Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

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Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

We’re always looking for the best DIY tips at Lifehacker, and this year there was certainly no shortage of them. Here are some of the best DIY tips for when you want to tackle projects all on your own.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

We’ve walked you through building your own computer before. In this post—which we’ll update periodically as prices and components change—we’ll walk you through the hardware we’ll need for three different system builds: a budget workstation, a powerful all-purpose PC, and an enthusiast’s system for gamers and professionals.

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Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

Stumps are not only ugly, but they’re a tripping hazard. If you leave them high enough you’ve got a solid seat, but most homeowners want them out. There are two ways to remove a stump: one takes time, the other takes money.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

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I’m thinking about building a NAS (Network-Attached Storage) for storage and backups, but I don’t know if I should build a computer or use an old one I have kicking around, or if I should buy a special enclosure like a Drobo or Synology for the job. What do you suggest?

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

No one understands the value of a properly wound cable more than concert roadies and TV crew professionals, who wrap and unwrap hundreds of feet of cord on a daily basis. Here’s the method they use to keep their shows running on time.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

The Raspberry Pi is a DIYers dream, but if you don’t feel like fiddling with the command line and setting up a project from scratch, here are seven projects you can get up and running with just a few clicks.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

The Arduino is a cheap, fun way to get into building your own electronics. It can also be daunting to get started. Here, we’ll show you how to get a start-to-finish Arduino primer with a killer project: building a sweet robot arm.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

Some people are born with a great eye for decorating or design. Others learn the skill and are able to apply it successfully. And then there are the rest of us. If you don’t have much of a knack for design, a few basic techniques can go a long way.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

Forgot your Master lock combo? Or want some incentive to not use a Master padlock? There’s a website for that.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

YouTube is an excellent resource if you want to be handier around the house. Whether you’re dealing with simple repairs or big improvement projects, these YouTube channels offer fantastic video tutorials that can save you time, money, and frustration.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

There are some household repairs that are so simple, even the pros feel bad about charging for them (really!). Many of these plumbing, heating, electrical, air conditioning, and appliance repairs are simple things that homeowners overlook, and all of these repairs can save you a big chunk of change the next time something goes wrong.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

Wireless charging isn’t brand new technology anymore, but it can still be pretty expensive. This build is cheap, can work with almost any smartphone, and can be fit into almost anything you want to turn into a charging pad.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

Standing desks are popular, but choosing a good one is no easy task. You could go with a motorized, whole desk replacement, or DIY a simple solution. You could even buy an adjustable attachment to go on top of your existing desk. Let’s talk about what you may need in a standing desk, what you can get for your budget, and how to choose what’s best for your needs.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

It’s been a long time coming, but the first Steam Machines are finally here: compact computers that give you the quality of PC gaming with the living room convenience of consoles. Too bad most of them cost an arm and a leg. Here’s how to build your own for less.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

If your air conditioning is costing too much this summer, look into a whole-house fan. They cool your home by removing the hot air and exhausting it through windows or soffits in the attic.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

When you don’t have a lot of storage space, your best bet is to build up. You can purchase steel and plastic shelves from your home improvement store, but the steel shelves are expensive and heavy and the plastic shelves can sag and fall apart. Take some time to build your own shelves from wood and you’ll have a fully customizable and solid storage solution.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

Cracking Wi-Fi passwords, spoofing accounts, and testing networks for exploits is all fun enough, but if you want to take the show on the road, you’ll want an easily portable rig. Enter Kali Linux and the Raspberry Pi.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

The search for the perfect headphones can feel like a never-ending journey. And since everyone has different tastes, it’s impossible for someone else to recommend the perfect cans for you. But world be damned, I’ve found mine, and I’m never giving them up.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

If you’re looking for a fun way to use an old PC, Lakka can turn it into an amazing retro gaming machine. This easy setup doesn’t require any advanced Linux knowledge, and you can even use the controllers you already have lying around to play your favorite old school games. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making it happen.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

A garage is a natural place to store tools and equipment, but that doesn’t mean it’s the ideal place to build your next project. Here’s how to transform your garage into a safe and productive DIY workspace you can be proud of.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

Pegboard is a common sight in workshops and garages everywhere, but not everyone has the wall space or desire to install one. Here are a few pegboard alternatives that provide an accessible and safe place to store (and protect) your tools.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

There’s no need to spend money when you can fix something yourself. If you’ve popped a button on your shirt, worn down a hem on your pants, or busted a seam in your dress, these five hand sewing techniques can help you fix things in snap.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

When you are ready to up your woodworking game, it’s time to start buying wood straight from a distributor instead of the big box retailers. You’ll have a lot more hardwood options to choose from, and you’ll save money in the process.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

New tools aren’t cheap, but you can find some incredible bargains on Craigslist if you know how and where to look.

