Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Do It Yourself Projects

Economy got you down? Ditching the summer vacation this year? Have home improvement projects piling up? Why not use your "staycation" time to fix up your home/garden? The following Web sites offer tips, detailed plans and suggestions that will help you get your abode in tip-top shape:

  • DIY Network - Professional tips, how-to videos and recommended products (for purchase) that cover a number of categories (electrical, plumbing, painting, etc.). The site also includes an index of crafts (who knew?) and an online forum where you can post questions, get feedback from other DIY-ers.
  • HOMETIME - The public television/syndicated show has a Web site with a number of how-to articles and videos that you can access for free.
  • Instructables - The home section of this site, "a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others," includes such unique projects as IKEA hacks, make your own solar water heater and a LEGO combination safe. You can sign up for a weekly newsletter and join Instructables on Facebook, as well. The site is very community-oriented and seems geared at young, hip urbanites.
  • lifehacker - The diy section is somewhat hard to navigate but if you can make it through the slow loading of the site, you can find some good tips/projects.
  • AOL Home > DIY - While the focus of the site appears to be on all things celebrity, there are DIY projects culled from partners such as This Old House, Sunset Magazine, Real Simple, etc.
  • YouTube - Search on "home maintenance" and get thousands of DIY videos.
  • *NEW!* 5min - Check out the home and garden section on this site for free instructional, knowledge and lifestyle videos, both professionally produced and user-generated.

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