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. Floating Feeling Disintegrated float in the
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
It's not always about owning a better camera. Whether you shoot with a smartphone or DSLR, these simple tips will improve your shots. Square-one advice: (1) GET TO KNOW YOUR CAMERA. Spending time with
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. We need tools to build, repair, and maintain the mechanical
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. The past 30 years of technology
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
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
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
Nothing but the essentials. These days, you can outsource almost any job—but some things you need to know how to do yourself. Now you can explore how to perform life's essential skills. Study our master
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? Getting hacked is becoming an Internet rite of passage.
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
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
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
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. Lately I've these
Each painter has slightly different methods and preferences, but the pros all know the trade secrets. Each painter has slightly different methods and preferences, but the pros all know the trade secrets.
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
SETI astronomer Mark Showalter discovers the 14th moon of Neptune. Neptune's newly discovered 14th moon was there in the pictures all along. It just took Mark Showalter to see it. Showalter, an astronomer
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. The health benefits of chocolate are clear: It can lower the risk of
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. Lars Plougmann/Flickr I recently
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. This March, CEO
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 proposal.
PopMech cruises through the Pennsylvania countryside to find out firsthand whether all-wheel-drive motorcycling is all it's cracked up to be. Last year, PopMech got to tour the Philadelphia headquarters
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. Last month PayPal told world
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. Price: $7.99 The rise of tablets
The 154CE molder by Williams & Hussey is a dream device for woodworkers who want to create their own decorative moldings. I've always wanted to be able to make my own decorative moldings. What woodworker
How to deal with your home's ant problem without using any toxic insecticide. We finally got rid of our ant infestation this winter, but now they're back. Any suggestions that don't involve toxic insecticides?
Before you try to build a fortress in a fig tree, make sure you have all the top gear you'll need. jonrawlinson/Flickr If I had a bucket list, building an extreme treehouse (or even an entire tree neighborhood)
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
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