Because Homes Don't Come With a Manual: DIY & Repair Apps

Weekly Smartphone App Roundup

Creating the perfect living space can be an ongoing endeavor requiring imagination, patience, and occasionally some hands-on work. Properly done, research and preparation should come before the actual handiwork, whether you already know your way around a toolbox, are an absolute beginner, or are simply looking to fix a niggling problem around the house. A DIY home repairs app can be an extremely useful partner when tackling home repair projects...

iOS

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Left: Handyman DIY - Right: DIY Do It

Handyman DIY
Looking to re-tile the floor or paint the living room walls? Handyman DIY offers a wealth of 'how to' resources detailing materials and tools required, easy-to-follow instructions, and video links to "show" when words aren't clear enough. On top of that, the app also includes a task list, shopping list, and data input pertaining to individual rooms wall space or square footage which makes trips to the hardware store much easier. $2

DIY Do It
A Retina Display optimized-app, DIY Do It remedies 50 household problems, divided into indoor, outdoor, decor and utilities categories. Navigating between tutorials (ranging from repairing a leaky roof to unblocking the kitchen sink) is simple thanks to the well-designed, color-coded interface. Should you require further help, an in-app video serve as a supporting visual aid. $1

Android

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Left: WikiHow - Right: Good Housekeeping @Home

WikiHow
With over 120,000 articles at its disposal, this app's encyclopedia breadth instructs on everything from deleting your Facebook account to tying a tie. Helpful for many things in life at large including the answers to those pesky tasks in and around the house that need to be resolved. You'll find that sealing a leaky radiator, pinpointing a stud in the wall, or drying wet carpet are all doable projects thanks to the app's simple instructions and illustrations. Free - Also available for iOS

Good Housekeeping @Home
Not all issues with the home can be fixed with anything found in a toolbox. For nasty stains, general furniture material maintenance and all queries surrounding keeping our abodes sparkly clean, Good Housekeeping @Home offers us a glossary of how to remove substances like ketchup or wine from household furniture made of leather or glass. Having this app around is like carrying around a 4" tall Martha Stewart in your pocket! Free - Also available for iOS

Windows Phone

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Left: eHow - Right: iFixit: Repair Manual

eHow
The popular website is a fantastic guide for many things including home fixit projects. There are a million articles organized into several categories, the home section provides great written instructions for everything concerning the home. Finding what you're looking for in the search will deliver concise results no matter the size of the project. Free - Also available for iOS/Android

iFixit: Repair Manual
Not all household issues revolve around cracked tiles or dripping ceilings. If there's a problem with your laptop, smartphone or even motorcycle, iFixits free app has thousands of simple step-by-step guides complete with high definition photos. Taking your devices to a repair shop can be extremely pricy and it might be worth the risk. iFixit will help see you through from beginning to full disassembly for appliances, computers, devices, gadgets and more. Free - Also available for iOS/Android

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