3 Tools and 10 Minutes Are All You Need to Silence Annoying Squeaky Doors

published Apr 21, 2020
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Some home chores require immediate attention: leaking roofs, clogged toilets, or critters in the walls. But there are lots of chores that you can put off seemingly forever because they don’t cause any real harm—and silencing squeaky doors is one of them. But you don’t have to deal with annoying shrieks and squeaks! This is one fix that takes just a few minutes to make, and makes an instant difference in the comfort of your home. Here’s the lowdown on this super fast and easy fix.

Supplies you’ll need to fix a squeaky door

Directions for how to silence a squeaky door

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1. Spray the lubricant

Spray the WD-40 into the door hinges. Hold the nozzle close to the hinges to avoid getting the oil onto the door or trim.

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2. Wipe up drips

Wipe up any drips using the rag. Leaving the oil on the door or trim can cause dust to accumulate, so you’ll save yourself cleaning later.

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3. Work the lubricant into the hinges

Open and close the door repeatedly to help work the lubricant into the hinges. Spray again if necessary.

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4. Examine door for any loose pins

If any of the hinge pins are loose, you’ll spot them while spraying on the lubricant. A loose pin can cause the door to gradually open on its own. If any pins are loose, tap them into place with a small hammer.

That’s all there is to it! With just three tools, you can knock squeaks out in less than 10 minutes. Cross this item off your to-do list and revel in your home’s newfound silence.