With hundreds of thousands of apps available on various operating platforms, your smartphone can become a “virtual toolbox,” filled with handy resources to simplify projects around the house and save a little time and money. Check out these five categories and download your favorites.

1. Learn How To Fix Stuff

Want to know how to remove old wallpaper? How to hang a new pendant light? How to install an electrical outlet? To replace bathroom tile? To do just about anything around the house and beyond? Try these resources:

2. Save Money on Home Maintenance

When it comes to home maintenance, half the battle is remembering to tackle different chores on different schedules. Here are two ways to keep tabs on critical tasks and avoid the hassle of costly repair bills:

3. Paint it Right

Painting your walls is a major project! The last thing you want is to pick a color—which was beautiful in the store, on the paint chips, and in the paint can—and discover that it misses the mark on your walls.

For a completely different approach to selecting colors, check out Adobe Capture CC (previously called Adobe Color Capture). Intended for design professionals, Capture is a powerful and free smartphone tool anyone can use on iOS or Android devices to generate a beautiful palette for a completely color-coordinated room (walls, trim, rugs, etc.).

For example, the COLORS tab extracts color values from any selected image (a photo you’ve taken or downloaded image files) and harmonizes the colors into five compatible options. It’s easy to modify the results by selecting different colors from the image. You can also pick “deeper” or more “muted” versions of the color scheme.

Once you’ve narrowed down your options, “see” how a particular color would look on your walls before going to the paint store. Several paint companies offer augmented reality applications that let you view your room through your smartphone’s camera lens in a new wall color:

  • Project Color – The Home Depot (Apple and Android)
  • ColorSmart by BEHR for Android and Apple products
  • ColorSnap Visualizer by Sherwin-Williams for Android and Apple devices

4. Landscaping Your Yard

Thinking ahead to spring? The Home Design 3D Outdoor and Garden app helps you design your ideal outdoor living space, including plants, trees, flowers, outdoor furnishings, and architectural details, then see how your design ideas will appear as a finished product.

The app is free for Android and iOS users, but you’ll have to upgrade to their gold version to save your project or see it in augmented reality once you’ve completed your design.

5. Completing Your Virtual Toolbox

Another handy tool to add to your smartphone is a level to help hang your pictures. Try the RIDGID level app on iTunes and Google Play.

Make sure you also have a flashlight app, a calculator, and a shopping list app. They’re all handy tools for planning and shopping for your next DIY home projects!




I’m Joseph, and I started this blog as a way to share ideas with others. I wanted to create a space where people could share their thoughts and feelings, and where we could all have a good laugh. Since then, the blog has grown into something much larger than I ever imagined. We have posts on everything from humorous essays to comics to interviews. And our weekly columns cover sports, video games, college life, and software.
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