There are many types of hinges, so choosing a good door hinge is highly recommended to minimize problems when installed. One of the problems that often occurs is the door hinges squeaking.
Doors that often make a creaking sound can be caused by several things, including:
- Because the door is in direct contact with a surface such as the floor or ceiling (wrong hinge position)
- Because the hinge pin is rusty
- Due to loose hinge pin
- Due to worn hinges
How to deal with the noise? Here are some tips for how to deal with door hinges squeaking:
1. Fix the Hinge Position
The door squeaking problem may not come from the hinges, but from the door itself. It is possible for the door to meet a surface, such as a floor or ceiling, and produce a creaking sound.
This is caused by the wrong position of the hinges. It can be fixed by adjusting the hinge position using available equipment.
However, if the problem persists, it is possible that the size of the door is not suitable with the frame, so the door needs to be cut off in excess to make it the right size.
2. Re-tighten the Hinge Screw
The creaking sound can also be caused by loose hinge screws or pins. For this problem, you only need to re-tighten the door screws with a wrench (for hinges with pins) and a screwdriver (for hinges with bolts).
3. Replacing Parts on the Door Hinges
Another problem that may occur is because the door hinges are starting to wear out. This problem cannot be avoided because it is related to the age of usage.
To avoid this, be sure to check your door hinges, and check where the hinges are worn. If the worn part is known, then the part can be replaced with available spare parts.
4. Cleaning Dust or Dirt
Dust that sticks to the door hinges can also be one of the reasons the door hinges creak, because dust can produce rust and form “dirt” which causes the metal to meet each other.
This can be fixed by cleaning the dirt from the door hinges. As for cleaning, first the hinges need to be removed first. The release steps are:
- First close the door and tap the hinge pins using a nail and hammer.
- Position the nail at the base of the hinge and tap the end with a hammer.
- After the pin is removed, pry it out using a hammer.
The work is better done by two people, because when the hinges come off, the door is no longer attached to the frame. So one person needs to hold the door from falling.
Cleaning the hinges that are still attached to the door is easier to do, but the results will be less than optimal.
The removed hinge pins are placed in the sink, and the pins are cleaned with steel wool. Steel wool is recommended as it is a better material for cleaning pins thoroughly.
Some household cleaners can also be combined with steel wool to remove stubborn rust stains. After the pins are cleaned, they can be coated with oil.
5. Lubricating the Hinge
In addition to oil, there are several materials that can be used to lubricate hinges. In essence, the material used as a coating or lubricant is a material that can ensure the hinge moves smoothly with little resistance or friction on other parts.
Materials that can be used as lubricants including:
Hairspray can be used as a lubricant because it contains a polymer that creates a layer around the hinge, and prevents the hinge from loosening, moving, and creaking.
The way to coat the hinges with hairspray is to spray it several times on the creaky hinges, then the hairspray will be spread all over the hinges by opening and closing the door.
However, hairspray can only coat the hinges for a short period of time.
Bar soap contains fat and oil so it is suitable as a coating on door hinges. The use of soap as a coating or lubricant in machine tools has actually been used for a long time and is now widely applied in industry. Organic soap is the best choice because it contains high levels of fat.
First, rub a bar of soap into the hinge until it is well coated, then open and close the door to spread the soap all over the hinge.
Waxes contain oil that can act as a coating for door hinges. To use wax as a coating, you first need to soften the wax by melting it.
Then the hinge pin is removed, and smeared with melted wax, then put back on the door hinge.
Silicone spray is the best choice for door hinge coating. This is because silicone spray is free from mineral oil and grease, so it is safe to use on surfaces made of plastic, rubber, or metal.
Silicone sprays are widely used as hinge coatings because they are cheap, easy to apply, and less messy.
The way to coat the hinge with silicone spray is to remove the hinge pin, then spray the silicone all over the hinge and all the hinge pins. Then put it back together and clean up the remains.
Those are some tips that can be used to solve the hinge problem. Make sure you check the door hinges regularly so that the problem can be resolved immediately before it gets worse.