On the internet, there are numerous learning centers that teach do it yourself gutter installation, gutter repair, roofing installation, roofing repairs, and interior and exterior home improvements. The learning center uses step-by-step video tutorials, PDF e-book downloads, online slideshows, and books. The DIY learning tutorials and projects are a way for these sites to improve people’s DIY home improvement skills if they are looking for ways on cost cutting or cost saving home improvement projects.
Do it yourself began to increase as a modern trend as far back as the 1950’s. However, it was in the 1970’s when DIY project oriented magazines began to proliferate in the mass market. This was followed by DIY books. By the 80’s and 90’s, magazines, books, radio shows, and even television shows on do it yourself projects and advice was spreading the trend everywhere. More craft specific DIY publications began to come out such as for carpentry, landscaping, and specific home improvement subjects.
With the advent of the internet, many websites that focus on specific do it yourself projects began to proliferate. No less than 4 major DIY websites carry the domain name of DIY or do it yourself in the .com and .org domain. Many others are more project or craft specific. DIY learning centers have several types of tutorial or instructional methods:
When YouTube came out in 2005 as a video sharing website, instructional and tutorial videos became more accessible because of the ease of uploading, viewing, and sharing.
Acrobat Reader or PDF
PDF or Portable Document Format is a way to view, create, manipulate, print, and upload files such as step-by-step educational DIY instructions. When uploaded on DIY sites, visitors can simply download them for free or for a small free, or in exchange for registration. The PDF format ensures the permanency of the document since it cannot be changed or manipulated for re-uploading.
Back in the late 90’s up to the late 2000’s, PowerPoint was being uploaded to serve as online instructional slideshows and presentations. Today, however, there are more convenient ways to give online presentations that can be simply uploaded on DIY websites and are easily viewed online or can be downloaded. One is Prezi.com wherein you can create slideshows and instructional presentations better in appearance and format than PowerPoint. Another is Google Drive online slide presentations. All of these are free, making DIY instructional materials on DIY learning centers more accessible.