A door hinge is one of the most nervous things in the world.Dirt and dirt build up within the hinge, making it sticky and wearing down the metal.A few tools and a few minutes of your time are all it takes to maintain your door hinges.Purchase the right products and do the job correctly.
Step 1: Purchase a good lubricant.
Grease used on door hinges should be able to penetrate the gunk and coat the interior of the hinge to keep it working.It’s important to get a can or container that has a thin nozzle.A good spray lubricant can be found at your local hardware dealer.Silicone spray lubricants like Tri-Flow are the most widely available and easiest to use for greasing door hinges.Most auto parts stores have large quantities of lithium grease.Primarily used for lubricating car parts, this will be useful in other situations as well.Food grade oils can be used in a pinch to lubricate sticky hinges.These are effective ways of fixing a quick squeak if the door works well.Silicone and other types of lubricant are less desirable than food oils due to their attraction to dust and grime.
Step 2: Find the pin that holds the hinge.
The pin used to hold the two components of the hinge together is located on the door to the wall.There is a pin between the plates on the hinge.The pin holding the plates together needs to be removed to lubricate the hinge.
Step 3: The hinge pin should be removed.
Pull out the pin from the hinge when you open the door.You may be able to use your fingers on some hinges, but it’s likely you’ll need long pliers to remove it.It’s a good idea to be careful with your knuckles.It can be difficult to remove rusted hinge pins.You could use a screwdriver or a blaster to loosen the pin if you’re having trouble getting it loose.There is more information on dealing with stuck pins in the following section.
Step 4: Clean and apply lubricant.
After removing the hinge pin, you can clean it off with a disposable rag or paper towel.Apply a thin coat of lubricant directly onto the hinge pin.
Step 5: The hinge should be reassembled.
Ensure that the hinge pin is secured by pushing it back into place.
Step 6: Make sure.
To lubricate the hinges, open and close the door several times.If the door continues to sound when you open and close it, repeat the process for each hinge until the sound is gone.
Step 7: To clean up, use a rag or paper towel.
Dust and oil drips from the hinge area should be wiped away.It’s important that you clean it up while you have the chance because the hinge becomes squeaky in the first place because of the build up of dirt.
Step 8: The hinges should be soaked in the blaster.
If you’re trying to remove the hinge pin from a sticky door, soak it in some penetrating lubricant spray for up to 12 hours.There are other products used for the purpose.Allow a liberal amount of penetrating spray to be sprayed onto the hinge.If the pin is very rusted, forcing it out with a hammer could damage the wood of the door, break the hinge, and leave you without a bigger repair job on your hands.
Step 9: Use a screwdriver to tap the end of the pin.
Use the end of the screwdriver to push the pin out after letting it soak.The pin can be removed from the hinge in this way.Push the pin out with something small.The tip of a pair of pliers, an ink pen or a small thin tool might be appropriate for the job.Find the size of the hinge you’re working on.
Step 10: If necessary, fix the pin.
If the pin is bent, roll it on a flat surface and look for signs of wear.If it is rusty and bent, it’s a good idea to get it straightened out and cleaned up before you install it again.To bend it back into shape, put it on a cement floor and tap it with a hammer.Sand down the pin with emery cloth.This will help the pin fit more snug.