About Us

Welcome to LRN2DIY! We’re Nils and Katrina. We’ve been married for a long time. We have 4 ever-growing kiddos, 1 annoying dog, and a house and yard with projects galore. Our penchant for DIY began when we were engaged and looking for wedding invitations; when the salesperson at the stationery store told us the prices, we excused ourselves and never returned. We knew we could figure out a way to print and assemble invites on our own, and that’s what we did. I asked a co-worker with a camera to take our engagement pictures, and she agreed to be paid in Taco Bell. It worked out nicely for all. This was before doing things this way was semi-normal, so we’re basically trend-setters. We were also starving students for a really long time, which made made DIYing a necessity; now it’s just who we are!

Nils has a genuine need to be creative and productive at all times. He loves a project, and can figure out how to build or fix just about anything (except cars). By day, he’s a web developer, and by night and weekend, he’s a YouTuber and DIYer. He’s way funnier in real life than he is in his videos. He has about 12 million hobbies. He’s a service-oriented fella, and is really happy when his videos help someone out!

I’m Katrina, the writer behind this site. I realized a few years ago that building and creating are necessary for Nils to be happy, so I try to be supportive and use it to my advantage to get things done around here! I’m a full time mom, enjoy cooking and baking, a good conversation, and a good workout. I also hate crafting, but admire and aspire to be like those who love it. I think most things can be funny, and hope to inject some humor around here.

 

10 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Hello Nils, I enjoy your blog and am too a serious fixer. It’s too bad I never kept a list of all the things fixed here, items that others would have thrown away. (That’s the engineer in me).

    You had an entry about “How to Fix / Repair the Hook Timing on a Sewing Machine” for the Singer 6215c Sewing Machine. I’ve tried really hard to find out how to remove the carrying handle, to get at the top of this 1984 machine. Cannot find anything. Do you have any guidelines to do this. I can get the top loose, but the handle is in the way..

    To help you, I figured out how to free up the Reverse Button on this machine. Note that I really messed up and never did any maintenance on it (really not my style actually). This button was stuck in reverse. Firsts remove the bottom panel, opening access up to the middle. The whole issue is oiling of the sliding lever controlling this button. Works great now. My mother-in-law says that I would go around her house with an oil can, fixing lots of things. That’s probably true.

    Can you help here? Really enjoy your approach and blog. Well done!!

    1. Hi John, believe it or not I’m just now seeing your message. It had gone to my spam box so I apologize for that. Does your Singer 6215c look like the one in the video or is it different. Honestly, that’s the only one I have any experience with. I’m hoping you’ve made some good progress on it by now. Let me know and thanks for the stopping by the site!

  2. Hello Nils,
    I have watched many of you videos.
    I am also a DIYer.
    However I have an edge, I have 35 years in the construction area.
    My specialty is electrical design.
    I though perhaps I might be of some value to you.
    Please let me know if you are interested.
    My e-mail address is ctampir@live.com.
    I would very much enjoy working with you.
    Thank you,
    Chuck Tampir
    Senior Design Consultant

  3. Hello Nils,
    I have watched many of you videos.
    I am also a DIYer.
    However I have an edge, I have 35 years in the construction area.
    My specialty is electrical design.
    I though perhaps I might be of some value to you.
    Please let me know if you are interested.
    I would very much enjoy working with you.
    Thank you,
    Chuck Tampir
    Senior Design Consultant

  4. Hi Nils, I came across your website, in particular the kitchen table, its perfect for what i need. My only concern was with the plans, can you be more detailed about the table top? Especially the details about the 2×4 end caps and 2×2 side caps: how they were placed on the table top, and dimensions. PS: your video is very professional, yet down to earth. Keep up the great work and Im sure Ill be using your other plans soon.

    1. Hey John, thanks for visiting. On the end caps, I’m not sure I’d honestly recommend them. The problem is that the wood will shrink and expand more in one direction than the other, which means that while the table top may move a bit in one direction, the end cap will, by virtue of being perpendicular to the rest of the top, will move in the other direction. On my table this has resulted in a bit of a lip. Nothing huge, but not what I hoped for. I’d recommend leaving the wood out for several weeks first, or possibly omitting the end cap altogether. I had attached it with glue and brads at first, followed up with some pocket hole screws from the bottom side.

      As for the side skirts, it’s just a 2×4 ripped in half and then glued, tacked and screwed onto the table top. I countersunk all of the screws and that one worked out pretty well. If you have any specific questions, just let me know. The end cap dimensions are 3’6″ W x 3″ H x 1.5″ D. The side skirts are 7’9″ W x 1.5″ H x 1.5″ D.

      1. I used 2 x 4’s all the way around for the skirt and cut them at a 45 on the end, glued and finish nail throughout the perimeter. Just finished the table yesterday and I’ll update if anything abnormal happens.

    1. That’s awesome, Steve! I’d love to see how it turned out! If you have a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account, you can post photos there with the hashtag #LRN2DIY or you can post to my timeline. If you don’t do social media or would prefer not to post there, just let me know and I’ll let you know how to send the photos to me so I an post them on the article page here. Thanks!

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