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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Nest.

In this Badge Bit, you will grease the hinges of a door.  


(source: Amazon)

Some articles on caring for wooden kitchen utensils
  - How to Lubricate Door Hinges
  - How to Lubricate a Squeaky Door
  - How to Silence a Squeking Hinge
  - Door Repair 101: How to Fix a Squeaky Door Hinge, Gaps, and More







To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - grease hinges
      - lithium grease or food based fats that are solid at room temperature
      - not WD-40 (hint: WD-40 is not a lubricant)
      - maybe some sanding of the door
      - maybe micro bending or adjusting of hinges to improve alignment

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
   - the door hinges before
   - an action shot of you greasing the door hinges
   - the greased door hinges
   - state or show the lubricant you used
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I ran around the house and greased all the sqeakers I could find.  Medicine cabinet door, two interior doors and two exterior doors.  I used WD-40 brand white lithium grease in a spray can.  I believe normal WD-40 isn't actually a lubricant so I didn't use it.  I was successful by just spraying the knuckle of the hings from the inside with tiny sprays at each gap with a quick wipe up with a cloth.  One door was also squeaking due to some loose hinge screws that I tightened.
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Medicine cabinet hinge before
Medicine cabinet hinge before
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Bonus door #1 after
Bonus door #1 after
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Hinge greasing in action
Hinge greasing in action
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Medicine cabinet hinge after
Medicine cabinet hinge after
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Bonus door #1 before
Bonus door #1 before
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Grease I used
Grease I used
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I never knew there was a spray on lithium grease.  All this time, I've been popping the hinge pin and smearing grease in.

Does it last?
 
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I'm not sure, this is the first time I tried it.  The previous owner left it along with a box full of other lubricants and solvents so I thought I'd give it a try.  So far it's working great.  I'm sure the longevity depends on how out of alignment the hinges are.  More friction probably means more frequent greasing.
 
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Here it is on amazon https://amzn.to/34A4H9D - 4.5 stars.  I have to think that the spray cannot be as good as the smear ( https://amzn.to/33h7yUD - 4.7 stars) just because the spray has to have something to thin the grease to deliver it, and then try to quickly evaporate away.   Did it smell awful?
 
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I'm guessing from a pure lubrication perspective the spray probably isn't as good as the smear.  But from a penetration perspective it sure seems to work its way into cracks and joints. I did a tiny squirt (by sound more than by eye) into the knuckle joints of the hinge from the inside.  Wiped off any excess with a rag and opened/closed the door twice.  The squeak was usually gone on the first close.

Due to its penetrating style, it seems like a good lube for the latching part of a trailer hitch or garage door rollers.  Or anything you don't or can't get apart easily.

I don't recall a smell at all.  Or if there was one it was minor.  Nothing like WD-40 (which is my favorite smell).
 
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Does anyone know about the toxicity of white lithium grease? I'm hesitant to apply something like this to our door hinges (which are within reach of our children) without first checking for toxicity. Or for that matter, does anyone know of obviously non-toxic substitutes for this application? I'm thinking that some mixture of animal fats might do the trick. I remember reading somewhere that beef tallow was the go-to lubricant for steam engines back in the day. My first guess would be a mix of beef tallow and lard might work well, though I don't know how it would age.
 
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We've always oiled our hinges with whatever oil we have lying around. It gets rid of the squeak and we haven't noticed any ill effects.
 
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I think that there's a chance Paul would be fine with any grease that works for a reasonable period of time.  I'll check with him at our next PEP call.  I'd hope that you wipe up the excess so there really isn't anything to attract a child.  Unless they spend a lot of time licking hinges.
 
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Thanks Shane, we adjusted the requirements!
 
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Thanks Nicole and Mike. Our kids don't spend much time licking hinges, though some might? I mostly brought it up because it seemed like it could be a violation of the 'toxic gick' theme that is ever present in Paul's work (something that I really appreciate. Thanks Paul.). Thanks for adjusting the requirements. I'll plan on trying some animal fat based grease when I get the time. I'll post back when I do.

Nicole, out of curiosity, what oils have you used? Have you noticed any differences in performance, longevity, or application ease? With some oils I worry about them 'gumming up' over time, like the gunk that collects near frying pans. Maybe this only happens when oils are heated?
 
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So this worked extremely great! Now the door makes no noise at all! This door would tell the goats that i am opening the door and now i believe i will be able to open the door stealthy without the goats noticing. BOOO YAH


Here is the hinge before



Here is the grease and nail i used for smearing the grease



here is me removing the hinges



Here is me applying the grease with a nail.



Here is the hinge afterwards. You can see a little bit of the grease . I would put the grease in the top and the bottom with the nail and than put the pin thru the bottom and than put it thru the top into its final position.



