Deep Dive DIY
Deep Dive DIY
Ever wonder what it really takes to do the projects you see on those cable home shows without the behind the scene's crew?
Ever wonder what it really takes to do the projects you see on those cable home shows without the behind the scene's crew? Read more
About this project
Have you ever watched those home shows and been inspired to try out a DIY project only to find out a simple bathroom remodel that took them 2 days is taking you a month? How about the fact that most of these shows have home owners just doing demolition and a few other things you can learn at a Box store class, but never something more intricate? Finally why did they choose the materials they use on a particular project?
I'm looking to start up a video blog showcasing home improvement projects done by the home owner in true DIY fashion hiring subcontractors only when absolutely necessary. This will be a mostly solo project with the occasional friend or neighbor providing assistance for two person lifting jobs or acting as camera person. Video will be edited for time, but a live time counter will be shown. There will be no misrepresentation of what it takes to complete the project.
The first project will be installing a High Velocity Air Conditioning system. During that series I will cover how design of the system is accomplished, how to size the AC, installing the system, and getting everything buttoned up.
The final product will be featured as a video podcast on my website http://www.1g1k.com/ as well as a youtube channel. I hope to complete the work on my first project in three weeks, leaving time to get editing and after effects done.
All work will be done to code with permits. I will list the permits required by my area as well as why certain sub contractors are hired.
Stretch goals will be for additional projects done in a similar manner in a specific order. If we reach the needed funding for the first project I will start adding them at that time. The projects are set up to be complementary building upon each other.
Risks and challenges
One of the skills I possess is that the first piece of technology I purchase is almost always faulty. I've had this with everything from my cable modem to my television. I've had the appliance guys actually run a cord out to their truck to test the fridge they were dropping off after the first one was DOA, as was the dryer they tried to deliver the week before.
As such I'm always on top of testing what arrives as soon as possible. I need to get the installation of equipment done quickly to ensure than I'm within the service period. Any flaws or issues of this type will be filmed and preserved to show the experience of the DIY project. As will any time spent on phone calls with suppliers.
Other risks in this sort of project usually include data issues. As soon as a day's filming is done the footage will be backed up across multiple machines AND kept on the SD card it is filmed on. If anything happens to one section of footage the project will not be lost.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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