Let me YouTube that for you, you idiot.

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The washer dryer in our Townhouse was left by the previous tenant. (Thanks!)

After one load I had an idea as to why.

The washer started banging against the dryer like they were trying to make baby washer/dryers.

My first thought was, “Crap, $200 for a new washer on Craigslist. Sucks to be me!”

But it was my cheapness that saved the day.

What if I could fix the damn thing? That would save some money!

On a scale of idiot to DIY expert… I’m an idiot. I definitely did not inherit that part of my Dad’s DNA, the part where he can fix anything.

YouTube to the rescue!

I searched something brilliant like “washing machine banging”.

The first couple videos taught me about springs and stabilizers.

I learned enough to open up the washing machine and have a looksy.

You gotta be blind to not notice the spring that was hanging there loose not connected to anything.

Gee, maybe that spring has something to do with all the banging around?

I searched YouTube for something brilliant like “washing machine spring“.

Bingo. Now over to Amazon where the spring was like $1.50.

The washing machine has left the dryer alone ever since! Success!

Why tell this story?

My first reaction is ALWAYS to just buy another one. Always.

But (thanks to my cheapness frugal ways) I’ve had a few wins in the past year that have saved me over a thousand dollars.

  • A/C on our car wasn’t working. My first thought was to just take it in and spend at least $100 getting it fixed. Then the cheapness saved the day… YouTubed how to balance the pressure and was able to fix it for about $30.
  • Car over heated a few months later. Radiator fluid was low but after filling it the car over heated again the next day. YouTube saved the day with a video on how to do a radiator flush. (Saved around $100?, not really sure.)
  • The furnace in our travel trailer came on and would stay on. First thought was to call the mobile repairman who has a minimum $65 charge plus like $99/hour plus parts. I also thought we would need a new furnace which are around $400. YouTube to the rescue! I learned that you should start by replacing the thermostat. BOOM! $15 later we were in business!
  • Power went out on half the outlets in the same travel trailer. This one scared me because I thought there must be some problem with the electrical wiring system and would cause a freakin’ fire. YouTube knew better. I learned about GFCI outlets and after screwing in a wire that came lose we were back baby! $0.00!

These examples alone add up to around $1000 in “savings”. (It’s not really savings though, bro.)

Let’s do some fun-learnin’!

Here’s the point.

For a guy like me who has very little handyman skills, YouTube is a life saver. And a money saver!!!

You can literally watch someone show you step by step how to fix anything. Seriously, think about that. You don’t need to know anything. Just watch and do.


And once you have a few wins fixing things around the house (and car) it starts to get better. I’m starting to see it as a fun challenge to fix things myself. The results are cool too. Save money, learn something new, actually use your brain, feel manly.

You have to train yourself to think, “I bet I can learn how to fix this on YouTube” before you think, “Crap! Now I gotta buy a new car ’cause the tire is flat!”

So next time your lamp makes a pop! and goes dark and you think, “Now I gotta buy another lamp!”… Β Just YouTube How to change a light bulb. And save the $50. (This video is actually pretty funny.) πŸ˜‰

Now I just need to learn how to sew on a button and I’ll have like 5 new shirts and 1 new pair of shorts!

How about you? Learnin’ anything on YouTube?



22 Responses to "Let me YouTube that for you, you idiot."

  1. n84bs   May 13, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Love it Derek! I can totally relate. YouTube has saved us too many situations to count. The big ones that come to mind are fixing our septic system, changing the clutch on my van, and replacing the car’s radiator. I feel the same way about not inheriting your father’s DNA but I think it was watching him fix everything around the house that made me even think that it was possible to tackle these things on my own, with the help of YouTube. I imagine if he had always hired things out I wouldn’t even have considered fixing things myself an option. Great post!

    • derek olsen   May 13, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Yeah man. I think you are right about at least having a Dad that DID try to fix things. I guess those memories are burned into my brain. If I had a Dad who just gave up and replaced (or hired out) rather than fixed things himself I would have learned that things aren’t as DIY fixable as they are.

      I guess that kind of perspective is a really good start.

      God bless YouTube.

  2. Caron   May 22, 2016 at 12:41 am

    And Youtube isn’t just for DIY repairs – you can learn ANYTHING via Youtube! My 6 year old grandson found my (very!) dusty chess set and wanted to play. Problem was, other than a hazy memory of how the pieces set up, I couldn’t remember how to play. Youtube to the rescue! They even have how to teach children to play chess. We used it again tonight to learn how to play marbles (I had a misspent childhood in front of the TV). Chess board purchased in the 80s: $?, marbles: $1.25, time spent with grandson, playing fun games: priceless!

