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Don’t let a squeaky door drive you to distraction. To eliminate those annoying sounds, use these tips to fix the problem quickly and inexpensively.
The source of the squeaking is most likely a dirty hinge that’s causing friction between the hinge and the hinge pin. If your hinges are rusted, head to the hardware store and buy new ones. They’ll only get worse if you don’t replace them.
1. Gather your tools: a hammer, flathead screwdriver, steel wool, paper towels, lubricant.
2. Carefully remove the round hinge pin. Place the screwdriver under the lip of the top pin and tap it upwards lightly. Needle-nose pliers also work to remove the pin.
3. Clean the pin. Wrap it in steel wool and rub the dirt off. You can use soap and water, too, but be sure the pin is completely dry before moving ahead. This is also a good time to see if the pin is straight by rolling it on a flat surface. You can use a hammer to straighten it if needed.
4. Re-lubricate. Pour machine grade oil on a paper towel and generously coat the pin. Some people use paraffin or aerosol lubricating oil instead. Both are fine, but don’t use cooking oils.
5. Replace. After cleaning and re-lubricating, place the pin back in the hinge, tap with the hammer, and leave a gap large enough for your screwdriver to fit into in case you have to repeat the process. Wipe excess lubricant off the hinge with a rag or towel.
6. Test. Open and close the door a few times. If it still squeaks, repeat this process.