Archive for October 5th, 2017
Thirteen years after the original repair on the left side and eight years after I fixed the drawer slide on the right side, this happened:
The general idea is to wrap a new bracket around the old bracket, because trying to remove the old one will probably cause more damage:
A pair of screws hold the new bracket to the shelf support:
Those two screws must support the entire weight of the drawer, which is exactly what broke the original all-plastic frame and slide.
The epoxy chip and transparent plastic sheet in the first picture spaced the old aluminum bracket away from the shelf support and reduced the space beyond the new bracket enough to require drilling access holes. Fortunately, they’re hidden inside the support frame, so nobody will ever know.
The shelf support is a huge floppy rectangle, so I clamped it to the bench vise while drilling the holes:
The new bracket is on the right, with a sheet of white acrylic spacing it away from the shelf support by exactly the same distance as the angled aluminum snippet replacing the failed epoxy & plastic on the broken part:
The two holes in the middle of the aluminum parts show that I used exactly the same angle brackets as raw material. It’ll be a sad day when I eventually use the last of those brackets.
Putting the parts together, with double-stick tape holding all the parts in place, shows how they fit:
And then it just snapped into place. I didn’t bother pretending solvent glue would help anything, nor did I apply any epoxy, so this whole thing hangs from those two 4-40 screws. On the other paw, their steel beats the original white plastic.
I devoutly hope to never rebuild the actual drawer slide, but these dimensions may help somebody else out of a jam:
The vertical “40” dimension refers to the available space from the bottom of the white plastic part to the top of the shelf support frame; the new bracket is a tad shorter than that.
The plastic parts in that refrigerator have been a complete disappointment: were it not for my relentless repair jones, we’d likely be on our third or fourth refrigerator by now. Oddly, the cooling parts continue to chug along (*), without more than the occasional loud noise in the middle of the night.
We’re definitely doing our part to reduce our waste stream.
(*) The most recent freezer fan hasn’t failed yet!