Tuesday, March 4, 2008

PC Case Mod - Netted Side Panel

I've heard of folks who leave their PCs open in order to keep them cool without having to invest in anything. As a result, their PC would look something like this:

I used to be one of such people who sacrificed the protection of the PC's internal parts for the sake of reducing heat build-up, as well as for the ease of accessing the parts in the computer. I found it difficult to remove the side cover everytime I want to check something inside. But leaving the case open is put my computer at risk of foreign object invasions (e.g. insects, pets etc), not to mention the dust build-up over time, all of which could have disastrous consequences.
That is until I thought of the idea to make a side cover that is easy to remove and put on, allows for as much ventilation as possible, while still offering the necessary protection from dust and foreign objects.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Repair faulty buttons of your remote control in 15 minutes!

One of the most commonly faced problems in remote controls is the "dead" button syndrome. Do you hate that you'll have to dump the remote simply because only one or two buttons are not functioning? Well, fret no more! The fact is that most remotes with this problem can be repaired more easily that you thought possible. And believe it or not, all you need are some double-sided tape and a small piece of aluminum foil from your kitchen.
I've been using this method to successfully keep my favorite universal remote control "alive" for over 7 years now.
It should be a pretty straightforward affair for anyone to strip apart the vast majority of remotes out there using a screwdriver. But there are some remotes which are constructed using the "snap-on" method. These could prove difficult to pry open.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Grocery Hook for Car Seat

Here's the first project, and it's something that takes only 5 minutes to put together once you managed to get the parts. They can be bits and pieces of things you already have lying around the house.
Dissatisfied with similar hooks bought at automotive shops, I decided to put this together with parts that I can find easily. 
Below are the supplies used:

- 2 recycled keyrings,
- A looped nylon strap (I took mine from a keyholder, but you can also use a velcro cable-tie, or any kind of flexible loop strong enough to hold some weight),
- A flat s-hook (I bought mine from Daiso, but you might be able to find them hardware or kitchen supplies stores)

Welcome to Mini DIY blog!

Whoever has the time and skills these days to pull-off a major DIY project like constructing a shoe cabinet, or re-tiling the bathroom? Leave the heavy stuff to the professionals and the hardcore DIY-ers. Here, I'm referring to the absolutely simple DIY tasks that the average Joe and Jane can manage. This blog allows me to share these DIY ideas and solutions.

I'm definitely no DIY expert, but I have done simple fixes and improvement for various things in and out of the home. These are easy-to-accomplish and fun projects that takes less than a weekend. Indeed, many of them can be completed within an hour! Also, such DIY projects often require only bits and pieces of stuff that we would normally trash. So it's a great way to be recycling too.

So what mini DIY projects am I talking about? How about repairing those faulty buttons on that favorite remote instead of dumping it? Or a simple solution to ventilate your computer yet keeping it dust-free inside? Maybe you haven't found a neat way to easily hang groceries behind your car seat? Stay tuned for such mini DIY fixes, plus tips and tricks I have picked up on my own, as well as those I may have found from other like-minded Mini DIY-ers out there.