How to Apply Silicone Lubricant to a Door Hinge
Squeaky hinges on doors, whether it’s your refrigerator or interior/exterior doors of your home, can be irritating, and a silicone lubricant might be just the answer you need. The best silicone lubricant to use for your squeaky door problems will be a silicone spray, one that is not likely to be messy, one that can relieve you from the irrigation of squeaking doors, and can facilitate the smooth opening of your doors. The easy 9 steps below will provide you with the information you need to apply this silicone spray.
Step 1: Determine the Source of the Squeak
Identify which hinge is dry and is creating the squeaking problem.
Step 2: Keep Tools and Supplies Ready
Before you begin working on the door hinge, be sure you have all your supplies and tools gathered so that when you begin the project you will have them available near the door you will be working on.
Step 3: Remove the Hinge Pin
Close the door and latch it. This will insure that door will not fall when you remove its pin hinge pin. If the hinge pin protrudes at the bottom of the hinge, begin tapping it gently with a hammer. Generally, hinges that have removable pins are open at their bottom end. For hinge pins that do not protrude, hold the pointed end of a large nail against the bottom of the pin and tap the nail upward with a hammer. This will force the pin upward through the hinge until it comes out the top. If the nail is too short to drive the pin completely out of the hinge, grasp the pin in the jaws of a set of pliers and pull it out of the hinge.
Step 4: Apply Silicone
Aim the nozzle of the silicone spray can at the hinge, carefully depressing the nozzle to avoid spraying excessive amounts of silicone that will drip off the hinge. You will need only enough silicone to lightly cover the inner surface of the hinge. But, to keep excessive silicone from dripping onto the floor, hold a paper towel behind the hinge while you spray. Then, spray silicone on the hinge pin.
Step 5: Replace Hinge Pin
Now, replace one end of the hinge pin into the top opening of the hinge. Spray a small amount of silicone on the pin and allow the silicone to run down the pin and into the inside surface of the hinge.
Step 6: Replace the Hinge Pin
Using your hammer, tap the hinge pin gently down into the hinge. If you find that the pin resists being inserted, it is probably because the two parts of the hinge that interlock are not aligned. Tap the side of the hinge with your hammer to better align them, then try tapping the pin down into the hinge again.
Step 7: Test It
Once the hinge pin is in place, test your door by swinging it open and closed.
Step 8: Remove Excess Lubricant
Use a clean cloth or paper towel to remove excess silicone.