Money seems tight everywhere these days, but that doesn’t mean Murphy’s Law has taken a vacation. On any given day the car brakes might start squeaking and need new pads, the water heater could stop working, the check engine light could come on, or the lawn mower could quit. No one’s an expert on everything, but with a simple online search a Toolmonger can locate how-to websites or videos. There’s also Smartflix, a DVD rental Netflix service for the “How-to”er that Chuck wrote about a few years ago. I’ve found a number of these videos, websites, and forums incredibly useful in the last couple of years and can’t think of a better way to help get the job done on my own.
Streaming internet video is the norm these days for anyone with a computer. Most smart phones like a Droid or an iPhone even have the capability to stream YouTube videos through the phone’s 3G or 4G data package. For any project you can think of, odds are there’s a video tutorial to help step you through it. And the best part? It’s free.
Judging by the view counts on the videos and the sheer number of them available, it seems many new DIYers are getting value out of these. But what about more experienced Toolmongers — do you find these instructional videos useful, or are they usually a waste of your time? If you do use them, what are some of the most helpful sites you’ve found?