Where to find good DIY advice online

Even if you have few home-repair skills, you can take on simple projects with the help of tutorials and videos online.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Nov 14, 2012 1:48PM

Woman reading a repair manual (© Jamie Grill/Tetra Images/Getty Images)I’ve never considered myself much of a do-it-yourself homeowner, though I can use a plunger, fix the garbage disposal with an Allen wrench, paint a room and refinish furniture.


When I was learning those skills, I turned to the most common learning method of the time: I called my father.


In these digital times, calling fathers or mothers is still a good place to start. But the proliferation of instructional sites on the Internet makes it easier than ever to learn how to do simple home repairs.


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We have some DIY instructions at MSN Real Estate, in our Home and Garden section. A recent article about when you should and shouldn’t DIY quotes Katie Hamilton, who with her husband, Gene, operates the website DIY or Not. Their site includes step-by-step instructions for projects, as well as guidance on how to hire pros.

When you’re trying to figure out how to fix something, the first place to start, of course, is with a simple website search: “How do you …” Often, you can find easy instructions and sometimes video. But some of the instructions are better than others.

If you’d like to learn in person, Home Depot offers free workshops, including a series of workshops for women. Check also for free workshops offered by county extension offices, hardware stores and landscape centers.


Lowe’s has an online section for DIY projects plus tutorials on some common home-repair tasks. Home Depot also has project instructions online.

This Old House has a big collection of online repair guides and videos, as do Family Handyman and HGTV’s DIY Network.


If you’re looking for more DYI websites, you can check out Mainstreet’s recommendations or recommended sites from the Frugal Dad.


What are your favorite sources of DIY advice and inspiration?

Jul 6, 2013 6:12PM
What a bunch of drivel!  "I called my Daddy when I needed to learn something the Internet couldn't teach me."  What ever happened to reading a good how-to manual?  Or is reading becoming a lost art?
Jul 6, 2013 6:44AM

 As a Master Remodeler for over 20 years I was hoping to find some tid bits a usable information. None found.

I would prefer to work on a home that has not been worked on by a do it yourself type person or a 15.00 per hour handyman. I spend a lot of time and a lot of my Customers money fixing other peoples mistakes, not fun.

Generally speaking quality workmanship and quality materials is very hard to find these days and now we have a generation that has no interest in learning how to be skilled person as a Pro or a hobbyist.


Jul 1, 2013 4:45PM
Stop being so stupid!

If you want to know how to deal with everyday problems, call your dad!

Home repair problems are not new, and your dad had them just like you soon will.

Homeowner problems are an everyday problem and if you can't deal with them, then maybe you should live in an apartment.

Having a few tools, and the basic knowledge to repair problems are what separates the men from the boys. So man up and deal with the problems of life. You will either be a hero or a zero depending upon whether you can deal with everyday problems/
Dec 5, 2012 5:05AM

Sounds like you people have a lot of built up anger issues.  Need a doctor, check out "how to find one" in the next article.

This country has "Dumbed Down" beyond belief!!!    Every ****ing thing you see or read on the internet is a slimy **** commercial mostly from ****ses like the people that don,t even recognize it,,Thank You ****es   I need the money!!!!
Dec 1, 2012 11:43AM
What type of base do you need under 20' and 40' shipping cargo containers used for storage units?  We plan to use it for farm storage and/or housing.
Dec 1, 2012 11:05AM
This is nothing more than advertising posing as "News."  If you readers weren't glued to those $120 a month cellphones and your cable TV 24/7 you'd figure out you were being manipulated for your money like brains were being manipulated for power in the movie, THE MATRIX.  You have what you deserve because you read this crap and pay the big bucks to companies who pay their CEOs gazillions and pay their employees $12 an hour. 
Dec 1, 2012 11:03AM
This article is just advertising posing as "News."  What a load of crap. 
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