Saturday, May 17, 2014

Useful youtube stuff

Many of us who surf the net on a daily basis know that if you need a step by step to do something, fix, install or the like, we usually go to sites like youtube or wikihow.

This usually works well for common electronics, since most of the source of reviews, (English) how to videos / step by steps are done by Americans (USA) or Indians or mostly non South East Asian nationals. So when you are looking for a How To for something that is only common here (Malaysia), it usually becomes tough to find resource. I had this problem with a number of things, piping comes to mind - e.g how to connect multiple pipes (PVC pipes e.g. for your washing machine outlet) - I found out some plumbers just use silicone . Even at times the terms or material sold is quite different. For example usually here we use PTFE tape to wrap around the each tap / piping connection, but in the many youtubes you would seldom see this used.

Here's just one that I google'd. The tap he removed had PTFE tape around the but when he placed the new taps, using a washer was enough. Interestingly here, you ALWAYS put PTFE tape, and I have tried just with a rubber washer w/out PTFE and it usually does leak. Maybe we've got sub-par rubber washer?

I was trying to figure out how to replace my indoor room door knob, and again, I went through a couple of 'international' videos, but couldn't find the same type of door knob used here in Malaysia. Until I came through this video by Hani Mador.

Any frankly his video on replacing your door knob was quite entertaining as well. See for yourself. And well I think I saved some $$ since usually (& obviously) when you pay someone to replace your door knob, you pay for the new knob and labor changers (upah).

So when I posted this video on FB, I was expecting friends to go "Come on, you mean you didn't knob how to change a door knob"? (Takkanlah tak tau nak tukar tombol). But well there is always a first time for something, wouldn't you agree. And this guy's video (as of time of blogging) has got 11k+ views, and 37 likes. So I'm guessing at least around 10k people were trying to figure out how to replace / change their door knob. And well, this is only one of the many videos on youtube of changing your knob. And his video has received alot of comments of thanks, so yes, it has helped many.