With smartphone enabled security technologies on the rise, it can feel like the most useful solutions are the most expensive and advanced. Fortunately, budget conscious homeowners can find a great deal of safety from a simple technology that’s been a proven success for years: the peephole.
Why Install a Peephole
Of all the security technologies in use today, few have stood the test of time like the peephole. Allowing you to see who’s at the door without giving away your presence or requiring that you open the door itself, this simple device delivers security, protection, and peace of mind, all through the use of two lenses.
Selecting A Peephole
The type of peephole you choose can make a big difference in your ability to see who’s knocking, or lurking. Older style peepholes offer only a view of what’s directly in front of the field of vision. Newer models offer a wideangle view of the entire door stop area. Additional models may offer a distortion free view of the area, making it easier to see what’s going on without the fisheye effect of traditional models. Select an option that will allow you to see outside the door without providing any hiding spots or limiting your ability to discern what it is you’re viewing.
Setting the Height
Selecting the proper location for your peephole is important in allowing everyone to see the outside. The easiest way to determine where to place it is to simply stand in front of the door, eyes straight ahead, and mark the spot you see comfortably with a pencil. If your family has members of differing heights, the peephole should be set so that the shortest member can use it. Another option is to place two peepholes, one at an adult height and one for children.
Drilling the Hole
Begin by measuring the diameter of the peephole sleeve. This way you’ll avoid drilling a hole in your door that’s too large or too small. Select a hole saw with a pilot bit in the middle and center it on the mark you made earlier. Start slow and hold the drill steady as to not create a crooked hole. Once you’ve reached the other side of the door, stop drilling as soon as possible to prevent splintering.
Now, simply take the two sides of your peephole and stand with the door open in order to attach them. The fit should be snug and the peephole itself should be attached firmly to prevent the pieces from falling out and providing free access to burglars. Use your new peephole any time someone comes to the door or if you suspect that someone may be lurking outside, and enjoy the peace of having a viewable but solid barrier between you and complete strangers.
Not all security solutions are particularly complicated, and the peephole has stood the test of time as a reliable tool for keeping your home safe. Enjoy easy installation and the peace of mind of easy viewing, and your family will be safer for the effort.