how to fix a squeaky door hinge

Learn How to Fix a Squeaky Door on Your Own

Easy home improvement tips to restore peace to your home

The spooky sound of a squeaky door can be fun around Halloween, but for the rest of the year it’s an annoyance at best and a spine tingler at worst. The good news is that it’s a relatively easy fix and one you can do with a minimum of tools, equipment, or experience. Read on to learn how to fix a squeaky door and restore peace and quiet to your home.

Step One – Gather Your Materials

You probably have most, if not all, of the materials you will need in your home already. If not, they’re available at any home improvement store. The shopping list is as follows:

  • Hammer
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Steel Wool
  • Paper Towels
  • Lubricant – The best to use are silicone spray or plumber’s grease. Automotive lubricants will also work. Never use graphite as it creates more mess than it’s worth.

Step Two – Remove the Hinge Pins

The hinge pins are simply the pins that hold both sides of the door hinge together. Most doors will have one at the top of each hinge but some have pins at both the top and bottom. They usually have small bulbs at the top of them but some fit flush with the hinge. Close and latch the door, then work your screwdriver under the lip of the pin and tap upwards lightly with the hammer to remove it completely from the hinge. Remove all pins and take care not to damage the door or frame.

Step Three – Clean the Hinge Pins

Clean each pin under running water with the paper towels and steel wool. If the pins are especially dirty you may also want to use soap. Place the pins on a dry paper towel and let them dry completely before moving onto the next step.

Step Four – Add the Lubrication

Lubricate each one of the pins thoroughly. Make sure you do this over a bed of paper towels and have extras handy in case things get messy.

Step Five – Return the Pins

Now add the pins back to the hinges. As long as the door was closed and latched everything should still be in the same place. It helps to leave a small gap between the head of the pins and the hinge in case you ever need to take them out again. Swing the door back and forth fully a few times to test out your work.

You Can Rely on the Door Experts at Penny Window

At Penny Window, we’ve stopped more than a few squeaks in our time. As you were fixing yours, you may have noticed that your door was warped, weathered, or out of style. If that’s the case and you’re considering an upgrade, we can help you with that too. Request a free estimate today and discover for yourself how many affordable options you have for every kind of replacement door.

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