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The Family Handyman DIY Tip Genius

By Reader's Digest

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The ultimate DIY app From the publishers of The Family Handyman Magazine. This app offers clever ideas and pro secrets that save time, money or hassles, and that make the difference between a poorly done project and one you're proud of.

Our new Tips App serves up thousands of DIY tips on subjects as varied as carpentry and cleaning, painting and pests, woodworking to washing windows.

Whatever home improvement project you're working on, chances are we have some great tips that'll make it go better. And best of all, tips are perfect for your mobile device!

What's New in Version 1.7

New Video Tips


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Customer Reviews

Bad Search or Just Not Helpful

I searched for "work table" because their website (which offered the app) has an example of how to build a "light duty work table". A lot of results came up that had nothing to do with any type of person table. Next I searched "table" - same results.

I then tried "toilet" - nothing about how to stop a running toilet, etc. - closest thing was how to bucket flush a toilet when it's not working. If this is the best they can do, I won't chance paying for the full app. I'm uninstalling.

Must pay for almost everything

Every category offers numerous different jobs, trouble is, you only get about 2 out of 25 jobs to view the rest you have to pay. Not worth the time.

I Love The Info Given, But The Search Engine... REALLY?!

I did pay five dollars to get all 1800 tips which is 1500 more than the free version. But now that I have all those tips, it's that much more false entries given to me to look at, when using its search engine, which is only used to find tips provided within the app, itself. Like another review I saw, I've had as much frustration, created from the same type of results when using the search bar. Articles/tips that have absolutely nothing to do with what I was looking for, and often times those are listed on multiple occasions, before the The tip that I am looking for has even showed up once. Also, I am not sure if this is the apps issue, or an Apple iPhone issue, or my AT&T service provider, but nowadays, my favorites are not accessible to me, only random tips, when using the menu to the left. It says that they are not accessible at this time. I did call The contact number provided in that same menu and they said it was AT&T, but I haven't called them yet over an app, for I have other issues with my phone other than this. That is very disheartening and discouraging to me, since I had probably tens and tens of tips favorited, if not hundreds. Really, the only thing other then the ridiculous search engine and results been improved vastly, the only suggestion I might make would be to be able to categorize my favorite tips, and that's of course, if and when I ever get access to those favorited by me again... Now, if I'm asked if I would ever recommend this app, I would say to definitely get the free version, because other than MB storage, I don't see any downside to getting it. There's a lot of valuable information just in the free tips. If you're asking if the pro version for $5 more is worth it, U or I probably won't ever use all of the tips, which is 1500 more than the free version. Do your calculations – 1500 more tips for $5 - that's.... A LOT OF TIPS FOR CHEAP!!! (that comes out to three-thousandths or 1/3 of a penny, or $0.003 per tip!) but like I said, you probably won't be using all of them, I can pretty much guarantee that, and some of them are in the form of DIY goofs as they call it – people writing in and sharing their experiences of mistakes. Those don't seem as helpful, or very helpful at all, and maybe that's because I'm partial to tips with jigs, and diagrams, and things that I can put into action relatively quickly, if not immediately, & what not. With all that said, I hardly ever spend money on apps, this being probably one of 5 or 10 that I have spent money on, and I've probably used it more than anything else, app-wise. So my final verdict on it, would be to get the pro version, ultimately I think it's worth it. I hope this review helps at least one person...

The Family Handyman DIY Tip Genius
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Updated: Sep 22, 2014
  • Version: 1.7
  • Size: 34.8 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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  1. FHM DIY Premium$4.99