how to ungrease a doorhinge without removing the door?

Scarpozzi

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So our house was built in 1973 and a few of our door hinges were squeaking when opened/closed. A friend suggested that I grease the hinges so I sprayed them with cooking spray and worked the oil into the hinge.

2 of the doors aren't level and close by themselves now....my wife has banned me from greasing hinges from now on.

Should I try drizzling the hinges with maple syrup or something sticky that won't attract ants? I just want to avoid removing the hinges/door to fix things back.
 

MongGrel

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Acetone ?

Just watch it near any painted stuff.

Probably still easier just to knock the hinge pins out, and clean em out.

Then maybe some MolyLube if you want to get serious afterwards, but I've access to it and have a bit of it laying about.
 
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MagnusTheBrewer

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Since you used cooking spray (what were you thinking?), use a hair dryer to "sticky " them up.
 

olds

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For doors that close on their own.
Pull hinge pin.
Lay on hard, flat surface.
Give it a smack with a hammer.
The slight bend will cause pressure in the hinge keeping the door from closing on it's own.
For heavy doors, you may have to do more than one pin.
 

MrPickins

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For doors that close on their own.
Pull hinge pin.
Lay on hard, flat surface.
Give it a smack with a hammer.
The slight bend will cause pressure in the hinge keeping the door from closing on it's own.
For heavy doors, you may have to do more than one pin.

Ugh, that's seems even worse to me. :|

If you don't want to adjust the way the door is hung, just use a doorstop.
 

Scarpozzi

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Ugh, that's seems even worse to me. :|

If you don't want to adjust the way the door is hung, just use a doorstop.

I would totally agree, but the doors need to be opened and closed too frequently... the doorstop is a bigger inconvenience than the doors closing.

One of the doors has a magnetic wall bumper that holds it to the wall about 30% of the time, bit it takes a little bit of work to get the magnet to seat right to make the door stay open.


I'll try wd40, but don't expect it to slow the door. I may just realign the hinges later this summer if I have time.
 

natto fire

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Since you used cooking spray (what were you thinking?), use a hair dryer to "sticky " them up.

This might work, if nothing else to make it flow out. Ideally it will char the oil to gum it up.

The WD-40 will not help, even if it is not a lubricant per se, it will still leave you with the same problem. As well as flushing out any contaminants that will down the road gather crud and introduce enough friction to "fix" your problem.
 

MongGrel

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This might work, if nothing else to make it flow out. Ideally it will char the oil to gum it up.

The WD-40 will not help, even if it is not a lubricant per se, it will still leave you with the same problem. As well as flushing out any contaminants that will down the road gather crud and introduce enough friction to "fix" your problem.
yes it would, it's penetrating oil and marketed that way.

*shrug*

I could name of a whole slew of various slew of particulates suspended in various forms for use in a lot of applications from 30 years of applications, ranging from thread locking in satellite applications, to high pressure draw dies etc.

I'll go elsewhere now, sounds trivial anyways.
 
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Red Squirrel

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Just pop 1 pin at a time, you wont need to take the door off. Clean the pin itself then use a small string or something to clean inside the loops.

I would imagine something like Goo Gone would work rather well.
 

olds

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Engineer

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Get some multipurpose spray cleaner (Formula 409, etc) and spray the hinge well (dripping). Open and close a few times and do it again. The cooking spray will wash right out with this stuff (well, hell, you could just spray with a solution of dish detergent and water too).
 

Kelvrick

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Why don't you just put a rug under the door so that the friction holds the door wherever you put it.
 

yuchai

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The WD-40 will not work. In fact, WD-40 is what I use to lubricate my door hinges.

Back to the original problem - using a couple of twist ties to create friction between the pin and the hinge worked pretty well for me.