If you possess your very own home, it helps if you can fix a few things by yourself; it seems there’s always something that needs to be fixed. One aggravating problem is squeaking doors, and that isn’t a major problem, but the sooner it gets fixed the better everyone will like it. Since it is not a serious enough problem to require a serviceman; it’s the type of thing you need to be able to fix yourself.
First you have to determine where the squeak is coming from, given that you need that information before you can fix it. Before you opt to replace the whole door, providing it is still good enough to use, conduct the swing test. As you are swinging the door open and shut, pay attention to the squeak to find out if you can pinpoint where it is at. You can most likely find the source of the squeak this way, in addition to the cause. If you listen carefully, while you are swinging the door at various speeds, you should be able to determine the exact cause of the squeak.
One typical reason for door squeaks is the importance of lubrication of the hinges. In that case, tighten the screws positioning the plates to the door to start with, and then pour a few drops of WD-40, or sewing maching oil, directly on the hinge. While the oil seeps into the hinge, assist it along by slowly swinging the door open and shut. You will know immediately whether this was the trouble. If it still creaks, there is another possible place to look. Occasionally the squeak can be induced by wood rubbing against other wood. Now this can happen if the door is swollen due to high humidity. If this is the main cause, just relocate the door stop to keep it from hitting the door. A solid wood block as well as a hammer are the only equipment you’ll need for this. Work with the hammer together with the wood block to bang the door stop over slightly.
After the door quits squeaking and moves without problems, you’re done. Because this might produce a little paint breakage, you’ll want to prepared to do a little repainting. Another likely origin of a door squeak may be the hinge rubbing on the jam, which may be cut in too deeply or not deep enough. You will probably ought to take the hinges off, and cut them in much deeper, or find a shim to put behind the hinge. It can be kind of, a testing process, where you need to keep checking.
It may be a simple fix, or you may just need to replace the whole door. This is a quite simple task if your door is of the pre-hung variety. Achieving this though, you need to get doors that match, and spend quite a bit of time repainting. Regardless of what it is, the good thing is to be able to do it yourself.Tags: Construction and Maintenance, little paint breakage, Materials and Supplies, Doors and Windows