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How to Quiet a Squeaky Door

Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains different methods for silencing a squeaky door


  1. Start by identifying the hinge(s) that are squeaking. Use a hammer and a nail to remove each hinge pin one at a time, and continue to open and close the door. When the door opens and closes silently, the pin(s) that are removed are the ones that are squeaking.
  2. Apply some lubricating oil to the squeaky hinge pins and put them back into place.
  3. If that doesn’t work, try blowing some graphite onto the hinge pin.
  4. If that doesn’t work, or the squeak keeps returning after a period of time, it’s possible the hinge is out of alignment. Try carefully knocking the hinge back into alignment using the hammer and nail. Be cautious of deforming or damaging the hinge in the process.
  5. Return the hinge pin to the hinge and see if the squeak has stopped. It may require more fine tune adjustments to get it perfectly back into place.

Tom used a couple methods to try and quiet the door. In this case, the hinges were out of alignment, and needed to be carefully bent back into position using a hammer.

In most other cases, some type of lubricant will usually work to quiet a door. Tom started with a 3-IN-ONE multi-purpose oil lubricant. Since that didn’t work for the homeowner, he also suggested trying 3G Powdered Graphite Lubricant, which is manufactured by Hillman. If that doesn’t work, it’s worth considering the alignment issues that Tom addressed.