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How do you install bottom-mount drawer slides?

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To install a bottom-mount drawer slide, attach the slide to the drawer using screws, then attach the slide to the face frame. Add nail-in or self-adhesive glide pads to the face frame to facilitate smooth opening and closing of the drawer.

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Attach the slide to the drawer and align the slide flush with the front of the drawer to begin installing bottom-mount drawer slides. Center the slide flush across the drawer's width. Notch the drawer box if you are using overlay front drawers and ensure the slide sits flush with the drawer box's front.

Make the notch at least 1/8-inch wider on each side so that the slide has enough room. Center the slide and attach the front and back of the slide to the drawer using screws. Use measuring tape to ensure the slide is accurately centered as well as parallel.

Next, use one screw to attach the slide to the face frame. Secure a 3/4-inch thick mounting block inside the face frame for inset drawers. Screw the slide into the mounting block. Use a mounting bracket to fasten the slide to the back of the cabinet. Ensure the slide is square to the face frame.

For cabinets with dust frames, attach the slide to the dust frame instead of the back of the cabinet. Use gliding pads near areas of friction such as the drawer-side bottom edges to prevent the drawer from rocking.

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