There are plenty of more traditional DIY sites that focus on typical home repair and renovation, but here are 6 that can help you become more handy with repairs, increase your how-to know-how, and stretch your creativity:
- iFixit is the "free repair manual you can edit," aiming to be a one-stop shop for helping you diagnose what's wrong with your item, get expert tips if you need them, and repair it yourself. You can even buy parts for certain items from the site (which is how they're funding their work). The site encourages contributions from those who are handy at answering techy repair questions or who want to submit their own repair guide (or edit someone else's).
- Instructables is a DIY site that allows people to submit, rate, comment on, and use others' instructions for building, making, crafting, creating, repairing, and hacking all sorts of projects and products. From making your own rain barrel to crocheting a squid hat (yes, you read that right), to finding ways to upcycle your junk, the site has good and bad suggestions and directions. Categories include technology, food, living, workshop, outside, and play. The site also offers contests and a forum.
- While more all-over-the-map in coverage, eHow can still be a useful site for finding need-to-know tips and how-tos. With nearly 50 categories, you'll find help with everything from car repair to personal finance to home maintenance. Articles are as general as "tips for saving on holiday travel" and as specific as "cleaning your fish tank with sand."
- Lifehacker bills itself as "tips and downloads for getting things done." If you don't mind lots of browsing the site and some quirky categories, you can find helpful tips and other info.
- Make "celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will." Both the magazine and website offer the helpful and the eyebrow-raising in DIY projects, news, and other tidbits. From the truly useful to the truly bizarre, you'll find ideas for repurposing stuff and flexing your creativity.
- Being a wiki tool, wikiHow is a collaborative "how-to manual" on a variety of topics. Currently it has more than 146,000 articles and is browsable by more than 20 categories. Since anyone can upload an article on any topic, you'll find that the quality varies.
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