How to make a reverse peephole

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How to make a reverse peephole
Traditional peepholes allow you to see who is outside the door. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A reverse peephole allows visitors to see into your home by peering through the small peephole in your door. There are two main ways to create a reverse peephole; install a traditional peephole in the opposite direction or use a spy gadget that reverses traditional peepholes. As of October 2010, these peepholes are available for about £58. Some people view these gadgets as a huge invasion of privacy so use them with caution.

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Things you need

  • Peephole
  • Door
  • Power drill
  • Screwdriver

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    Reverse Peephole

  1. 1

    Drill a hole through your front door. The hole should be near the eye level of an average adult, about 5 feet, and should be in the centre of the door. Use a 1/2-inch drill bit to drill an appropriately sized hole.

  2. 2

    Clean out the hole using a screwdriver. Scrape the sides of the hole with the screwdriver to remove any shavings or wood chips.

  3. 3

    Insert the lens portion of the peephole. Traditionally, the lens portion of the peephole goes on the side of the door that faces the street. To create a reverse peephole, insert the lens portion of the peephole so that it faces the inside of your home.

  4. 4

    Insert the viewing piece of the peephole. This portion should face outside. Push the viewing piece towards the centre of the door until it fits tightly.

    Spy Gadget

  1. 1

    Purchase a peephole reverser spy gadget.

  2. 2

    Set the peephole reverse on the door, directly on top of the peephole.

  3. 3

    Move your eye towards the viewer and peer through the peephole.

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