How to become a proper skilled person in the blue-collar sector

You just finished from the university and you quickly realize years of school didn’t really prepare you for the reality you have come to face.

Or you finished your secondary school and do not have enough funding to proceed to a tertiary institution immediately or just maybe you just have an affinity for handy-work

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I know lot of time when educated people ask about learning a skill, most times, the initial suggestion is go learn web development, or design or IT stuff and all, don’t get me wrong, these are great paths. I mean I’m a tech person myself but there are other viable paths that is always being less talked about; The blue-collar sector. Since we founded wesabi, my whole orientation about the blue-collar sector has completely been transformed, I learnt how to paint too.

Now, Available statistics in Nigeria also shows that the informal sector contributes about 60 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Like many other developing countries, the sector is considered crucial to job creation as it accounts for about 90 percent of jobs in the country. In South Africa, the sector generates 60 percent of employment and contributes about 28 per cent to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (Federal Office of Statistic. 2012

Please note that any suggestion being made in this article are not sponsored. They are personal opinions and mostly from data generated from running wesabi for 4 years plus.

So first thing first; you need to determine which trade you will like to learn; is it metal fabricating, plumbing, cooling systems, automobile mechanic. You could make research on this.

Again, this isn’t any kind of endorsement of some sort, but the top three trades on the wesabi platform are

1) Cooling system or HVACS – this involve AC repairs and installation both commercial and small scale, Refrigerators etc

2) Plumbing 

3) Carpentry, joining and furniture making

This doesn’t make automobile mechanic any less favourable (wesabi do not offer this service, so we do not even have much data on it), neither does it make metal fabrication (they have much comfortable lifestyle as those we have mentioned above).

Once you decide on which trade/skill you’d like to learn, now check which vocational school teaches them in you area. Why we suggest vocational schools or training centers is because you will not just be learning the basics of the skill, you will be also be taught the engineering and theory behind it. If you are in Lagos, Etiwa vocational school is a great place to start. The environment is quite conducive. They specialize in Electrical, HVAC and plastering. I totally recommend them. In addition, the there is a vocational school in Ikorodu being owned by the Lagos state government. I really like this one for young people who are just going into secondary school. They combine secondary school education with vocational skill learning. 

If you are not in Lagos, you can check John bosco institute in Ondo. I particularly like this one because it’s quite affordable yet standard aren’t compromised.

Barring the path that combines secondary school education with vocational training, most training in vocational school take between 6-24 months depending on the skill being learned.

Once training at vocational or technical schools are completed, it’s always good to get real life experience by becoming an apprentice either with an experienced artisan on wesabi or join an organization that accepts new trainee  

While I acknowledged that this isn’t the only route to learning a skill in the blue-collar sector, I will like to believe it is the best route. Some alternative pathway that have been explored by generally less privileged folks is the attachment of young kids to workshops, I personally do not encourage this path as it doesn’t encourage proper education for the kids involved.

We always want to see more educated folks in the blue-collar sector. I can assure you that being an AC technician is as viable as being a software developer.

In the next article I will writing about; How to become a very successful service professional in the informal sector.

You can watch the video version here

How to Mount Your TV to the Wall

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Mounting your TV to the wall is not only a great way to save space, but it also looks nice and clean. However, there’s a little more to it than just buying a wall mount and screwing in your TV. Here is a handful of things you should know when it comes to mounting your TV to the wall.

Decide Where to Mount Your TV

First off, you need to figure out exactly where you want your TV to go. This is something that is ultimately up to you, but there are a couple of rules of thumb to be aware of.

The most important rule is to mount your TV at eye level from where you’ll be watching it, if at all possible. This usually means the bottom of the TV will be somewhere around 2-3 feet off the ground, give or take a few inches.

Many people mount their TV up high above a TV stand or bookshelf, but that’s usually a bad idea since you crane your neck up to see your TV, which can be very uncomfortable when done for an extended period of time. The only exception is in the bedroom, where you might want to lie down and watch TV at the same time—having the TV mounted up higher toward the ceiling is great for this, as you would have to tilt your head forward as severely.

Get the Right Mount Type and Size

There are generally two types of wall mounts that you’ll come across. The first one is an articulating mount, which is meant for smaller televisions and usually has one arm with a couple of articulating joints that allow you to pull the TV out from the wall and turn it in nearly any direction.

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Again, these mounts are usually meant for smaller, lighter televisions since they can usually only mount to the wall at a single point, although you can sometimes find articulating mounts meant for larger televisions as well, which can mount to the wall at multiple points.

The second type of TV wall mount is also the most common, called a tilting mount. These allow you to mount your TV to the wall at multiple points—sometimes up to six—so they’re great for larger, heavier televisions.

