how to fix squeaky door

Easily Fixing A Squeaky Door Quickly
Tools Needed
1 Aerosol Lubricant
2 Soap
3 Petroleum Jelly
Materials Needed
1 Lubricant
Total Cost
$5-$10
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Estimated Time
10-15 Minutes
Skill Level: Beginner
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Project Overview

Spraying Lubricant Into A Door Hinge

Squeaky doors are a common occurrence in every home, but often, most people just ignore them. We complain and get annoyed, but for some reason, we avoid making the effort to solve the problem. Well, squeaky doors only take a few minutes to fix, and there are multiple ways to repair them.

There are solutions even if you don’t want to make a trip to the store for the standard can of aerosol lubricant. It is time to stop making excuses and finally have quiet hinges.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Aerosol Lubricant

Person Lubricating Door Hinge

The first thing most people try on squeaky door hinges is an aerosol lubricant. This is very easy to use. You purchase aerosol lubricant at any home improvement or hardware store.  All you need to do with the aerosol lubricant is spray it directly onto the squeaking hinges. Make sure the oil penetrates into the hinges, and try opening and closing the door a few times to work the lubricant into the hinges.

This should keep the door from squeaking as badly. Be aware this can be a little more messy than the other solutions, but it also takes the least amount of effort. Open and close the door a few times to make sure the lubricant spreads into the hinge’s crevices.

2

Use Wire Wool

Cleaning Door Hinges

If the aerosol Lubricant doesn’t work, you can also try completely removing the pin of the squeaky hinge and cleaning it up a bit. To do this, just place a screwdriver below the head of the hinge pin and pry it upward, or place a nail into the bottom of the hinge, below the pin, and use a hammer to lightly tap it upward.

Once you have removed the pin, wipe it down well with wire wool. This should remove any dirt, rust, or other types of residue. If you do not have steel or wire wool, try sandpaper. Also, feel free to clean out the hinge with a nail while you have the pin removed. It is common for dirt and old paint to collect in hinges sometimes. Be sure to lubricate the hinge and pin before replacing the pin.

3

Check to See if the Pin is Crooked

person holding a crooked and bent door pin

There is also the possibility that the hinge pin is crooked. If it is, this can be easily corrected  if you just tap the pin with a hammer until it is straight. Then you can just place it back into the hinge, and it should work perfectly.

4

Use Soap

person holding a bar of soap with soap bubbles on it

If aerosol lubricant did not work, you might want to try using some soap on your hinge pin. This is also very simple. All you want to do is remove the hinge pin with a flathead screwdriver.  Now, liberally rub the hinge pin down with some soap. Replace the pin. Open and close your door a few times so that the soap can work its way entirely through the hinge.

5

Clean the Hinge

person using a rag to wipe a door hinge

Just wipe the hinge down with a cloth until it is a clean as possible. Sometimes extra dirt, grime, or paint can cause the hinges to stick and squeak.

6

Lubricate Pin

persons finger with a glob of petroleum jelly on the tip

Now, a very effective way to lubricate the hinge pin is by using petroleum jelly. To use petroleum jelly as  a lubricant for your hinge, just remove the pin from the hinge.  Then, put the petroleum jelly on the pin and both sides of the hinges.

This is not as messy as using an aerosol lubricant and it is easier to maneuver. Just open and close the door a few times, and the squeaking should stop.

7

Replace Hinge

brass door hinge on a white door

If all else fails, it might be best to just go to you hardware store and pick up a new hinge. I would suggest taking a photo of your current hinge along with the measurements with you to the hardware store. This way you can ensure that you purchase a hinge that is close to the same size and appearance as your previous hinge. 

This way if you decide to replace just one hinge, it doesn’t stand out or look different from the door’s other hinges.

Conclusion

We have all had annoying squeaky doors before, and we tend to just leave them, claiming we will fix them tomorrow. However, there is no excuse to not solve the problem today. There are many ways to fix a squeaky door hinge, but it really is a simple fix that only takes a few minutes.

You probably don’t even have to leave the house to buy any materials. Just take a couple of minutes today to try some of these solutions and remedy that irritating squeak.

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