by April Reinhardt
(last updated March 2, 2020)
If you've a cabinet door or room door that squeaks each time its opened, chances are the hinges are the culprits of the squeak. Friction causes hinges to squeak when they are out of alignment, or the hinge pin rubs. While your first instinct may be to run to the hardware store to find replacement hinges, there is an easier solution that will allow you to keep your original hinges. Spray the hinges with a lubricant, such as WD-40, and then move the door back and forth several times to allow the lubricant to penetrate the entire hinge pin area. If lubricating the hinges with the door in place doesn't stop the squeak, follow these steps to remove the door form the hinges and stop the squeak:
Chances are you will have fixed the squeaky door by lubricating the hinges and hinge pins. If you still hear squeaks, then the problem lies in a misalignment.
If you find that you need to realign your door to get rid of the squeak, start by removing the door form the hinges, and then tap the hinge leaf up or down. Re-hang the door and keep adjusting the door hinge leaf until it stops squeaking when the door is in place.
If the squeak persists even after you've tapped the hinge to realign, then you may need to drill new holes for the hinge. Doing so involves using wood filler to patch the existing hinge holes. If you have the time and energy, you can perform the job yourself by researching how to use wood filler. Or, you can hire a carpenter to perform the job professionally. It may cost you more money in the long run to hire a carpenter, but he can guarantee that you will be rid of the squeaky door after the job is complete. If you don't know much about how to complete the job, you may cause more problems than a simple squeak.
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