 
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Does that satisfy the BB requirement for:

     - lithium grease or food based fats that are solid at room temperature
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:Does that satisfy the BB requirement for:

     - lithium grease or food based fats that are solid at room temperature



hmm turns out it is not lithium based. I was merely trying to use up grease that i have had for 7 years haha.

I will need to find another squeaky door!
 
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A hinge de-squeaked with lithium grease.
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I certify this BB complete, along with you new Air badge!

 
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Round two.

The animal fat i used was goat tallow.

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One squeaking hinge
One squeaking hinge
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Removing the pin
Removing the pin
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Very rusty
Very rusty
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Applying the goat tallow
Applying the goat tallow
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Goat tallow in the hinge
Goat tallow in the hinge
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Hinge after goat tallow. Door is quiet now
Hinge after goat tallow. Door is quiet now
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I was surprised that the lithium grease felt more like Elmer's glue than greasy.  Slipped right in and stopped the squeak.  Decided to put in a door stop while I was at it.
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Hinge before
Hinge before
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Action shot
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Hinge after
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White Lithium Grease
White Lithium Grease
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Here is my submission for the Nest - Sand - Grease Hinges BB.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
  - the door hinges before
  - an action shot of you greasing the door hinges
  - the greased door hinges
  - state or show the lubricant you used

I greased hinges on the furnace room door and in my bathroom with White Lithium Grease by Blaster.  I plan to grease the hinges on all the doors (interior, exterior, and cabinet) in the house this week as they have not been greased in over a decade.
My process is/was to wipe any dust off the hinge, add a quick spritz or two to each hinge, open and close the door several times, and wipe off any excess.
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Furnace Room Door
Furnace Room Door
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Close up of Furnace Room Door Upper Hinge - Before
Close up of Furnace Room Door Upper Hinge - Before
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Close up of Furnace Room Door Upper Hinge - with grease
Close up of Furnace Room Door Upper Hinge - with grease
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Close up of Furnace Room Door Upper Hinge - After
Close up of Furnace Room Door Upper Hinge - After
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Bathroom Door
Bathroom Door
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Closeup with Grease Can
Closeup with Grease Can
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Right Medicine Cabinet
Right Medicine Cabinet
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Left Medicine Cabinet (hinge on right side of image)
Left Medicine Cabinet (hinge on right side of image)
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Lower Cabinet with Four Doors
Lower Cabinet with Four Doors
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Greasing one of the eight hinges
Greasing one of the eight hinges
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Greased my front door hinges as they were squeaky for awhile now. Just sprayed a bit of white lithium grease on the hinge and opened and closed the door a few times and wiped up the excess. Worked like a charm.
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Application 1
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Application 2
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After
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Product
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I greased the hinges of two doors that had very minor squeaks. It did immediately cause the squeaking to cease, however after using this method, I will probably use the rest of the grease on my hay baler chains as it was too messy in my opinion for indoor use. It came out of the tube under such high pressure that it splattered on the door and door framing and made small drops on the floor.
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Before.
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Action shot.
Action shot.
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Lubricant used.
Lubricant used.
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I have greased the hinges of my door! I really love that you included something as simple as this. I was used to the door always being squeaky, now I know that there's a better way to live.
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I was on the phone the other day with my mom, and as I entered my apartment she asked, "What's that awful noise?" I explained that it was the front door squeaking as I opened it. She and my father then proceeded to highly recommend WD-40. Luckily I'd already read through this badge bit, and was able to inform them of some alternative solutions. This was met with disbelief, and more salespitches for WD-40. Couldn't talk them out of it. Anyways, coconut oil did the job beautifully. It took a few hours and some opening and closing of the door for it to really set in and stop the squeaking (wasn't able to remove the hinges, as you can see it's not your typical hinge, and as the door is in a corner, I couldn't get a firm grip on the hinge cap with the tools I tried to wedge in to grasp it.) I applied the oil with my fingers. Results were messy and effective. Feeling pretty superhero-esque. Next stop... that squeaky bathroom door lever handle....
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before greasing
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applying the coconut oil
applying the coconut oil
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coconut oil - used because it is solid at room temperature, and I didn't have white lithium grease on hand
coconut oil - used because it is solid at room temperature, and I didn't have white lithium grease on hand
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greased hinges
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Our bedroom door developed quite a squeak, so it was time to deal with it. After doing this, I questioned why it took so long to get to it.
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White Lithium Grease that I used.
White Lithium Grease that I used.
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The offending hinge.
The offending hinge.
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Action shot.
Action shot.
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No more squeak.
No more squeak.
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We luckily have an old farm manor, with really nice door hinges. Years ago I learnt the trick that coconut oil does wonders, so that is ALL I use now. Even works on the painted one.

Coconut Oil at room Temperature.
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Finished, and I even got the pin all the way down
Finished, and I even got the pin all the way down
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I used coconut oil (solid at room temp here) to grease the hinges of the bathroom door.
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