How to Replace a Peep Hole

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How to Replace a Peep Hole
Replace your old peep hole and see clearly. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Peep holes add a security benefit and convenience to your entry doors. The peep hole allows you to see who is at your door before opening it to strangers. The glass on the outer peep hole can develop scratches and become cloudy over time due to being in the weather. When this happens, the peep hole is not of much use and requires replacement. Replacing a peep hole is as simple as screwing a bolt into a nut.

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Things you need

  • Flathead screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Open the door so you can access both ends of the peep hole. Look at the inside peep hole and find two notches on the outer rim. The notches are across from each other.

  2. 2

    Insert the tip of a flathead screwdriver into one of the notches. Press your finger on your free hand over the front of the peep hole. Turn the inner peep hole counterclockwise with the screwdriver until you can grab the outer edges with your fingers.

  3. 3

    Continue turning the inner portion of the peep hole with one hand while continuing to press the outer peep hole against the door. Pull the inner peep hole away from the door. Insert a straw through the hole and push the outer peep hole away from the door.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the two parts of the new peep hole away from each other. The outer peep hole is the part with the larger glass and the outer threads. Insert the outer peep hole through the hole in the front of the door, and hold it in place with your finger.

  5. 5

    Insert the inner part of the peep hole through the hole from the inside of the door. Turn the inner peep hole clockwise to thread it over the outer peep hole stem. Continue threading until the inner peep hole rim is against the door. Turn the inner peep hole ½ turn with the screwdriver in one of the notches.

Tips and warnings

  • Hardware stores and home improvement centres carry replacement peep holes.

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