Wisconsin TikTok star has over 1.5 million subscribers sharing maintenance tips

MADISON – Mercury Stardust has started posting on TikTok to promote their weekly Madison Burlesque Show.

But when she decided to respond to another TikTok who didn’t know how to use a ratchet strap, her account took on brand new success.

“This [post] took me from around 100 subscribers to 25,000 subscribers in less than 24 hours, ”Stardust said.

Stardust is a transgender woman who not only has been performing and teaching burlesque for several years, she is also a maintenance technician with 14 years of experience.

She now has over 1.5 million subscribers on TikTok and is known as Trans Handy Ma’am.


“I’ve played all over the country. I’ve been to 126 different cities, I’ve played 22 different states. And what I’m known for is telling people the difference between what is a piston and what an ordinary piston is the hive piston is, “Stardust said with a laugh.

His hundreds of on-app videos share tips on dry repairing, cleaning a clogged drain, how to know which drill bit to use, and more home maintenance tips and tricks. She said she had almost 90% women among her subscribers.

She said her advice is primarily aimed at renters and hopes it can help people who identify as gay or women who may not feel comfortable having strangers in their home.

“People didn’t learn these things, or they were told it wasn’t their knowledge to know. To keep the knowledge in a certain way,” she said. “They’re taught early on that they’re supposed to do a different set of things. Like their tools are cooking. That’s what we program young women to do.”

Once she realized how well she was providing a service to so many people on the platform, she knew she had to keep making videos. His slogan in several of his articles is: “You are worth the time it takes to learn a new skill.” “

“If you’ve never had to use a screwdriver before, how would you know the difference between a Phillips and a flathead? Now there is such a thing as common sense … we all have different backgrounds that can tell us. getting to know different things It doesn’t mean that we are inferior because we didn’t know it, ”she said.

Posting Stardust on TikTok


Stardust grew up on a farm in northern Wisconsin and it was there that she began to learn maintenance skills. Growing up, she said she introduced herself as a boy, and because of that, her father hoped to give her the tools to become her ideal version of a man. But Stardust said she isn’t naturally drawn to many things that are stereotypical male.

“I love hot pink, I love fluffy stuff, I love dresses and stuff. I had to keep a lot of that a secret. I learned early on that this was no way to survive. in northern Wisconsin. You had to hide that part of yourself if you were seen as a boy, “she said.

Stardust is now 34 years old and began its transition three years ago. While being a transgender woman isn’t the focus of the content in her videos, she says it’s still important that it’s front and center.

“If you learn from someone who is trans and all the time they are teaching things that you have never experienced in your life, you might have a deeper understanding and ideology towards trans people now. And maybe we can come together and understand even though we’re different, that the world can be a better place if we’re more loving and understanding. We don’t understand that if you don’t put your identity first. ” , she said.

You can follow and learn from Stardust on TikTok, his screen name is @mercurystardust.

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