The 7 Best YouTube Channels for Homeowners, According to Reddit

published Oct 24, 2022
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The Home Improvement subreddit is often a deep well of resources for anyone who needs to learn a thing or two about maintenance and repair. But if you’re wondering how many DIYers in this community got started — or how you can begin your own path of know-how — they usually say to do one thing: Try YouTube. 

Yes, YouTube is routinely referenced as the starting point for learning how to paint walls properly, install flooring, rip out carpet, or essentially do the work of before-and-after projects on your own. That’s why user u/numeralCow’s recent question to the group is so great: “Aside from This Old House, what are some other great YouTube channels for homeowners?”

Hundreds of responses followed, and if you’re a homeowner who is also looking to expand your subscription list, give these seven YouTube channels a follow. You never know when you might turn to one of them to answer a pressing question of your own. 

House Improvements

House Improvements is hosted by Shannon, who has decades of experience in the construction industry, according to what he says in the channel’s trailer. Many Redditors mentioned how beneficial it is to watch House Improvements for in-depth explanations of projects, which includes things like cutting floor tiles, installing crown molding, and building a wall frame. 

As user u/Ask_if_im_an_alien put it: “Is that my boy Shannon? That guy is hands down one of the best on the platform, or anywhere really. He’s the only person I give to on Patreon because I’ve gotten so much out of his channel.”

See Jane Drill 

After 25 years of building experience, Leah Bolden began sharing her skills on See Jane Drill, which has 936,000 subscribers and counting. She breaks down everything from installing baseboard corners, replacing broken furniture, to caulking a bathtub. And there are also a lot of videos for beginners, particularly when it comes to operating tools

User u/Neracle says, “She answers questions I didn’t even know I had! She’s always positive and encouraging.”

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Project Farm

If you need advice on choosing between cordless vacuums and extension cords, or if you’re wondering if it’s better to splurge or save on items like sanders and knives, then Project Farm has you covered. This channel has 2.6 million subscribers, and Redditors mentioned how informative it is for buying the right tools for a job — which can be especially overwhelming when you’re new to DIY. 

User u/xtrememudder89 says, “Project Farm has tested just about every brand of every tool there is. I always check that channel before buying any tool.”

Vancouver Carpenter

Lots of people in this subreddit say that drywall is a DIY skill that’s possible to master, it just takes some practice. If you want to learn how to do it, commenters mentioned Vancouver Carpenter’s expertise as a great resource. This channel, which has 430,000 subscribers, also includes tips on using a paintbrush, unclogging a faucet, and replacing cabinet doors. 

User u/wotoan says, “Pure content, insane depth, literally just one guy filming himself demonstrating his skill in real scenarios time and time again. What YouTube should be — one specific niche in insane detail from someone with extensive real-world experience.”

Essential Craftsman 

Once you’re past the beginner phase of DIY projects, Redditors note that the Essential Craftsman channel has helped them to level up. It’s hosted by Scott Wadsworth, who instructs 1.2 million subscribers on subjects like constructing a copper range, installing a tankless water heater, and putting in an oak floor. As Redditor u/highvolkage commented, “[This is] my favorite channel for carpentry and general wisdom.”

Stud Pack

The father-and-son duo behind Stud Pack, which has nearly 400,000 subscribers, shows the ins-and-outs of construction with honesty, detail, and humor. Perhaps the most endearing aspect of this channel is that the pair admit when they’ve made a mistake, and then share how to fix it. After all, DIY doesn’t mean that you always get it right, and seeing occasional missteps helps viewers stay motivated. 

Redditor u/adybli1 says, “Nice to see this channel getting a lot of attention now. [I] was watching when they were around 10,000 [subscribers] and thinking, ‘Why aren’t they more popular?’ They care about all the little details and doing things the proper way, and admit their mistakes when pointed out by the comments.”

Perkins Builder Brothers

Brothers Jaime and Erik Perkins of Perkins Builder Brothers were mentioned a few times in the thread for their construction wisdom, particularly when it comes to building from the ground up. Their nearly 600,000 subscribers can watch as they construct a small income property, barn, kitchen addition, and more, all with fun-loving banter and straightforward tips to remember. 

As user u/NerdyRedneck45 says, “They’re a great balance between realism and [aspiration]. Also fun to watch.”