Tuesday, June 25, 2013

How to Install a Damaged Drawer Track Guide with a Replacement Yellow Guide

Yellow drawer track guide
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Cordless screwdriver with Phillip tip
Yellow 1 1/4 drawer track guide kit

Mrs. Jane stated she picked up the vanity in a garage sale and the drawers had never worked correctly. She hired my service to fix the problem. 

This post shows the four steps in replacing a yellow drawer track guide inside a drawer.  

Step 1: Some drawer track guide used for the center rail install below, but some track rails are different colors and sizes, make sure you bring the old guide to the store to match it. Some of the drawer track Guides and each one fits a different wood or metal center slide for a vanity drawer. Brown: 1/4" X 1-1/8", Green: 1-1/8" x 5/16", Yellow: 1-1/4", Red: 3/4", Purple: 1-3/16".
Step 2: The parts for this job was obtained for a few dollars at The Home Depot. Fig.1 above shows a metal vanity track guide rail in fair condition.
Fig.1 Drawer guide
Step 3: Fig.2 shows a working drawer guide but the rail needed to be straightened. The drawer that slides had a damaged front screw and it was replaced with a wood screw.
Fig.2 Slide on metal guide
Step 4: Fig.3 shows a white original drawer track guide that need to be replaced with a yellow tract guide. Pry out the stapled old guide and install the new guide with a cordless screwdriver with a Phillip tip. When the guide is removed there may be an impression from the last track guide. Use this as a template on the drawer before installing he new track guide. The kit comes with one yellow guide, two Phillip screws and directions.
Fig.3 Track guide
Step 5: Fig.4 shows the vanity drawer front, now working. Now Mrs. Jane can put her beauty supplies in the vanity.
Fig.4 Vanity done

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