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How to Silence a Squeaking Hinge

When a door hinge develops a squeak due to wear or settling, instead of reaching for a messy spray lubricant, try this traditional, non-toxic, non-staining lubricant.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Remove the pin

If you've got a door hinge that squeals every time you open the door, we've got the fix for you! A little petroleum jelly will rid the hinge of that annoying wail. The petroleum jelly works its way into the hinge and adheres well, so it won't run off and make a mess like oil or other lubricants.

Photos 1 and 2 show how to punch out a hinge pin and grease it up. After all the hinges have been lubricated, open and close the door a few times to work the petroleum jelly into the hinge joints.

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Required Tools for this Project

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    • Hammer
    • Rags

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Petroleum jelly
    • 8d finish nail

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January 01, 3:49 PM [GMT -5]

I just tried this with Un-Petroleum Jelly. Works great so far - and actually non-toxic.

May 07, 7:25 PM [GMT -5]

Petroleum Jelly is NOT non-toxic !!! Nor for that matter is Mineral Oil !
Regardless what the Feds say, these are both carcinogenic materials that are by- products of refining petroleum to make gasoline. Not something you ever would want to eat, drink, breath or lather on your skin!

I think I'm going to try a good old fashioned handmade bar soap...

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