This heavy duty drawer slide is from a kitchen cabinet and I can't figure out how to release it from the cupboard. I tried taking off the bottom screws, but it still won't come off. There must be a release mechanism, but I can't seem to find it.

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    The grey item in second picture, try pulling, pushing, moving it left/right /to the front or back the little lever coming out the back of it.
    – Gunner
    Commented Nov 29, 2018 at 11:20
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    Put the screws back immediately. Then figure out how to manipulate the levers to release the drawer. AFIK all types of these drawers can be released without tools. Commented Nov 29, 2018 at 12:57
  • Agree w/Gunner - that grey lever really looks like it needs to move to the left (from the perspective of that picture). There's probably a matching one on the other side of the drawer and they probably both need to move at the same time (or at least both be moved before the drawer can be removed).
    – FreeMan
    Commented Nov 29, 2018 at 17:26
  • I see a lever on the back right of the top photo. Tilt this up and the slide won't stop there, there is probably one on each side.
    – Ed Beal
    Commented Nov 29, 2018 at 23:09

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Those appear to be IKEA drawers, there is little tab that must be pressed while pulling the drawer out. It is a little white tab, you can see it in a slot cut into the metal of the slide just a little in back of the grey plastic piece. You need to push up in it with a small screwdriver or anything small enough to fit in the slot.

A video will do better at explaining this.

Here is a video that explains the adjustment screws you see in your photos, they adjust the drawer fronts.

  • Unfortunately not, see my answer below
    – tgun926
    Commented Dec 21, 2018 at 23:15

Turns out all you need to do is lift the drawer up when it's at full extension. It takes a bit of force. To put it back in, you just slide it in. Here's a video I found:



Simply extend the draws to their fullest extent. Hold the front and lift gently but forcefully and they will simply pop out of the guide tracks. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqe044aTHRY

  • Hi Gary, please tour the help. This is not a discussion forum. It is question and answers. And this answer already exists. Commented May 12 at 14:13

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