Getting Help on Your Man Cave from Home Improvement Videos

Getting Help on Your Man Cave from Home Improvement Videos

This is the Do-It-Yourself age; a time when you acquire skills on the job and you learn pretty much as you go along. For this reason, in the recent decade home improvement videos have gained popularity as a valuable and easily accessible resource to show how things are done.

Videos as a Ready Resource

Home improvement videos are in demand. For example, the top three instructional videos on installing a commode have over a million views while the top three videos on installing hardwood flooring garnered more than 1,500,000 views.  Videos are a great way to get ideas about how you want to design your Man Cave.

There is an amazing collection of home improvement videos on the internet today. You can find demonstration videos on installing walls and floors, repairing a cracked basement wall, building an entertainment center, or step seating for your home theater – you name it and there is a video for it. The best part of videos today is that usually you will find not just one but several videos on any given topic. This means you can go through several, compare and fill in missing details then choose to follow the one that appeals most to you.

There are videos made by professionals for big name establishments and hardware stores just as there are videos made by amateur hobbyists who want to share how they go through certain projects. Usually it is good to watch the professionally made videos and then compare the hobbyists’ narrative to avoid overlooking important tips.

How to Get the Help You Need

For smooth sailing, when you are about to embark on your Man Cave project, you would want to work on three things. Create a work plan, draw up a budget, and look for an appropriate video and watch it. A work plan illustrates your work schedule, tells you how many people will be working, when you will move things if you have to and other tasks you need to do within a certain time frame. The budget of course tells you how much you can spend and the video shows you how to do the actual work.

Anyone who has tried working with only a manual as guide will tell you that there are excellent manuals, there are fair manuals, and there are manuals that can be understood only by two groups of people: those who made them and those who don’t need them. The manual tells you to attach the disc to the groove; the video shows you how a real person does it – often with a helpful comment about how hard to push or from what end to start.

To start you on your video search, be very clear about what you need. If there are several ways of stating your selected topic, try using each of them in your search and assess the results. Because you don’t want to spend too much time watching videos, you might want to open several and see how well liked they were by people who watched them. Choose the ones with the highest proportion of positive comments and forget about the ones that have too many negative ones. If there are videos done by reputable stores, include them in your list.

Watching, Learning, Doing

Once you have chosen the best video, watch, take notes, and keep an inquiring mind. Keep the video you have selected within easy reach so that you can refer to it from time to time. Proceed with the project as instructed while trying to apply the tips that you learned about. Sometimes it helps to look at the video again at the end of the day just to check that you covered all bases. There is another reason for reviewing the video: to see for yourself what you learned that the video did not teach and what the demonstrator neglected to mention. After all, when you are done, you just might decide to make a video of the project you are making and if you do send us a copy or a link.