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How to Care for Your Doors

Although we take doors for granted, they too need some TLC to stay in good working order. Hinges and locks typically take a real breaking on the typical door so lubricate the at least once a year. WD-40 works well. A door typically has three to four hinges.

To lubricate hinges is a relatively simple procedure.

  • First, you need to remove one hinge pin. You may need to tap them up from the bottom. After you remove the pin, drop a nail in the hinge to temporarily replace the removed pin and prevent the door form sagging off its hinges.

  • Spray the pin with a light coating of lubricant and replace the pin in the hinge.

  • Repeat for all hinges.

Lubricating a door lock is also relatively simple procedure.
  • First, clean out the keyhole with a penetrating lubricant like WD 40.

  • Spray the lubricant into the keyhole itself and then spray it on the key.

  • Slide the key in and out of the lock several times to spread the lubricant.

  • If this cleaning doesn't free the lock, disassemble, clean and reassemble the entire door lock.

Here's how..
  1. Use a Phillips screwdriver to take out the two connecting screws that are located by the doorknob on the inside of the lock.

  2. Remove the two screws that hold the lock faceplate on the edge of the door.

  3. Slide the doorknob off the spindle, pull out the lock mechanism and remove the latch bolt from its hole in the edge of the door.

  4. Lay out the disassembled lock parts on layers of newspapers or paper towels.

  5. Spray a light all-purpose household lubricant or silicone lubricant on all moving parts of the lock, flushing out the latch bolt. Use powdered graphite to lubricate the lock cylinders.

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