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The only downside is that you can’t swivel the TV side-to-side—you can only tilt it up or down, and even then you can only tilt it a few degrees. But if you’re going to be mounting it at eye level right in front of the couch, you really don’t need any major articulation features anyway.

Once you decide on the type of mount you want, you also need to make sure that it will fit your television’s mounting holes. All modern televisions are VESA mount-compatible, which simply means that they comply with the Video Electronics Standards Association’s mounting standard used by pretty much every TV mount on the market.

However, televisions have different mounting holes, so it’s important to get the right size mount that will fit your specific TV. Luckily, thanks to the VESA standard, it’s really easy to figure out what mount size you need.

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If you look on the back of your television, there will be four screw holes that form a square. Simply measure the distance between two of those screw holes (not diagonally) in millimeters. So if the distance is 400 millimeters, you would need a VESA 400 mount (or sometimes called VESA 400×400). Luckily, most tilting mounts are compatible with pretty much any VESA mount size, but it’s always a good idea to check before you buy one.

Mount It the Right Way

Now that you have the TV wall mount, you can get to work mounting—but you just can’t pick a random spot and start screwing it in. Televisions and the mounts themselves are heavy, so you need to make sure that you mount your TV correctly so that it doesn’t come crumbling down right after you install it.

You’ll need to screw the TV mount into wall studs for maximum holding power—if you just mount it to the drywall, you’re sure to cause a lot of damage since drywall isn’t actually that strong.

Get a stud finder and use it to locate the studs behind the drywall. Studs are placed every 16 inches on center, so you should be able to mount your TV on two studs if you’re using a tilting mount, sometimes three studs if you have a larger television and mount.

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From there, place the TV mount where you want it (have a second person there to help) and mark with a pencil where you need to screw it into the wall, making sure that there are studs at these locations.

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Before you screw in the TV mount, though, you’ll need to drill pilot holes, which will prevent the studs from splitting when you drive in the screws. Plus, if the mount uses thicker screws or bolts, it’ll be pretty much impossible to drive them in without drilling pilot holes anyway. Remember that the drill bit for the pilot hole will need to be just slightly smaller than the width of the screw.

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Once you have your pilot holes drilled, you can now position the TV mount on the wall and drive in the screws or bolts using a power drill or socket wrench (depending on the type of screws or bolts used). There will likely be instructions included with your TV mount, so be sure to take a close look at those if you’re unsure of anything.

After you’ve placed the mount on the wall, it’s just a matter of attaching the brackets to your TV using the four screw holes on the back of the television, and then hooking that up to the wall mount.

Hide the Cables

Once you have your TV mounted, you can either call it a day or take the time to hide all of those cords that are now hanging down your wall. You have a few options for doing so.

The best option is to install a specialty kit that more or less creates an extension cord behind the wall using code-compliant electrical wire, as well as a dedicated tube to feed other cables through. This will allow you to plug the TV in right where the mount is, and the rest of the cables get routed down near the baseboard where you can then plug the cables into their respective devices. (You could just drill two holes in the wall and run the cables through them, but that’s against code.)

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However, installing something like this requires cutting a hole in your wall and a bit of electrical know-how, so if you’re not quite sure what to do, please request for a  professional here.

If you’d rather not make giant holes in your wall either way, then the easiest method is to get some cord-hiding material that you simply screw to the wall and route all of the cables through that.

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It won’t make the cables completely hidden, but it will look a lot cleaner than just leaving the cables dangling.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to a professional right here if things get a little bit too complicated


In the end, mounting a TV to the wall isn’t too difficult but if this feels overwhelming; let a wesabi-pro help you. Post a task here or visit https://www.wesabi.net or call 09076464645

Tools every household should have!!

It’s not all the minor fixes in our homes and offices that we need to call an expert to come repair. I mean, let’s be frank, if a single screw falls off the door handle. We should be able to pick it up and just screw it back. We always make DIYs (do-it-yourself videos on our YouTube channel from time to time. If you subscribe to us, you can learn how to do so many stuff by yourself at home or even in the offices.

Some things within the walls of your home, floor, and ceiling are your responsibilities.
If you’re having a problem, say a leak under the kitchen sink, the handyman or plumber may come take a look and fix it for you for a small fee.

Claw hammer: Indispensable.  You can knock things in (like nails) or pull them out (like nails). You should keep a couple of boxes of nails in the toolbox as well.

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Screwdrivers: Also indispensable.  They come in different lengths and heads. You need both a Philips head and a flat head screwdriver.  Multi-head sets with interchangeable lengths that can be slid in and out of a single handle are available at most hardware stores.

