DIY YouTube Style

Dated: 05/22/2015

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Video may have killed the radio star, but it certainly has ushered in a new era of readily available help for the DIY inclined homeowner.  You can pretty much find a video for any home improvement on YouTube. A few months back without warning my garbage disposal just stopped working and I was all set to call someone to install a new one when I saw this video that said there was a test button on the bottom. I had no idea. Pushed it and voila working garage disposal.

So last night I was replacing the shut off valve behind my toilet – yes I’m a little crazy like that – and the compression nut was stuck on the pipe. Now I could have spent an hour messing it with it, but instead I turned to you tube figured out that I needed a “nut puller” and after a quick home depot run was back on track.

Before YouTube, I might have ended up calling a handyman or plumber when faced with something I had never encountered. Not anymore – I have used videos from YouTube to learn how to repair my dishwasher, diagnose the problem plaguing my AC, and even to confirm what was wrong with my garage door.

Just like with anything else, you have to make sure you are getting information from a good source. The take-away from all this is before you pick up the phone to call someone, it can be cost effective to see if it is something you can take care of on your own. If you don’t have a handy husband, parent, friend, or sibling nearby to help YouTube is a wonderland of DIY information.

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