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Home repairs when stuck at home

Over the past few days, my kitchen silverware drawer has twice come loose from its track when I pulled it open. I managed to reseat the wheel thingy in the track, but after the second time, I realized that it was a problem that would repeat if I didn’t figure out what was wrong with it. I tried examining the side wheels that it rolls over, at least by touch (the drawers are over a cabinet so I could get to them through it), but I couldn’t figure out what the issue was through that alone. But given the current circumstances, calling in the maintenance guy didn’t seem like a good idea unless it were a real emergency, so I figured I’d better solve it myself somehow.

Finally it occurred to me — I have a second drawer right next to it! I don’t use that drawer nearly as often, so I didn’t think of it at first. I realized it would show me what the drawer mechanism was supposed to look like so I could diagnose the problem. It took me a few moments, but finally I realized that the lower drawer edges, the ones that roll over the side wheels, had eroded almost completely away! Many years of constantly opening and closing the drawer, with the weight of my silverware pushing down on it, had worn the edges out pretty much completely. Which finally explains why I kept having to blow sawdust off the lid of the peanut butter jar. I figured the sawdust was just from the general age and wear of the cabinet, but it was specifically created by my heavy use of the heavy drawer.

Anyway, this clearly wasn’t a problem I could fix; I’d need to replace the drawer altogether. But again it struck me — I have two drawers! I just had to remove their contents and swap them left to right. I don’t use the other drawer nearly as often, and its contents are far less heavy, so the erosion would be less of a problem there. I also put some tape over the worn parts to stop any further sawdust from falling, since that drawer is now over my spaghetti pot. Come to think of it, I should probably put tape on the other drawer as well, now that it’s going to be subject to the same abrasion that eroded the first one, but I’m too tired right now.

I’m just glad this was a problem I was able to solve by myself using the resources on hand. This would be a bad time for anything more serious to go wrong.

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  1. Larry Mager
    April 14, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Been there, done it the same way, Mr. Bennett. These drawers are made so cheaply.

    • April 14, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      I’m wondering if I should also move some of the contents of the silverware drawer somewhere else to lighten the load. I rarely use most of what’s there anyway.

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