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:December / January 2003
Loosen each hinge pin by
tapping an 8d nail up from
underneath. Once the pin is
loose, pull it out (lift up on the door
handle to relieve pressure if the pin
binds). Keep the door closed and
work on only one hinge at a time.
Lightly coat the hinge
pin with petroleum jelly and
dab a little in the top of the
pin slot. Reinsert the pin and wipe
off any excess.
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.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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