    • Derek Olsen   May 22, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Yeah man, totally. Good point.

      YouTube is like having a million teachers who cover a billion different topics.

      Our 2 year old LOVES Signing Time. We have the DVDs but sometimes just put on YouTube for her. She’s learned over 100 different words in sign language. It’s sooooooo helpful!

  3. Kevin   August 25, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Totally Youtubed the cabin air filter for my car. $8.00 for the filter. Turns out I just need to crawl under the passenger glove box. Who knew? Anyways, the auto shop wanted $60.00 for the same job.

    • Derek   August 25, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Yeah man, the air filter change SCAM at the oil change place is an easy one to do yourself. And of course, learn how to do it on YouTube!!

  4. Alyssa   August 25, 2016 at 7:43 am

    This just made my day.

    • Derek   August 25, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Glad I could help!

  5. donuts52   August 25, 2016 at 8:35 am

    I never realized how many different types of help options are available on YouTube, and I’ve used it a LOT! More for gardening and plant identification, but I will definitely make this my first go-to source when something needs fixed!

    BTW, your first sentence should say “tenant,” not tenet. Sorry, but the teacher in me just had to pass along the correction!!

    • Derek   August 25, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Thanks for the spelling tip! I made the change. Warning! If spelling and grammar are your thing, my site will drive you mad. πŸ˜‰

      Anyway… One of the points of this post was to remind myself to go to YouTube first when I try to fix something or for any home improvement projects. Currently we are repainting our dining room chairs and I went to YouTube to learn how.

      My Dad and I have done several repairs to my car and we learned how to do all of it on YouTube.

      But, my point is that I often forget to go to YouTube first!!! So, this is like a reminder to myself.

  6. Stephi   August 25, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I’m a single mom with 3 boys, and thanks to YouTube we’ve done countless fixes including replacing a toilet, adjusting the hot water heater, an oil change on the car, and replacing a tile hearth! I usually watch a few videos on a subject before tackling it just in case 1 of the You Tubers is “out to lunch” (especially when I’m doing electrical:)

    • Derek   August 25, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Wow! That is fantastic. You are braver than I am. I haven’t touch anything electrical. (Well, small things I guess.)

  7. Mindy   August 25, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Sounds like a perfect sister-site to LMGTFY.com. LMYTTFY.com…

    YouTube has saved me a ton of money and taught me so many new skills. Boy, I wish it had been around back when I was not married…

  8. Physician on FIRE   August 25, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I replaced the large gasket on our front-loading washer with a little YouTube help. Also, the carburetor on the snow blower.

    I’m so glad there’s a tutorial on lightbulb changing!

    Hey, how many mice does it take to screw in a light bulb?


    • Derek   August 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      You are gonna have to explain that joke!! Don’t leave me hanging.

  9. Kurt   August 25, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Yeah, I’ve done a few youtube-guided repairs myself, fantastic resource. Probably has put a whuppin’ on the Maytag repairman and his ilk. πŸ™‚

    • Derek   August 25, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      Dude. My brothers A/C went out once. The repair man said it needed a new part and was going to charge him $600. He showed him the part where it was all dirty and looked warn out. My brother jumped on YouTube and learned that this part does go bad but you can just take it off and clean it with rubbing alcohol. It worked and his A/C has worked for years now!

      Sucks for the repairman. Sort of.

  10. Barb   August 25, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    YouTube doesn’t just help DIY folks. I am an RN who knew a patient was coming onto our hospice service with a complex medical device not typically seen in hospice. I checked out two or three YouTube tutorials at home and understood how it worked and how to manage it. The next day at work I was able to quickly and competently demonstrate to the other nursing staff how to assess and manage the device and it was a win/win for both the patient and for me as we could provide the needed care and my boss was impressed with my skills. Thanks YouTube!

    • Derek   August 25, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Oh wow! I had not thought of medical devices. But why not? It’s endless what you can learn from YouTube. Amazing times we live in.

    • whiskey   August 28, 2016 at 6:11 am

      LOL! Youtube Academy of Medicine or YAM MD… Its actually very cool but that made me laugh…

  11. Mrs. Picky Pincher   August 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    We actually use YouTube for insourcing all kinds of stuff around the house. Mr. Picky Pincher used YouTube tutorials to learn how to change the breaks in our cars–saving us a couple hundred bucks in mechanic’s fees.

  12. Vanessa   September 2, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I loved this post! We’ve trained ourselves to always head to YouTube first now and we’ve definitely saved money over the years because of it (turns out our last car only needed a freon boost, not a new A/C… hmmm…)


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