We live in an age of do-it-yourself. The internet has given us more resources then ever, and we’re using them to learn skills that previously weren’t accessible to everyone. It has brought us more personal satisfaction — there’s nothing quite like doing a project yourself — and has fattened our wallets.
DIY projects become even more engaging when we can involve more technology. Lately I’ve made my smartphone a major tool in performing home projects. There are plenty of apps that help me out along the way, whether I depend on them or they provide a backup for one tool or another.
We all appreciate the accelerometers in our phones. They allow them to rotate as we turn them upright or sideways, giving us the perfect view no matter how we’re looking at it. Accelerometers have also provided developers with the ability to create unique tools. Perhaps none is as useful as the level.
It works just like a normal level. Just place your phone on top of the surface, and you’ll see a virtual bubble in a virtual tube of green liquid. Get the bubble in the center, and you have a level surface. Apps such as iHandy Level work great for any weekend handyman.
2. Rulers and Protractors
When you’re working with wood, precision matters. I recently built myself a desk for my home office, and it took plenty of precision cuts. I had to make sure that the legs were the right length and attached to the surface at a 90-degree angle. My smartphone came in perfectly handy here. The protractor app helped ensure a 90 degree angle between my legs and the surface, while the ruler helped me make precise measurements.
Sometimes you’ll see something measured in centimeters, but you need to measure it in inches. The conversion process can be quite a pain — it’s not like many people can do the conversion, one inch equals 2.54 centimeters, in their heads. A measurement conversion app can come in handy for instances like this. Just input the measurement you’re given, and it will spit out the measurement you need.
If you’ve owned a smartphone you’ve likely seen a huge selection of flashlight apps in whatever app store you use. Word to the wise: never pay for a flashlight app. Not only are there plenty of free ones, but you can also manually turn on the flashlight by opening your video recorder and turning it on. The video light on a smartphone is powerful, letting you see plenty when the lighting in the room just isn’t enough.
Whenever I work on a project at home, a thousand things come to mind as I’m working. Maybe I’m missing a part and need to grab it when I go to the Home Depot. Maybe I’ve thought of a new project. Whatever the case, I’d appreciate the ability to record it, so I don’t forget. All smartphones have easy note-taking apps, most of which are free. There are also voice recorder apps, which are great for when you don’t want to type out a note.
Author Bio:- Joe Pawlikowski writes and edits several mobile phone blogs, including Prepaid Reviews. He recently installed new shower doors, using his smartphone as his assistant.