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How to Quiet a Door Hinge Squeak

Are you tired of hearing a door’s hinge squeak every time it opens or closes? If so, read on because eliminating a door hinge squeak is one of the simplest of all household fixes. Friction causes hinge squeaks, so repairing a hinge squeak simply means lubricating the hinge.

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Silence a squeaky door by lubricating the hinge with WD-40 or penetrating oil.

First try spraying the butts of the hinges with a light coat of penetrating oil (such as WD-40).

If that doesn’t work, remove the hinge pin from the squeaky hinge. To do this, use a screwdriver to pry up the top of the pin or, if necessary, drive a nailset or long nail up from the bottom of the hinge barrel with a hammer to pop the pin out of the top of the hinge). Be ready to support the door when you pull out the hinge pin so the door doesn’t fall, particularly if the door is a heavy one.

Next, lightly scrub the pin, barrel, and hinge leaves with steel wool. Coat them with a thin layer of silicone spray or a light penetrating oil, and replace the pin.

Keep a door working well by periodically lubricating the hinges with silicone spray or a light penetrating oil.

Note: Don’t spray this type of lubricant into a lockset—it will gum up the workings.

About Don Vandervort
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Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years, as Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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