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For a lot of people, a squeaky door is considered a pet peeve, and sometimes it’s loud enough to drive someone insane. But the cause of this is quite simple, as it only happens when wood rubs against each other or when rust starts to form on the hinges.
The solution to this very simple problem is as easy as knowing exactly which lubricant to apply on the hinges.
Here, in this article, we’ll teach you how to lubricate door hinges with the help of a few easy-to-acquire tools and ingredients.
Method 1: How to Lubricate Door Hinges
Using oil and white grease can not only stop the squeaking but also prevent any rust from forming around the hinges in the near future.
Step 1: Lubricate the Door Hinge
Lubricate the hinges with the silicon-based oil before taking off the pin. This helps remove the hinge pin, and it can often stop the squeaking altogether without needing to remove the door.
You can also use WD-40 spray as a lubricant for this step, as it has similar components needed.
Step 2: Remove the Hinge Pin
Insert a nail from underneath the hinge and tap it with a hammer slowly. As you do this, the hinge pin will come loose from the top. Work on one hinge at a time to avoid any injury.
Lift up the door from underneath to relive pressure and pull the hinge pin out. Remember to keep the door firmly closed when you do this step to avoid the door from falling.
Step 3: Coat the Pin
Use a rag to coat the hinge pin with white grease. This will prevent future rusting without drying out. Silicon-based blaster is best for this method, but cooking oil can also do the job.
Step 4: Re-Install the Pin
Insert the lubricated pin back into the hinge. Once firmly settled in the hinge, use the nail and hammer to secure it back into the hinge. Open the door a couple of times during this step to check if it still squeaks. If the squeaking continues, apply oil onto the hinge until it’s secure.
Step 5: Wipe the Hinges
Wipe down excess oil after you’re done, as the oil can cause a stain or drip down the door.
Method 2: Apply Paraffin Wax
Beeswax of paraffin wax is the perfect lubricant if you’re worried about dust residue or corroded hinge pins. The wax creates a thick coating around the pin that helps keep the condition of the pin in optimal condition.
Step 1: Remove the Hinge Pin
Use pliers to firmly grasp the hinge pin and turn it counter-clockwise to slowly pull it up. If the pin is rusted on corroded, spray WD-40 to grease up the pin for a smoother process.
Step 2: Melt the Wax
Melt the wax in a small container in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. It’s best not to use a stove for this process, as the wax contains flammable wax vapors. Make sure the wax is melted evenly before taking it out of the microwave.
Step 3: Coat the Pin with Wax
Set the hinge pin on a small plate or lid, as you pour the wax evenly on the entire pin. Cover the entire pin with the hot wax, remember to not touch the wax during this process as it can leave a dust-accumulating residue.
Step 4: Re-Install the Hinge Pin
Let the wax cool for 5-10 minutes before handling it and put the pin back into the hinges. As the wax created a lubricated cover, you won’t need a nail or hammer to place it back in the hinges.
Wiggle the pin until its securely set into position. Move the door a couple of times during re-installing to check if the squeaking continues.
Step 5: Apply Wax on the Door Hinge
Rub beeswax on the hinges, once you’re done and continue this step until the squeaking stops.
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Method 3: Removing Rust from Hinge Pins
If you’re working on a door hinge of an old house, they usually tend to be discolored or covered in gunk. In such cases, lubricant alone won’t do the trick. But a few extra steps might just get rid of that squeak.
Step 1: Remove Rust and Dirt
Before you remove the pins, use a steel wool pad to rub off any rust of gunk off of the hinges. This will make it easier to remove the hinge pin later.
Step 2: Remove the Hinge Pin
Remove the hinge pin using pliers, as it may be too stubborn for a nail and hammer. Prop the door up before moving on to the next step.
Step 3: Thoroughly Wash the Pin
Use a diluted household cleaner and a fine steel wool pad to scrub off any rust or dirt residue. The steel wool pad should easily remove any stubborn spots on the pins.
Step 4: Lubricate the Pin
Wash the pins and dry them thoroughly before lubricating them with either oil, wax of WD-40. Make sure there aren’t any wet spots before you re-install them, or it can cause rust in the near future.
Step 5: Re-Install the Hinge Pin
Use a nail and a hammer to secure it back into place. Spray WD-40 or silicon-based oil on the hinge once you’re done installing. Rub off any excess oil from the hinges.
Prop up the door once you remove the hinge pin, as it will no longer be attached to the doorway.
Try to include another pair of hands for assistance, as the door might fall during the process and cause an injury.
Your Door’s Health Hinges on These Guidelines!
Squeaky doors may seem troublesome to deal with at first glance, but with the proper guidelines and a little bit of patience, they will be a worry of the past.