Saturday, September 18, 2010

The World Wide of Handywoman/mans

LL says:

One year ago, we were in the process of finding a new house. We had been looking at every house in East Vancouver under our guidelines (mainly monetary) that we could. As you may or may not now, the housing market in Vancouver is well, redonkulous. And finding something in our price range made it even harder. Every listing that we were looking at had "fixer-upper" or "handy man's dream" in the description. Well, I can't say that fixing an 80 year old house is a dream, but becoming a handyman is. I tell ya, knowing the difference between a jig saw and a circular saw has been quite helpful.

I didn't start off as a handy woman. No no. Although my dad gave me a couple tips growing up. We even built a fake electric guitar for my airband version of Prince's - I Will Die 4 U in grade 6. I even borrowed my mom's kimono and put a scarf diagonally across my face. Yes, I was Prince.

Anyway, It was an awesome guitar. Complete with fake toggle switches and frets. Dad did most of the work, but I watched in awe. Mainly because I couldn't wait to have my own electric guitar. Actually, I think it was that Christmas when I found a red electric guitar under the tree with a mini amp. Huh. Dad, you're great.

I digress, handy woman. Yes. Where was I? So I had basic knowledge on how to fix things. Nothing like the major overhaul we performed this year. And how did we do it? Well, first we asked our dads to give us tools. Done. Because when you ask dads to give you tools, every tool comes with instructions. Handy. Then we looked to the internet. The World Wide Web. So many instructional videos on anything you want to know - for free! Sometimes the information is hard to find, and sometimes you have to work it out for yourself but for the most part - it's free school.

So I feel like we need to give back. Give you little tips that will help you with daily life. You may not be building a 2 bedroom apartment or a loft bedroom but, you may have to fix a hole in your drywall, or know how to properly prepare a room to paint or know the difference between a jig saw and a circular saw.

What do you think would be helpful to learn? We want our videos to be educational AND frickin' funny. Could you be a burgeoning handy man/woman?


  1. Basic electrical and plumbing skills are always a good one. Most people find them intimidating but like anything else, aren't that hard when broken down it the basic parts and logic. Also I've been learning tons of tricks for finish carpentry (scribing, hiding flaws, diverting the eye, etc) that really make the work easier and look awesome.

  2. Yeah, I feel more comfortable with electrical and plumbing now. The basement suite was full of tutorials, trial and error and a couple mishaps. Just diving in and doing it is all the lesson you need really. That and a few youtube videos. :)

    And finish carpentry? Sweet! You should come help us out and be on one of the episodes!

  3. That sounds like a good excuse to go to East Van