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Forum topic by tommyc325 posted 05-07-2015 04:12 AM 660 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2015 04:12 AM

So I’m installing a bank of draws using 22inch full extension drawer slides my first draw opens and closes no problem. The second opens great and closes a little tuff.

The first draw I can fully extend and push (so the drawer rides it’s self) it close. The second one when I push it it shuts almost all the way but then gets stuck a inch before it’s completely closed. I can push it from here to get it completely closed.

Please help it’s very frustrating

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#1 posted 05-07-2015 11:11 AM

Sounds to me like either the back of the cabinet walls are wider or the front of the drawers are narrower. Alternatively there may be some angle on one or both slides somewhere. Measure and double check all the dimensions and alignment and if it’s all good then perhaps double check each slide while not mounted to make sure they are all smooth. Then again, other people that have actually built cabinets could probably help you diagnose better than I. Good luck!

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#2 posted 05-07-2015 01:01 PM

Like was said, I would double check that the drawer slides are equidistant apart at the front and rear, and also level with each other vertically the whole way. If the box is wider at the rear, you could probably install a shim behind the slide(s) at the wide end to make them parallel.

If they are equidistant the whole way, and level, try taking the slides and putting them on the drawer that works correctly, and vice versa. If you have a defective slide, that should help identify it. Also check your box to make sure it’s square and the slides are mounted to it level.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 05-07-2015 01:15 PM

Thanks guys this makes allot of sense since i had to shim on side out. I can probably take the deep shim out and hopefully that helps

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#4 posted 05-07-2015 03:38 PM

If you find that the drawer is too wide, I have removed material from the drawer under the slide mounting position on the drawer so that it can not be seen. Just depends on your drawer slide design.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#5 posted 05-07-2015 05:59 PM

Check to see if any part of the drawer is rubbing against something inside the cabinet. if it abruptly becomes hard to push it seems like there’s an obstruction.

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#6 posted 05-07-2015 08:39 PM

Also check that the slide mounting screws are straight and in all the way. I’ve had problems in the past when I would get a screw a little crooked or not fully tight and the head would get hit by the roller.

-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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#7 posted 05-08-2015 12:33 AM

Brad, good idea on handling too wide a drawer. When I read the description, I was thinking too wide of a drawer.

For what it is worth, there are usually screw tabs on the side that can be pried out to make up about 1/16 if the drawer is too narrow.

You might check to make sure it operates smoothly without the drawer. Good luck.

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