Wes Ford's cracking home foundation he's going to repair after watching as many as 7 YouTube videos on the topic.
Wes Ford’s cracking home foundation he’s going to repair after watching as many as 7 YouTube videos on the topic.

Lake of the Pines, CA — Area transplant, Lake of the Pines resident and current commuting Chevron employee Wes Ford announced to his friends and family on Friday night that he plans to “build his own foundation” on a piece of property he inherited from his uncle south of Highway 20.

“I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos and I know what I’m doing now,” said Mr. Ford from his lawn chair outside his Lake of the Pines home. “It’s amazing the things one can learn these days watching YouTube videos.”

With the explosion of rich Internet media like YouTube in the past 10 years, many people have found new hobbies and in some cases, new expertise in subjects completely foreign to their skill sets.

“I’ve learned all kinds of things watching YouTube,” continued Mr. Ford. “Like this [pointing to his Apple iPad]. ‘How to run your car off a BBQ propane tank.’ And this, ‘Living with 47 cats.’ And this one’s my favorite, ‘Uses for shaving cream on passed out drunk people.'”

This new YouTube expertise culture is not without its detractors who are concerned that this kind of “instant knowledge” is thin and no substitution for experience, research and professionalism that comes with years of training and education.

“Mr. Ford and others would be advised to hire a professional before attempting any significantly large construction projects,” said a county official who chose to remain anonymous. “What’s that saying about people who act as their own lawyers? They have a fool for a client?”

Mr. Ford is undaunted by criticisms. And says he doesn’t care what people think.

“This is America, my friend,” he told Gish Gallop correspondent. “We’re a nation of freedom-loving builders and chance-takers. We don’t need bureaucrats, teachers or licensed contractors  telling us what to do.”

Sources close to Mr. Ford tell Gish Gallop that after he plans on pouring his self-taught foundation, he plans on making engineering suggestions to the new Dorsey Drive interchange, as well as replacing  his old Zinsco circuit breaker panel with a modern one. That is, as soon as he views the YouTube videos on how to do those things.

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