By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A peephole is a small but mighty addition to your front door, providing the security of knowing who is at your door without having to open it to find out. The viewer's optical lens, with a wide angle for maximum viewing, gives you the distinct advantage of seeing the person at the door without them knowing it. Most are designed to fit in exterior doors 1 3/8 to 2 inches thick. To find them, look in the door security hardware section of home centers and hardware stores; to find them online, type "door peephole viewer" into an Internet search engine.
A handyman will charge $53 to install a door viewer, which includes labor and material. But you can buy the device for $18 and install it yourself, saving 60 percent. Admittedly, cutting a hole in your front door can be intimidating, but any homeowner who takes the proper care can do it. The key is to follow the instructions that come with the device - both about locating the peephole so it's at a comfortable viewing height and about how to install the device.
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Here's more from SF Gate about Adding Peepholes to Front Doors.
Wrapping up, given the average cost to install a door viewer you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.