Handyman Help

Here in Business & Science we regularly get requests for information on home building and repair. Today I will detail a site that can help, as our resources on this topic needs building up.

The site for The Family Handyman magazine is largely free and very helpful for Do It Yourself projects.

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The site is a little ad heavy for my taste, but the good thing about that is the content appears to be free, though I did not exhaustively check out every possible link on the site–there may be some pay areas, but I did not come across any.

The site is organized in a familiar format, with videos, links to full instructions for various projects and the like. I chose this topic:

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All I have to do here is click the link and I can see pictures with detailed instructions on how to stop a running toilet (hint: it does not involve chasing). I can print out the directions, email them or share them to my favorite social media site.

There are many topics from which to choose and they all appear free for the user. They do push subscriptions to their magazine, but it is not particularly obnoxious.

This may be a good resource for us to refer patrons to if/when we cannot locate a book or other tangible item on a particular DIY topic.

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Manualslib – The Ultimate Manuals Library

http://www.manualslib.com/

This site contains lots of free users guides uploaded by people who held on to the instruction booklet for their refrigerator, computer, dishwasher, remote control, etc. Over 700,000 pdf’s are on the site. Just use the search box to type in what manual you are looking for. From the site, “Search results include manual name, description, size and number of pages.” You can view the manual or download it to your computer by an add on. All manuals are only available in PDF.

You can also share the pages of the manual on social media, if you like. Just click, “share this page”.

Likewise, you can even upload a manual to a product that you don’t see on the page. Instructions are available on the home page.

Internet Archive

http://archive.org/

The Internet Archive website provides free full access to out of copyright materials. Government documents, books, audios, moving images, and a music archive are all available to be viewed.  The content on the site is provided by any person or institution who would like their materials preserved.

On the site, the Wayback Machine is a place where old internet websites can be viewed and digital content can be saved. Over 150 billion pages are provided.

The Moving Images library has over 500,000 free movies, films, and videos. Educational and community videos are included.

The Live Music library provides over 100,000 items from over 5,000 bands. Live concerts that are strictly non-commercial are listed.

The audio archive and MP3 library lists over two hundred thousand free digital recordings, from concerts to news programs to book readings. Many of the audios are available for download.

The E-books and texts archive has over 3,000,000 fiction, popular books, children’s books, historical texts and academic books. Many use the Creative Commons licenses. Some international collections are also included.

These and many other libraries are listed on the website.

Greener Buildings

www.greenerbuildings.com

Greener Buildings “is a free, Web-based resource to help companies of all sizes and sectors understand and address building design, construction, and operation in a way that aligns environmental responsibility with business success.”  This site will also be useful for consumers who are interested in building a new home, remodeling or creating an addition.  In the resources section, check out the backgrounders, case studies and tools.

Bentham Open Access Journals

www.bentham.org/open/JrnlsBySub.htm

Bentham Publishers has launced over 200 peer-reviewed, open-access journals.  This link directs you to the list of subjects covered.  Use the links on the left to access a list of title in alphabetical order.  Details about the editorial board and submission guidelines are available for each title.  Disciplines covered include: Agriculture, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Dentistry, Energy & Fuels, Engineering, Evolution, Genetics, Imaging, Immunology, Mathematics, Nanoscience, Nursing, Operational Research, Optics, Pharmacology, Psychology, Transportation, Virology, and much more!