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Man gains millions of TikTok followers for posting clever home repair hacks

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A Florida man known as Gator has gained millions of followers on TikTok by sharing simple home repair hacks.

Initially posting funny videos, he switched to home repair content after a suggestion from a viewer.

Gator said, “[My son] posted a couple silly videos… and they did really well, close to a million [views].”

@jmg8tor This will have you wondering why you did not do it sooner #jmg8tor ♬ original sound – 🐊💙GATOR💙🦌

“And I was like, ‘Well, let me just get that app.’ And then I actually started posting videos,” he continued.

“I went live with somebody and I was actually working at a rental house. And then they were like, ‘What are you doing?’ And I said, ‘I’m just fixing a water heater,'” he recalled.

“They said, ‘Why don’t you make this your content?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know. I never even thought about it,'” said Gator.

“And the whole comment section was just like, ‘Can you show me how to do another tape measure hack?’ ‘How do you use a drill?’ ‘Can you fix a toilet, do you fix a door?'” he explained.

“And I was like, this is crazy,” he remembered.

His first repair video gained 20 million views in two days, leading to his unexpected TikTok stardom.

Gator believes his popularity stems from a lack of basic skills education among young people.

“When I was young, you had to get out and learn something. With social media and the technology, people are getting different jobs that don’t require them being out there working to learn anything,” Gator explained.

“So they go to the Internet to find that.”

“I’ve never been on social media until a little over two years ago. Not ever. No Facebook. No nothing,” revealed Gator.

“I’ve been using [WD-40] my whole life. My dad was in the Army, so I started showing WD-40 hacks…so then [they] contacted me,” he continued.

“I’m not showing you how to knock out a wall and remodel your bedroom. I’m showing you how to unclog a dishwasher and fix your garbage disposal,” concluded Gator.

Despite his extensive construction experience, he focuses on making accessible videos for all audiences.

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