Fix Squeaky Mobile Home Doors And Hinges Without Spending A Dime

by | Aug 12, 2019 | Blog, DIY, Repair




We all know the madness that can be inspired by a squeaky hinge. It feels like more than just a nuisance. The screech can send goosebumps down your spine.

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Thankfully, there’s more than one way to solve this problem. You only have to open your kitchen cupboard. Check out these four ways to fix noisy doors and hinges in your mobile home.




Using candle wax on pins

For the first fix, you need paraffin. Most people won’t have a bottle lying around. But luckily the majority of candles have some paraffin wax in them.

1 – Remove the hinge pin

Slide a book underneath the door to prop it up. Take a screwdriver or something similar to push the pin out. If it is too tight, try to tap it out with a hammer and a nail.

2 – Melt the wax

Cut off a piece of the candle. Place it in a bowl in the microwave. Put it in for 1:00. If it’s not entirely melted, pop it in for 15 seconds at a time until it’s ready.

Otherwise, you can gently melt it at a low heat over an electric stove. Don’t use a gas burner. It can ignite flammable gases from the wax.

3 – Coat the pin 

Cover or dip the pin into the hot wax. Make sure that it coats the entire thing. And wait five to ten minutes for it to cool off a bit.

Bowl of melted candles

4 – Put the pin back

Now you can put the pin back into the hinge. Open and close the door a few times. You have to check whether it is still squeaking or not.

5 – Repeat

One application might not be enough. If the door is still noisy, you can apply the wax again. You can put it over the previous coat without cleaning it first. Continue doing this until it doesn’t make a peep anymore.

Coating it with a bar of soap 

If you don’t have a candle on hand, a plain old bar of soap will do just as well. 

1 – Remove the hinge pin 

Start by taking out the pin as you would for the previous solution. If you struggle to get it loose, rub some soap over the exposed parts. Then try again. 




2 – Coat it with soap 

Take the dry bar of soap. Rub it across the length of the pin. Try to apply it relatively evenly. 

Now secure the pin in place. Finally, you can test the door by opening and closing it several times. Hopefully, you will be rewarded with no sound at all.

Cleaning off dirt or rust

One common cause of noisy hinges is build-up and grime. So it might be necessary to clean the pins thoroughly.

1 – Inspect and remove the pin 

Carefully check the door’s fixtures. Look for any discoloration or dirt. If you see debris, move on to the next step, which is to take out the pin.

2 – Scrub

Once the pin is loose, get some steel wool.Over a sink or bucket, scrub off all the build-up. You might want to apply some general household cleaner for stubborn spots. Continue until it is entirely clean.

3 – Apply a lubricant 

A bar of soap

It will be a good idea to coat the pin again. Smear it with one of the lubricants like bar soap, melted wax or petroleum jelly.

Repairing a bent pin

Usually, door fixtures become noisy because they are dirty. But sometimes it can happen because of damage.

1 – Remove the hinge pin 

Once again, you need to start by taking out the pin. Unfortunately, if it’s bent, it could even be more challenging to remove. First, try to tap it gently. If that doesn’t work put some lubricant like petroleum jelly on the pin. This can help to loosen it.

2 – Repair the pin

Now that it’s out, inspect it for damage. It might be slightly bent somewhere along its length. Roll it along a flat surface to check. If there is a bend, put it on a cement floor and gently tap it with a hammer until straight. 

If it is too severely damaged, you might have to replace the pin. Take the old one with you to the hardware store to make sure you find the perfect fit.

 Lastly, apply a lubricant like a bar of soap and test opening and closing to see if you’ve solved your problem.

Sweet silence 

Thanks to these solutions, you should have silence at last. Your squeaky mobile home doors will be a thing of the past. And all of that … for free! Best of all, you should be able to complete these fixes in a matter of minutes.

Was that the only repair you needed to make? If not, check out the mobile home owner’s guide to repairing skirting & siding problems and how to repair a water leak under a mobile home.



 

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