Electric drill with full bit set: Even with traditional screwdrivers in your toolbox, an electric drill with a full set of bits, including screwdriver heads, is a necessity.  You need it to set an anchor in plaster or drywall. With the right bit attachments, they also double as a power screwdriver.

Tape measure. : It’s what you see workmen hook onto their belts.  It pulls out of a plastic or metal casing and usually goes up to six or even eight feet in length.  Bring it with you when you buy furniture to make sure that new couch fits on the wall and will get through the front door.

Pliers: Great for pulling things out of other things, or holding something small in place while you screw something else into it.  They’re also really useful for removing bones from fish before cooking.

Wrench: A necessary secondary tool that comes in really handy when doing any kind of plumbing repair.

Level. This will save you much heartache when hanging shelves and framed artwork and photos.  

Utility knife. It has unlimited uses, such as opening boxes or cutting linoleum among other things.  It will also prevent you from ruining your kitchen knives doing exactly those things.

Putty or spackle knife (and putty or spackle). At some point, we all need to make some minor repairs to a wall, especially a plaster wall.  If you’re painting, you need to ‘prep up’ first.  Don’t paint over cracks because they’ll come back and all too soon.  Apply spackle or putty first.

Flashlight: No explanation needed for this one.

If you are in Nigeria you can get a total tool box HERE. It was so much convenient for me as it contained all the tools that has been listed above for a really affordable fee

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“The top three things everyone should have are a good wrench, both kinds of screwdrivers, and a hammer.  An electric drill is a really good investment too.   Fill your toolbox and learn how to do basic repairs yourself!

How to paste your wallpaper at home by yourself

Wallpapers are great ways to Beautify our homes and walls. We’ve had lots of customers request for an expert to paste their newly bought wallpapers for them. I mean we always want you calling us but at the same time, we’d like to help customers save some money.

Today, we will be guiding you through a DIY (do-it-yourself) approach in pasting your wallpapers at home by yourself

First let’s go through what you will be needing to get this done

– Roller – used to roll gum on the wall

– Brush

– Top bond

– measuring tape

– Wallpaper

Next we talk about the steps

– First, you want to measure the space where the wallpaper is to be pasted. This will help to know the quantity of wallpaper that needs to be purchased.

– To start pasting the wallpaper, you divide the wall into sections based on the breadth of the wallpaper, then measure the length, so as to know what size to cut the wallpaper

– next is to cut the wallpaper according the measurement. Once this is done, make sure you double-check the length by placing the cut wallpaper on the wall

– mix some top bond with water, apply it on the wall using the roller, then apply concentrated top bond on the edges of the wall using the brush

– Next is start putting the wallpaper on the wall, make sure you ensure straightness by using a brush to straighten the wallpaper as you put it on the wall

– Apply more top bond at the opposite end, and more at the edges, this is to ensure the wallpaper sticks properly

– paste

– once wallpaper has been pasted, brush properly to make sure there are no ruffles

– repeat same process for subsequent rolls

Our YouTube channel is Live

It’s been over 4 years running Wesabi with my colleagues. Some bumpy rides along the road but quitting was never an option for us. Things are looking up now, but we are still not even hal a yard close to where we’d like to be. Anyway, so one of the things I had personally thought out is sharing some of our journey hence-forth. Especially from the lens of our service professional. A lot of time, i think they have been misunderstood and misconstrued in the society we live in, and because they really do not that much of social media presence, a lot of times, they can’t even defend themselves. 

This channel will focus on bringing to light the everyday artisans; plumbers, electricians, Ac technicians, tailors, metal fabricators, carpenters and their likes. Their story, challenges, struggles and most importantly how they continue to thrive despite all the odds being stacked against them. We want people to peek some of their lifestyles, how they have fun sometimes. 

We will also be showing viewers some simple Do-it-yourself chores. We believe it’s not every time you need to call the experts on some simple households repair. You will be surprised at how simple it can be to fix some things that have been left hanging in our homes and offices. You’d be surprised, you could actually service your AC by yourself. .

