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Repairing Drawers


If your drawers are giving you trouble, there could be several things at fault. Your first job is to figure out whatís going

on. Is your drawer pull or handle loose? Does your drawer fall off the track? Is it hard to open? Is it difficult to slide? Will it not close all the way?

DRAWER PULLS

If your loose drawer pulls will not tighten with a screwdriver, you may need to bring in some reinforcements.

How to tighten loose drawer pulls:

1. Tighten loose drawer pulls or handles by filling the worn screw holes with wood putty. Use powdered putty that you mix with water just before applying; this type of putty tends to dry harder than most premixed products.

2. Remove the drawer pullís screw, and make sure thereís no dust or grime in the screw hole. Mix the putty to the proper consistency and firmly pack some into the hole with a putty knife.

3. Wipe off any excess putty with a damp cloth.

4. When the putty has dried, drill a pilot hole. In this case, you would want to use a drill bit that is the same size as the screw. This should make the area tight and provide a solid base for your drawer pull.

DRAWERS OFF THE TRACK

How to repair drawers that have fallen off the track:

1. Take out the drawer and set it aside.

2. Look at the tracks. Many metal tracks often get bent or misshaped. There is an easy way to combat this. Take a small piece of wood and place it behind the track. Use screws to hold it in place.

3. This should straighten out the track. Play around with different-sized pieces of scrap wood until you find a piece that makes the track parallel to the drawer.
 

 

 

 

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