Source: How to Stop Squeaky Door Hinges
Method 1 of 3: Aerosol lubricating oil
The oil used should be capable of penetrating the hinges. An alternative to aerosol is to get a can or container that has a thin nozzle able to access the hinge area.
Method 2 of 3: Fixing the hinge pin
If you roll the pin on a flat surface, you might see if it is bent. If the pin is bent, you can put it on a cement floor and tap it with a hammer to straighten it out.
You can also scrape paint and grime that collects in the hinge with a nail after you remove the pin.
If you sand down the pin with sandpaper, you can remove the rust and the pin will fit more loosely and the hinge will have less resistance.
Method 3 of 3: Vaseline
- If you force the hinge pin out with a hammer but if it is very rusted, this could damage the wood. If you let WD-40 sit in the hinge for 24 hours, many times it will loosen up the pin and will help avoid damage to the pin.
- Use the straw provided to stop the oil going everywhere as it can stain.
- If you don’t have any suitable oil handy, you can try motor or even cooking oil, although the effects of these won’t last as long.
- Replace hinges that are rusted; they are only going to get worse and decay more.
- To get the hinge pin out, try gently hammering a long nail on the bottom of the pin. This will slide the pin up easily. Watch that the door does not fall once you remove the hinge pin. Have a friend hold the door for you or place something under it to take the weight. Internal doors are lightweight but watch out for solid external doors. They can be very heavy!
Things You’ll Need
- Lubricant oil or spray
- Pliers and hammer (if the hinge pin is bent)