Do-It-Yourself

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

The Make-Your-Own Hot Sauce Kit is a tasty way to DIY

NEWS – I LOVE hot sauce and have always wanted to try making my own, but the process seemed like an arduous one. Finding a recipe, then shopping for all those hard to find ingredients you don’t have on hand. The Grow and Make Make-Your-Own Hot Sauce Kit takes all the guesswork out of making …

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Be prepared for the spring gift season with wrap buddies

NEWS – And you thought that the holidays were behind us didn’t you? That’s adorable… Springtime is a busy time for holidays like Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and graduation. That means you’ll need a tool to help you wrap all those gifts you’ll be giving to family and friends. What you need are some …

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Here are a couple of inexpensive tips for covering up the cameras (or LED lights) on your devices

ARTICLE – I love my gadgets, but I don’t want to worry about the cameras on those devices getting hacked, so I cover many of them up. Am I paranoid? Maybe, but I know I’m not the only one concerned about this so I thought I’d pass on my tips to those of you who …

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Light up Valentine’s Day with WHDTS heart-shaped soldering kit

NEWS – Are you searching for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift, and you enjoy tinkering with a soldering iron, crafts or DIY projects? Or maybe it’s your sweetheart who’d get a charge out of creating a small light-up display. In either case, check out the WHDTS heart-shaped, three-piece flashing LED DIY soldering kit. It’s advertised …

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Makers will love the one button to rule them all

NEWS – Makers, home automation hobbyists, or anyone who loves a good DIY challenge should take a look at the Touch Encoder by Grayhill, who recently celebrated 75 years of innovation. Grayhill products can be found in everything from custom projects to switches running through any modern jet cockpit and this new easy to program …

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BluFixx repair gel kit review

REVIEW – Fixing broken things is one of the Gadgeteer superpowers. We use a lot of different materials for this, and we were recently offered a new product that can fill those patching and repair needs. It’s a series of light-curing products called BluFixx. These are liquids that are designed to repair everything from your …

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New Age Enclosures Raspberry Pi 3 Tinker Case review

REVIEW – You can find Raspberry Pi 3 cases all over the Internet.  They are mostly all good, and mostly all priced the same – $15.  New Age Enclosures is looking to break out from the pack with a high quality, durable case that costs less.  Is that possible?  Read on to find out… Most …

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Don’t let your small car stymie your DIY projects

NEWS – Ever run into the problem of having to pay the hardware store to deliver something like a few boards or some wood trim because you have a sedan or a truck with a short bed and can’t fit your supplies in it?  Well, with the Sidekick VSC side-mount car carrier system, you’ll never …

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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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