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How to Fix Sticking Hinges

As doors age, the jambs and door frames swell and shrink under the influence of humidity, as do the doors themselves, and hinges can begin to sag, warp, bend and twist. When your hinges move around and lose their shape, even if it's only slight, they will begin to stick. And that's a nightmare for a well-run, nicely designed house; the first part of a room your visitors encounter is the door, and if the door is noisy or poorly maintained, your visitor will find it hard to shake that first impression.

Maintaining Your Hinges

As with so much in maintenance and DIY, the best cure for these problems is prevention. By maintaining your hinges well, you could avoid any problems ever arising with them. It's not difficult to do, and if you incorporate some simple strategies into your ordinary cleaning routine, your door maintenance shouldn't take any time at all. Here are a couple of things to remember:

  • Tighten the screws - by keeping the screws which hold the door to the hinge and the hinge to the jamb tight, you can prevent the metal becoming twisted and warped. This will reduce the friction between the moving parts and prevent sticking and creaking.
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  • Oil - dust, paint, metal shavings and other detritus all get clogged in hinges, so you need to roll your sleeves up and clean them occasionally. Actually, you probably won't have to roll your sleeves up at all, because it's easy. You just need a cloth and a stiff-ish brush, and a can of lubricating oil like WD40 or GT-85. These oils come with a straw taped to the side, and by inserting the straw into the spray nozzle you can direct the lubricant deep inside moving mechanisms. Starting at the top of the hinge, spray a couple of seconds' worth of lubricant downwards into it, moving the door around is you do so. This will force any muck out of the hinge, and by using the brush and the cloth you can get into any awkward corners and mop up any excess oil before it reaches your carpet.

Performing these, simple tasks occasionally will help prolong the lives of your hinges, your doors and your door frames. It'll reduce the cost of replacements and more serious maintenance work, and it might even contribute to the overall value of your house when you sell up.

Repair Vs Replace

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After the screws are tightened and the hinges are clean and lubricated, your door should operate happily for the foreseeable future. But perhaps you've just moved into a new house and the previous occupants didn't run as tight a ship as you would have liked. Maybe for whatever reason the maintenance of your own house has slipped - obviously door maintenance isn't always on the top of our everyday to-do list.

If your hinges are in a particularly bad state, you'll have to think about replacing them. This isn't always as traumatic is it sounds; usually you can just swap the old hinges over with a new pair, but handling the door and lifting it to fix the new hinge requires more than one person and it can occasionally be frustrating. External doors are at particular risk of hinge degradation; they can rust and corrode in ways that internal hinge probably won't. Handles4Doors sells a very large number of hinges, many of which will be suitable for use outside.

Some Honest Advice

If you'll allow us to be blunt for a moment, then our honest advice is this: hinges aren't expensive, and re-hanging doors is difficult. If your hinges are sticking, then you can take them apart, fix them and then re-hang the door if you like. But we suggest that it's more convenient to just remove the hinges and replace them. It won't cost you a huge amount, and what you spend monetarily you'll save in energy and frustration. Unless you're a professional who can take doors down and re-hang them easily and quickly, there's not really any need to bother. Just replace the hinges.

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