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By Steve Ash
As an online home repair resource, we are passionate about DIY. A few years back we decided to put together a list of our favorite DIY sites - carefully selecting the best of the best and narrowing them down to a list of the top ten. What started as a go-to reference list quickly turned into one of our most popular publications ever and still remains a great guide today. Some time has passed since we first created that list and as they do, things have been a changin’. We decided it was high time to update the list and the second edition of the Most Popular DIY Sites was born.
You may notice we’ve included blogs in our list this time around - do it yourselfer’s have taken the blogosphere by storm over the past few years and no resource list would be complete without them. We also hung on to a few sites from our original list that have kept up with the times! Without further adieu we present, in no particular order, the Most Popular DIY Sites - Second Edition.
Share what you make.
Instructables is a collaborative website dedicated to providing how-to help for just about everything. Whether you’re wondering how to get cheap solar power or make your own Cadbury cream egg, you can find out how here.
One family + one old house = love.
One of our many favorite blogs, Young House Love is a great example of people living the DIY lifestyle and making it fun. They might not be experts but they have a lot to share and even more to learn. One of our many favorite blogs, Young House Love is a great example of people living the DIY lifestyle and making it fun. They might not be experts but they have a lot to share and even more to learn.
Tips, tricks and downloads for getting things done.
Lifehacker has a bit more of a technical edge to it than some of the others on this list making it the go-to resource for all things tech-related. Lots of great videos on how-to create your own videos, and so much more.
Bringing the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life.
Tips and projects for anyone interested in repurposing outdated technology or people looking to make things using items around the house. This is a grown-up’s science fair with projects that are useful, fun and a little off-the-wall.
Practical how-to tips, easy do-it-yourself projects and essential DIY information to improve your home inside and out.
If you’re a homeowner, DIYLife is definitely the site for you. With videos, how-to guides, project ideas and more, every room of the house gets some love and outdoor spaces too. DIY home improvement has never been so easy!
The go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out, home improvement television.
DIY Network is like the old faithful of the DIY world. These DIY guru’s share their vast knowledge on doing it yourself with projects, tips and advice. You’ll find a large community of viewers, just like you, who share videos and pictures. Some of the show hosts have blogs where they share ideas that might not have made it to air.
Home repair projects and how-to articles.
Pros and everyday do-it-yourselfers share tips and advice in a wide variety of home and lifestyle related topics. You’ll find "how-to" instructions for installing household appliances and information or discussions ranging from furnaces to fishing, gas to gardening and a host of other topics including alternative financing strategies for buying your next home.
Everyone should have a happy, beautiful home.
The old saying ‘one person’s trash is another person’s treasure’ has never been so true. Curbly is the go-to resource for questions and ideas regarding upcycling, repurposing and refinishing. Their huge collection of before and afters will not only get you get you in the mood to DIY, it’ll keep you inspired and hungry for more!
Saving the world, one room at a time.
If you’ve never visited Apartment Therapy, you better carve some time off your schedule and settle in for a nice long visit, with four sister sites and a host of different visions. Whether it’s inspiration, encouragement, ideas or assistance that you need, you’ll find it all on Apartment Therapy, along with a whole set of other stuff you didn’t even know existed. It really is the mecca of all things house and home.
1000’s of tips and projects, free for you to enjoy.
TipNut is yet another blog we’re not sure we could live without. While many of our favorites focus solely on home improvement and repair, TipNut covers a huge range of topics from the DIY world, including cleaning tips, craft patterns, project ideas, reference materials and more.
If you’re at all involved in DIY or even considering taking the plunge, there are a few other sites you should keep in mind. Some of them, like YouTube, aren’t dedicated solely to do it yourselfers, but can be a really great resource when it comes to certain projects.
These are just a few of our favorite DIY sites - there are plenty more out there that can be really useful depending on the project you’re taking on. We’re always open to checking out new things and would love to hear from you – if you’ve got a few can’t-live-without DIY resources you want us to hear about, head over to our Facebook page and let us know!
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