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    Quote Originally Posted by cjblair View Post
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    It stops the squeaks, but only temporarily since it's not designed to be a squeak stopper (whereas silicone lube is). Once you start getting into the habit of using silicone lube instead of WD-40, you'll never go back. Doesn't smell bad, dries out but still maintains lubrication, all around it's just... better.

    Use WD-40 to get rusty bolts unstuck.

    edit: WD-40 does make a silicone lubricant called "specialist" or something. I'm talking about OG WD-40 not being the best choice as lubricant.
    I just consider it “good enough”. It’s not a terrible lubricant even if it was never designed to be one.

    For penetrating oil I prefer liquid wrench.
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    Quote Originally Posted by killramos View Post
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    I just consider it “good enough”. It’s not a terrible lubricant even if it was never designed to be one.

    For penetrating oil I prefer liquid wrench.
    Mouse milk is king for penetrant, unless you need an aerosol can, then Aerokroil

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    Jig-a-loo or whatever it's called... smells ok, doesn't stain.

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    3-in-1 oil for door hinges. If properly applied, will stop squeaking doors for about 10 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killramos View Post
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    Something something something... WD-40
    Yup, I've used this to lubricate a padlock

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    Quote Originally Posted by benz_890 View Post
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    WD-40 is a penetrant, not a lubricant
    WD-40 is a light mineral oil suspended in a penetrating solvent. When the solvent evaporates, the light oil remains - hence why WD-40 is both a penetrant and topical lubricant where light oil is called for. It's not the best lube in the world, but it's great for getting some lube into areas that a heavier oil (like 3in1) may have difficulty getting to.

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    What about for the hinges on garage doors? @AndyL
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    Quote Originally Posted by schurchill39 View Post
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    What about for the hinges on garage doors? @AndyL
    same as always, home depot, canadian tire, lowes, still sell a brand of actual garage door lube. If you don't really want to buy a specialty 30wt/atf in a 50/50 mix.

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    I have used graphite lube before and it worked pretty well for metal on metal contact. WD-40 works too, but the oil will work it's way out of the hinge and it gets pretty black.
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    As a bit of a garage door noob where would I apply any lube mine is super squeaky? And should the chain / drive part be lubed too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExtraSlow View Post
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    How do those work? What I want is a friction hinge like you can get on RV doors where the door stays where it's left, at any degree of openness. Want that on the ensuite bathroom door, to leave it mostly closed, but a crack open for airflow.
    The ghetto yet easy, free, and effective solution is to pop out the middle hinge bolt, lay it on concrete, smack it with a hammer a few times for a very slight bend then re-insert. The added friction from the bend will keep the door from moving on it's own (unless it's really crooked or a heavy ass door). I've done it to a few doors over the decades and never had any issues as a result.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nzwasp View Post
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    As a bit of a garage door noob where would I apply any lube mine is super squeaky? And should the chain / drive part be lubed too?
    Rollers (wheels in the track) pivot points on the hinges. Chain minimally doesnt need it (unless its siezed/rusting). The pivot does but usually has grease liberally applied. Bottom couple inches of the cables are good to prevent rusting through... Bearings beside your drums (where the cables run up to). Thats about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swank View Post
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    The ghetto yet easy, free, and effective solution is to pop out the middle hinge bolt, lay it on concrete, smack it with a hammer a few times for a very slight bend then re-insert. The added friction from the bend will keep the door from moving on it's own (unless it's really crooked or a heavy ass door). I've done it to a few doors over the decades and never had any issues as a result.
    Can confirm this works perfectly. Did this to one of the doors in our house that always liked to swing shut.

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