7 Steps to Follow when Putting Drawer Rails by Yourself
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How often do you organize your drawers by hand? If you haven’t done so recently, why not organize them today? The steps below will teach you how to put drawer rails by yourself without damaging walls or even breaking anything.
Have you ever tried putting drawer rails by yourself only to realize the job was harder than expected? No worries! This post is here to offer some helpful hints on installing the rails yourself. With these top seven ways, let us show you how to complete your DIY project successfully.
1. Measurements Guide
Before assembling the rails, measure each drawer’s width, depth, and height. Adjust the rail length according to the measurements and mark the exact position where the screw holes should be placed. Also, ensure that the cabinet’s top and bottom rails will flush with each drawer’s top and bottom.
2. Drill Small Holes
After measuring, the next step is to drill small holes in the drawer’s face frame and at the top and bottom of the cabinet. These holes will make it easier to mark the screw holes. This will also help you align your drill bit correctly with the cabinet’s rails. If you don’t drill small fixes, you might end up drilling too deeply or not deep enough.
3. Straighten Out Any Bends
Straighten out any bends in the metal sections of the drawer rail so that they fit together more easily when assembled. This can be done by pushing the bent pieces against a flat surface like a concrete floor or workbench. It can also be done on a table by pressing down on one end of the piece while bending it back into place using your other hand.
4. Apply Lubricant to Slides
Apply lubricant to the drawer rail slides. This will allow the drawer to open and close more easily and keep friction from building up. The lubricant can be applied by placing a small amount of water-based silicone spray on your finger, then rubbing it onto the rails. Another option is to use just a bit of soap on a rag and wipe it along the rails. In addition, try to apply only a little because this could make sliding the rails together more difficult later.
5. Tighten the Screws
Now that all the parts and lubricant are applied, it’s time to tighten down all the screws on the drawer rail. It helps keep everything together and will prevent your drawer from falling apart. Make sure to check and make sure that the screws are secure by taking a look at them with a flashlight. If you have a screwdriver, you might want to look at your work in more detail since there are usually small nooks and crannies where tight-fitting screws can fit.
6. Use a Cleaner
Now that your drawer is assembled and secure, you can move on to cleaning. This can be done by applying a small amount of all-purpose cleaner to a rag and wiping down the drawer rail. Afterward, take a dry cloth and wipe it to clean up any dust or moisture left behind. Cleaning is important because if your rails are dirty or greasy, it can make sliding them together more difficult.
7. Check the Roller Wheels
If you have any wheels, it is important to check them for debris since this can cause the wheels not to work properly. If that is the case, you will want to clean them off and set them aside so they can dry completely. After that, slide the roller back on the rail and make sure it fits properly. If it moves slowly, lightly sand down one side of the wheels to make room for more movement.
The Bottom Line
There you have it! These are all the steps to follow when putting the rails by yourself. Remember that some of these steps can be a little challenging, so if you are having trouble, try delegating the work to a friend or family member who can help you. And if your project is still too hard to manage on your own, it’s time to consider hiring an expert to complete the task for you.
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