Sunday, January 22, 2012

How to Repair Bathroom Vanity Drawer

cordless drill
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:

Cordless drill/driver Kit 3/8-in. 12-Volt
Drill bit 1/16-inch
Fluorescent Light
Green drawer Guides
Purple drawer Guides
Phillips metal screws #8
Screwdriver bit tip holder with Phillips bit
Sheetrock 3/4-inch Screws

This job was done in Chino Hills, California. Inez has a beautiful condominium home with multiple levels. Each level is decorated like the homes you see on television. In this job, Inez hired me to repair her master bathroom vanity drawers.

This post show the ten steps on how to repair drawer guides that have come loose from the rear wall of the bathroom vanity. 

Step 1: Fig.1 shows the purple rear guide that will be screwed to the rear wall of the cabinet and the original metal monorail.
Fig.1 Purple guide
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the metal monorail goes into both the rear guide and into the front guide, it is important to keep the monorail level with the vanity. 
Fig.2 Monorail
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the rear guide kit complete with Phillips #8 metal screws
Fig.3 Metal screw
Step 4: Fig.4 shows the original front monorail guide.

Fig.4 Original guide
Step 5: Fig.5 shows the silhouette of the original rear guide, this marks the location for the new rear guide. Now it's time to install the parts of the drawer guide assembly.
Fig.5 Outline
Step 6: Fig.6 shows my outstretched hand holding the purple rear guide.
Fig.6 Placing

Step 7: Fig.7 shows the Phillips screws
that come with the kit are not sharp enough to penetrate the wood. The solution is to drill a pilot hole into the wood to give the screw a channel as a guide.
Fig.7 Phillip screw
Step 8: Fig.8 shows a 12-volt cordless drill
with a 1/16 drill bit drill the pilot holes, two holes that will support the rear drawer guide. Next, use the same driver, but with a tip holder and a Phillips bit to screw the screws into the pilot holes, one screw on each side of the drawer guide.
Fig.8 Drilling
Step 9: Fig.9 shows the front and rear monorail is in both the rear guide and the front guide. Both sides of this vanity needed to be repaired.
Fig.9 Monorail
Step 10: Fig.10 shows the right drawer was picked up and threaded into the monorail and the right side went in easily. Now the drawer can be used and now is fully closed within the bathroom vanity.  Looks easy doesn't it reading this post, but it's not, you need to know how to handle problems as they arise and deal with them. For me that's the best part, thinking on my feet and getting the job done.
Fig.10 Finished

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