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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 on one door
      - lithium grease or food based fats that are solid at room temperature
      - 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 hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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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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