Solder Without A Soldering Iron Using Steel Wire And Fire

If you need to make some simple electronics repairs, but don’t have a soldering iron, you aren’t completely doomed. You can use plenty of other tools, along with almost any heat source, to solder whatever needs soldering.

Make A Survival Bracelet To Save You In Any Worst-Case Scenario

You might already have a bug-out bag or emergency kit, but those aren’t any good to you if you’re not carrying them when an emergency happens. This DIY bracelet packs heaps of survival tools on your wrist so you’re prepared for just about any adventure.

The Safety Gear Every DIYer Should Have In Their Toolbox

We talk about tools a lot, but a constant companion to any do-it-yourself project should be proper safety gear. It may not be as fun as tools, but these must-have items will protect your vision, hearing and lungs during any activity.

Build A Convincing Hide-A-Key Out Of PVC Pipe Parts

Getting locked out of your house is the worst. Having a hide-a-key can help, but you need to make sure it doesn’t look too conspicuous. This setup looks just like some plain old piping on the side of the house.

Start Tiling Your Bathroom Floor At The Bathtub For A Straight Line

The most important part of tiling a bathroom floor is “setting the layout”. It’s a do-it-yourself job that anyone with a bit of patience and basic know-how can do. The key, says This Old House, is starting at the focal point of your bathroom for a nice, straight line.

Take Advantage Of The IKEA Effect To Be More Satisfied With Your Stuff

Most furniture that you get from IKEA needs to be assembled with your own two hands. Which can mean you feel a sense of accomplishment in addition to getting a new piece of furniture. Try focusing on buying or making stuff yourself to build more satisfaction with your life.

Where To Get Started With The Intel Edison

The Intel Edison is one of those DIY electronics boards that we haven’t talked a lot about here on Lifehacker, but it’s one of the more popular tools for internet of things projects. It’s a little confusing how it works at a glance, so Instructables user DangerousTim put together a beginner’s guide that covers the basics for setting it up.

How To Use Basic Design Principles To Decorate Your Home

Some people are born with a great eye for decorating or design. Others learn the skill and are able to apply it successfully. And then there are the rest of us. If you don’t have much of a knack for design, a few basic techniques can go a long way.

Build A Step Stool For Your Kids That Doubles As Storage

Every household needs a step stool, and one that doubles as storage is even better. You can build this step stool in an afternoon using basic tools and pine boards from your local hardware store.

Ask LH: Do I Need Council Approval To Build My Kids A Cubby House?

I read recently about a guy who got a letter from the council saying that he needed to apply for planning approval of a cubby house that he had built in his backyard over 12 months prior. Apparently it’s the same deal as with a shed, requiring council approval. Why is that the case? Why does anyone building anything on their own property need to ask the council for permission?