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If you have a drawer that
is hard to open, before going all the way and deciding to replace
the tracks, remove the drawer, clean the tracks and rollers, and
lubricate the rollers. This may fix the problem.
Sometimes drawers stick because of humidity. Since wood tends to
shrink and swell in response to the weather, you may simply need to
“dry out” your drawer. Take out the drawer and store it in a warm,
dry place for forty-eight hours. Then replace it. You can sand any
places that still stick. This may fix your problem. To prevent the
drawer from swelling again, you can coat it with clear wood sealer
If your drawer has wooden tracks, take out the drawer, and clean
both the drawer and the tracks with a damp rag. You can sand down
all contact areas with 100-grit sandpaper to remove any grime. Then
spray the tracks with furniture polish. The wax in the polish should
make the drawer slide much easier.
Do you have drawers that droop? Wooden drawers that have worn away
over time will tend to droop in the front. There is a very simple
way to take care of this problem. Take thumbtacks and place them in
the bottom corners of the opening. This will provide a nonfriction
surface that will both lift the drawer and cut down on future wear.
REPLACING DRAWER TRACKS
If you have tried all of the tricks above and find that your drawer
is still difficult to open, the rollers and/or tracks may need to be
replaced or adjusted. Bottom mount rollers are the easiest to
install. Make sure the new drawer guides (tracks) are no longer than
the length of the drawer, measuring from the rear to the back of the
How to replace drawer tracks:
1. Remove the drawer and unscrew the
old track from the cabinet.
2. The manufacturer of the new tracks
will give you a diagram. Follow their instructions.
3. First measure where the track will
fit onto the cabinet. Mark this so that it is easy to find when you
put the track in place.
4. Align the top and front edges of the
track with the marks. Use the screws provided to fasten the track to
the side of the cabinet. Do one side first. Then level the track
from front to back and secure the other side with a screw.
5. Follow the same procedure for the
second track on the other side.
6. Unscrew the old drawer guides from
7. Set the new guides in place with the
wheels toward the rear. Make sure that the front edge of the guide
is flush with the back of the drawer face. Attach using the screws
8. Insert the drawer into the cabinet
by placing the rollers in the corresponding places in the tracks.
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