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It’s hard to be sneaky with a squeaky door. Even if discretion isn’t your motivation, a creaky, squeaky door is annoying at the very least, and a downright nuisance if you worry about waking your partner up in the middle of the night when nature calls.
Luckily, the solution is simple. (Usually!)
How to Fix a Squeaky Door
Your door’s squeaking is most likely caused by metal rubbing on metal. In other words, the door’s hinges need lubrication. Good lubricating options include:
WD-40 is a petroleum-based oil spray that will help eliminate any corrosion, prevent rust, and stop squeaks (it says so right on the label). With its signature red straw, it’s perhaps the easiest product to apply. Aim it into the hinges, wait a few moments, then swing the door open and closed a few times. Hold a rag below the hinge you’re spraying to catch any drips.
The same process for fixing a squeaky door goes for silicone spray.
For this squeaky door fix, you will have to remove the pin off the offending hinge. (If more than one hinge is squeaking, do this one at a time!) An easy way to do this is to get a small screwdriver, place it vertically underneath the hinge, and gently tap it upwards with a hammer or mallet. Once the pin moves up, pull it out with your fingers or a plier.
Rub the pin with steel wool or sandpaper to remove any grime, dirt, or rust that may be contributing to its noisiness. While you have it out, inspect it to see if it’s bent by rolling it on a flat surface. If it is bent, this could be the problem. Tap it with a hammer to try straighten it out. Worst comes to worst, you will have to replace the pin.
If the pin is straight, coat it all around with petroleum jelly. Slide the pin back into place, tapping with a hammer or mallet if necessary. Open and close the door a few times. Marvel in the sounds of silence.
Again, you will have to remove the pin as in the petroleum jelly squeaky door solution to apply automotive grease.
Note: If spraying WD-40 or silicone directly on the hinge doesn’t work, try the method in the last two tips — removing the pin, cleaning it, then applying the lubricant — before attempting a more difficult solution.
How to Fix a Squeaky Door When Lube Doesn’t Work
Most of the time, any of the above will fix the problem. But if they don’t, check to see if any of the hinges are loose. Take a screwdriver and tighten every screw.
If you haven’t already, check to see that the pins are straight or not badly rusted. (Again, remove only one pin at a time. If your squeaky door has only two hinges, you will need someone to hold the door while you remove the pin so that it doesn’t fall out of place.)
A sagging, skewed or unbalanced door may be causing the squeaks. If that’s the case, the solution is more involved and you may need to enlist help from someone experienced in fixing this kind of issue.
Note: Do not use use cooking oil. If you don’t happen to have WD-40, petroleum jelly or silicon spray lying around the house, do not be tempted by the kitchen staple. Your door will continue to squeak and be sticky and gross, to boot.