Back in the day, being a decent handyman only required tuning into the DIY Network, having an organized tool box, and being eager enough to get up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday. Because that's when a true handyman comes into his own. But that's just not enough anymore. These days, any Mr Fixit worth his hammer needs a tool kit full of mobile apps.
Sure, you can do a lot of things without these apps... but with a well stocked Android, the DIY and design possibilities are endless - and no job is too big. You'll find DIY tips, tools, guides, and a host of advice and tricks that will stop you from making a pig's ear of your home renovation, and help you turn your humble abode into a palace fit for a king.
If you're a professional handyman or you're thinking of moving into the industry, you need this app on your mobile. No doubt about it. iHandy Level is a digital spirit level which will end up replacing your father's hand-me-down. It'll save you a load of space in your kit bag, and you can easily go around checking how well any surface is leveled. It's also got a feature to keep the correct leveling, so you mark lines without making a mess with the other tools you have with you.
And here you have your brand new toolbox. It weighs nothing, and unlike your physical one, it's not in a state of chaos. Smart Tools is an app packed with 16 great tools (yes, 16!) that are gonna come in handy for all different types of project. It's got a ruler, a right angle, a level, a tape measure, a converter, a magnifying glass, a mirror, a flashlight, and even a metal detector. A must-have for the pockets of all serious handymen.
If you're one of these home improvement fanatics who imagines new ideas for your home every weekend, then you're behind the times if you're not using Home Design 3D on your phone. Although the graphics aren't amazing, this app will help you bring your ideas to life. You can make 3D designs of rooms with furniture, doors and windows, without the need for thousands of scraps of paper.
We're convinced you'll be aiming to do your very best, and bringing a whole load of enthusiasm to your project; but enthusiasm won't stop your shelves from falling down if you don't have the skills to back it up. DIY for Beginners is the app for getting started in the world of DIY. It's got a bunch of tips for carrying out projects, and some interesting tricks and guides on how to use basic tools... so that your DIY session doesn't end with you in the emergency room.
And here's another app for pimping your place. Houzz Interior Design Ideas is a fully loaded tool for all those wannabe DIYers. We love it because it's an app that'll inspire you, and one which'll be very useful if you're thinking about making changes around your home, but don't have a clue how to go about it. Best of all, it's got a notebook so you won't forget any of your ideas.