Don’t DIY Without these 9 Apps

Turn your smartphone into the ultimate resource for all of your home improvement and decorating projects using our picks of the best apps for modern do-it-yourself enthusiasts.

iScrew by Tobias Werner ($.99)

What’s the difference between an acme and a square thread screw? Learn the nuances of various screws, bolts, and fasteners with this educational app for iOS devices. Perfect for DIYers who want to feel more confident at the hardware store, the app uses illustrations, measurements, and other information to help you find the right screw for any job or material.

Home Sizer by Armchair Design ($2.99)

Anyone who has ever built a home knows how quickly costs can spiral out of control. Keep on top of expenses with this handy app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It allows you to “build” a home (or add to an existing one) and then discover the total cost, mortgage payments, and estimated value. Avoid sticker shock by updating the figures as you change sizes, add or delete rooms, and test out various “what if” scenarios.

Home Maintenance by POJO Software ($4.99)

Trying to remember to pick the kids up from soccer is difficult enough without also worrying about when it’s time to change your furnace filter. Let this app keep track of maintenance records and alert you to necessary repairs, services, and inspections. The iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch app can manage multiple homes, generate reports for realtors or inspectors, and maintain a photo archive for appraisals.

Snapguide (Free)

The ultimate library of how-to guides, this comprehensive app for iOS devices provides step-by-step instructions for tons of fun DIY projects for the home, garden, and more. Learn how to store paintbrushes, sharpen mower blades, make garden chairs out of pallets, or turn a log into a lamp. The community of users provides endless ideas, and you can add your own guides as your skills improve.

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