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Old 05-29-2013, 05:04 PM   #1
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drawers won't open

After tugging, lifting, and pulling we can finally get two drawers in the kitchen to open. Does something need to be replaced? Anyone else had this problem. We have a 31' Excella Classic. One drawer in the bedroom has been fitted with a child proof device, so we think that drawer didn't open at one time and finally broke. Any ideas?

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Old 05-29-2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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I don't know the construction or materials used in your drawers and cabinets, but I am thinking that summer is here, wood tends to swell. If you can get the drawers out, check them for abnormal rubbing. Give any areas that show wear a moderate sanding...then lubricate with some wax or a silicone spray.

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Old 05-29-2013, 05:14 PM   #3
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More information such as the year is needed. A photo would help too.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:53 PM   #4
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1998 Excella Classic. Just bought it and the drawers were that way. One side wants to open, but the other side is stuck. After several tries you can open the drawer, but we are afraid we will break it.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:12 PM   #5
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The bottom mount slide system works with two small wheels, one on the drawer body at the back and one on the cabinet mounted portion at the front. In addition, there are two small metal 90-degree "stop locks" at the front of the cabinet mounted portion. Lift straight up in the closed position, and pull straight out. If you break anything it needed fixing anyway. I just "repaired" the big pan drawer for this trip, but will replace all the drawers and hardware later this summer. Doing the research on what parts I'll want now.
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:57 AM   #6
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Thumbs up Stuck Drawers

To Silver Otter: Thanks for your reply. I believe we have the problem solved at least for the moment. Upon closer inspection, I found that the track attached to the drawer was actually broken. The spot nearest the end of the drawer that's bent or elevated to allow the drawer to be secure for travel. It simple was too thin and broke from miles of vibration. It could be brazed back together. Another Macgiver method was to place a small screw above the broken spot so that the head of the screw held the broken end firmly in place..... Temporary to say the least, but works.
Thanks again all.

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