LESLIE: Jean in North Carolina is calling in with a door issue. Tell us what’s going on.
JEAN: Well, my daughter – the door – the bathroom door and my bedroom door were creaking but the bathroom the worst. And she got a spray and sprayed the hinges but she overdid and I have been – she’s taken the pin out and cleaned it. We’ve tried everything except pipe cleaners and I don’t know where I can get them. But is there anything that I can put on it or have her take the pins out and we can clean – try to clean it again? This one is still oozing.
TOM: Hmm. Wow. She must have really blasted it, huh?
You know, what happens is you get a lot of dirt and dust inside of those hinges and then if you spray it with one of those spray lubricants, then it all becomes sort of greasy, oily mud. And the only way to get rid of that is to do exactly what you’re doing; is to take it apart and wipe it down really good.
But if you take the door off the hinges, you wipe one side really good, then you wipe the other side really good and put it back together, that should be that. You shouldn’t have an ongoing issue with it. There’s only a finite amount of oil and you’ve just got to get that oil off of there, Jean, and you should be good to go.
JEAN: OK. I’ll keep trying.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that project. You do just that. The number is 1-888-MONEY-PIT.