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At work, we have a four drawer file cabinet by Hon Industries and the last drawer at the bottom opens and closes all the way but the other three drawers will not open. I have tried to make sure all the other drawers are fully closed before trying to open another drawer but no matter what the top three drawers won't open. I have looked at the troubleshooting guide providing by Hon but it doesn't seem to be helping. Any advice?

Hello Mikala,

I'm assuming you have a vertical cabinet which locks differently than lateral ones.

I've not seen this before but I would remove the bottom drawer, reach inside and attempt to lift or pull down on the locking bar on the right as someone attempted to open one of the drawers.  It could be that the bar is stuck in the locked position and the part on the bottom drawer that the bar catches is broken or bent.

If you have a lateral cabinet, some are designed so that only one drawer can open at a time and the mechanical device in the cabinet may be stuck.  Again remove the bottom drawer but on this type attempt to move the limiting bar which may be on either side or even the back.  I've not seen this on any type of cabinet.

If all else fails, contact your local office furniture supplier and see if they can offer any assistance.



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