Hi. One of my cabinet racks just collapsed..?

Posted: May 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Under Cabinet Tips | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

The rack in my kitchen cabinet, where I used to keep pots and pans just fell off. Its one of those regular partment cabinets. Racks are held up by a pin sort of thing under it.
I was wondering how I’d know how much weight it can hold.
I keep all my supplies on similar racks. Now I’m worried what if the whole cabinet is too …em…not strong.
Any advice?
Please let me know if more info is needed. Thanks.
the racks seem to be of some sort of plywood.
The cabinet has perforations in which a ‘pin’ has been inserted and the racks are placed on these pins or pegs.
I can change the hight of the racks by putting the pins in a different set of perforations.

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