Do-It-Yourself, How-To

hacktoolbox2

Do you have a useful tip, trick, life hack or cool DIY project that you think other Gadgeteer readers can use to make their life easier or would find interesting? So many people have great ideas and they never share them. To help change that, I'll be posting regular articles sharing some of the best [...]

{ 2 comments }
Posted in: Articles, Do-It-Yourself, How-To
coil-hack-25

Do you have a useful tip, trick or hack that you think other Gadgeteer readers can use to make their life easier? Then I need you to contribute them to a new series that I'm starting today. So many people have great ideas and they never share them. Let's change that. The tips, tricks, hacks [...]

{ 3 comments }
Posted in: Articles, Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Do-It-Yourself, How-To
aardvark HD_13

Our sewer line needed replacing recently.  The plumbers used a really long "snake" with a camera at the end to see where they were going.  I have no plans to repair toilets or examine indoor plumbing, but the Aardvark HD3M waterproof wireless inspection camera might take me places I never thought possible. The camera comes [...]

{ 3 comments }
Posted in: Camera Gear, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews
i-loom

Friendship bracelets weren't a thing when I was a kid, but if they had been, I would have been all over it because I loved making things. Actually I still do. The i-loom is basically a loom that helps kids and adults weave their own bracelets out of colored string by keeping everything organized and [...]

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Kid Gadgets, News
2015.scrimshaw.barlow_1024x1024

Every so often when I am looking for tidbits to write about I come across an item that makes me think about the artisans of the past. The Bear & Son Knife + Scrimshaw kit is one such item. Harking back to an era when sailors used this ink on bone technique as a way [...]

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News
wolfelele-21

Have you ever wanted to build a guitar or a ukulele but felt it was completely beyond your capabilities, time and budget? Me too. That's why I was very curious to try the Wolfelele kit when I saw it because it didn't require tools I didn't own, a huge investment in time and best of all, [...]

{ 4 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Music Gear, Reviews
grabit-1

I think that everyone who has ever screwed in a screw has stripped a screw head (or two) at one time or another. When it happens, you can either just leave it alone, muttering to yourself, "Good enough!" Or you can bore out the screw with a drill bit and replace it. There is an [...]

{ 3 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home and Kitchen, News
Microduino-mCookie-Review-Main

Are you a maker? Inventor? Tinkerer? Want to play with Arduino but not sure what modules you need yet? Meet mCookie, a set of cool new magnetic and Arduino-compatible modules from Microduino.  Note: Images can be clicked on to view a larger size. These mCookie modules dramatically decrease the size of prototyping and allow you to work with [...]

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, Reviews
tool-light

It seems like every time I need to fix something with a tool, it's in the darkest area of my home or garage. I have several flashlights that can help in these situations, but holding a light in one hand while trying to use a screwdriver with the other hand can sometimes be a little [...]

{ 2 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News
switcheasy_blocks1

As a LEGO fan and an Apple Watch owner, I had heard about people building their own Apple Watch charging stands with LEGO blocks. When SwitchEasy came out with its Blocks Apple Watch charging stand, I jumped at the chance to take a look at it. On paper, the SwitchEasy Blocks charging stand sounds great. [...]

{ 2 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews, Watches and Clocks
usb-soldering-iron

Check out this pencil sized soldering iron that is powered by USB. It features a super thin tip that is perfect for delicate surface mount (SMD) work and a protective cap when it's not in use. Plug it in to a USB port and it will heat up quickly for those impromptu maker sessions. It [...]

{ 8 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News
bosch-glm50

Do-it-yourselfers who love checking out new tools are going to want to get their hands on the GLM 50 C measuring tool from Bosch. Not only does this modern day "tape measure" use lasers for precise measuring , but it also features a large easy to read full color backlit display with large numbers, and [...]

