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Old 01-24-2019, 01:10 PM   #1
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What resources have you used to learn DIY skills? Obviously, DIYChatroom.com has a huge amount of information, but what other resources do you use as well?

I use YouTube often, but I noticed our local Home Depot has some free classes that I have been thinking about checking out.
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Most of my diy skills came before the internet and forums like this one. Since I painted a lot of new construction I often viewed and/or asked questions of the other trades so I could do similar work at home. There was a lot of trial and error involved also.
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Hammer and thumb, you learn fast.
Seriously, my primary trade is the energy profession and I follow the trade sites and magazines. For home projects I add to my experience by following this forum and contribute when I can.

I do check out videos at times but they are burying themselves under volumes of repetitious and useless presentations. Too often it take way too long to dig through to find what I need. Forums can shorten that process by directing me to the good videos.

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My ambition was fueled from DIY shows; those shows promote self confidence by making projects look easy.
I jumped right in, with virtually no building skills, and bought my first house which was, of course, a fixer upper. I learned as I went and burned a lot of material with mistakes; I don't try to make mistakes work, it will always look like a mistake if you just go with it.

As far as resources:
Money (double how much you think you'll spend)
Time (triple the amount of time that you think it will take)
Internet (plenty of keywordable videos to get you the info that you need)
  • contractortalk.com
  • diychatroom.com
  • youtube.com
  • finehomebuilding.com
  • awc.org/codes-standards/publications/dca6
  • apawood.org
  • strongie.com


With this said, DIYing is one of my most enjoyable hobbies.
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This DIY forum, woodworking forums, YouTube ...
before internet, we used the library.
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...before internet, we used the library.
Good point, I've got a hell of a personal library of DIY books.

Should also add the NEC and building code books.
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yes, clutch we do as well. As a matter of fact we built
A bookcase just for our DIY Hobby books... And it’s packed
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Hands on.

Observing able elders, then how-to books, then a lot of trial and error, to know what will work, and what won't .

And still learning as I mature, it is going to keep me active and engaged until I

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The majority of my DIY skills I acquired from watching and working with my Dad, God bless him. Most of what I know about tools (power and manual), carpentry, plumbing, electrical and masonry I learned from him.

Additionally, I have utilized observation, books, magazine articles, DIY television programs, web searches, forums and YouTube.

If you limit sources of information, you only limit yourself.
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My DIY career begin about 70 years ago when my bank account was nearing $0.0 so that was probably the primary innovating factor. One of my brothers and I invented the spade bit when we made ours to size from a nail with a hammer and anvil but just didn't know it. Good gawd, we could have been rich.
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I learned some stuff from my dad. My prime motivation is being a homeowner and discovering that I'm halfways handy and generally too cheap to pay others, although I do draw a line at certain undertakings. Since I work very slowly and methodically, my wife often draws that line for me when it comes to home renos.
My resources were mostly trial-and-error long before the Interweb. I have created a lot or really nice looking kindling and in early days had my fair share of leaky solder joints and circuits that didn't work as intended. More recently, Youtube has its place, but many are plagued with useless info, bad production/camera use, etc.
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University of YouTube mostly.

I work in the trades also, so Iíve made connections over the years with different people in different trades and pick their brains. Lots of observation.
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More recently, Youtube has its place, but many are plagued with useless info, bad production/camera use, etc.
YouTube is like a bookstore, not everything on the shelf is useful (some is downright waste of paper). However with a little time you can often find that one "book" that is a trove of useful information.
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First, I learned from my Dad who taught me 1] that I could track down the cause of pretty much any mechanical malfunction by using my eyes and brain, and 2] never to take anything apart without paying attention, and documenting if necessary, how it needed to go back together.
Then I learned from my late husband that a lot of jobs are much simpler if you have the correct tool, so I have pretty much one-of-everything.
But perhaps the most important lesson I learned was that I could take on most small projects and complete them, despite the fact that I'm female.
And now, with the accumulated knowledge available in DIY Chatroom, I feel like I can handle pretty much anything I come across that doesn't require a lot of physical strength. So, I'll say it again: You Guys Rock!
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And now, with the accumulated knowledge available in DIY Chatroom, I feel like I can handle pretty much anything I come across that doesn't require a lot of physical strength. So, I'll say it again: You Guys Rock!
You rock as well KaseyW.

Still it is important to always recognize your limitations. For instance, I can repair a leaking copper or pvc pipe, replace valves, faucets, sinks and toilets. However I draw the line at say replacing my gas furnace which feeds my two zone baseboard radiant heat system.

It is not that I could not figure it out..., I could. The issue is it requires substantial time, permits, inspections and messing around with natural gas. For me, it is worth having a professional do it.
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