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Forum topic by regan posted 04-23-2014 07:57 PM 905 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2014 07:57 PM

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I’m hoping you can help me find a vertical mount drawer slide that will allow me to lock it at intermittent locations (not just fully extended). The slide doesn’t necessarily have to be intended for vertical use – any ideas at all are welcome!

It’s important that it can be locked at various positions and hold a decent amount of weight (60-100lbs). I want to mount an aluminum and plastic door frame and have it slide up and down.

Thank you!

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#1 posted 04-23-2014 10:11 PM

Back when we lived in Fla and had sliding glass doors, I used to drill holes at various intervals along the track and just used a 16p nail to pin the door so it would stay partially open. Also used the same nail to secure it when the slider was closed fully. Should be able to do the same with something sliding vertically …

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#2 posted 04-25-2014 12:57 PM

Thank you! I was hoping for something more automatic. I’m looking at constant force springs now but thank you very much for the idea.

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#3 posted 04-25-2014 01:24 PM

Without getting into compressed air or hydraulics, doing automatic stops could be interesting. You could do a spring clip or button – like what they use on crutches and canes.

It depends upon the rise, weight, height, speed. if there is a fair amount of weight, technology along the lines of a garage door closer or a worm and gear could be set to automatic stops. Chains are commonly used but they require a fair amount of maintenance. For weights in the 50-100 lbs. you could do a counterbalance and reduce the weight to almost nothing but you still have to account for mass – it is the start – stop along with change direction aspect.

Good luck.

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#4 posted 04-29-2014 10:18 PM

I’ve never heard of a “vertical locking drawer slide” or a drawer slide that operates vertically. Drawer slides are used for drawers that move in a horizontal direction, never in a vertical direction. It wouldn’t be a drawer after all. Please explain your application in better detail; then maybe we can give you a good answer.

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