Need help - lazy dad - furniture drawers

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by TSE, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    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?
  2. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2007
    Bristol, England
    1) There's something between the wall and the back of the drawer acting as a spring, pushing the drawer back out.
    2) your house is on a slope
  3. wvuwhat macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    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.
  4. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    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.
  5. codymac macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
    You can:
    - level the tracks
    - increase the friction on the glides/sliders/wheels
    - install magnets to hold them shut
  6. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Stop listening to all these ignorant posts. Slap a piece of duct tape on it and move on.
  7. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    and if the duct tape makes them too sticky, just use some wd-40 :D
  8. iJohnHenry, Apr 17, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2011

    iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Proof positive that PBS is worthy of U.S. Government funding.

    Red Green for the masses. :cool:
  9. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
    Either level the cabinets or level the tracks or add magnets.
  10. Cole JM macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2011
    Sounds like you got junky tracks. They make some that have a dip in them for the wheel to fall into. Take them back?
  11. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Maybe some doze put them in up-side-down.

    Take a peek. Perhaps reversing them with solve the problem.
  12. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    +1 for the magnets
  13. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    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.
  14. blow45 macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    as the saying goes there's only two tools a man ever needs:


    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)
  15. MrWillie macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2010
    Starlite Starbrite Trailer Court
    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.

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