How to Stop a Squeaking House Door Hinge

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How to Stop a Squeaking House Door Hinge
Quiet the creaking and squeaking of door hinges. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Squeaking door hinges occur with almost every door in every house at one point or another. Over time and much use, a normally quiet hinge can begin to make a slight squeaking noise that increases with each opening and closing of the door. Door hinges squeak due to friction: The friction created by opening and closing the door degrades the lubricant. Rather than pivoting on a well-oiled hinge, the door begins to pivot on metal-to-metal surfaces, causing the noise. Also, dirt, dust and debris can settle into the hinge, making the door swing less freely. Rather than squirt the hinge or hinges with a lubricating spray and hoping that will solve the squeak, give the hinges a thorough cleaning and lubrication.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Locking pliers such as Vise-Grips
  • Paper towels or newspaper
  • Degreasing spray
  • Rags
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Cotton swabs
  • Silicone-based lubricating spray
  • Mallet

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  1. 1

    Remove the hinge pins: Place the head of a screwdriver under the hinge pin and lightly tap with a hammer to force the pin up. Grip the pin with your hands or a pair of locking pliers and pull the pin straight up and out. Remove and replace the pins one by one; do not remove more than one pin from the door at a time, or the door will fall off the frame.

  2. 2

    Place a thick layer of paper towels or newspaper on a work surface. Spray the hinge pins with a degreasing spray. Wipe the pins thoroughly with a rag to remove old lubricants, dust and dirt. Sand rusty areas with fine-grit sandpaper and clean the pins a second time to remove bits of rust.

  3. 3

    Apply the degreaser spray to a cotton swab and clean the inside of the hinge barrel.

  4. 4

    Spray the hinge pin with a silicone-based lubricating spray.

  5. 5

    Place the pin back into the hinge barrel and press it into place. If the pin does not slide smoothly back in, gently tap the head of the pin with a mallet. Repeat for each door hinge.

Tips and warnings

  • Replace severely rusted hinges.
  • Tap pins in place carefully to avoid bending the hinge pins.

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