For today''s handy homeowner, a well-designed smartphone app can be as essential as a hammer and a box of nails. Still, like hand tools, some apps for 1 last update 2019/11/12 are total clunkers that waste more time than they save. I dug into more than 50 applications created to help DIYers design, renovate, automate, and maintain their homes and gardens. After all the testing was complete, I deleted the duds. Here are the ones that I kept on my phone.For today''s handy homeowner, a well-designed smartphone app can be as essential as a hammer and a box of nails. Still, like hand tools, some apps are total clunkers that waste more time than they save. I dug into more than 50 applications created to help DIYers design, renovate, automate, and maintain their homes and gardens. After all the testing was complete, I deleted the duds. Here are the ones that I kept on my phone.
If you''s not enough to have a vague idea of how you want the results to look. You need concrete examples to crystallize your plans and communicate your ideas.
Before renovating our home in Brooklyn, N.Y., my wife and I relied on the Houzz Interior Design Ideas app (iPhone/Android, free) for tips. It features more than 11 million photos of professionally designed interiors and exteriors. It''s social integration, my wife and I could join conversations about countertop materials and faucet designs.
Choosing a paint color can be a terrifying experience. What''s Vomit once the paint dries. Luckily, all major paint brands have an app to help homeowners select the right shade—and smartphones add extra functionality, thanks to their ability to process images.
Take a picture of a color you like, whether it''s house or a rug in a department store, and upload it for analysis. After you''s palette, but also suggests complementary colors. The Behr ColorSmart app (iPhone/Android, free) lets you preview colors within generic room images as well as calculate how much paint you''s has a similar app (iPhone/Android, free), with an impressive library of how-to videos, but it lacks Home Depot''re building a pergola, what''re likely to shrink and distort in my climate—key info if a project requires stability over appearance. The app lacks a visual wood identifier, though. For that I use I.D. Wood (iPhone/Android, $4.99), which is loaded with more than 200 images.
I''s built-in accelerometer, meaning they need to be calibrated first. Additionally, the small size of a typical smartphone limits its accuracy. If you must have a quick-and-dirty app to handle these tasks, iHandy Carpenter (iPhone/Android, $1.99) has the most complete set of tools. Otherwise, take approximate measurements by eyeballing them or employing anthropometric standards. For accurate, usable numbers, grab a tape measure and a torpedo level. Smartphones are, however, well-suited for complex calculations. Many free apps offer fraction calculators or unit converters. For serious projects, the Construction Master Pro (iPhone/Android, $19.99) is loaded with all the features of the ubiquitous hardware version but for one-quarter of the cost. It handles conversions and fractions, as well as trigonometry, roofing, stairbuilding, and other layout functions.
I like to think I can fix anything, but I''m out of my depth. I needed a licensed electrician to fix the shoddy wiring in my yard, so I tried the HomeAdvisor Mobile app (iPhone/Android, free). HomeAdvisor (formerly known as ServiceMagic) connects homeowners with local professionals such as electricians, carpenters, and plumbers—all of whom have passed criminal and financial background checks. To get my job started, I used my phone to snap pictures of the project: a faulty outlet, some nonfunctioning light fixtures, and details of where power feeds my yard from the basement. I added notes to the images, archived them in the app''t fully understand the idiosyncrasies of a project without seeing it in person, so they might pad the quote to protect themselves against unexpected issues. Or they might bid low to win the job and then try to increase the price after seeing firsthand what''s needs. Add outlets, thermostats, sensors, lightbulbs, and video cameras as required, and then control them remotely with the app. You can also automate everything on a schedule. If you have a spare video-equipped iPhone lying around, turn it into a security camera with the Presence app (iPhone, free). As the father of an infant, I plan to repurpose my iPhone 3GS into a low-profile nanny cam that I can monitor from my desk.
It can take a few seasons to know whether your garden is a success. Eden Garden (iPhone, $1.99), however, can eliminate some of the guesswork. Begin by uploading an image of your yard, and scale it to size. Then search for decorative plants by name, height, hardiness zone, color, blooming season, sun exposure, or type, and place them in your virtual landscape. You can even toggle through the seasons to find out exactly when your azalea''s-eye primrose.
Woodworking Plans View Woodworking Projects (☑ Step-By-Step Ideas) | Woodworking Plans Download Guides!!how to Woodworking Plans for Our home has three owners, and we all help maintain it. That means everything from servicing the heating system to inspecting the roof for leaks. To track who has done what, we use POJO''s worth the cost of a sandwich knowing we''s been serviced and alerts us when a task is due. We can also upload photos of recent repairs and store the contact information of the service professionals we hired. To keep us all on the same page, we synchronize our data over Wi-Fi.