sounds like you got junky tracks. They make some that have a dip in them for the wheel to fall into. Take them back?

iJohnHenry
Apr 17, 2011, 05:41 PM
Sounds like you got junky tracks. They make some that have a dip in them for the wheel to fall into. Take them back?

Maybe some doze put them in up-side-down.

Take a peek. Perhaps reversing them with solve the problem.

Apple OC
Apr 17, 2011, 05:59 PM
Either level the cabinets or level the tracks or add magnets.

+1 for the magnets

chown33
Apr 17, 2011, 06:00 PM
Get some surplus superconducting magnets from an MRI facility that's going out of business. Install inside the cabinets. When activated, it should suck the drawers back in with enough force to drive the flatware through the back of the drawers, also pulling the nails or screws out of the drawer sides, in a large explosion of metal and wood splinters. This will be an adequate excuse to replace the cabinets completely. Then you can resell the MRI magnets, or keep them around for doing tricks like levitating small pets with just the metal tags in their collars.

blow45
Apr 17, 2011, 06:49 PM
as the saying goes there's only two tools a man ever needs:

:D
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Z_3xVmm9zf8/TYARszdq97I/AAAAAAAAAoc/NKfbhaq-6iM/s200/wd-duct-tape.jpg

you need the tape in your case.

(I would get new tracks btw and install them, I don't really think you can fix them otherwise)

MrWillie
Apr 17, 2011, 09:53 PM
Pull the drawer, look at the rails and where the screws are. Hopefully the ones in the front are in the vertical slots. If they are loosen them, remove the screws from the middle of the rail, and raise the fronts slightly. A torpedo level helps. (Cheap one is all that's needed.) You may have to put the center screws in a different hole.

If they are not in the slotted hole, put them there and make adjustments as needed and then thighTen her down. Get er done. Don't blame your dad.

Send me a PM if you have any questions.