Cabinet Drawer Repair
Many drawers in motorhomes use slide systems with a single screw at the front end that holds the slide to the cabinet frame. These screws can come loose and chew up the wood. In our motorhome, a fine-thread screw was used, and it did not hold well in the particleboard. I solved this problem by using a “plug anchor” that I glued into the wooden frame. I drilled the smallest hole I could that would accept the nontapered plug without the use of a hammer. I glued the plug in place with an expanding glue, such as Gorilla Glue. After giving it 24 hours to cure, I reattached the drawer guide. It now feels solid as a rock.
Roger Marble, F399427
Soda Bottle Storage
Two-liter soda bottles presented a storage problem in our motorhome, especially if we bought more than one when they were on sale. They often fell over and rolled around on the floor of the coach. My wife and I tried storing them in a large cooler on one of the dinette bench seats, but that was cumbersome and unattractive, and precluded sitting on one side of the dinette. My solution: I measured the depth of the bench seat and, using 1-inch-by-6-inch pine board and some 3/8-inch plywood, I built a hollow box just short of the bench length. I then cut six 4 1/2-inch diameter holes in the top. I stained the box to match the benches. Now we store all our bottles in the rack at the base of one of the benches, and nothing rolls around.
Allen Bryant, F406733
Here’s a way to keep bathroom items easily accessible when not in drawers. Start with any type of decorative glasses. Hot glue them together where their sides touch and secure them to the vanity top with hook-and-loop fastening tape, such as Velcro. The glasses I used are indented on the bottom, so the fastening tape is hidden. They stay put even when traveling.
Penny Klitzke, F421614
Editor’s note: Other adhesives, such as Quakehold! Museum Putty, can be used instead of Velcro. Also, using plastic glasses would be safer.