CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — In 2013, April Wilkerson started a blog about her DIY projects.
Nine years later, Wilkerson’s YouTube page with tutorials for home projects has nearly 1.5 million subscribers, and she’s set to host the second TV show she hosts with Tim Allen and Richard Karn.
It all started with Wilkerson wanting to fix up his house and turn it into a home.
She said she had limited funds and needed to learn how to build and use tools. Most of the time, it came down to not being able to afford what she wanted.
“I didn’t know anything; I didn’t know how to use a drill, I didn’t know anything about screw lengths or wood selection, but I started this slow progression of learning how to build anything I wanted to fix on my own. house,” she said.
After teaching herself, Wilkerson realized that there weren’t many ways people could learn to do projects around the house back then.
So she thought maybe she should post some tutorials for people looking to learn DIYs.
Wilkerson said it was a learning curve for her as she had to pick up most of the skills along the way.
“It’s crazy how much skill I’ve been able to pick up over the past eight years,” she said.
When Wilkerson made her transition to YouTube, she also had to learn how to film and edit videos. She wasn’t trying to amass a big following, she was just trying to help people.
“I was just trying to convey information,” she said. “I thought people would look for it, find it, maybe replicate it, maybe take a tip or two, and then never see my page again.”
Wilkerson said it all happened organically, and The History Channel reached out to her to host “More Power” alongside Allen and Karn.
“I’ve always leaned into the things that make me happy,” she said. “I leaned into building, I leaned into sharing information, and that produced a really big following for me, and that led to The History Channel finding me, saying, ‘hey, what you do is what we do, let’s hang on up and do it together.
More Power is the second show Wilkerson will host with Allen and Karn. The trio also hosted “Assembly Required”, which premiered on The History Channel in 2021.
Wilkerson said working alongside Allen and Karn, who played co-hosts of the fictional TV show “Tool Time” on the ’90s sitcom “Home Improvement,” was a delight, and they all got along. heard almost immediately.
“Working with Tim, and his personality, is so awesome and fun, I mean, he’s Buzz Lightyear and Santa. And Richard is incredibly down to earth and warm and welcoming,” she said. declared.
Wilkerson called More Power a “fun show centered around some really cool stuff”.
Each 30-minute episode of the show will focus on the story of one tool.
The hosts will explain to viewers how the tool came about and how it evolved to be used in today’s society, then they will take the tool out into the field to show it in action.
More Power debuts Wednesday, June 29 on The History Channel at 9 p.m.