We all want to try DIY simple repairs and projects. We’ve given you tips about it, as well as tips on choosing the right materials. Now we are giving you more tools to help you! Not just any kind of tools but apps for handymen! Yes, mobile applications that can be very useful whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or just fixing a leaky faucet. You’ll now be able to tackle virtually any project without having to get your contractor’s license.
“Measure twice, cut once” is one of carpentry’s most fundamental rules. The same holds true for home improvement in general. Before you can start in on a project—whether re-tiling a bathroom, laying down new hardwood floors, or even painting a hallway—you’ve got to know exactly what the scope of the project is and how much materials you’ll need.
The Handyman Calculator, an Android app, can assist you with the more complex mathematic solutions, from figuring square footage and stud spacing to unit conversion to asphalt volume, tile, paint, carpet, and linoleum coverage calculators. Home Improvement Calcs, an iOS app, offers similar functionality. It does however include more than 74,000 preset functions from mulch coverage to attic insulation volumetrics.
House Maintenance Schedule is another app for android users. This a calendar type of app that helps schedule and remind you of upcoming maintenance projects, from flushing the water heater and inspecting fire extinguishers to changing HVAC filters and cleaning downspouts. Very useful if you have big home and you really want to DIY.
The app Family Handyman DIY Tip Genius, for iOS users, is designed for both the iPhone and iPad and is packed with hundreds of ideas and tips on how to perform your project smoothly. Helpful for first time DIY-ers.
Another popular handyman app is the iHandy Carpenter which has measuring tapes, protractors, and levels that are calibrated using your phone’s accelerometer. Cool.
Lastly, if for some reason your project is not running so smoothly, why not seek consult with the professionals? HomeAdvisor makes it easy to reach out to contractors, electricians, or others with specialized skills. It’s always a good idea to at least get a second opinion.