The Best Home Improvement Sidekick – Your Phone

Starting a home improvement project? Your smartphone, and all of its capabilities, is the perfect sidekick. Turn your phone into a level, stud finder or flashlight. Don’t start a project without it!

Planning the Project
Before beginning any home improvement project, you must first know what you will need. It is important to calculate a budget, record the proper dimensions and order the right amount of materials. For $1.99, the Handy Man DIY app is capable of all these important first steps. It even provides a how-to for certain installations.

Illumination 
A simple 99-cent app, Flashlight or Flashlight+, can help you find your way in the dark. Be it fumbling for your keys to unlock your door, cleaning under cabinets or finding an outfit in a dark closet, the flashlight app provides LED light, illuminating those dark spaces in your home.

Stud finder
The iPhone, iPod and iPad have an app available for $3.99 that turns your device into a perfect tool for hanging pictures, shelves or mirrors. The app, StudFinderPRO, is available at the iTunes store. Android phones have a similar app, the Magnetic Stud Finder, which is available at no cost. The apps operate by locating magnetic fields found in screws, nails or other metal objects.

All-in-one
Did you ever think your phone could be a ruler, protractor, bubble level, surface level and plumb bob? The iHandy Carpenter app, available for the iPhone, iPod and iPad, turns your device into all five. Eliminate the need for a clunky toolbox with one, convenient device. A modified version of the app, iHandy, which is simply a level, is also available. For Android users, the Johnson bubble level app is available. These apps, along with the stud finder app mentioned previously, gives users everything necessary for simple, hang-on-the-wall jobs.
 

Clean Up
Once your home improvement projects are complete, it’s time for cleanup. Fortunately, Good Housekeeping magazine offers a free @Home app. The app has design tips, the best ways to remove various stains and, of course, a searchable list of the thousands of products that hold the Good Housekeeping Seal.

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