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How to Fix Squeaky Door Hinges

By: Joe Truini
Applying a bead of machine oil to a hinge pin.

Applying a bead of machine oil to a hinge pin to stop it from squeaking.

Door hinges that squeak every time they’re opened or closed can be very annoying. It only takes a few minutes to stop door hinges from squeaking, here’s how.

To fix squeaking door hinges:

  1. Remove Hinge Pin: Insert a large nail or nail set in the bottom of the hinge and tap the hinge pin out.
  2. Clean Hinge Pin: Wipe any dirt, grease, or grime off the hinge pin using a cotton cloth.
  3. Remove Rust on Hinge Pin: Sand the hinge pin lightly with medium (120-grit) sandpaper to remove any rust, and wipe off any sanding dust.
  4. Lubricate Hinge Pin: Apply a thin bead of machine oil to the length of the hinge pin.
  5. Install Hinge Pin: Use a hammer to tap the hinge pin into the hinge from the top.
  6. Dispense Lubricate: Open and close the door several times to work the lubricant into the hinge to stop the squeak.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Video Transcript

Joe Truini: Here’s a problem that every homeowner can relate to—the squeaky door. Now, there are a lot of reasons why a door hinge will squeak. But it doesn’t matter the reason. With this simple tip, you can silence any squeaky hinge.

First start with the nail or a nail set and a hammer, and tap out the hinge pin. Pull it all the way out. Then use a cotton cloth and clean the hinge pin really well—wipe off all dirt and grease.

Get it as clean as you can, and then take a piece of sandpaper—120-grit sandpaper—and buff the pin as clean as you can get it. You want it to look brand new. Remove all the dirt, grease, especially any paint that’s left behind. You get it really clean.

And then lubricate it with a little machine oil—just one bead of machine oil down the shaft of the pin—and just tap it back into the hinge.

OK, now you just test it. There you go, it’s easy as that. We’ve silenced the squeak.


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  • Steve Schmid Says:
    May 31st, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    I attempted to perform the method you provide. In the past, i’ve successfully done just this and it worked beautifully. however, my new house has hinge pins that are capped on both the top and bottom. There is no place to tap the pin to remove the pin. How can this pin be removed to lubricate it and remove the squeek?

  • Joe Says:
    September 20th, 2016 at 3:32 am

    Hush pin promoter guy…you need to work on your website, bud. Although I’m sure your product may be legit, the site looks really shady. I was interested in your product but no pictures or videos and not much info. I passed on it. Just FYI.

  • Steve Says:
    October 26th, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Check out “Hush Pins” , These replacement pins stopped the squeaks on my doors and never need lubricants.

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