DIY YouTube house renovator Shane Conlan at his Sawtell project.
DIY YouTube house renovator Shane Conlan at his Sawtell project. Trevor Veale

Shane’s tips go viral

WITH more than 5.4 million hits on YouTube, it's safe to say that Shane Conlan's series of online DIY videos have made him a household name.

In 2011, the Sawtell resident launched his YouTube channel "DIY for Knuckleheads" that include popular videos such as woodworking tips, to practical advice such as how to drill a hole in a tile.

Now, the trained carpenter is sharing his largest and most personal project to date - the complete renovation of his home.

"My wife (Emily) and I have three children so it came to the point where the house just wasn't big enough," he said.

"We've demolished about 50% of our old house and adding to that again - it's a big project," he said.

The owner-builder has completed the bulk of the work himself - documented in weekly videos uploaded to the net.

Shane's videos include tips for how to remove floorboards, advice for demolishing a home, and guidelines for preparing for a slab.

Despite the success of the videos, Shane said the project was not without its setbacks.

"Because of the rain the trenches are full of water so we're a week and a half behind schedule," he said.

But he's confident the project will meet its completion target of Christmas.

"As an owner-builder you have more control," he said.

"At the end of the day when you can see progress being made it's rewarding."

To see Shane's videos, search for "DIY for knuckleheads" on YouTube.



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