How to Fix Squeaky Door Hinges, Which Lubricants to Use

How to Fix Squeaky Door Hinges, Which Lubricants to Use

(door squeaking) – Man, don’t you just hate
it when your front door squeaks like that? Maybe yours is doing that right now, huh? And maybe you’ve been
thinking for weeks now, “Oh, one of these weeks, I’ll
get around to fixing it.” Well, in today’s short
video, we’re gonna show you exactly how to lubricate
these hinges on your door. We’re going to talk about what
lubricants you should use, and which ones you should not use. And it all starts right now. (upbeat music) Hey everybody, Jeff here. Welcome back to the channel
again where we give you world-class home renovation tips. Bathroom renovations, flooring,
all types of home repairs around your house. And guess what? Today, we’re talking about
these squeaky hinges here. So if this is your first time here, and you haven’t subscribed yet, go ahead and smash that subscribe
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another one of our videos. So check out what this
hinge is doing here. Listen to this. (door squeaking) Sounds like The Haunted Mansion
at Disney World, doesn’t it? Prepare for your doom. (door scraping) Okay, so the first step in
combating the squeaky hinges here is determining what type
of lubricant should I use? Well, if you ask a million
people, you’re going to get a million different answers. But the world was basically divided into two different groups here. Some people want a dry lubricant like this Medeco spray here. This is a dry-film lubricant. While others wanna use this B’laster here. This is silicone, a spray silicone. So the people that are against
wet types of lubricants, they’re against it because they think that the wet lubricants in
your lithium greases, that they think they’re
going to maybe capture dirt and dust, and they’ll grind down, and maybe they’ll stop
working or fail, okay? This one here, some people
prefer the dry because this will get in there
and lubricate the parts, but yet it’ll stay nice and dry. It will never collect
any dust or anything. So if you look right
here at this top hinge, you can see one of the problems here. See how, I don’t know why
people do this, why this pin was stuck in the up position
there, but it looks like they had done some painting, so great, now they got paint on the pin. So you’re probably better
off pulling that pin out if you can, and trying to
clean it off, sand it down, clean it off real good, put
it back in, or you can even spray some of the lubricant on there, and then put it back in,
and see if that helps. Now, as we look down at
the other two hinges, here you can see,
there’s the middle hinge. It looks okay, I don’t
really see anything wrong. And then the lower hinge
down at the bottom there. So they both look okay here. It’s just that upper one
that has a little issue. Okay, so we’ve now taken care of the pin and pounded it back into place. And frankly, I don’t
know why this front door was set up like that
anyway, because that means somebody from the outside
could pound that pin and remove it, and potentially take the other two out as well. And then, there goes your front door. They can take your front door right off. So that really doesn’t
make much sense to me. What I’m going to do here
today is I’m going to use both of these lubricants. So I’m going to start off
with the dry lubricant, and apply it to the upper hinge. And then we’ll use the silicone lubricant, the other spray can, on
the lower two hinges. And we’ll see if they both work here. Now, I prefer to use this dry-film one. This is made by Medeco. This is the company that makes
my lock that I have at home, and every once in a while, I’ll spray this into the key opening, and what this does, is this is a lubricant and a cleaner, and they say it’s guaranteed
to not attract dust. And it coats all of the inside workings with a polymeric coating. So we’ll see how it
does here on the hinge. So the instructions here with this is they want you to shake it up. There’s a ball in there,
like with paint, spray paint. So you gotta shake it up first. So this Medeco lubricant
here, it’s called KeyLube. It’s a multipurpose dry-film lubricant. So now I’m going to go ahead
and spray the upper hinge with the dry film as well. (spray can hissing) And you can see, it just
doesn’t take very much at all. Okay, the door’s still reasonably quiet. (door squeaking) Little squeak down at the bottom. So now we’re going to try the
silicone on the bottom hinge. Spray some silicone right on it. Now here’s something that makes
us go, “Hmm,” because what it says here, here’s the
different uses here for it. Notice how it doesn’t mention door hinges. It does on the lower left, you can see it mentions window and door tracks, but it does not say you
can use this lubricant to stop squeaky door hinges. So we’ll see if it works
anyway on that bottom hinge. Okay, so now we’re going to
spray it on the hinge there. (spray can hissing) So remember, that’s a wet-type
lubricant, so you’ll see it dripping a lot more than
the dry-film Medeco spray lubricant that I used there on that squeaky upper hinge there,
the two upper hinges. So it did a great job
as a dry-film lubricant. That Medeco did a great job stopping most of the door squeaking here. So let’s see if we move the door. (door scraping) Well that noise that you hear
there, that’s just the door pinching against the, that’s
the weather stripping there. But at least– (door creaking) so when you start with the
door closed and you open it, remember how before it was squeaking like The Haunted Mansion. (door scraping) Look at that, silence. Silence is golden, all I’m
hearing is crickets here. Well, there’s three types
of lubricant that I think you should keep in stock at all times. One would be this Medeco type
with the dry-film lubricant. The other one would be
a spray silicone type. And the third one, which
I don’t have here with me, is a can of what they
call aluminum lubricant. They sell them at Home Depot,
and I’ll put a link to it down below if we can find one for you. And what that does is, you use
that on, like, door tracks. So if you have sliding
glass doors, you spray those about every couple of months,
and that will keep your doors rolling nice and smooth there. And lastly, I know a lot of
people always like to tell you, “Oh, use WD-40, use WD-40.” WD-40 is not so much
of a lubricant as it is a rust protector and a, I guess you could call
it a water displacement. That’s really what WD-40 stands for. It stands for water
displacement formula number 40. So it was originally designed
to protect the outside of rockets from rusting, so
it’s not really a lubricant in the sense that you
would normally think. So whenever I hear people
say, “Oh, put WD-40 on it,” I’m a little skeptical. I tend to go for real lubricants, okay? So anyway, I hope this was helpful. And if you found this helpful, go ahead and smash that like
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5 Replies to “How to Fix Squeaky Door Hinges, Which Lubricants to Use”

  1. Squeaky door lubricants mentioned in this video:

    ✅ Medeco recommends Fluid Film FLUIAS11 Lubricant/Corrosion Inhibitor, 11.75 oz:

    ✅ B'laster 16-SL Industrial Strength Silicone Lubricant – 11-Ounces:

    ✅ PROTEXALL Alum Slick Lubricant, Sliding glass doors 11 Fl Oz:

  2. I use Tri-flow(Teflon) lube for my squeaky door hinges. It seems to last 6 to 8 months with one application. Thanks, Russ

  3. Caliper Pin silicone paste, it is good enough for my brakes it is perfectly fine for my door pins.
    Mission Automotive Dielectric Grease/Silicone Paste/Waterproof Marine Grease

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