DIY, which is the shortened version of the term ‘Do It Yourself’, can be assigned to any activity where someone unskilled in that activity has a go for themselves. However, it’s most commonly associated with home improvement, with householders undertaking work to repair, replace, or redesign their homes, all without the help of professionals.
While DIY falls in and out of fashion depending on the state of the economy, individual styles, and the availability of professionals and materials, there will always be someone, somewhere keen to learn basic DIY skills. The Web is an invaluable resource for anyone in that position, with a multitude of websites and experts eager to spread the word.
There are also YouTube channels full of tips, tricks, and tutorials on DIY. Seven of which are listed below for your viewing pleasure. When taken as a whole, these channels, and the videos they feature, represent a wealth of information for anyone eager to explore the world of DIY. Just remember, practice safety first: if you’re not sure about something seek help from a professional in that field.
Videojug is a well-known website specializing in instructional videos, made by both professionals and amateurs. This is just one of its YouTube channels, but as it’s dedicated to DIY and gardening, it’s the one we’re interested in on this occasion.
Subject matters include how to build a brick wall and how to install roof flashing, as well as the video embedded above, which details how to wire a two-way switch. With over 1,100 videos racking up more than 6 million views, Videojug is a channel full of basic DIY skills.
Ron Hazelton is a leading authority in the field of home improvement, having been featured on Good Morning America and The History Channel, amongst others. He is best-known for The House Doctor, of which there were more than 200 episodes. And this is his home on YouTube.
Subject matters include how to build a doghouse and how to remove and replace a kitchen faucet, as well as the video embedded above, which details how to lay patio pavers. With over 100 videos racking up more than 6 million views, Ron Hazelton’s YouTube channel is full of basic DIY skills.
Ask The Builder
Ask The Builder is the YouTube channel of Tim Carter, a television broadcaster who has now made a name for himself on YouTube. He offers simple, solid advice for anyone who wants to try their hand at home improvement.
Subject matters include how to wire a light switch and how to install an exterior door, as well as the video embedded above, which details how to cut a ceramic tile. With over 400 videos racking up more than 31 million hits, Ask The Builder is a great YouTube channel for learning basic DIY skills.
Home Addition Plus
Home Addition Plus is the YouTube channel of Mark Donovan, the founder and CEO of the company of the same name. Having spent 30 years in the business, Donovan brings his expert knowledge into all of his videos and articles, of which there are many online.
Subject matters include how to install a stair runner and how to repair a large drywall hole, as well as the video embedded above, which details how to build a garage workbench. With over 100 videos racking up more than 10 million views, Home Addition Plus is a YouTube channel all budding DIY fans will want to subscribe to.
The DIY Guy
The DIY Guy is a YouTube channel filled with content by “a regular guy trying to show people how to fix or repair things.” In order to fulfill that promise the channel features easy-to-follow clips of DIY standards.
Subject matters include how to fix a dripping faucet and how to install a peephole in an exterior door, as well as the video embedded above, which details how to replace your electric water heater. With over 40 videos racking up more than 70,000 views, The DIY Guy is a small-but-useful YouTube channel.
Kung Fu Maintenance
Kung Fu Maintenance is the YouTube channel of James Hudson Klovach, a maintenance supervisor who realized that owing to the recession we’re living through, Americans (and others) would like to save a little money by turning to DIY.
Subject matters include how to install a shower curtain rail and how to replace the bit on an impact driver, as well as the video embedded above, which details how to fix a wobbling ceiling fan. With over 500 videos racking up more than 2 million views, Kung Fu Maintenance is a useful channel to bookmark for future reference.
Ultimate Handyman is a UK-based website with its own YouTube channel dedicated to passing on advice to budding DIY-ers. The site has been online for almost a decade, and the videos are well-produced and full of useful information.
Subject matters include how to clear a surface drain and how to convert an airing cupboard for storage, as well as the video embedded above, which details how to replace a toilet syphon. With over 300 videos racking up more than 16 million views, Ultimate Handyman is a repository of invaluable DIY tips and tricks.
I must say I’ve learned a lot just putting this article together. These YouTube channels could prove invaluable to those who want to learn basic DIY skills online. My advice is to pick a project and work slowly through it using the advice offered on these YouTube channels and elsewhere on the Web. Just don’t run before you can walk.
Have you ever tried your hand at DIY and home improvement? Was it a successful foray into this field or did everything that could go wrong, go wrong? Which of these YouTube channels did you find the most useful? Or least useful? Have you since discovered any more YouTube channels dedicated to basic DIY skills? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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