In troubled times, YouTube viewers find comfort in a dad’s helpful advice for home and life

Not sure if your tie is properly tied for your next Zoom interview? Do you need to unclog a sink but are worried about inviting a plumber to your home? No matter what common household task you face, a dad probably has some advice that can help.

Entitled “Dad, how do I do?”, Rob Kenney’s YouTube channel provides common practical advice that individuals often learn from their parents. The inaugural video, “How to Tie a Tie,” was released on April 2.

In the following weeks, Rob Kenney gave advice on “how to shave your face,” “How to change a tire,” (and check the air pressure), “How to use a stud finder,” as good as “How to hang a shelf.

The videos are simple and to the point, and infused with the occasional dad joke, giving viewers the knowledge and confidence they need to unclog bathtub drains and change the oil in their car.

There doesn’t appear to be any expensive production or high-tech equipment associated with his shoots: when the camera starts rolling, Kenney springs into action.

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Kenney’s videos have garnered a solid online following, with some videos attracting over 100,000 views. Going through the comments his videos have received on social media, it’s clear that his “dad vibe” and purposeful mission resonate with users online.

“As a fatherless child now starting to make his way into adulthood, thank you so much,” one YouTube user wrote. “Your channel brought me some pretty considerable tears.”

Kenney’s most popular video to date is “How to Fix Most Running Toilets”, which garnered hundreds of thousands of views and was a top trending YouTube video less than a week after it was uploaded. on line. It’s arguably the most complex shoot Kenney has attempted to date, giving viewers insight into the mechanics that make the toilet work and what to do if it fails.

Kenney plans to post new videos every week. Other dads who have won acclaim online for their new pandemic hobbies include a dad-turned-ballet-dancer in Virginia and two dads in Seattle who started an at-home ice cream shop for their kids.

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Shirley K. Rosa