Chattanooga Now City Beat: Online how-to videos sources of fun, info

Chattanooga Now City Beat: Online how-to videos sources of fun, info

July 9th, 2019 by Barry Courter in Chattnow Outabout

I have an addiction to online how-to videos, which in and of itself is probably not that bad because I now know how to survive in a blizzard in sub-zero weather utilizing some dryer lint, a tarp and a decent sleeping bag.

I will never, ever actually be out in the wilderness with just a tarp in any weather below 60 degrees, and I do not carry dryer lint around with me on purpose, but I now have the knowledge. What is becoming a problem, however, is that these videos are costing me sleep as I find myself watching them at 3 and 5 in the morning.

I actually watched a woman in Germany in a sleeping bag under a tarp next to a lake explain how tired she was because she'd had a fitful night. I honestly can't tell you which was sadder: her story or me watching it.

You can find all kinds of things online.

A couple of weeks ago, a former co-worker was kind enough to give me his parents' 1957 RCA Victor stereo console. I'm thrilled to have it and looking forward to refurbishing it, which means, of course, spending hours watching videos on replacing capacitors, resisters and tubes. Don't be jealous.

Anyway, last week I stumbled across a guy who goes by the name Glasslinger, who is an absolute savant when it comes to this stuff. His videos are detailed and amazingly informative, and surprisingly entertaining, with a heavy emphasis on surprise.

Barry Courter

Barry Courter

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

The first video of his I watched featured what sounded like an older man talking over shots of his hands taking the tubes out. I did notice in one shot that his shirt sleeve seemed to have a bow on it. Then in the second video he appeared to be wearing nail polish and earrings.

Then I found a video of his titled "Restoring a 1949 TV Set." For this one, he decided to appear on camera in what looks to be a red wig, red lipstick and nails and a bright red dress with gingham shoulder pads and a matching apron.

For my taste, it was a lovely outfit, if a bit overdone for a TV-repair video, but I'm not here to judge a man's choice in clothing.

But the best part, aside from the informative video, was the very first comment from a viewer. Someone named Diecast Jam wrote: "An old tv repairing an old TV, my kind of channel."

You get one of those in a lifetime, folks, and kudos to Jam for hitting it out of the park. Well done.

And thanks to Glasslinger for the excellent videos and help.

Contact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354.

Getting Started/Comments Policy

Getting started

  1. 1. If you frequently comment on news websites then you may already have a Disqus account. If so, click the "Login" button at the top right of the comment widget and choose whether you'd rather log in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or a Disqus account.
  2. 2. If you've forgotten your password, Disqus will email you a link that will allow you to create a new one. Easy!
  3. 3. If you're not a member yet, Disqus will go ahead and register you. It's seamless and takes about 10 seconds.
  4. 4. To register, either go through the login process or just click in the box that says "join the discussion," type your comment, and either choose a social media platform to log you in or create a Disqus account with your email address.
  5. 5. If you use Twitter, Facebook or Google to log in, you will need to stay logged into that platform in order to comment. If you create a Disqus account instead, you'll need to remember your Disqus password. Either way, you can change your display name if you'd rather not show off your real name.
  6. 6. Don't be a huge jerk or do anything illegal, and you'll be fine.

Chattanooga Times Free Press Comments Policy

The Chattanooga Times Free Press web sites include interactive areas in which users can express opinions and share ideas and information. We cannot and do not monitor all of the material submitted to the website. Additionally, we do not control, and are not responsible for, content submitted by users. By using the web sites, you may be exposed to content that you may find offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of the Times Free Press web sites and any content on the Times Free Press web sites, including, but not limited to, whether you should rely on such content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge that we shall have the right (but not the obligation) to review any content that you have submitted to the Times Free Press, and to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content that we determine, in our sole discretion, (a) does not comply with the terms and conditions of this agreement; (b) might violate any law, infringe upon the rights of third parties, or subject us to liability for any reason; or (c) might adversely affect our public image, reputation or goodwill. Moreover, we reserve the right to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content at any time, for the reasons set forth above, for any other reason, or for no reason. If you believe that any content on any of the Times Free Press websites infringes upon any copyrights that you own, please contact us pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C. § 512) at the following address:

Copyright Agent
The Chattanooga Times Free Press
400 East 11th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone: 423-757-6315
Email: webeditor@timesfreepress.com