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Problems with under mount soft close slides

OK any help would be greatly appreciated.

Here's the problem. I built cabinets, Dovetailed drawers Euro style frame less and Firemedic finished them. This has been the job from hell and then some. Everything was square and working. I used Silici soft close hinges and under mount slides. The customer said the contractor would install the cabinets. This is a old New Orleans shotgun double turned into a single dwelling. There are many problems I think were created by the lets say less then good work by this contractor. Everything from uneven walls and floors to them racking and or twisting the cabinets during the install. without harping on these things to much I mention them since they can be a factor.

These slides are working fine until the Drawer fronts are installed. not all drawers in the same stack but one or two seem to tilt or twist so one corner, whole side, bottom or top will not close fully. We have tried to shim, raise one side, just the front or back as well as slide one side or the other back or forward. We have fixed a couple but still have a few that nothing works.

If you have used these slides before you have a mm or two to play with so any little thing however slight can affect it in some way. We are hoping one of you guys have experienced similar problems and can help. I also asked the manufacturer to call me first thing Monday morning.

Have a few doors that won't close right. we figure the hinges are bonding somehow and can probably worked that out. The doors giving trouble all have 3-4 hinges so it's probably an easy fix. We will see.

We just want it finished to get paid. Sorry no pictures yet but maybe later.

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Without being there and actually seeing the problem, it's guesswork. I think you are on the right track with the drawers. It's easy to create a "rack" by motivating a corner or two. Many times, you can get some results. On cabinets that have side by side banks, the shimming can be frustrating. I would loosen the points of the slides' attachment, and see if you can get better alignment.

For the doors, shimming can help. The binding can come from one or more of the hinges being out of adjustment. You can try snugging up the top and bottom hinge, and get the door adjusted as close as possible. This could solve the problem, but you need the third or fourth hinge to carry the door. Then adjust the 3rd/4th hinge to just make contact in both the left/right, and in/out adjustment. At that point they are supporting hinges and unlikely to cause any binding.





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C'man I'm there and it is driving me crazy because nothing seems to help. Jean (Firemedic) is puzzled to. We figured stepping away for a little while may help us get a fresh look.

Ok someone out there has to have an idea we didn't think of. We have a lot of experience on WWT I'm hoping its in this area.
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C'man I'm there and it is driving me crazy because nothing seems to help. Jean (Firemedic) is puzzled to. We figured stepping away for a little while may help us get a fresh look.

Ok someone out there has to have an idea we didn't think of. We have a lot of experience on WWT I'm hoping its in this area.
When nothing seems to work, it's time to troubleshoot from the beginning. Start with the drawers...check everything for parallel, square, and how the slides are mounted. Could be something simple that was missed. Do the same for the doors. If nothing is found, you have to agree that something was missed.






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