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Squeaky Creaky Doors

Doors in my apartment are incredibly creaky. This is horrible at night when I'm trying not to disturb my sleeping family, but need to finish cleaning up or working. At home, I could fix a creaky door with powder easily. This did not work on these Swiss hinges. A cousin suggested oil. This did not work. Any handy men or women on this forum with the fix-it? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Squeaky Creaky Doors

Which oil? I use 3-in-One for my window shutters, but not sure it's available here. WD-40 might be an option?
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Old 27.06.2019, 07:29
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Re: Squeaky Creaky Doors

Lithium grease.

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Old 27.06.2019, 07:58
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Lithium grease.
I'm guessing his hinges have irregular contact surfaces, which fluids don't improve or make worse (by forming bubbles that burst when torqued), and white lithium grease is just regular grease with lithium as a thickener. It works great in places where regular grease would run when hotter or under pressure (e.g. the bike's chain), but I don't know that it would make a big difference in these hinges.

I would first try the cheapest possible solution: simple, regular washers. Teflon washers, if possible. Like these.
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Re: Squeaky Creaky Doors

Get a spray can of WD40

It comes with a thin tube that you can attach to the spray nozzle.

Lift the door slightly up on it's hinges and spray around the hinge and upwards into the socket.

After a few open & close actions the hinge will be silent.
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Re: Squeaky Creaky Doors

Me "secret weapon" for everything from oiling hinges to protecting tools over the winter is a mix of 50% ATF and 50% Engine oil. And it smells nice, like workshop
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Re: Squeaky Creaky Doors

WD40 is NOT a lubricant, it is a degreaser!

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Old 27.06.2019, 11:25
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Re: Squeaky Creaky Doors

I agree, Tom, but it does also act as a lubricant, as its main components include a non-volatile oil.
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Re: Squeaky Creaky Doors

WD-40 isn't actually a true lubricant. WD stands for "water displacing" and its main use is as a solvent or rust dissolver.

The lubricant-like properties of WD-40 come not from the substance itself, but from dissolving components. And the effect doesn't last.

WD-40 can be a good substance to start with — it can help clean up rust or other grime. But depending on what you're working with, you should probably follow up WD-40 with use of a true lubricant such as one based on silicone, grease, Teflon, or graphite.
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Re: Squeaky Creaky Doors

Hi, I am a joiner/carpenter here in Zurich and run my own business. I can offer my services.
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Hi, I am a joiner/carpenter here in Zurich and run my own business. I can offer my services.
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Hi Erik. Welcome to EF. You may encounter one or the other complaint that your post comes across a bit as an ad, and not a contribution to the question of squeaky metal hinges. Do you have do-it-yourself tips for the OP?

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WD-40 isn't actually a true lubricant. WD stands for "water displacing" and its main use is as a solvent or rust dissolver.

The lubricant-like properties of WD-40 come not from the substance itself, but from dissolving components. And the effect doesn't last.

WD-40 can be a good substance to start with — it can help clean up rust or other grime. But depending on what you're working with, you should probably follow up WD-40 with use of a true lubricant such as one based on silicone, grease, Teflon, or graphite.


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WD40 is NOT a lubricant, it is a degreaser!

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Whatever, it works fine
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Old 27.06.2019, 14:02
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Alas, it dries out quickly, then you are back to square one.

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Re: Squeaky Creaky Doors

Teflon/plastic washeeeerrrsss !!!!

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Alas, it dries out quickly, then you are back to square one.

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Quickly is relative, I do this every 5 years or so with our porch door. It's a cheap and easy solution and I can put up with that frequency.
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Re: Squeaky Creaky Doors

Just look for "Universalöl" (Spray), you will get it in most do-its or bikes shops and also in pharmacys.
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Re: Squeaky Creaky Doors

Looks like there is a WD40 product that lubricates ... https://www.wd40specialist.com/produ...one-lubricant/
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Looks like there is a WD40 product that lubricates ... https://www.wd40specialist.com/produ...one-lubricant/
There is now, in fact they have several new products including a rust remover.

Most can be found at Migros DIY.

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Re: Squeaky Creaky Doors

Graphite, get it in a squeeze container so you can squirt it into the hinge.
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