Wednesday, August 7, 2013

"How-to" sites

There are a number of "how-to" sites available, some of which leave much to be desired (wikiHow, for example, seems to have a lot of extremely basic articles, including some of which strongly resemble advertising). Whether it's a video on refinishing a wood floor or directions for refurbishing an old computer, the following websites provide a good amount of free, usable content (and inspiration) that you can use to help you achieve some of the projects you may have on your "honey do" list.

Instructables
Here you can access over 100,000 documented projects on everything from creating Easy Refrigerator Pickles to a raised garden on a hillside. You can sign up for a free account, but if you want to be able to download or save PDF e-book copies of instructions, you'll need to upgrade to an Instructables Pro account (Instructables provides free pro memberships to teachers).

diynetwork
DIY Network (makers of HGTV and Food Network) offers creative Home Improvement projects for do-it-yourself enthusiasts.

do it yourself
Articles, videos and expert advise on home improvement and repair projects.

eHow
This popular site covers over 30 categories, organized under channels such as home, mom, style, tech, food, money and health, with articles/videos and an active online community to boot.

How-To Geek
One of my favorite sites for tips and directions to help you address common technology issues.

Pinterest DIY & Crafts
If you need to get inspired, try Pinterest, an online pinboard, where users share all kinds of projects.

This Old House
Select the How-To + Repair tab and access expert advice and step-by-step instructions for your home and garden.

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian


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