Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make a video about xyz for me?

If there’s an interesting topic you’d like us to cover by all means get in touch! Don’t expect it to happen any time soon as video production takes a long time and we normally plan our videos several months in advance. Unfortunately we’re somewhat bound by the will of the YouTube algorithm so there’s certain topics we’d love to make videos about but we know they’d get hardly any views so it’s a bit pointless. Always open to fresh ideas though!

Can I sponsor your channel?

We’re open to interesting sponsorship opportunities on this website but the Gosforth Handyman YouTube channel is a sponsorship-free zone! We don’t want to tie ourselves to a single manufacturer or vendor on there since it puts us in an awkward position and means we can no longer be unbiased and independent. We’re more than happy to discuss affiliate options providing our viewers don’t have to pay any extra. If you’d like to discuss direct advertising or advertorials on this website please get in touch.

Can I send you some tools or products to be featured on your channel?

This is a tricky one. Yes BUT… the tools should be sent as a no-obligation gift. We can’t sign any sort of ‘agreement’ before receiving stuff and the products are effectively valueless to us. We’re not prepared to cover any costs in connection with the arrangement – so for example if you want the tools back you’ll need to cover the shipping. Please get in touch before sending us anything and we’ll let you know whether they stand a chance of being shown in any videos. If we do make a video about your product IT DOESN’T GIVE YOU ANY RIGHTS TO COPY THE CONTENT AND RE-USE IT FOR YOUR OWN MARKETING PURPOSES. You may however share or embed the video via our original YouTube URL.

How do I send you a sticker or other stuff?

See PO box address on the contact page – thank you!

Where can I buy an official T-shirt?

From here. You will look awesome!

Do you attend woodworking shows and exhibitions?

It’s something we’d love to do more often but there’s not much stuff like this in the North East and getting the time to travel is tricky.

Can you send me something for free?

I’m afraid we’re asked to send out free stuff pretty much every day so sadly it’s no longer practical or financially viable to do this. If you’ve enjoyed the thousands of hours of free video content I’ve made over the years then it would be massively appreciated if you could buy stickers, pencils, tape measures etc. from our little shop. Doing so helps me to make more videos. Thank you!

I need a handyman to do some work – can you help?

I’m afraid not. This web site is for the Gosforth Handyman YouTube channel.

Do you actually run a handyman business?

Andy used to run a very successful property maintenance and woodworking business. Our focus these days is helping others to learn from our experiences over the years in the fields of property maintenance, woodworking, DIY and business topics.

Was being a handyman hard?

Running a successful handyman business is the hardest job in the world! OK, with the exception of brain surgery… and teaching. Teaching is really hard! Well done to all the teachers out there. How you do all that with a hangover is beyond me. Oh and nurses… and doctors… and anyone who’s going to fix us when we cut a limb off – you’re all awesome. And a bunch of other jobs are harder too. But yes, being a good handyman is hard. It means being able to turn your hand to just about anything, make a perfect job of it and charge enough that other trades don’t think you’re trying to undercut them. The array of tools you need to carry for even the most basic of jobs is immense. You also have to put up with a minority of customers who view tradespeople as being beneath them and expect you to work for below minimum wage. It’s a very rewarding and varied job though and there’s no shortage of work!

What the hell is a ‘maker’?

A maker is a person who makes things.

What metal / pipe / cable detector do you use?

We get asked this a lot! It’s a Bosch PDO 6 – sadly not made any more but ours has lasted forever. Check out the links on the products I use pages.

How can I help support your channel?

Honestly, your kind words and comments are more than enough and please don’t support us if you can’t afford to do so! Here’s a link to our Patreon and if you want to help out without spending any extra money then have a look at some of the business stuff on here or some of the products I use here. Thank you so much!