Jason Poel Smith

Jason Poel Smith

My name is Jason Poel Smith. I have an undergraduate degree in Engineering that is 50% Mechanical Engineering and 50% Electrical Engineering. I have worked in a variety of industries from hydraulic aerial lifts to aircraft tooling. I currently spend most of my time chasing around my new baby. In my spare time I make the how-to series "DIY Hacks and How Tos."

Latest from Jason Poel Smith


This year for Halloween my son wanted to be a wizard. To go with his costume, I made him a flashlight wand that's turned on with a magnetic reed switch. Read more »


In this project, Jason Poel Smith shows you how to make a system that will monitor the temperature of your pipes and alert you if they get near freezing. Read more »


In this project, I'll show you how to set up some simple infrared remote controls for effects that you can use in your haunted house this year. Read more »


For Halloween this year I'm making giant spider webs to decorate outside my house. These are easy to make, and all you need is a roll of shrink wrap. Read more »

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Most of us spend far too much time in front of the TV. So I designed a system that will automatically limit when and how much the TV can be on. Read more »


Confetti cannons are great, but sometimes you want to set them off remotely. Here's how to make one that can be triggered wirelessly with a remote control. Read more »


Make an automatic camera rig for shooting high-resolution panoramas with a point-and-shoot camera. Read more »