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What is Home Repair Tutor? And why should you care?

Home Repair Tutor is a place where homeowners learn how to remodel a bathroom easier, faster, and better.

My name is Jeff Patterson. My buddy Steve White and I make step-by-step videos and articles on a lot of different topics.

Whether you’re waterproofing a shower, setting tile, or need help building a dream bathroom we have a lot of great info.

Browse our site and feel free to comment or email us. We enjoy helping our fans.


How Did Home Repair Tutor Begin?

14 years ago my wife and I bought our first home. We were pumped

Plus my wife was pregnant with our first daughter Meg. Life was fantastic.

But life happens:

In the first 6 months we had to replace the boiler, hot water tank and roof!!!

Money was tight after that.

In order to make things work I had to do a lot of repairs myself. I subsequently learned to love DIY and become a handyman.

My love for working on homes led to us buying several rentals. All of them needed extensive remodeling. And as a consequence I quickly became more adept at remodeling.

In that same timeframe we had another beautiful daughter and became savvy homeowners here in Pittsburgh (Go Steelers).

We saved a ton of money by repairing things.

That’s when a a light bulb went off…I should make tutorials so others can learn with me!!!

This idea was the impetus behind Home Repair Tutor.

In the last 5 years we’ve created hundreds of user friendly step-by-step tutorials.

Our YouTube channel has amassed over 26,000,000 video views and HRT gets more than 150,000 unique visitors each month.

On top of that, my buddy Steve and I created a separate website called Bathroom Repair Tutor. BRT is for homeowners who want to plan and start a DIY bathroom remodel. We’re super proud of our members.

I encourage you to check out HRT and BRT. And any time you have a question just send me an email ([email protected]).

Make it a great day,

Jeff Patterson



  1. Brenda says:

    Hi Jeff! Found you on HomeTalk, and am glad that I followed you to your blog. So much great info! I’m in Pittsburgh too – my husband (mostly) and I are on our second (and he says last) fixer-upper!
    Glad to have found your blog!

    1. Jeff says:

      Thanks Brenda, fixing any home is a challenge, especially older ones in Pittsburgh. Thanks for checking out HRT. I hope you had a good Monday 🙂

  2. Hey Jeff,

    Thanks for commenting on OPC. I clicked through, and that’s how I found HRT. I always enjoy meeting other site owners and connecting with people who love home improvement. Good luck with HRT, and I hope to see you around OPC again.

    1. You’re welcome Steve, thanks for dropping by. Let me know if I can help you in any way.

      The Ditra tutorial you have is fantastic and super helpful.

  3. HI Jeff,

    I enjoy following your posts on my facebook company page. I am a contractor who specializes in custom copper sheet metal work and ice dam prevention systems. While these might not be considered DIY projects, I like your tips for stuff around my own home. Keep up the great content.

    1. Thanks Greg for your encouraging words.

      You’re an artist if you work with custom copper sheet metal, that’s tough work.

      I viewed some of your projects in your website’s gallery and you do stunning stuff. Absolutely beautiful.

      If we could afford it I’d implement some of your concepts 😉

  4. Mary Rose says:


    I have well water that left lime scales in my brown and beige veined marble shower walls. The walls are all streaked and discolored. I also have the lime scale and soap scum on the floor. I tried cleaning with marble cleaners for residential use at no avail.

    I get a shine for a couple of hours without removing streaks or build up…I am not sure what to do to restore my beautiful marble shower. I wash and dry the walls after each shower and I have a water softener installed and maintained. but no help. I am very confused about all kind of products I found on the internet to remove soap and lime scale build up but not sure if they work. I’d like to do it myself. Help!!!!

    1. Hi Mary Rose,

      So sorry to hear about your bathroom issue.

      I personally haven’t dealt with this because we don’t have marble :), but this article might help you out.

      Just make sure to always be safe when using chemicals, which means to buy a respirator rated for your project and to have plenty of ventilation.

      Click on this link to see the article http://www.ehow.com/how_5959136_remove-marble-calcium-deposits.html

  5. Connie says:

    Can’t wait to try some of your tips! My husband & I are new home owners. I am always looking for easy home repairs, as well as cleaning solutions. I am actually looking forward to cleaning my shower doors with your ideas & those of your readers. Cleaning does feel like a chemistry experiment at times!

    1. Congrats Connie on your new home purchase!! That’s awesome news, it’s a new chapter in your life and if I can help in any way please let me know. I totally agree that cleaning feels like a long drawn out chemistry class. Hopefully without any minor explosions-LOL.

  6. Chris Blank says:

    Read about your site from handyman magazine. I’m always glad to hear about another resource of home improvement tips and ideas. Our home was built in 1928 and we are in the process of kitchen renovations this summer. Next year is the bathroom, and on and on it goes! I’m sort of a newbie to DIY but also eager to improve my knowledge and skills, and i’m certain that oyur site will lend to that.

