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Has YouTube killed the repair shop?

Hi everyone

Was just pondering over the fact that people can follow a YouTube video on how to repair something.

Just last week I cleaned the pilot on my natural gas fire place. The pilot was not working but thanks to YouTube I had it running in no time. That would of been a 100+ call from a local shop.

What do you guys think? Has YouTube taken money away from the local repair shop?
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Probably. It's certainly helped me fix things numerous times. Though admittedly, I already tend towards the DIY side of things.

But even for those of us who can be kind ch.... frugal, there is still stuff that I am not up for trying to repair myself.

I suspect that there are still plenty of people who don't know what they're doing, and aren't interested in trying to learn. And for the record, I respect that. Lots of people do/enjoy stuff that I'm not interested in getting into.

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I have saved literally thousands of dollars by coming here and watching YouTube - guys like Donyboy and the people who share knowledge here are my heroes. Just one service call for my blower would cost about $300+ and I would have to wait two weeks or more to get it back. Sites like this are a life saver.
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if I trusted my soldering (for plumbing) and also wasn't afraid of heights (on roof) I'd almost be self-sufficient

for those two I pay up

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No, it hasn't killed the repair shop, and (IMHO) never will.
I have several neighbors who will only take their stuff to a dealer, but I also have an increasing number who will call me first as (thanks to me being able to understand the YouTube videos) they think I am some kind of mechanical guru.
Thanks to YouTube, I now know how to build a shed that won't fall down with the first heavy snowfall, how to adjust the valve clearance on my Honda CR-V, how to replace the timing belt on a Subaru and how to get a passable tune from my banjo.
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if I trusted my soldering (for plumbing) and also wasn't afraid of heights (on roof) I'd almost be self-sufficient

for those two I pay up
I got the soldering down pretty good
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I got the soldering down pretty good
WOW that is gorgeous work Russo

This must be your profession, yes?

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WOW that is gorgeous work Russo

This must be your profession, yes?
I worked after school and summers with a plumber. Not licensed but I can work on my own house as needed. I'm a carpenter/cabinet builder, remodeling contractor by trade. I'm big on DIY. When slow, I work with other trade people. I'm always eager to learn. I'm very picky.
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Mostly everything is done in Pex now. I'm old fashioned, I like copper, and my labor is free. Those copper press fittings they have now is sweet.
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