There’s no denying that a squeaky door is a major irritant. If you’ve been avoiding the fix because you don’t have any WD-40 on-hand, we’ve got you covered. There are a variety of household items that can serve the same purpose of silencing pesky door squeaks in your home. Some include, bar soap, paraffin candles, petroleum jelly and olive oil. Regardless of the product of your choice, the following is a list of DIY solutions for quieting the doors in your home and eliminating unwanted stress these sounds can bring.
Step 1: Gather Materials
For door removal, you will need a hammer and a nail. For lubrication of the door hinges, you will need petroleum jelly and a rag. For project efficiency, collect items prior to beginning the task of silencing annoying door squeaks.
Step 2: Remove the Door from the Hinge
Loosen each hinge pin by tapping a 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 one pin at a time.
Step 3: Apply Lubricant
Petroleum jelly will help to coat the hinge and prevent rusting. This oil will also wear long and keep hinges from drying out. Press a rag or paper towel over the bottle opening and wipe down the hinge pins thoroughly.
Step 4: Put Pins in Place
Replace the pins by wiggling the pins back in until stable enough to use your hammer and nail again. Open and close the doors several times to make sure that the squeaking is gone and that your door is secure. If the door is still squeaky, you may not have applied enough lubricant. Recoat your door hinge with until the squeaking stops.
Step 5: Wipe Off Excess Lubricant
Use a clean rag to wipe away any leftover petroleum jelly or oil. Re-apply the as needed whenever your hinges resume squeaking.
Just as in life, it’s the little things that count. And it's amazing how great a difference a little welcome silence can bring after repairing a squeaky door.