    1. Hi Chris,

      Thanks for checking in. Sounds like you’ll have a lot if projects ahead!! Definitely let me know if you have any questions. I may not have all the answers but certainly would try to help you in any way. Make sure you take some before pics so that you can compare the final look. What are you most excited about doing first?


  7. Sunil says:

    Hi Jeff,

    I saw your tips on Handyman mag. And that brought me to HRT. I always refer to video tutorials to fix just about anything at home and the two rental homes we have. As you rightly said, with some knowledge gaining mistakes along the way, I have been hugely successful in saving lots of money in small fixes. Along the way I also have a good collection of tools. And thanks for putting together HRT. Priceless is the experiences shared.


    1. Hey Sunil,

      Thanks so much, it’s amazing how much money you can save with DIY. If you have any tips that have served you well with your rentals or own home let me know. I love learning new stuff!! You’ve got a new DIY buddy in me and always feel free to email me any time.



  8. Rachel Platiau says:

    Hi Jeff, I am new to your website and truly like it so much! How can I be placed on your mailing list? Thanks. – Rachel Platiau

    1. Hi Rachel,

      You can sign up via the form on the right side bar or I can add you. How about this, I’ll add you and you’ll get an email shortly thereafter. Thanks for asking and I hope you like all the tips.


  9. Rachel Platiau says:

    Hi Jeff, Thank you for adding me on. I really appreciate it~

    1. My pleasure Rachel, hope we can help you with your projects

  10. Sondra J Klinkovsky says:

    just found you and need help navigating I live in a
    mobile home built in 1978

    1. Always feel free to ask a question Sondra, we’re here to help

  11. Colette says:

    Beautiful site! Congrats, and thanks a lot!

  12. Pat says:

    Fantastic site. I am older, 77 and my husband has ALZ. Probably can’t do a lot of these projects on my own but at least I will know what and if a person I hire to help is doing it correctly.

    1. Any time you have a question let me know. I’d be happy to help Pat. You’re the same age as my Dad 😉

  13. Dmitri says:

    Hey, I am DIY addict, just found your site, great stuff! Always looking for usefull tips. Thanks a lot.

    1. Thanks Dmitri, glad you like HRT. Always feel free to reach out

  14. Pat Downey says:

    Hi Jeff!

    I have been enjoying your podcasts for over a year now. I’m in the phase now where I’m going through again for the topics I need most. In addition, I used some of your bathroom videos for some floor and wall remodels – awesome stuff!! I am hoping you can help me out with a wiring problem I have. My home was constructed in the 70’s and in every room a light switch controls 3 of the 4 or 2 of the 3 outlets with a half-hot outlet. The lower is hot and upper is controlled by the wall switch. I only have one in the rooms that’s full hot and not in phase with light switch. I wouldn’t mind keeping one of the outlets on the switch (maybe the first) because of course I don’t have ceiling lights. The rest of the circuits I want to remove from the half-hot and switch and convert to full hot.

    What is the best way to do this?

  15. Jaime says:

    Thanks, Jeff, for all of your emails and products; helpful stuff.
    I am looking for something on building a stud wall in a basement where moisture may be a problem. I don’t see anything like that so far; do you anticipate addressing that subject? Thanks again.

  16. Ernie Kost says:

    Hi Jeff, I purchased the $49.00 tutorial package 4-25-2017 and have not received e-mail confirmation.
    Have removed tub and dry wall in quest bath and ready to purchase new tub . Have the HardieBacker
    500 in the 3’x5’x1/2″ 4 sheets and the Mapei Mapelastic AquaDefense waterproofing and crack
    isolation membrane cement and cement tape. Going with the Kohler K-1946-LA-0 Acrylic tub w/ the
    Kohler K-7271-CP slotted over flow. Looking forward to your tutorials so don’t make any mistakes as
    this is my largest project. Although I have remodeled kitchen counter top with 4″ tile 30 yrs back and
    that is outdated now, but still looks nice.

    1. Hi Ernie, I just sent you an email with your login credentials. Wonder if your welcome email was sent to spam, unfortunately sometimes that happens. Let me know if you didn’t get my email with your username and password.

      Mapei AquaDefense is great waterproofing material. What kind of tile are you setting? We have some Mapei thin-set recommendations.

  17. Rhonda says:

    Have tried everything on the market to clean soap scum from glass shower doors. What is the best thing to use?

  18. Susie says:

    Love your videos! Any suggestions for removing water “spots” on tile? I don’t have hard water and have scrubbed the tile. But when it dries you can see faint water spots. I doubt anyone would even notice but it’s driving me crazy. Any suggestions? (I just watched your latest video on cleaning the shower. I’ll definitely try the Wet and Forget and Oxi Clean.)

  19. Patricia says:

    Hi, i want to join to your email for get nice renovations ideas, how i can sign in?

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