Cheap Tricks: YouTube to the Rescue

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I’m no guru to fixing things, but I’ve learned everything from how to do a Photoshop special effect to how to help a goat while she’s in labor. There are all kinds of things you can learn on YouTube.

Greg has troubleshooted many an electrical problem just by Googling for YouTube videos. He even got some solid advice on setting up his solar array.

Have you ever tried using YouTube to help you solve a problem–or do you watch it only for music videos and funny pets?

The next time something’s got you stumped, try Googling the problem + YouTube. You might be surprised to find someone has already found the answer and has made a video about it.


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  1. JackieBCentralTexas

    Maria we have used You Tube many times for answers to a problem from looking up how to open up a suitcase with no key to simple solution of how to plant a certain vegetable.

    Funny pets and music however are still my favorite videos, used to love to find Karaoke to sing along with when had High Speed unlimited Internet access.

    • Jackie: I always laugh at the Facebook meme that says: “We have all of mankind’s knowledge at our disposal, yet all we do is look at funny pet videos.” So true!

      Once in a while I try to get some actual information though. 🙂

  2. Mike keyton

    To my shame, I find YouTube useful for stuff any normal person should know, like for instance changing a battery in a keyboard or mouse. I’ll get on to plumbing one day. . . Maybe not

  3. I watch how-to quilting videos on YouTube all the time. I’ve already made two scrap quilts using one ingenious technique by Valerie Nesbitt ( I’ve also learned beading techniques, how to spin roving and trims into art yarn, and different ways to put in zippers.

    I do watch the videos about Shelties sometimes. Can’t help it; they’re so cute. 🙂

    • Lynn: It never ceases to amaze me that I can type in almost anything and someone somewhere has made a video about it.

      What makes YouTube particularly valuable is that you can see someone actually demonstrating a step. For someone like me, that’s a godsend.

  4. Unless I can have the YouTube on while I’m attempting to do what I need to do, I won’t bother. I’ll just remember it all wrong and get myself frustrated.

    Someone has to be by my side and guide me through it for me to remember. Sad, but true.

  5. Angela Brown

    When my daughter has issues with her Wii, it was YouTube to the rescue with helpful videos to fix the issue.

    Plus, my daughter likes to watch some of the craft videos. She made me a wallet out duct tape and paper… and it’s cute 🙂

    • Angela: That reminded me of a commercial I saw yesterday with Steve Harvey. He asked this little kid where he learned to dance like that and he said, YouTube. You can almost get a college education entirely online.

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