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Squeaky Doors: Eliminate Them in 6 Easy Steps in Under 10 Minutes

 

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I’m an early riser but the rest of my family needs their rest. It makes me feel terrible to know that I’m disturbing my wife’s sleep when I open our squeaky bedroom door at 5:00 am.

This weekend I decided enough was enough and I had to repair this issue. So I’m sharing my quick six step solution that anyone can do in under 10 minutes.  I’m also trying something new for those of you who like pictures.

In this post you can scroll through the images and use them as a guide to perform the repair. My goal moving forward is to allow those of you who have smartphones (iPhone or Android) or iPad like devices to zoom in on the pictures and be able to understand the tutorial.

So I hope that sounds like a good idea 🙂

Let me know how you like this format and if there’s anything I should change.

Let’s get started on eliminating those squeaky doors.

 

Tools You Need for This Repair

Not much:

  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver (Flat Head)
  • Nail Set or thick nail/screw
  • Garage Door Lubricant (I’ll explain later)
  • Old Rag
Once you have these items collected the next step is too…

Find the Source of the Creakiness

Chances are you already know which door is creating noise when you open and close it. The culprits are the hinges that hold the door in place.

Swing the door back and forth to identify the squawking hinge (yes, I meant to write squawking).

 

Swing the door back and forth to find squeaky hinges

 

 

Use the hammer and nail set (or screwdriver) to remove the hinge pin.

 

Use a hammer and nail set or screwdriver to remove the hinge pin

 

If the bottom hinge needs to be removed use the nail set or a small screw to accommodate the swinging of the hammer.

 

Use a nail set to remove the bottom hinge pin

 

(Do you like the picture tutorial format? If so then Pin these pictures via Pinterest by clicking on the Pin It button on the left floating side bar.)

Stubborn pins can be coaxed out of the hinge using a flat head screwdriver. Simply nudge the head of the screwdriver under the pin head and tap it with a hammer until it can be pulled out by hand.

 

Stubborn hinge pins can be removed with a flat head screwdriver

 

Remove any dirt or grease buildup from the hinge pin with a clean rag or towels.

 

Remove Dirt or Grease from the Hinge Pin

 

Spray Blaster Garage Door Lubricant on a towel or rag and wipe the hinge pin thoroughly. This Blaster product is silicone based and won’t cause dirt buildup between the hinge & pin. It’s also a good option for hinges in damp areas like bathrooms because it provides corrosion protection. Of course Blaster is also a great product for garage door maintenance (I discussed this in a prior post that was very popular).

 

Wipe the Hinge Pin with Blaster Garage Door Lubricant

 

You can also wipe additional grime off the hinge pin using Blaster. Get the pin as clean as possible then apply a generous amount of Blaster with a rag. I recommend spraying the rag so the silicone lubricant doesn’t get on adjacent surfaces.

 

Spray blaster silicone lubricant into a rag or towel

 

With the door completely closed insert the pin into the door hinge. Tap down on it with a hammer until it’s entirely within the hinge.

 

Tap down on the pin until it's inserted into the door hinge

 

Now open and close the door several times to get the lubricant on the hinge slots.

Kiss those Squeaks Goodbye

Once you fix one squeaky hinge it’s hard to stop finding and lubricating the others. So here’s the 6 Step solution in summary:

  1. Find the creaky hinges
  2. Completely close the door
  3. Remove the hinge pin with a hammer & nail set (or screwdriver)
  4. Remove dirt from the pin with a rag
  5. Lubricate the pin with silicone Blaster garage door lubricant
  6. Place the pin back into the hinge and swing the door back & forth
I feel a lot better in the morning knowing that I won’t wake anyone else up because of an annoyingly noisy door. This is an easy DIY project you can do today in less than 10 minutes. If you have any questions just let me know via the comment section below.
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Thank you so much for visiting the Home Repair Tutor blog 🙂
Make it a great day.
Jeff Patterson

 

 

 

 

 

19 Comments

  1. Susan A. Fisher says:

    Thanks for your tutorial on Fix noisy doors. I am 71 and my husband died last year, so I am now the fixer for what ever goes wrong. Now I will fix the noisy bathroom door. Thanks again.

    1. Jeff says:

      I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s passing Susan. Hopefully this year is going much better. If you ever have any questions about my tutorials please don’t hesitate to ask. I’d be honored to lend a hand.

