How to Replace Guide Eyelets

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How to Replace Guide Eyelets
Large guide eyelets allow for a greater range of motion. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Guide eyelets are used in a wide variety of applications to provide parameters for a passageway. Many guide eyelets go through friction and stress as a cord passes through them with each use. Over time an eyelet may warp or weaken from regular use. Worn eyelets can be removed and replaced without causing damage to the surrounding material. Replace the guide eyelets and get the line back on track to give new life to an old piece.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Small round tapered file
  • Needle-nose pliers (optional)
  • Workbench or wood block
  • Eyelets
  • Eyelet setter
  • Hammer

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  1. 1

    Measure the diameter of the opening and width of the rim on the old guide eyelets. Find one that has not gone out of round to get the most accurate measurement.

  2. 2

    File into the worn edge of the eyelets until they are separated. Stop filing before cutting into the surrounding material. Pull out the old eyelet with your fingers or a set of needle-nose pliers.

  3. 3

    Center the hole in the material over a workbench or wood block. Select eyelets with the same opening and rim size as the ones that were removed. Slide a guide eyelet from underneath so the long stem portion is poking up through the hole.

  4. 4

    Insert the tapered end of the eyelet setter into the stem of the eyelet. Tap on the flat back end of the setter to curl the stem around the sides of the hole. Remove the setter and tap gently on the eyelet to secure it in place.

Tips and warnings

  • Save a pair of boots or shoes that are constantly shredding laces by replacing the guide eyelets.
  • Use a variety of eyelet colours on the same project for a custom look.

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