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home and Kitchen, News
northstar-leather-apron-4

An apron?  What?  Yes.  If you've ever undertaken a household repair project by yourself, you immediately discover that we humans are cursed with only two hands and not enough pockets.  This may be the next best thing. I just moved into a "new" home originally built in the 1930's.  Can you say "Honey-Do List?"  However, [...]

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews
drok-miniOLED-USB-multimeter

Have you ever wondered why your cell phone is charging so slowly? Could it be an ill-suited wall charger, a bad mico-USB/lightning cable, or does your phone's battery need replacing? Maybe you've wondered if there are truly any differences between different brands of micro-USB cables or how efficient your 10,000 mAh external battery charger is [...]

{ 4 comments }
Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News
Fascinations Metal Earth Licensed Models

I will admit that as a young lad I liked building models. As I got older my interest changed and model building went to the back burner. I have toyed with the idea of picking up some models to keep myself occupied, but I just have not found any that seemed interesting. A company called [...]

{ 18 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, News
fluke linksprinter300-02

When it comes to home networks, I always prefer a wired internet connection over WiFi.  When you've got a bunch of unmarked cables hidden behind the walls, you need all the help you can get.  I'm not an IT professional, but I thought I'd add the Fluke Networks LinkSprinter to my "bag of tricks" when [...]

{ 5 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews
joylabz-makeymakeygo-1

Have you ever wanted to use a doughnut as your spacebar? Have you been hankering to use jello as a game controller? Yeah me neither, but now you can thanks to the most unusual Kickstarter project ever, Makey Makey Go. Makey Makey Go is a device composed of a USB dongle and a wire with [...]

{ 3 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News
brando-globe

This looks like a fun do-it-yourself project for you or your kids. It's the D.I.Y. Solar Wood Globe from Brando. The kit comes with everything you need to construct a globe of our planet that rotates when it's exposed to sunlight. The base is made of wood and the globe is made of plastic. A small [...]

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, News
diy-nixie-tube-clock-kit

We've told you about these ultra-cool steampunk clocks with Nixie tubes displays.  Nixie tubes are "the LEDs of yesteryear" that used to be used for displays on scientific equipment, voltmeters, counters, and control panels.  They're no longer in production, but ThinkGeek found some limited-edition kits that let you build your own clock with an alarm function [...]

{ 2 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, News, Watches and Clocks
elfa-sale

I've shown you pictures of my desk that I custom designed from Elfa components at the Container Store.  I designed a perfect desk for myself, and then I was able to easily turn that one person desk into a two-person desk when my husband wished he had a new desk, too.  That desk was built [...]

{ 2 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home and Kitchen, News
Bondic

Last year Julie was nice enough to send me a packet of Sugru in a care package. While I love the stuff, it is not always suitable for every fix I need. Enter Bondic liquid plastic welder. Bondic is not a glue, instead it is a liquid plastic that you use to bond surfaces together. [...]

{ 5 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home and Kitchen, News
wicked

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you have surely seen the movie trailer for Episode VII of the Star Wars Saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The biggest buzz about this movie sneek peak is the awesome new lightsaber that has two mini lightsabers that project from the hilt after [...]

{ 3 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, News
veto-pro-pac-MC-01

I used to carry tools around for a living.  A good tool bag was critical.  I ended up with a variety of boxes with wheels on them just to lug them around town.  I don't do that anymore, but since I rent and don't live in a house, space is at a premium.  Maybe what [...]

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: Bags, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews
framewraps

Adding or changing the artwork on your walls can be an expensive project. Even if you use your own images, you still have to get the pictures matted and framed, which is not cheap. Then there's the problem with doing it all over again when you start growing tired of looking at the same images on [...]

{ 0 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home and Kitchen, News
ikea-fixa-tool-kit

Julie's post about the clever but expensive Strelka tool kit yesterday reminded me of my favorite little tool kit.  Although my husband has a nice kit that has more expensive tools than this little kit from Ikea, the Fixa 17-piece tool kit has everything that we need to use for most of the things we do around [...]

{ 4 comments }
Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home and Kitchen, News