A digital camera is great for preserving family celebrations, memorable vacations, or just about anything that catches your eye. But what about thinking beyond this gadget's typical use? Here are 6 clever ways to use your digital camera as a tool during your next DIY project.
1. Digital Camera as Reference Tool
Starting a project that requires you to disassemble something -- say removing a plumbing
obstruction, cleaning an oscillating fan, or replacing your vacuum cleaner's drive belt
? Snap some photos of the intact piece, then snap several more during the course of the dismantling. This way, when you're ready to reassemble, you can scroll backwards through the images on your digital camera to guide you.
2. Digital Camera as Replacement Part Stand-In
If you're not well-versed in home repair lingo, or you need replacement
part for a fixed object (say, a missing knob for your shower or a broken shelf in your refrigerator), it can be hard to articulate what you're looking for. Instead, take a picture of the part that needs repair or replacement, and show it to an employee at your local home improvement store. We guess this is what they mean when they say, "a picture tells a thousand words."
3. Digital Camera as Periscope
Oops -- you think you heard something fall but you're not sure. Reach behind an appliance, inside a crevice or into a dark corner and take a digital picture so you can see what's going on there first. That way, you can avoid any unnecessary heavy lifting.
4. Digital Camera as Flashlight
Don't you hate it when you realize your flashlight
is burnt out and you have no fresh batteries in the house? Luckily, your digital camera shines a light that's bright enough to help you get a closer look at the details of your project, especially when you're burning the midnight oil. It makes a great on-the-spot flashlight!
5. Digital Camera as Magnifying Glass
Eyes not what they used to be? Even if you've got perfect vision, the zoom function on a digital camera can make things much more crisp than the naked eye can. Keep your digital camera handy while you DIY
, and take a picture of that little detail or that very
fine print. Then zoom in all the way!
6. Digital Camera as Label Maker
Plastic shoe boxes
are a great way to organize your closet
-- but then you have to go through twenty boxes to find the one pair of shoes you want to wear. Instead, take a digital picture of each pair, print them from your home office and mount each image of the outside of its respective box. You'll find the pair you're looking for easily -- and you won't feel so guilty for having so many shoes.
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