We're very fond of hacking IKEA gear around here, but some of the items the Swedish furniture giant sells are far more versatile than others. Here are the 10 handiest items you can pick up for repurposing the next time you make an IKEA pilgrimage -- and every single one is priced under $10.
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Much renovation and DIY work involves starting with very basic materials -- wood, metal, fastenings and adhesives -- and forming them into new objects. Starting from the basics is always a useful skill, but you should also be ready to recognise when using something pre-made will let you get a better end result.
Dear Lifehacker, Like many other Lifehacker readers, I have the usual collection of cordless power tools that don't get used quite as often as they should or I'd like. I've read that keeping the battery pack constantly charging is no good for the battery. Can you recommend a strategy for ensuring the cordless power tools have the power when you need them but maintaining the battery life? Thanks, Cordless and Powerless
Cycling is a green and fitness-friendly way to get around, and you can save money by assembling the bicycle yourself. However, the experience can sour pretty quickly if you don't have a decent bike. Having busted a bunch of retailers for selling bikes that don't meet Australian safety standards, the ACCC is a useful (if perhaps unexpected) source of bike safety tips.
We're using Renovation Week to kick off our new Reno 101 column, a weekly look at tips and tricks for better DIY practice. And we're kicking off Reno 101 with a look at one of the most common tasks: painting.