Most Popular DIY Projects of 2015

Any budding DIYer or homeowner can tell you that they spend a lot of time at places like Lowe’s and Home Depot. Shopping at big box stores can be a frustrating experience, from trying to locate a single item to finding someone who can answer a basic question. Here are some tips for making the most of your visit to these home improvement behemoths.

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50 Fun Projects to Liven Up Your Labor Day

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50 Fun Projects to Liven Up Your Labor Day

It’s Labor Day in the United States and Canada, so we’re kicking back and relaxing. Whether you want to use your time off to be productive, eat some great food, or just chill out and relax, we’ve got you covered so your holiday doesn’t go to waste.

Have a Party in the Back Yard

50 Fun Projects to Liven Up Your Labor Day

If you’ve got a backyard, you’ve got a party. Consider creating a projection screen for some outdoor screenings or a DIY slip ‘n’ slide for the kids. Alternatively, a giant bubble wand can make for a lot of fun and some awesome photos. If you need to liven things up, this outdoor music streamer made from a kitchen cart will help.If you don’t have much in the way of outdoor furniture, just turn to wooden pallets. An attractive DIY mosquito torch will keep the bugs away while you’re out there.

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Make Some Great Food

When you have a day off, you have time to make some great food. During the summer, you’ll probably want to grill it. First, start with some great recipes and consider making your own charcoal for enhanced flavor. Different techniques help bring out the flavor in different meats, whether you want the perfect burger or steak. For hot dogs, a great spiral cut technique makes all the difference. For sausages, you ought to just poach them right on the grill. If you’re grilling some veggies, you might want to invest in some grill clips. Regardless of the food, just make sure you know where to put it. For dessert, you can make some great stuff with just two ingredients, like ice cream, chocolate mousse or the dead-simple granita. Both can cool you off on a hot day. Eat them in the back yard or head out for a picnic in the sun.

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Get Organized

50 Fun Projects to Liven Up Your Labor Day

While you ought to relax if you need it, if you don’t you can use your free time to get stuff done. Besides, if you organize things now you’ll have less work to do later. For those with tiny apartments, here are a few great suggestions. We’re also big fans of the closet office. When it comes to the kitchen, consider organizing it like a programmer. If you’ve got a huge mess to tackle, start with a full reboot. If you’re wrangling cables, you have plenty of options. Rain gutters can do the trick, but so can hiding them artfully in plain sight. Of course, versatile binder clips always help and you have tons of other options if you need them.

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Your home isn’t the only place that needs a little organization. You bag does, too. I like to have a modular go-bag system so I can switch items around to the most appropriate backpack or messenger with ease. Every bag ought to have a travel charger with a backpack battery, too. Those will save your butt regularly.

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Build Some Technology

50 Fun Projects to Liven Up Your Labor Day

Weather varies from place to place and you may not get a perfectly sunny day with a nice breeze. If you have to take the fun indoors, you still have plenty of available projects. Of all the projects we love, building a computer takes the top slot. For Apple lovers, make it a hackintosh. If you already have a trusty desktop, consider building a NAS.

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Of course, if you want something a little quicker and easier, the Raspberry Pi is the technology DIYer’s dream. We have more projects than you can count, some as simple as as a few clicks. Check out our Raspberry Pi tag for more ideas.

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If you want to play some games, your desktop or smartphone makes for a great retro arcade (not to mention the aforementioned Raspberry Pi). You can even build it into an arcade table. If you’d rather go analog, check out the board game remix kit. It offers tons of ways to liven up boring old board games you have lying around the house. Just make sure you keep everything organized.

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Try Some New Software

50 Fun Projects to Liven Up Your Labor Day

If you want to give your computer a good upgrade—beyond the usual maintenance—all you need is a great download or two. We have plenty of apps in our app directory and the Lifehacker Packs, and you can get some killer wallpapers in our Wallpaper Wednesday archive.

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If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet—or if you just haven’t learned your way around—there’s no better time than now. Mac and iPhone users still have a few days before OS X El Capitain and iOS 9 drop, but if you can’t wait, you can try out the betas now.

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Just Chill Out

50 Fun Projects to Liven Up Your Labor Day

Stress hurts, so don’t let it get to you on your day off. It helps to sleep, of course, so if you need to catch up a day off is a great time to reboot your sleep cycle. You can take measures to counteract stress now and in the future, like starting a meditation routine or yoga. Both will help you relax and a day off provides time to learn. If you need a few ways to relax when you get back into the rush of normal life, set yourself up with a personal thunderstorm or visit Calm.com for a break.

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Enjoy your day off!

Photos by Pushkin (Shutterstock), Renee Mcgurk, and Davidd.

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