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Join the homebrew revolution

Making your own beer is easier than you think. Here’s how to join the homebrew revolution...

Everything you need to know about LED lightbulbs

Feeling lost in the lightbulb aisle? Here's a primer that addresses your concerns and helps you navigate the dazzling array of LED lightbulbs...

First glass: building a DIY valve amplifier from scratch

I’d just finished – finally – building a valve amp under the watchful eye of its designer, Karel Mars...

Smartphone apps for home improvement

For today’s homeowner, a well-designed smartphone app can be as essential as a hammer and a box of nails. Here are some apps worthy of...

Getting creative with metal: PM tackles a welding design course

Under the tutelage of internationally renowned South African artist and sculptor Nkosinathi Thomas Ngulube, Sean Woods tackles a welding design course...

Novasun solar water heating system aims to eliminate the glitches

Robust, locally developed Novasun hybrid solar water heating system gets set to shine...

A brief history of dad advice

A brief history of dad advice by Amanda Green. From Ancient Greece to 2012...

Fatherly DIY advice

Fatherly DIY advice

PM visited hardware and home-improvement stores in Lawrence, Kansas (the centre of the world, according to Google Earth), to ask patrons what their dad told...

What my father taught me: Mike Rowe

What my father taught me: Mike Rowe The Eagle Scout and Dirty Jobs star on learning how to fell trees and prepare firewood....

What my father taught me: Bill Nye

What my father taught me: Bill Nye The star of Bill Nye the Science Guy, mechanical engineer and Mars rover sundial creator, on learning to tie...

What my father taught me: Peter Smith

What my father taught me: Peter Smith The principal investigator of the Phoenix Mars lander mission – which found water ice on the planet— on...

Things my father taught me

Whether we grow up to become movie stars or aerospace engineers, we are shaped by what we were taught by our dads and mentors, lessons...

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