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Hacks to make your bathroom smell incredibly nice

  • Use an air-freshener in your bathroom – This is probably the most basic thing to do to keep foul smell away from your toilet. I found this clear odour gel beads freshener to be extremely effective
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  • Vanilla extra and water – If you don’t like those air fresheners with all those different chemicals inside them, then I have the perfect solution for you. You can get a beautiful spray bottle. If you do not have vanilla extract at home, then you can buy some as well, some brands can be pricey, so look for the one that is in the middle range, the cheaper ones are weak in the smell area. Fill the spray bottle with water and add one tablespoon of vanilla extract, each time you use the toilet, you can spray this, and it will work the same as regular air fresheners.
  • Mint Toothpaste – If you like the minty smell of your toothpaste and you want your bathroom to smell that way, here is a method, just cut the toothpaste tube 1/4 of an inch on both sides at the bottom of it and place it in the toilet tank. This can last up to two months.
  • Baking Soda and rubbing alcohol to clean the bathroom – You can sanitize your toilet brush and the holder at the same time, even making an air freshener too. Pour rubbing alcohol in the toilet brush holder then add some baking soda. The baking soda will absorb any odour that is there, and the rubbing alcohol will kill the bacteria over time each time you use the brush. You can redo this process each week.
  • Remove odours permanently from you towels in the bathroom – A quick fix to this, is to make sure your towels are being sun-dried after use. If you want your towels to even smell fresher, the trick to this, is to spray baking soda in warm water, then wash your towel in it. Do this at least twice a month.

Hopefully these tips can make you enjoy your bathroom usage on a daily basis.

How to replace a damaged plug in 5min or less at home!!

Have you ever had a damaged plug-head at home and felt it was too little a task to call in an expert for. In this video we show you a step by step DIY approach in changing your plug at home. It takes 5 minutes or less to do this task.

Steps

  1. The tools needed to get this done; A plier , screwdriver, black tape and then the Plug
  2. Next step is to separate the live wire and peel it off the cable

3. The plug can then be unscrewed and the wires are inserted as shown in the above picture. if there are naked wires overlapping through the plug, they can be covered with the black tape. Screw back the plus and you have have changed your damaged plug.

It’s that easy!!, for an elaborate step by step, please watch the video above or click here

How to clean your fan at home

The standing fan is one of the most affordable ways to keep your home or office at cool temperature especially in tropical regions like Nigeria. Then again, it gathers a lot of dirt quickly because it’s functionality is based on blowing air. If it isn’t cleaned often, then it can become a medium by which dust and germs can be spread quickly. The video shows a detailed step by step Do-it-yourself process that you can follow.

Some of the things you need to get prior to your cleaning; Cleaning rag , Screw drivers, bowl and water.

Once cleaning is done, make sure to dry fan cover properly before coupling it back.

P.S: Make sure you clean your an at least twice every month if being used often.

How a Mechanical Engineer is thriving on Wesabi as a generator technician

About 4 years ago, I had met Chinenye at a client’s place during one of the random courtesy visit we give to our customers. Some of our technician were fixing ACs at her place, then they encountered some electrical issue that was going to stall the job till our electrican arrive.

Our AC technicians were about to leave when Chinenye said he could fix the electrical issue. I wasn’t convinced at first, but he didn’t just fix it, he was very articulate, his wiring techniques were extremely neat. Chinenye holds a B.eng in mechanical engineering, he always had an affinity to fixing things from a young age. You see, Chinenye isn’t just good at fixing things, he always goes further to want to know the process and engineering behind most mechanical issue. I engaged him to know if he’d be interested in joining the wesabi platform as an electrician. Our customer then chipped in, told us he will be better as a Generator expert as he had more knowledge fixing generators and mechanical stuff. Apparently, Chinenye had been there to discuss about his job seeking ordeal, as our client was a childhood friend of his .

It was the day Chinenye career path changed for good. He has never looked back since then. Chinenye is one of our top Generator repair person at wesabi. He says “Wesabi commercialised my knowledge and I’m always grateful for that day”.

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How to Keep your toilet smelling fresh always

You will agree that there is nothing nastier than cleaning the toilet. However, a clean and fresh bathroom helps to keep the entire home healthy for that reason getting your bathroom clean and fresh-smelling will be of significant importance.

The good news is, you can make your unique homemade bathroom cleaning ingredient which could eliminate all germs and micro organism and give a good smell.

The good news is, you can make your unique homemade bathroom cleaning ingredient which could eliminate all germs and micro organism and give a good smell.

 
Things you need:

Things you need

7/8 Cup of Baking Soda ( you can place an order for that on konga.com)

2 oz Lemon juice

1/2 Tbsp Vinegar (can be found in any Shoprite store)

1 Tbsp Hydrogen peroxide (you can buy from any pharmacy)

15-20 drops of fragrant oil

 
PROCEDURE:
Inside a bowl, put the baking soda and pour the lemon juice.
Next, in a small bowl, mix the hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. Incorporate both, drop for drop, into the baking powder mixture. Lastly, put scented oil of your choice.
Make half-ball shapes using a spoon and place all of them on baking paper to dry. If you would like, you can even apply a combination of identical parts water and vinegar to the toilet bowl. This will maintain the tabs along as it forms a tough crust around them.