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What you’re doing during the pandemic: home projects

Dallas, TX, April 11, 2020 — Americans are buying backyard grills, assembling new television stands, installing home security systems and fixing that running toilet, according to a Grapevine-based company with insights about what people are doing while sheltering in place.

“For some products, downloads are as good as Christmas,” said Angela Meek, marketing director of Grapevine-based BILT Inc., which creates instruction animations and makes them available to DIYers on its app.

Instruction downloads by product were up 40% in March vs. a year ago, and while that activity has historically been concentrated to the weekends, she said, it’s spread out during the week these days.

There’s a lot of nesting going on.

Instruction downloads for indoor home improvement items such as light fixtures, ceiling fans, door hardware and plumbing fixtures, are up 27% from the March of last year. Information about assembling home storage items, from bathroom cabinets to outdoor sheds, is up 50%.

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BILT’s app provides official DIY assembly instructions for major brands, including Weber Grills, Samsung, KidKraft, Coleman Powersports and private label brands from The Home Depot, Walmart and Costco.

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