Do-It-Yourself

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

Brewferm homebrewing starter kit review – Brew your own beer!

REVIEW – The Brewferm homebrew starter kit comes neatly packaged in its own fermenting barrel, with ingredients, instructions and accouterments inside. My husband and I have always wanted to try brewing our own beer, and it was great to have a kit to start us off. What is it? A homebrewing kit with nearly all …

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Framework is a DIY, upgradeable, repairable and customizable laptop that I want!

NEWS – The first time that I built my own desktop computer from choosing the case, motherboard, video card, etc, I was hooked. I loved the do-it-yourself geeky aspect of it. Then laptops came out and I wanted to do the same thing with them but couldn’t. I was stuck with the minor choices of …

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How I repurposed a Blink camera to create the ultimate birdwatching camera

ARTICLE – My sister and I have recently become obsessed with birds when she opened her curtains one morning and saw two Baltimore Orioles on her suet feeders. She was so excited to see a new bird that she’d never seen before that it made me start birdwatching too. I began keeping an eye on …

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AirCut DIY Portable Haircutting System review – I’m never going to a salon again

REVIEW – In addition to working from home, COVID has caused many of us to take matters into our own hands (literally) when it comes to getting our hair cut. I don’t enjoy getting my hair cut because I’m cheap and don’t like paying $20 + tip more for a haircut that takes less than 15 …

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My garage has an awesome feature that yours does not

ARTICLE – For years I had this idea to decorate my garage with all the tail lights of all the cars I’ve owned. Not the originals, of course, but junkyard specials, eBay finds, etc. I finally had some free time over the holidays so I finally assembled my collection and wired it up for some …

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TPSK is a premium Titanium bit driver for DIYers

NEWS – The TPSK which is short for Titanium Precision Screwdriver Kit is just what you would guess it is. It’s a screwdriver set from CountyComm, purveyor of cool EDC Gear, that includes a Titanium handle with a 1/4-inch hex-bit driver socket. Also included in this kit is a set of 10 hardened steel screwdriver …

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Raspberry Pi drops microcontroller, and it’s only $4!

NEWS – The Raspberry Pi Foundation has been building mini computers for years now.  I have one on my local network that hosts PiHole.  Recently they’ve decided to dip their toes into some new water:  microcontrollers.  They just released the Raspberry Pi Pico, a small microcontroller board that only costs $4!  If you’re ever wanted …

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Relive the golden age of personal computers with this cool C64 case

NEWS – I have many fond memories of the Commodore 64. It wasn’t my first personal computer (that was the TI-99/4A) but it was definitely my favorite. I remember typing in assembly code from magazines, modding a 5 1/4 inch floppy disk drive to pirate games (shhh), and upgrading from a 300 baud modem to …

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KneeBlades make working on your knees easier and more fun

NEWS – KneeBlades are an interesting “tool” for construction workers, and DIYers. If you’ve ever had to work on your hands and knees for any length of time, you’ll understand how much of a pain that it can be both literally and figuratively. Milescraft created KneeBlades to make it easier to move around on your …

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Dakboard smart display review – Build a DIY always on wall display

REVIEW – How do you keep track of things that need to be done? Do you use a task or to-do app on your phone or computer? Do you use a physical notebook? I use both of those methods and have just added a third tool to my productivity toolbox – a Dakboard. What is …

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Go Hang It all-in-one picture hanging & leveling tool review – Hang pictures with fewer cuss words and tears

REVIEW – We recently did a complete remodel of the upper level of our house, but even though it’s been done for several months, we have yet to hang any artwork back on the walls. Why? We’re mainly afraid that we’ll make a mistake getting multiple framed art pieces to line up. That’s where a …

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Celia & Perah R1 and R2 FM/Bluetooth speakers review – You can build them yourself

REVIEW – In these surreal times of the COVID-19 pandemic, staying at home while practicing social distancing requires families to do things together more than ever. One of the ways to promote togetherness is to build something. But what if—like me—you’ve never made anything? In all the years I’ve reviewed portable Bluetooth speakers, all I’ve …

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