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Meme: 100 Skills Every Man Should Know

Swiped from suburbfabulous and ultimately from the October 2008 Popular Mechanics article 100 Skills Every Man Should Know. I only read that online and in airport newsstands, but I really only get excited by new issues of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting and Science News because I am that kind of geek.

Bold what you know how to do.

Automotive
(Props to my parents for teaching me all of the car stuff even though I choose not to drive.)
1. Handle a blowout
2. Drive in snow
3. Check trouble codes
4. Replace fan belt
5. Wax a car
6. Conquer an off-road obstacle
7. Use a stick welder (only in the abstract; I own and know how to use an oxyacetylene welder)
8. Hitch up a trailer
9. Jump start a car

Handling Emergencies
10. Perform the Heimlich
11. Reverse hypothermia
12. Perform hands-only CPR (but I carry a reusable face mask so I don't need to)
13. Escape a sinking car

Home
14. Carve a turkey
15. Use a sewing machine (and a serger/overlock, coverstitch and blind hemming machines)
16. Put out a fire
17. Home brew beer (saarlander introduced me to home brewing; his mother makes amazing mead)
18. Remove bloodstains from fabric
19. Move heavy stuff
20. Grow food
21. Read an electric meter
22. Shovel the right way
23. Solder wire
24. Tape drywall
25. Split firewood
26. Replace a faucet washer
27. Mix concrete
28. Paint a straight line
29. Use a French knife
30. Prune bushes and small trees
31. Iron a shirt
32. Fix a toilet tank flapper
33. Change a single-pole switch
34. Fell a tree
35. Replace a broken windowpane
36. Set up a ladder, safely
37. Fix a faucet cartridge (lo, how many places I have lived that needed that done)
38. Sweat copper tubing
39. Change a diaper
40. Grill with charcoal
41. Sew a button on a shirt
42. Fold a flag

Medical Myths
43. Treat frostbite
44. Treat a burn
45. Help a seizure victim
46. Treat a snakebite
47. Remove a tick

Military Know-How
48. Shine shoes (but I don't use spit, thanks so much)
49. Make a drum-tight bed
50. Drop and give the perfect pushup

Outdoors
51. Run rapids in a canoe
52. Hang food in the wild
53. Skipper a boat (I would not want to teach someone else with my shaky knowledge)
54. Shoot straight
55. Tackle steep drops on a mountain bike
56. Escape a rip current

Primitive Skills
57. Build a fire in the wilderness
58. Build a shelter
59. Find potable water

Surviving Extremes
60. Floods
61. Tornadoes
62. Cold
63. Heat
64. Lightning

Teach Your Kids
65. Cast a line
66. Lend a hand
67. Change a tire
68. Throw a spiral
69. Fly a stunt kite
70. Drive a stick shift (I know how to in the abstract, but haven't practiced much)
71. Parallel park (see previous)
72. Tie a bowline
73. Tie a necktie (Five ways, thanks to Oxford Academy)
74. Whittle
75. Ride a bike

Technology
76. Install a graphics card
77. Take the perfect portrait
78. Calibrate HDTV settings
79. Shoot a home movie
80. Ditch your hard drive

Master Key Workshop Tools
81. Drill driver
82. Grease gun
83. Coolant hydrometer
84. Socket wrench
85. Test light
86. Brick trowel
87. Framing hammer
88. Wood chisel
89. Spade bit
90. Circular saw
91. Sledge hammer
92. Hacksaw
93. Torque wrench
94. Air wrench (Again, I know how in the abstract but haven't practiced it)
95. Infrared thermometer
96. Sand blaster (If I got my hands on one no surface would be safe, heh heh)
97. Crosscut saw
98. Hand plane
99. Multimeter
100. Feeler gauges

Comments

( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
revme
Oct. 25th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
DANG. I like that basically all of the stuff you DON'T know how to do is basically where you know how to do them, just not confidently enough to bold them. That is hardcore.
oddharmonic
Oct. 25th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC)
I was lucky to figure out early on that I found it interesting to know how to do a wide variety of things and to have parents who encouraged that curiosity.

Some days I wonder how I survived childhood with some of the more entertaining things I did, like sticking a pair of scissors in an electrical outlet or undoing the wing nuts holding up a portable crib mattress platform while I was in the crib. I guess I must have a really hard head. (:
blueeyed
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Wow. I am impressed!
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