Do-It-Yourself

News, reviews and articles about products that help you make and fix things.

Bloxygen keeps old oil-based paints, varnishes and stains looking like new

  NEWS – Have you ever gone back to use leftover paint or stain to touch up a recent project only to find that it’s unusable? It’s not only frustrating, but it can also be expensive. Bloxygen is a paint and finish preservation spray that keeps oil-based paints, varnishes, and stains in freshly-opened-can shape and …

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The DrawBag backpack is made of paper leather that can be customized with your artwork

NEWS – Are you someone who likes to blend in with the crowd by carrying a boring black backpack, or do you like to show your style by choosing a backpack that will turn heads when you walk by? If you answered yes to the second question, you’ll want to check out the DrawBag backpack. The …

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Jarvis Farley will give you inspiration to turn your home into a smart one

What is Jarvis Farley you ask? It’s the home automation digital assistant that Matt Farley created that controls almost every aspect of his home from security cameras, to TVs, music, thermostats, etc. This system even gives his kids credits when they do their chores that they can then redeem for time allowances for watching TV …

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Invent nearly anything with Makey Makey

In 2015, The Gadgeteer introduced to Makey Makey Go: Makey Makey Go makes your spacebar edible Almost three years later, Makey Makey is back; new and improved. The possibilities are endless with this wildcard of a toy. Turn bananas into a xylophone, your own drawing into a touchpad, play-dough into a game controller, buckets of …

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World Maker Faire New York 2017

This past weekend I attended the 8th Annual World Maker Faire New York held at the New York Hall Of Science. Started in 2006 by the publisher of Make: magazine and sponsored heavily by Barnes & Noble, Maker Faires are “family-friendly festivals of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.” Everything a …

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Make your own paracord survival bracelets and fobs with this easy to use jig

If you’ve ever looked at someone’s paracord bracelet and thought “hey, I could make that”, now you can. The Jig Bracelet Maker Parachute Cord Survival Wristband Maker Paracord Braiding Weaving DIY Craft Tool Kit from Yakura comes with everything you need (except the paracord!) to make your own survival bracelets, key fobs and more.

SimpleUSB Automotive 12V to USB Adapter Dashcam Installation Kit review

I have reviewed (more than) my fair share of dashcams and radar detectors over the past few years. All of these devices require power in a relatively inconvenient place in your car. Typically these devices are installed up near your rearview mirror. Few automobiles have a 12V or USB port anywhere near that location. Running …

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Pay as little as $1 for an awesome bundle of Make: IoT and Raspberry Pi how-to ebooks

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about using Raspberry Pi and Arduino hardware to get into the IoT scene, today is your lucky day. Make: and Humble Bundle Books have teamed up to offer an extraordinary deal that not only rewards you with a great collection of geeky eBooks, but it also helps STEM …

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Low tech solution to finding the right size TV for your space

Figuring out the right size TV to mount on a wall or fit in your entertainment cabinet just got a little easier than holding a tape measure at a diagonal line when you use the TV Sizer. What is it? The TV Sizer is a very low tech solution to a high tech problem. Just …

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Thimble Wi-Fi bot building kit review

I’m sure you’ll be shocked to discover that when I was in high school, most of my elective classes were trended toward science. My two all-time favorite classes where “Power and Energy Technology” and “Robotics”. In both those classes we were tasked with building simple machines using motors, circuit boards, power supplies, etc. I enjoyed …

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RediTape is a duct tape “roll” that fits in your pocket

Duct tape is a must have item for everyone’s toolbox and workshop because it’s such a versatile material for repairing and even making brand new items. The only problem with Duct tape is the form factor. It traditionally comes in big bulk rolls that are inconvenient to store and carry around in a gear bag …

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