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Shaggy Sheep Driver
4th Dec 2014, 09:40
One of ours has, instead of gliding silently closed, sticks about 1.5 inches short of closed and requires force to shove it closed / pull it initially open. It's only one runner of the two that's doing this.

Anyone know if they can be fixed, or is it a new runner job?

Exascot
4th Dec 2014, 09:46
Well I read that heading completely wrong. I imagined my hand trapped by elastic. :eek:

MagnusP
4th Dec 2014, 09:49
Exascot, we seem to be operating on a similar wavelength.

Hydromet
4th Dec 2014, 09:58
SSD, the soft closer is usually a small cylinder at the back of the drawer runner. All the ones I have used can be removed and replaced. They just click out. Your only problem may be buying just one. Sometimes the suppliers sell them in packs of a dozen or more.

Try pulling the drawer fully open, then lift the front. This should allow you to lift the drawer out, and you will be able to see the cylinder at the back.

This article (http://www.pprune.org/jet-blast/552347-laws-diy.html) should help.

G-CPTN
4th Dec 2014, 10:14
Try pulling the drawer fully open, then lift the front. This should allow you to lift the drawer out.
I've found that, sometimes, removing and refitting solves sticking probs.
:ok: . . .

BillHicksRules
4th Dec 2014, 11:11
SSD,

How lazy are you!! :ugh::E:ok:

Hobo
4th Dec 2014, 11:42
Take the drawer out and make sure all the screws holding the runnners are firmly screwed down on both the drawer and the carcass. They can come unscrewed slightly and foul the mechanism.

P6 Driver
4th Dec 2014, 11:53
"Can the drawer be removed to allow inspection of the runner mechanism?
I've found that, sometimes, removing and refitting solves sticking probs."


Finally we have the furniture equivalent of the computer help desk...

603DX
4th Dec 2014, 12:08
Some sensible-sounding advice given above, plus a couple from chaps with overactive hormones, but as far as I'm concerned, manually opening and closing my drawers is about the most vigorous exercise I get, on some days ... :)

vulcanised
4th Dec 2014, 12:46
That title made me think of Caroline.

Hobo
4th Dec 2014, 13:04
Thatt title made me think of Caroline


What...this??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqdnohUO5bE

Blacksheep
4th Dec 2014, 13:08
Granny Arnold had self closing drawers. They involved three pieces of strong elastic. ;)

MagnusP
4th Dec 2014, 14:56
The drawers in MrsP's dressing table tend to stick for some reason. I take them out and give the runners a quick clean with a cotton bud sprayed with a bit of furniture polish (Mr Sheen seems good). It's not a soft self-close problem, though, but thought it might be a useful tip.

airship
4th Dec 2014, 17:49
How do the drawers know when to close? And can I get some which are also self-opening?

Krystal n chips
4th Dec 2014, 18:36
" sticks about 1.5 inches short of closed and requires force to shove it closed / pull it initially open. It's only one runner of the two that's doing this.

Anyone know if they can be fixed, or is it a new runner job?

May one be so bold as to suggest the defect rectification process...

Hammer ( hide face )

GS screwdriver

WD 40.

Combine all three above as required. Cured numerous defects on various a/c over the years so a mere shelf runner would be no contest.

Shaggy Sheep Driver
4th Dec 2014, 19:33
Thanks guys (for the useful comments; others discarded!). Mrs SSD has emptied the drawer and it can be simply removed form the runners by lifting the front edge and then the whole thing.

RH runner behaves as per the ops manual - push it back, and it runs back then sexily engages the retract mechanism for a 'powered soft landing'.

LH runner just sticks at the point sexiness should start and grumpily complains 'I want a push' (probably a Labour voter, that one. Being the left. And expecting someone else to do stuff for it).

Nothing looks amiss. I think I'll have to remove the runner to ascertain how it's supposed to work, and why it isn't.

Hobo - you are too young! There is only one Caroline, well known to '60s yoofs as we avoided the socialist 'you vil listen to ze Light Program' carp pumped out by the BBC in those days!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTG7-qaStnI

11Fan
4th Dec 2014, 19:48
Whatever you do, make sure you are at least wearing underwear when standing near self-closing drawers...

Although....

sticks about 1.5 inches shortMay just be enough to escape unharmed.

G-CPTN
4th Dec 2014, 19:59
There is only one Caroline
Agreed - that was my then-squeeze's name.

I wonder what happened to her?

Did she find happiness? I do hope so . . .

sitigeltfel
4th Dec 2014, 20:10
The "retract mechanism" on a drawer we have consists of the last few inches of the track being angled downwards at about 5 degrees. When the rear rollers on the drawer encounter the slight gradient, gravity takes over and the drawer is pulled rear wards to a close. Simple.

Hydromet
4th Dec 2014, 20:56
SSD, has this problem been there since new? If so, the runners may have different closers fitted. The one not working sounds like it has a 'positive close' fitting.

Shaggy Sheep Driver
4th Dec 2014, 21:14
No, new kitchen about 2 years ago, all runners identical and all fitted then, all working well until this failure about a week ago. All the rest are fine. Might be because Mrs SSD crammed too much into the draw...

Hydromet
4th Dec 2014, 21:19
Might be because Mrs SSD crammed too much into the draw...Surely not!:eek: