Two questions here.
First, what is the easiest way to remove the pin holding the middle
hinge on a door? I suspect the middle one is the squeaky one. I've
tried using a hammer and screw driver metal end with no success. The
pin isn't budging.
If/when I can remove the pin, what oil should I use to lubricate the
hinge? Is WD40 an option?
Use a hammer and a nail set or equivalent punch-like tool. A 16 penny nail
with the point ground off works ok, or you can use the pin from another
hinge also. But you can probably get WD-40 to work its way in without
removing the pin--just squirt a bit on the pin area.
To clarify Donald's suggestion, if you need to get the hinge pin out, you
tap a nail or other object into the bottom of the hinge. This is much more
effective than trying to wedge a screw driver under the head of the hinge
Anyhow, I have never removed a hinge pin to stop a squeak. I just squirt a
little wd 40 on the hinge, wipe up any overspray or drips, and the squeak
stops like magic!
firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric G) wrote in message
Personally I am not a fan of WD40 unless the joint in question has
dried grease. WD40 is more of a solvent than lubricant, use oil
(3-in-1) or white grease instead. I've had too many experiences where
WD-40 was used and after a short time the hinge/shaft seized up.
I'm not a fan of 3 in 1 either... gums up everything it touches. WD-40
is mostly solvent as the above poster notes, and doesn't last long...
can tend to wash out some previous lubes too.
I too like to take doors off, clean out the leaves and pins then
reassemble with a light coat of white grease. Don't forget the load
bearing leave edges. It can be a little more hassel, but you only have
to do it maybe once every 5 - 10 years on a high traffic door.
And wow, do they work smooth once done, and stay that way...
Note, the spray white grease sold all over town is ok, provided you take
the door down, and clean everything as above... it doesn't penetrate
well enough to use on door hinges without disassembly... careful, it's
messy when sprayed, can be difficult to clean off some surfaces.
PS, funny this subject should come up, just recently did a friend's
squeaky apartment door. It had been dry for years, and had a lot of
leaf/pin wear... sounded horrible, and took effort to open and close,
red iron oxide came out for a long time cleaning it up.
The next day she called and said she wanted the squeak back... said she
now worried someone could sneak in un announced, and had trouble
sleeping. She's right. We rigged up a nice looking 'shop keepers' type
bell and solver her problem. (You can hear the other units doors squeak
open and closed, day in and day out too...)
On 30 Jun 2003 03:36:56 -0700, email@example.com (Tom Baker) wrote
(with possible editing):
FWIW, I've used it in the past, but even when I'm careful to use just
a tiny bit, some of it seems to work its way out of the hinge and ends
up on the carpet below, where it's close to impossible to get out.
I've switched to Elmer's Slide-All.
It won't help the load bearing inter leave surfaces though... it'll be
squeeking again once they get dry, unless you could rework the the whole
assembly to accept teflon washers between the leaves. Way to much
trouble... A little cleaning and white grease are cheap, simple,
effective, and long lasting.
WD 40 was developed to remove water and moisture - not as a lubricant. (WD
stands for water displacer). It will work but very temporarily. I like to
use either graphite when possible (if you can removed the pins) or better
yet - go to a sporting goods place and find a small aerosol can of gun lube
that contains banana oil. A small shot will remain within the moving areas
and takes a *very* long time to wear out. This is the same lube used in
handguns (mostly police work).
Assuming that the squeak eventually comes back and you don't care to
regularly lubricate the hinges, try using some anti-seize lubricant. The
ones that contain molybdenum are the best. You'll have to remove the hinge
pins and paint it on, though.
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