Wednesday, October 14, 2009

5 Great Home Repair Tutorial Sites

Guest post by Mary E. Ward

Completing home repair and remodeling projects yourself is a great way to save money. And, though most of us don’t have a lot of home repair knowledge when we purchase our first home, there are many ways to gain that knowledge over the years. Tackling a project for the first time can be a little overwhelming. But, luckily, in the last few years we’ve seen a great jump in the number of resources available to help us learn how to do many different types of home repairs. One of the best resources for learning how to tackle new projects is tutorials. Many websites offer step by step instructions for a wide variety of projects. You can print the tutorials out and keep them right by your side as you work. Here are some of the best sites to find home repair tutorials.

  1. HGTV –HGTV has become a favorite source for all homeowners. But, did you know that you can find step by step tutorials for nearly every project you’ve seen completed on television? And, even if you haven’t seen them do it on HGTV, there may well be step by step instructions on their site. Their site is one of the best for instructions on decorating projects, such as faux finishes, revamping furniture pieces and creating your own art.
  2. DIY – Another great home television network has a wide variety of step by step tutorials. Simply go to the area of the home where your project lies and you’ll find all the project tutorials available for that area of the home. I like the tutorials on this site because the pictures are really good.
  3. This Old House – This show was likely the first home repair show, before there were channels dedicated to the home. Their site offers lots of tutorials with very clear, easy to follow instructions. Their tutorials also give you an estimate of the cost of the materials for the project and the amount of time you’ll spend.
  4. Easy2DIY – This site offers a wide variety of tutorials on many different types of projects. You’ll find a handy calculator that helps you determine how much paint to buy based on the size of your room along with step by step instructions on everything from installing a disposer to laying a brick walkway. This site also offers great product demonstrations on tools you’ll need to get home repair jobs done.
  5. – A site based on the “for dummies” book series, this site offers step by step instructions on many types of home repair, remodeling and basic home maintenance. Whether you need to seal concrete or fix a squeaky hardwood floor, you can find good instructions, with pictures on this site.

As anyone who owns a home knows, there’s always some project we need to undertake. But, with the number of tutorials available online to give us step by step instructions on how to complete our projects, there’s simply no longer an excuse for putting off one of those important projects.

Mary E. Ward blogs about how to study at the top construction management schools.

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