If you are someone who has completed a DIY project before, chances are you never considered moving your skill set over to technology. DIY is all about learning new techniques that you can apply practically to your personal space. To give you the confidence to start building your own projects, we teamed up with DIY expert, Kevin Gray. Kevin Gray is a leader in the facilities management industry in Burlington, ON, but has been a professional DIY master for years. When he finishes one project, it is right onto the next one.
The Magnetic Wristband
If you’ve already tackled a few DIY projects, then this first project may be perfect for you: the magnetic wristband. Kevin Gray explains that when you are working with nails or screws, it isn’t always easy bringing them up on a ladder with you, and that is where the magnetic wristband comes in. All you need to do is find an industrial strength magnet measuring roughly 2 by 2 inches, and secure it to a Velcro wristband, which can be found at any convenience store. Make sure you use a strong adhesive, like a rubber glue, so that the magnet doesn’t fall off easily. When it has been properly secured, you can take the screws or nails out of your mouth and lay them onto the magnetic tray. This will save you a fair amount of time walking up and down your ladder and is super simple to make!
An At Home Projector
This next one is likely to impress your friends and is the simplest one of the list! Projectors can get very expensive, and when you’re on a budget, this DIY project might be right up your alley. Kevin Gray explains that you will need a magnifying glass, a shoe box, a paperclip and some tape. First thing you will want to do is outline the magnifying glass lens on the end of the shoe box, cutting out a hole to fit. Then, you will want to tape this lens in place with some electrical tape (letting no light in through the sides). Then, use a paper clip to create a stand for your phone, turn it on its side, and start playing a video with the screen facing the magnifying lens, and voila! A cheap and affordable DIY hack to make your own at-home projector.
A Rocket Stove
The next project is a DIY rocket stove that can help you out when you’re camping and is super simple to make and use (a handful of twigs can cook a whole meal!). You will need one #10 can, and two smaller 28oz cans. Using the #10 can, outline a circle using the lid of a 28oz can, and cut it out with some tin snips. Now try fitting the 28oz can through the hole, and hopefully it’s a snug fit. Now, you will want to do the same with the other 28oz can, cutting a hole in the side using the lid from a 28oz can, and cut it out. The 28oz can that fit into the #10 can will now fit into the second 28oz tin inside of the larger one. Now, fill the space between the #10 can and the 28oz can with insulation. You can use the lid of the #10 can (cut a hole the size of the top of the 28oz can), and place securely on top. Place your twigs in the 28oz can that’s sticking out horizontally and place your pot or pan on top.
These are just some of the hundreds of examples of easy, affordable, and impressive tech DIY projects. Kevin Gray from Burlington, ON suggests starting with some of these simpler tasks, and moving onto making your own air conditioner, making your own Wi-Fi antenna, and even making your own speaker out of mason jars!