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Squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak. When a door squeaks, it is usually both annoying and exhausting for all residents.
Because such a squeak usually occurs every time the door is opened and / or closed and is therefore always recurring and somehow constantly present. You could almost go insane.
Fortunately, this problem can usually be fixed easily. This article will tell you what to do about a squeaky door .
These are the causes of a squeaky door
First, let’s take a look at why a door creaks and creaks in the first place. Because if the cause is clearly identified, then the solution is not far.
The following two factors are usually to blame for a creaking door:
- Dirt or debris in the door hinge
- Door hinge is not adequately lubricated
These two factors often go hand in hand. But now it is time to solve the problem.
The best method: Thoroughly clean and relubricate squeaky door hinges
Just as door noise protection should be implemented properly, it also makes sense to fix the problem of a squeaky door thoroughly and permanently. So that you have your peace for a long time.
And it’s not that difficult at all. The following steps are necessary:
- Unhook the door
- Clean the hinges and pins
- Apply lubricant
- Hang the door back on
These steps might look like a lot of work at first glance. But appearances are deceptive. In fact, the job is done quickly.
Unhook the door
To get to the tenons and the sleeves of the hinge, you first have to unhook the door. But don’t worry, it’s quick.
Look once these practical door lifter Amazon * to. Not only can you unhinge doors in no time, you can also hang them back up just as quickly.
It even works on its own, i.e. without another helper.
Such a practical aid is always in good use.
Clean and lubricate pins
After the door has been unhooked, you now have free access to the pivot of the hinge and can clean it nicely and remove the black metal abrasion.
But many other lubricants, and even petroleum jelly, do their job here.
Once that’s done, you just hang the door back on. The aforementioned door lifter will also help you with this. That’s it.
After that, you really shouldn’t be able to squeak and you will probably have peace for a very long time.
Another advantage of this method is that your door can now be moved easily again.
Door squeaks – use lubricant spray with spray lance
If you want things to be a little easier, you can also first try to eliminate the problem with a suitable lubricant spray with a spray tube ( such as this one here * ).
Ideally, you don’t have to unhinge your door to do this.
The procedure for this method is quickly explained. You hold the tube of the spray can to the gap in the hinge and thus bring the lubricant into the hinge in a targeted manner.
If the gap is too narrow, you can ask another person to lift the door a little. So you can reach more area of the journal with your lubricant.
After the lubricant has been applied, you should move the door back and forth a few times so that the agent can spread well.
The whole thing is done really quickly and in many cases eliminates the problem of the creaking door.
Stop the door squeaking with home remedies
You can often find a quick solution to the problem with simple household remedies and a few simple steps by lubricating the door hinge with agents that you already have in your home.
Such home remedies could be, for example:
- Household oil
- Machine oil
- Cooking oil
The trick now is to get a lubricant into the crevice of the hinge. If you have a normal household oil at home, then you already have everything you need.
Hold the narrow spout of household oil to the crack in the hinge and apply some oil there. You do that with every hinge.
If the gap is too narrow, then you should ask someone else to lift the door a little (1 – 2 cm) so that the gap widens and you can oil more area of the tenon.
After applying the oil, you should move the door back and forth a few times so that the oil can spread well. Ideally, the problem of the creaking door is now a thing of the past.
Lubricate the hinge with the syringe and cannula
If the spout of your household oil is too wide, it can be difficult to get the oil into the narrow gap in the door hinge. Then it can happen that quite a bit of oil goes wrong and runs down the door frame.
A syringe with a narrow cannula can help. Because with such a cannula you can often get much better directly into the gap in the hinge.
With a very narrow cannula, however, it can be a little difficult to draw the oil into the syringe. But it works.
Treat a squeaky door with cooking oil
If you don’t have any household oil at home but still want to tackle the problem head on, cooking oil can also be a possible solution.
The spout of an edible oil bottle is of course quite wide so that you cannot put the bottle directly at the gap. All of the oil would go wrong.
Therefore you have to do it differently. A syringe with a cannula can also help you with this. Pour some cooking oil into a small shot glass, then draw on the syringe of oil.
Now you can use the cannula to inject the cooking oil directly and purposefully into the gap in the hinge.
But what do you do when you don’t have a syringe and needle?
Lubricate the hinge with oil and a knife
In this video shows how you can bring cooking oil with a butter knife into the gap of the hinge.
There the tip of the butter knife is held diagonally in the gap of the hinge, and then oil is poured onto the blade of the knife. The oil now runs over the blade into the gap.
As you can see in the video, however, quite a bit of the oil goes wrong and runs down. Therefore, with this method, you should absolutely put cloths under the door and then carefully remove any oil that has run off from the door and door frame.
We tried it out ourselves and made quite a mess. So, to be honest, we’d prefer to use other methods.
Cons of cooking oil
However, cooking oil or butter as a lubricant also has its disadvantages. Because such foods can become rancid and then give off an unpleasant odor.
Also, while cooking oil is often helpful in the short term, it is not the best lubricant for these purposes because it attracts dust and dirt.
We would therefore rather recommend a machine oil, or even better, a good lubricant.
Prevent screeching doors
To prevent squeaky doors, you can lubricate all of your door hinges about once a year. In addition, the hinges should be cleaned of dust regularly so that it does not settle in the hinge.
Your doors should always run smoothly and, above all, free from squeaking noises.
A squeaky door can get on your nerves. Older doors in particular are often affected by this problem. Fortunately, this problem can be quickly eliminated in just a few simple steps.
In this article, we have introduced you to a few common methods of restoring peace and quiet in your home.
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