Do-It-Yourself, How-To

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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… Read More

Posted in: Camera Gear, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews
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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Music Gear, Reviews
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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… Read More

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home and Kitchen, News
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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… Read More

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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… Read More

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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… Read More

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Reviews, Watches and Clocks
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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… Read More

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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… Read More

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Home and Kitchen, News
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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… Read More

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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… Read More

Posted in: Cables, Batteries and Chargers, Do-It-Yourself, How-To, News
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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… Read More

Posted in: Do-It-Yourself, How-To, Geek Toys, News
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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… Read More

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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… Read More