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Top 20 Automotive Tips for Gonzo Repairs

Here, auto editor Mike Allen compiles his top 20 outside-the-toolbox tips for gonzo repairs on cars, trucks, lawnmowers and anything else that has an engine.<p>Floating Feeling<p>Disintegrated float in the carburetor of your dune buggy? Make a fuel injector out of a Bic ballpoint. Gut the pen, leaving …

DIY

How to Make Your Data Last Forever

Protecting your data and keeping it around for years or decades to come takes more than backing up your hard drive. You need to choose the right file formats, protecting your physical drives, and making sure you have flesh-and-blood backup: friends and family who can access your data in case you're …

Archives

20 Ways to Take a Better Photo

It's not always about owning a better camera. Whether you shoot with a smartphone or DSLR, these simple tips will improve your shots.<p>Square-one advice: (1) <b>GET TO KNOW YOUR CAMERA</b>. Spending time with the user's manual won't kill you. Some cameras even display tips onscreen while you're shooting, as …

The 50 Tools Everyone Should Own

We need tools to build, repair, and maintain the mechanical world in which we live. With these 50 tools, you'll be ready for just about any project.<p>We need tools to build, repair, and maintain the mechanical world in which we live. With these 50 tools, you'll be ready for just about any project.

Woodworking

5 Ways to Make Better Home Movies

Now that our tech comes with tools that allow anyone to make a movie, it's time to talk about quality. Follow these software strategies to turn your home videos into home movies.<p><b>The past 30 years of video technology have</b> democratized moviemaking—maybe too much. Anyone can now shoot high-definition …

How to Shoot in Manual Mode With Your Digital SLR

The latest digital SLR cameras employ sophisticated light sensors and composition-analyzing algorithms to routinely nail correct exposures in full auto mode. Yet amateur DSLR photos often look no better than shots from a run-of-the-mill point-and-shoot. The reason, explains photography instructor …

DSLR Cameras

5 Expert Grilling Tips for Better Holiday Cookouts: DIY Guy

There are few subjects that can incite an argument as quickly as how best to grill food. It seems that everyone has a preferred, surefire method for grilling the perfect meal. And that's especially true of guys.<p>(Photograph by Merle Henkenius)<p>There are few subjects that can incite an argument as …

10 Tools Every Kid Should Learn to Use

Start 'em young. If you want to raise a self-reliant kid, get these tools into their hands.<p>Start 'em young. If you want to raise a self-reliant kid, get these tools into their hands.

Woodworking

8 Ways to Get Smarter (Without Leaving Your Desk)

Why settle for Wikipedia? Yes, we love the Web's favorite encyclopedia, but soon you'll be auditing MIT classes, reading Einstein's papers, and seeing the universe the way astronomers see it—and all for free online. Here are some great ways to stretch your brain while hanging out at home.<p>Why settle …

Harvard

25 Skills Every Man Should Know: Your Ultimate DIY Guide

These days, you can outsource almost any job -- but some things you need to know how to do yourself. Study our master list with step-by-step tips from the experts, and test your DIY aptitude each step of the way.<p>These days, you can outsource almost any job -- but some things you need to know how to …

Woodworking

Solving the Password Problem

What makes a good password, how do you keep track of all the different ones you're supposed to have, and is there hope for a future free of passwords?<p><b>Getting hacked is becoming an Internet rite</b> of passage. Consider 2012 alone: First Zappos was hacked, its customers' passwords and other personal …

How to Drive on the Beach--Without Getting Stuck

Driving on hard-packed beach sand, like at Daytona Beach, is a piece of cake. Any car will do, because the moisture in the sand keeps it cohesive. The biggest problem you might have is leaving the car parked until the tide comes in. Loose, fluffy sand, however, is a more difficult proposition. Here …

Daytona Beach

Know Your Stuff: The 110 Best DIY Tips Ever

For Popular Mechanics' 110th anniversary, we decided to do something special: We dived into our archives to find the 110 best, handiest, and most helpful tips ever printed in PM. It's more than a century of DIY wisdom. (You can read the introduction to the project here.)<p>For <i>Popular Mechanics</i>' 110th …

DIY

20 DIY Mistakes We've Made (So You Don't Have To)

The editors here at Popular Mechanics would like you to know that we're not perfect. Whether tackling home improvements or making automotive repairs, we've all made our fair share of mistakes. Here are some of the worst. If you've got some that you'd like to share, send them to …

Science

How to Make Your Own GIFs

The GIF, invented in 1987, is enjoying a 21st century renaissance. If you've found yourself mesmerized by the repeating clips of cat antics and wanted to create some yourself, here's how.<p>Lately I've noticed these repeating animated GIF files showing up on all of my favorite sites--they're annoying …

14 Painting Secrets the Pros Won't Tell You

Each painter has slightly different methods and preferences, but the pros all know the trade secrets.<p>Each painter has slightly different methods and preferences, but the pros all know the trade secrets.

