Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Don't Call the Guy, Be the Guy with the DIYZ App

This post is in collaboration with DIYZ. All opinions of apps and companies that help me complete DIY projects are my own.


YES I... sort of...can. Can I get back to you on that? I need to go look something up real quick.

I admire Bob the Builder, he's a guy that knows what he is doing. As for me? Well, I can do certain things well and all the others I have just made up as I went. I've learned a lot of things along the way after owning a few different houses and there has been a lot of trial and error. Owning a house is just like being a parent. You have no idea what you are doing, but you learn along the way how things should be done.

My kids often come to me with problems in the same way. How far away is Jupiter from Earth? Explain gravity and why it works. Where do babies come from?

The thing about dads is that even if we don't have the correct answer, we find a way to quench the thirstiest of minds. Jupiter is so far away that you'd be dead before you reached it. Gravity works because the mass of the Earth is so large and it is spinning that it pulls us to the center. Babies come from storks, haven't you seen the movie yet? Boom. Done.

My dad didn't have Google when I was growing up so he probably just told me to go look it up in our 52 piece collection of the World Book Encyclopedia. Those books helped me through most of my school reports and they are the reason why most English classes now have rules about plagiarism.

And when I couldn't find the answer? My dad probably just made something up, because that's what dads do. My brothers and I are all DIYers. We learned it from our own dad who most certainly learned it from his dad. Some projects you can just do on your own because it's going to get expensive if you can't figure it out yourself.

In my family, that's the case except when it comes to plumbing. There seems to be some sort of long standing curse placed there by a DIY project between my dad and his brother and a stubborn toilet which resulted my dad and my uncle driving all over Chicago trying to find a "plumbing tool" called a screw extractor they would be the only way to fix said plumbing issue.

If you are a first time homeowner you'll probably spend your weekends carting hardware back and forth from the store multiple times a day. You'll get home and curse under your breath that you forgot to purchase the only size wrench that fits every nut and bolt in your house due to a contractor's love of the metric system. You just can't call in "your guy" every time you run into trouble. Repeat after me "I'm a moderately intelligent adult who is capable of great things with a little guidance"

But, who wants to spend all day surfing the net, trying to find videos that pertain to your particular project? I once looked up how to install a new garbage disposal and fell down an online video wormhole. Pretty soon I was watching dancing puppets singing about Hogwarts because they mentioned the word pipe somewhere in the video. Before I knew it, my research on the project I was supposed to be doing was flushed down the drain.

Wouldn't it be nice if there was an app where all of this information is stored in easy to follow directions?  What if instead of asking all of my dad friends on Facebook how they would do it, I could actually find someone who knew what they were talking about?

Well, it's true..It's called the DIYZ app and it's about to change your DIY life. They have endless projects from crafts for Mother's Day, to How to Install a USB charger. The great thing about this app is that it gives us DIYers of all levels the knowledge needed to complete a project with confidence. With the DIYZ app, it's time to #GetWise.

Don't know how to install a ceiling fan? Terrified of your electrical box? Don't default to "your guy", when you can do it yourself for much cheaper. You can do a live video chat with a Pro Advisor who can walk you through your project.The DIYZ App is free to download and is available in the Apple App Store for iPhone and Google Play for Android. For a limited time, the video-chat feature is FREE! Imagine the power to show someone exactly what you are looking at so you can get the right help.  Take that dad!

The app outlines exactly what you need to complete the job and if you don't have the necessary tools it will take you right to an Amazon shopping list so you can have it shipped directly to your door, instead of those boomerang trips to your nearest hardware store.

After every winter season, the siding on my house turns into The Green Monster. The north side which is in shadow most of the day, develops algae and mold which looks even worse on our white house. But, with the DIYZ app, my project to clean our siding just got so much easier.

All I had to do was open the app, tap on the exterior category and scroll through the projects until I found it. You can also use the search function to find it right away, but I like to see what other projects I could possibly do in the future as well. Once you've found your project, you can see an overview which gives you an idea of difficulty level, time needed and cost. In the steps tab, the project is broken down into easy instructions which included a segmented video explaining what to do. That means I could be outside working on my project and I could refer to each step without leaving the area and getting distracted!

While my house does have siding, it isn't vinyl siding, but asbestos board so I wasn't sure if the tutorial on the app would be different for my project or if I would have to be gentle with the material. I did a live video-chat with a DIYZ Pro Advisor. Advisors are available from 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM ET Monday through Friday. On weekends, DIYZ advisors will be available to help tackle projects from 8:00 AM to 1:00 AM ET. Even your dad isn't that reliable!

DIYZ Homepage: https://www.diyz.com
DIYZ Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DIYZ_App / @DIYZ_app
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DIYZ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVRsZ1NjtnDAU5JkhXEjyBg/

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