If you are viewing the Virtual Gallery from home, you will need your Orange County resident library card to access some of the resources.
Use this library resource to find step-by-step instructions, photos, diagrams, and more. This is an excellent resource for the do-it-yourself mechanic, but comprehensive enough for professional technicians.
Those engaged in home repairs and upgrades will find that this online resource, containing books, DVDs, recommended websites, and online resources, is especially useful.
Featuring one of the most recognized names in home improvement, Bob Vila's website offers advice and guides for many types of projects. He is also the former host of the show: This Old House.
Focused on home improvement, the DIY Network is a cable television network and website with extensive resources for renovation, remodeling, and repair projects.
Create, share, or download user-created projects with step-by-step instructions and pictures. Includes videos, e-books, and monthly contests.
Do-it-yourself includes more than just home improvement. Read MAKE Magazine and find technology and hobbyist projects of all types, including building a clay pot smoker and a digital TV coat hanger antenna.
The mission of Apartment Therapy is to help people "make their homes more beautiful, organized and healthy" by sharing resources and supporting an online community. The DIY section offers great ideas for simple projects.
Kids and teens can earn badges and learn new skills by building and creating real-world projects through this socially driven website. Parents and educators can track accomplishments and monitor what their children are sharing.
Modifying and customizing Ikea products is a popular activity with DIY hobbyists, and this website and blog allows users to share their creations.
This blog combines tips, shortcuts, ideas, and much more. Lifehacker includes advice on getting organized, unique technology projects, and streamlining your life! Check out the DIY section for the newest ideas.
Fix, upgrade, or repair your home computer using these resources. If you want to build a home computer network, these books offer instructions and guidance for this task.
Browse books, e-books, and downloadable audiobooks about a variety of do-it-yourself (DIY) topics, including: crafts, electronics, fashion, food, and others. Find a project that fits your interests.
Find books and downloadable e-books on renovating or repairing your home, or find a good idea for a future project.
Get great upgrade tips or see step-by-step visual instructions for completing your DIY home renovation or repair projects.
Read about basic car care and learn how to make a few easy repairs on your own.
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Use these free applications to take photos of colors around you and then find a matching paint sample. These tools are great for designing and planning a room.
Parents, kids, and teens who build and complete projects from DIY.org can use this free application to snap photos or video of their challenges and earn badges. Available for Apple iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch).
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Home Improvement Shopping
Shop from your mobile device for home improvement supplies at your local hardware store. You can also watch videos and browse for new ideas.
iHandy Level Free and iHandy Carpenter
Many mobile devices have built-in sensors that detect rotation or acceleration. This free application for Apple iOS and Android devices will help you hang framed objects, curtains, or anything else that needs to be leveled.
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Check out iHandy Carpenter, which includes 5 tools in one application: plumb bob, surface level, bubble bar, and protractor, and ruler. This application is $1.99 and is available for Android and iOS.
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