Got home repairs? YouTube can help

YouTube can be a giant time-sucker but it can also be a wonderful source of knowledge. It may be the key to saving you thousands of dollars in home repairs.

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  • My husband and I bought our first home in 2010, and we had absolutely no clue what we were getting ourselves into. Our cute brick bungalow was built in the 1920s and believe me when I say that it was in need of lots of tender loving care.

  • We both knew that it was going to take good, old-fashioned hard work to get it the way that we wanted it. Neither of us knew much about home repairs prior to moving in. However, thanks to wonderful, extremely knowledgeable neighbors, and YouTube, we have been able to take our home repairs one step at a time, and learn an incredible amount in the process!

  • There are hundreds of couples, like us, who set out to save lots of money by doing home repairs themselves, and we wanted to be the couple that actually followed through with those intentions. This young couple, from Idaho, recap their experience.

  • If you want to try your hand at DIY home repairs using YouTube, here are a few keys to success:

    • First and foremost, have confidence in yourself! Henry Ford nailed it when he said, "Whether you think you can, or can't, you're right!" Everyone has to start somewhere — you may as well start today. Begin with small, simple projects and work up to bigger ones.

    • When you've got a certain home repair project in mind, start by simply searching for that topic in YouTube's search bar. Then, once the results have appeared, scan through and search for videos with the greatest amount of views. This will increase your chances of finding a video with relevant and clear explanations.

    • Once you've selected a video to watch, quickly read through comments left by previous viewers. Many times, we watched a video, only to realize after viewing it that all of the comments were negative, and others didn't advise performing the task that way.

    • If you find a great video on tile and grouting (for example) search other videos done by the same person. They may have other videos that will be of interest to you for future projects.

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  • As a couple, we have relied on YouTube dozens of times to assist in projects ranging from installing a backflow preventer, to removing an old dishwasher, and inserting can lights into an existing ceiling. Whatever you've got on your to-do list, YouTube is here to help!

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Jessie McKinley is a city girl living in a small town. A graduate in Home and Family Living, she now puts her knowledge to use daily as she teaches and raises her two young children, whom she adores.

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