How to Silence a Squeaking Hinge

Time-tested, non-toxic remedy

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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.

Tools Required

  • Hammer
  • Rags

Materials Required

  • 8d finish nail
  • Petroleum jelly

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 squeak. 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.

Project step-by-step (2)

Step 1

Tap Pin Up

  • 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.

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Step 2

Lubricate the Pin

  • Lightly coat the hinge pin with petroleum jelly
  • Dab a little in the top of the pin slot.
  • Reinsert the pin and wipe off any excess.
  • Open and close the door a few times to work the petroleum jelly into the hinge joints.

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