Home Improvement

Build a Bench With Logs and a Chainsaw: PM Saturday

Pro chain-saw carver Jim Barnes builds benches like this at fairs, festivals—anywhere people appreciate raw, two-stroke artistry. "it really is quite simple," Barnes says. "You're releasing it from the log."<p><b>Carver:</b> Jim Barnes<p><b>Location:</b> Williamston, MI<p><b>Chain Saws Used:</b> Jonsered 2159, Husqvarna</b> …

Woodworking

Neptune's Got a Brand New Moon

SETI astronomer Mark Showalter discovers the 14th moon of Neptune.<p>Neptune's newly discovered 14th moon was there in the pictures all along. It just took Mark Showalter to see it.<p>Showalter, an astronomer at the SETI Institute in California, was studying archival photos that the Hubble Space …

Astronomy

Banana Peels, Eggshells, and More Trash Your Garden Will Love

The next time you're baking or making a cup of coffee, don't throw away the leftovers. They may just be useful food for your garden.<p><b>The health benefits of chocolate are clear</b>: It can lower the risk of heart disease and can decrease bad cholesterol. But many gardeners don't realize that chocolate …

Gardening

4 Ways to Cut Down Your Stuff Without Going Insane

You may not be a capital-H hoarder, but chances are you've got more stuff packed away than you really know what to do with. If it's time to reduce the clutter, start here.<p><i>Lars Plougmann/Flickr</i><p>I recently read an article on Lifehacker Australia about the process of downsizing your home—and how to do …

Confirmed: Apollo 11 Rocket Engine Recovered from the Sea

Amazon's Jeff Bezos says his team has confirmed that relics they recovered in Gulf of Mexico this March are indeed rocket engines and engine parts from the Apollo 11 moon landing mission.<p>This March, Amazon CEO and space entrepreneur Jeff Bezos pulled a hulking, rusting rocket engine from the waters …

Space Exploration

Hyperloop and Friends: Why Don't We Have Super-High-Speed Rail Already?

Engineers for decades have dreamed of transit systems that can go faster than ordinary MagLev and approach speeds of many hundreds of miles per hour, like Elon Musk has proposed with this forthcoming Hyperloop proposal. So why don't we have them yet?<p><b>San Francisco to Los Angeles in half an hour.</b> Do …

Transportation

Test-Riding a Christini 450 DS AWD Motorcycle

PopMech cruises through the Pennsylvania countryside to find out firsthand whether all-wheel-drive motorcycling is all it's cracked up to be.<p><b>Last year, PopMech got to tour the Philadelphia headquarters of bikemaker Christini</b> and learn how its all-wheel-drive motorcycles work. Now it's time for a …

U.S. Army

Here's What Your $5 Billion Space Yacht Could Look Like

John Spencer, president of the Space Tourism Society, has been working since the 1990s on Destiny, his vision for living the high life very high above the surface of the Earth.<p><b>Last month PayPal told the world about PayPal Galactic</b>, a proposal to create a payment system for space purchases. Along …

Water

Save Your Tablet From Spaghetti Sauce With Ispoon Kitchen Stylus

Tablets can be a great help in the kitchen, but they're bound to get greasy if you try to check digital recipes in the middle of cooking. Enter the Umbra spoon stylus.<p><b>Price: $7.99</b><p>The rise of tablets has meant a welcome change for many cooks, who are ditching heavy cookbooks for the nearly infinite …

Kitchens

This Machine Can Shape Your Custom Wood Moldings

The 154CE molder by Williams & Hussey is a dream device for woodworkers who want to create their own decorative moldings.<p>I've always wanted to be able to make my own decorative moldings. What woodworker hasn't? But since I'm not a master woodcarver who can shape moldings by hand, I rely on machines …

Woodworking

Put a Stop to the Ant Invasion

How to deal with your home's ant problem without using any toxic insecticide.<p>We finally got rid of our ant infestation this winter, but now they're back. Any suggestions that don't involve toxic insecticides?<p>Ants invade houses to forage for food, especially during cold, rainy winters and again …

The Right Tools to Build an Extreme Treehouse

Before you try to build a fortress in a fig tree, make sure you have all the top gear you'll need.<p><i>jonrawlinson/Flickr</i><p>If I had a bucket list, building an extreme treehouse (or even an entire tree neighborhood) would be on it. I loved being in trees when I was a kid. I love being in trees as an …

How to Get Around Country-Specific Streaming Rules

It is possible to defeat websites' rules against streaming from certain countries by making it look like your computer is located in a different location. Just know that you're headed into murky legal waters.<p>I've recently gotten into British soccer, but I can rarely catch the games on TV, and …

10 Search Tricks for Smarter Googling

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