  2. Linda S. in NE says:

    Jeff, Thanks for the tutorial. I love the picture tutorial format of this post. Would this silicone spray product be the correct one to use on my squeeky storm door hinges? I’m not sure how to describe the two identical top and bottom hinges, other than to tell you they have a “tube-looking device” along with a small square plate of metal that can be slid along the hinge to stop and keep the door in an open position. Like your previous commenter, I am also now responsible for many of the do-it/fix-it yourself projects in my home. I am so grateful to you for giving us these hints and projects. Your explainations are always so clear, and your offers to help others is a blessing. Thank you. Linda S. in NE

    1. Jeff says:

      Thank you so much Linda for your kind words. I know exactly what you’re talking about-it’s the pneumatic closer on the screen door that’s squeaky. You could definitely give the rod that goes into the closer a good coat of silicone spray after removing any debris. If the closer is still giving you fits you can always replace it by propping open the door with a chair or something else. Then, remove the old closer with a screwdriver and install the new one. The cost is prohibitive, anywhere from $15-$30. Here’s a link to an image on the Home Depot Website http://www.homedepot.com/Doors-Windows-Door-Accessories-Storm-Door-Hardware/h_d1/N-buhqZ5yc1v/h_d2/Navigation?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&searchNav=true

      Hope this helps.

  3. Lisa L. says:

    I find that a quick spray of WD-40 on the hinges works fabulous. You do not need to take anyhthing apart and you can do every door in your house in about 10 minutes. Sorry Jeff, I hope I didn’t hurt your feelings, just thought I would let you know of a faster, easier way of doing the same thing.

    1. Jeff says:

      Oh my gosh, don’t worry about hurting my feelings 🙂

      Thanks for adding your tip. If using WD-40 works then totally use it. I have several cans in my garage, LOL.

      I noticed that my hinges were accumulating a lot of dirt and that’s why I wanted to remove & clean them at the same time.

      Hope you have a great start to the week Lisa!

  4. Trina says:

    Fantastic! I’m on it! Great blog!

    1. Jeff says:

      Thanks Trina! I’m happy I was able help.

  5. Tiff says:

    Thanks Jeff! Like Lisa, I use WD-40 as a quick fix but find that I am constantly having to spray those same “squawking” hinges. It never occurred to me to actually take out the nail and clean it – AWESOME! Thanks for the great tutorial!
    Now when I put my kids to bed, I won’t have to pretend that I’m playing out “that” screen in the movies where you have to make no mistakes or noise to get out of the room w/o sounding an alarm.

    1. Jeff says:

      LOL, I know exactly how you feel. You finally get the kids to bed, then open the door to leave the room and they wake up because of the squeaking hinges. Darn!! Hopefully cleaning off the hinge pins and lubing them will help you avoid this tiptoeing 🙂

  6. Gina says:

    Can you pull out the pin with your fingers or do you need the pin and hammer? Great blog. It really helped. My bathroom door is driving me crazy

    1. If you can pull the pin with your fingers then go ahead Gina. Often this isn’t the case. So that’s why I recommend the hammer and screw driver.

  7. nancy says:

    I have a different noisy door problem. We have push-open doors into our bedroom with what appear to be a metal bump and a strike plate at the top to hold the door closed. One of the doors the connection is so tight that we have to push really hard to open or close it and end up slamming the door. Would adjusting the hinges help and, if so, which hinge would I loosen or tighten? Thank you for this article.

    1. ashleigh says:

      Hi Nancy,

      We have that type of doors on the closets in our house. If you have a small step ladder, climb on up and adjust the “bump” part with your hand. The bump rotates – left to raise it and right to lower it. A few turns to the right should loosen up the door for you. Hope this helps!

      1. Thanks Ashleigh for your great tip 😀 and for helping Nancy.

  8. Ashleigh says:

    Hi Nancy,

    We have that type of doors on the closets in our house. If you have a small step ladder, climb on up and adjust the “bump” part with your hand. The bump rotates – left to raise it and right to lower it. A few turns to the right should loosen up the door for you. Hope this helps!

  9. Olaf says:

    My understanding is one should only use silicone-based lubricant if there is rubber or plastic involved. In the case of door hinges (metal on metal) you should rather use Lithium grease (to solve the problem once and for all). However, do not use WD-40, that is a solvent, not a lubricant. While it works at first, you will soon be doing it again.

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