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Tackle That Next DIY Job With A Smile On Your Face Thanks To These IOS Apps

Have you ever started off a home improvement project without a real clue as to what you are trying to achieve? It’s a common issue that faces millions of less than enthusiastic home owners each and every year. Usually the whole thing ends a little haphazardly and the results are not much to write home about, of you know what we mean.

So how can we remedy this all too common dilemma and actually get some ROI this time? Well, it isn’t actually that difficult to be honest. All you need is a workable budget, some decent tools and a few friendly helpers. We’re talking about iOS Smartphone Apps and boy are they ready and willing and extremely able. Please check out the rest of this article for a heads up on some killer tips that will hopefully turn your current home into something that your neighbours will envy for a long time coming.

ColorSnap By Sherwin-Williams – Free (iOS)

This App will run on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and it will requires iOS 5.0 or later for smooth running. Okay, how many times have you wasted days, if not weeks, over deliberating about the perfect paint color for your walls? It happens to the best of us and many a marriage and civil partnership have been threatened as a result. Well this sweet App certainly wants to take all of that pain away from your next DIY outing. If you have seen a color but cannot find the name, ColorSnap can do that for you. Just upload the mystery color and this application will find an exact match as quick as you like.

You will also get the proper name and any appropriate paint codes. Likewise if you hear the name of a color, but cannot place the actual shade in your mind, dial in that baby here and you will see the results in seconds. It really is a one-stop place for all things paint related. Mix and match to your heart’s content and pop over to your nearest SW stockist for that bespoke tone. We love the App so much that we’d happily pay for it, except that you lucky people get it for free!

Real Tools By BahnTech – $1.99 USD (iOS)

This App will run on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and it requires iOS 3.1.2 or later for smooth running. Many of the older measuring type tools have now been replaces with much smarter digital versions, and they are bloody clever too. The only issue that we have with the latest generation is the darn price, not cheap at all. So we were amazed to stumble onto this App that contains about $1200 worth of digital tools, all for $1.99! There must be some catch, right? Well, no actually, you will be knocked out when you start to use these bad boys on your next project. Here’s a list of the amazing tools you will get with the download:

  • Digital Protractor
  • Digital Angle Meter
  • GPS
  • Spirit Level
  • Vernier Caliper
  • Compass
  • Flashlight
  • Ruler
  • Battery Meter
  • G-Force Meter
  • Plumb Bob
  • Digital Angle Gauge
  • Measuring Tape
  • Surface Level
  • Magnometer
  • Sound Pressure Level
  • Thermometer
  • Scale

This App is already a real favourite with the construction professionals and if it’s good enough for them, who are we to argue?

Gardening Toolkit By Applied Objects – $1.99 USD (iOS)

This App will run on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and it requires iOS 3.0 or later for smooth running. We all love to potter around in the garden, but what happens when we need a little more knowledge for those tricky jobs?  This fruity App certainly has the answer to that question and a heck of a lot more up its green old sleeve! There are valuable facts onboard for over 800 varieties of herbs, flowers and vegetables. No matter where you reside, there will be something that pertains to your particular neck of the woods here. The slides are awesome and the interface is extremely intuitive as well, there is not much to dislike here and we are already enjoying some of the killer tips. Try it and we almost guarantee that your garden will say a big thank you!

Ready For The Project?

So there you have it, 3 very cool Apps that can add so much value to your next DIY outing, get ready for some hard work with a very happy ending this time!

About the Author:  Nancy Baker, is a freelancer currently working for, Dupuis Carpentry LLC, custom home builders providing kitchen remodelling services. She possesses great skill at photography and is passionate about gardening. You can contact Nancy via Twitter @Nancy_Baker.

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