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Top iPhone/iPad Home Improvement Apps for DIYers

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I'm one of those guys looking for any excuse to buy the latest tools and gadgets to make my workshop complete. Thanks to the computing power of smartphones and tablets, I always carry along a bunch of great electronic DIY tools right in my tool bag (or pocket). Here are some of my favorite apps for DIYers:

 

Builder's Helper

Builder's Helper, Advanced Construction Calculator

(iPhone native; also works on iPad). My Pie Interactive, $14.99.


The ultimate Construction Calculator for EVERYTHING the average homeowner or professional will need. Most calculators like this cost anywhere from $30 to $80 and don't come anywhere near to being able to do what this one does. It's great at estimating materials for concrete, block, drywall, flooring, painting, fencing, etc. It's also a handy tool to keep track of household projects and notes. Can even be used with Dropbox (see below) to save documents related to a project. From simple measurement calculations to full-scale project management, this app has something for everyone.

 

 

Dropbox

Dropbox

(iPhone/iPad) 2GB of document syncing/storage with a free account at dropbox.com.

 

You can use Dropbox to keep all your important project information at your fingertips. Save your pictures, project ideas, notes, Web clippings, etc. into the Dropbox folder on your desktop, and access it from your iPhone/iPad, Android phone or tablet. You can access everything you need from one place. Personally, I use Dropbox to store all the woodworking plans that I've downloaded from the Internet as well as every instruction manual for all my tools and appliances. Dropbox can also store and stream music files as well as export documents to be used in other apps, including Builder's Helper and Noterize (see below).

 

 

Noterize

Noterize

(iPad Only) Nuance Communications, FREE.

 

Sketch your ideas, jot down typed or handwritten notes. Start from scratch or import documents, plans or pictures to annotate or edit. Keep projects or notes organized into folders so that they're always at your fingertips. Works with Dropbox (see above) to import documents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spacing Calculator

Spacing Calculator

(iPhone native; also works on iPad). KAD Software LLC, 99¢.

 

You have eight shelves (joists, banisters, etc.) that you want to have evenly spaced. This app is the answer. No frills, but does exactly what you need it to do. Input the total distance over which the items will span, how many you need and the thickness of the item, and it will calculate the rest. I used it the other day and I didn't have to do any math -and my shelves looks perfect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Otterbox case

Otterbox case

 

This last one isn't really an app as much as it is a necessity. When you spend $200 on a phone and $500 on a tablet computer, you just don't want to leave it unprotected in a busy workshop. I wouldn't go anywhere near a project or my workshop without my iPhone/iPad safely protected in an Otterbox case. The polycarbonate shell, durable silicone and clear protective membrane cases provide added protection against scratches, dust, drops, bumps and shock. Otterbox is known for protection, and I have dropped and thrown my devices with nary a scratch. Cases can be purchased directly from otterbox.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shane Christopher

Shane Christopher is a Field Editor and blogger (thegotoguytv.com).


 

 

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      Check out Tapeulator Pro for all your picture hanging needs on the Apple App Store: http://tiny.cc/ecqaz

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      Have anything for the andorid?

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      And while you're at it, check out Cut Calc for iPad for all your baseboard molding, crown molding, or any other linear measurement needs: http://tiny.cc/dpqsh

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      Apps can make work easy and fast for DIYers. You can also use some more home improvement app here- www.bestfacebookapplications.com/the-ten-best-home-improvement-apps

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      Thanks for the across the board app that are useful to less than half of the population. Android out sells Apple 89% to 12.9% respectfully in 2013 yet Apple continues to make more profit for two reasons. One is their products cost more, a lot more. Second is because of people like you who pander to Apple users only.%0d%0aSo for my Android device I go to the Google play store and find my own apps. They are out there, I just have to be the review editor and download a handful of apps in the niche I want and filter through the many junk apps to find the functional one. Then try to figure out how to remove the crap apps of which some are very difficult.%0d%0aBy the way, I do have a Mac book I use for web development and the wife has a hand me down Apple 5 from her work, have you seen how small the screen on an Apple 5 is?%0d%0aStat source: www.forbes.com/.../android-dominates-market-share-but-apple-makes-all-the-money

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      Thanks for the across the board app that are useful to less than half of the population. Android out sells Apple 89% to 12.9% respectfully in 2013 yet Apple continues to make more profit for two reasons. One is their products cost more, a lot more. Second is because of people like you who pander to Apple users only.

      So for my Android device I go to the Google play store and find my own apps. They are out there, I just have to be the review editor and download a handful of apps in the niche I want and filter through the many junk apps to find the functional one. Then try to figure out how to remove the crap apps of which some are very difficult.

      By the way, I do have a Mac book I use for web development and the wife has a hand me down Apple 5 from her work, have you seen how small the screen on an Apple 5 is?

      Stat source: www.forbes.com/.../android-dominates-market-share-but-apple-makes-all-the-money

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      Would be nice if for Android...

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      You said, "When you spend $200 on a phone"... what type of cheap phone are you buying?  My phone was $200 but I did buy a cheap one, the rest of my family each have $600+ phones.

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