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How to install ball-bearing drawer slides

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Ball-bearing slides

Ball-bearing slides

Why choose these?

  • Ideal for drawers with hefty contents, such as silverware or tools.
  • Full-extension range allows the drawer to open fully for best access to contents in the back. Less-costly, 3/4 extensions open to expose all but the back fourth of the drawer. Installation is the same for each style.
  • Lubricated bearings make for the smoothest sliding action.
  • Typical ball-bearing slides sell for about $8 to $25 per pair. Additional features, such as self-closing mechanisms or higher weight ratings, increase this cost.

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Comments (1)
lyndamike1209599 wrote:

I do it the other way around. Attach the slide to the cabinet. Put a piece of hardboard on the floor of the cabinet. Set the drawer on the hardboard, and pull it and the cabinet slides slightly out. Attach the first fasteners. Pull the drawer and slide out a little more and attach the next fastener. Repeat. Remove the spacer. Use a thicker spacer between the bottom drawer and next drawer and repeat.

7/7/2014 04:59:58 PM Report Abuse

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