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If you want something done right, do it yourself. The acronym DIY, i.e. Do It Yourself, has become the name for a new genre of online videos. People use scrap materials and whatever’s at hand to rig up all kinds of stuff, from household items to pump-action squid guns. The best part is people want to watch. Millions of viewers spend hours seeing how a person they’ve never met and who’s halfway around the world assembles a contraption no one else needs. Tune in for the premiere of RT Documentary’s DIY on Friday to learn more!

Nikita Poddubnov is a DIY blogger who has built several automobiles powered by solar power. The car needs neither petrol nor recharging. All it needs is for the sun to shine. Nikita’s dream was to make a 3,000 km journey in his supercar.

Nikita Poddubnov’s dream is to make a 3,000 km journey in a solar-powered car he made himself

“In the classifieds, we found the cheapest car we could,” Nikita recalls how he started his first electro car project. “It was a Moskvich from 1976. So we took the petrol engine out and tried to fit an electric motor.”

They bought a very cheap motor from China. Unfortunately, the motor was faulty, so before installing it into the Moskvich, Nikita had to rebuild it.

“We made so many mistakes,” Nikita says. “The Moskvich cost us $480. In total… $6,200! With the mistakes. Maybe more.”

Nikita says he conceived his passion for blogging as a teenager.

“I’m from Kazakhstan. I’ve been passionate about modelling and technology since I was a child. I befriended some bloggers, and then I… Went with them on a business trip to make some cash.”

“We made a video in which a million volts went through me.”

“We wanted to show… the difference between voltage and current. There are volts and amperes, and if… the voltage is super-high, but there’s no current, it’s not dangerous. So, I was pumped full of voltage: one million volts; it raised my hair… I earned some fame, but I’m not proud of that. What I am proud of is… that I’m now scoring points on my own.”

Video streaming websites host tens of thousands of DIY channels on various topics / Roselyn Tirado via Unsplash

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