YouTube: A homeowner’s greatest tool

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I always wondered why it seemed like everyone’s father could diagnose a problem within the home, and more often than not, fix it himself. It baffled me. Was there some kind of innate gene that allowed him to be handy with a saw and have technical data of home repair built in to his knowledge-base?

After purchasing my home I realized it is not an innate gene, rather, it is actually owning a home that creates such knowledge. Things will go wrong — pipes will leak, drywall will crack, shelves will slump and outlets will stop supplying electricity — and it is up to you, the homeowner, to fix them.

Or in my case, attempt to fix them but only make the problem much, much worse.

But thanks to YouTube, I can research videos related to the problem and how to fix them, which is much better than my typical approach of hitting things with a hammer until they work or break completely (It’s always the latter). YouTube is an invaluable tool for a person like me, because without it my newly purchased home might be a pile of 2x4s and crumpled drywall.

There was a time when I used YouTube for entertainment. My “recommendations” were filled with music I enjoy, car videos, clips of sports and other things that piqued my interest. But that was before I became a homeowner. My YouTube recommendations are now filled with videos that might as well be called, “Home repair so easy that if you need to watch a video on how to do them, you should not, by law, be allowed to own a hammer.”

But thanks to the YouTube professionals who take the time to teach the not-so mechanically inclined, I have been successful in some home repairs.

I once took it upon myself to attempt to diagnose a toilet that had been running. Instead of watching YouTube videos on the problem, I decided to go ahead and spend six hours taking the entire toilet apart trying to figure out what it could be. The only reason my toilet was running was a small seal that needed to be replaced. I took the entire toilet apart when I all I needed to do was take 30 seconds to replace the gasket.

I vowed from then on I would scour the endless videos on YouTube before I ever attempted to work on or repair anything within my home.

So far this approach has served me well, but it does have an unwanted side effect. Now, I am inundated with YouTube suggestions not only on how to repair things around the house, but also how to actually build them.

I fear this will lead to an endless cycle of me trying to build something and then having to fix everything I broke in the process. The joys of home ownership.


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