Skip to comments.100 skills every man should know-Popular Mechanics
Posted on 10/03/2008 5:59:02 AM PDT by Dutchgirl
Brains and charm are fine, but a real guy needs to know how to do real stuff. After months of debate among PMs expert editors, heres our lineup of essential skills, broken down in 10 categories for the competent manplus 20 tools you need to own.
Automotive 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 8. Hitch up a trailer 9. Jump start a car
Handling Emergencies 10. Perform the Heimlich 11. Reverse hypothermia 12. Perform hands-only CPR 13. Escape a sinking car
Home 14. Carve a turkey 15. Use a sewing machine 16. Put out a fire 17. Home brew beer 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 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 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 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. Tornados 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 71. Parallel park 72. Tie a bowline 73. Tie a necktie 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 95. Infrared thermometer 96. Sand blaster 97. Crosscut saw 98. Hand plane 99. Multimeter 100. Feeler gauges
I just take off the diaper and put the rug rat in the dishwasher. They're top-rack safe, you know.
If you drink enough beer, you don't have to worry about driving on snow. This list is SILLY.
Personally, I don’t care if my hubby can do any of that stuff.
He fixes my computer!!!!!!
I’ll deal with the rest.
Next issue will be updated to include instructions on how to field-dress a moose.
Two candidates would have high scores. One would ask which country's flag.
I'm 50, fat and have no interst in any of the above except shooting straight. Once a man marries and haves children his priorities should change. This list sounds like something a bunch of 25 y/o Hedge Fund managers dreamed up.
now that we have grandchildren I’ll have to try that one
I suspect the one boy would think it’s great fun
Skipper a boat???
Who wrote this?
Perhaps that is a “skill” needed in the Hamptons, but not for 99.9999999% of men.
Nothing on skills in dealing with the opposite sex?
“Escape a sinking car “
Ted Kenendy has this one down. I still wouldn’t call his way of doing it very manly.
Umm.... How does one practice this?
I wonder what #80 is: “ditch your hard drive” ?
not familiar with that terminology.
I have replaced a hard drive in my laptop.
50. Drop and give the perfect pushup
Drive 10 miles on any Pennsylvania interstate highway.
These guys would disagree with you...
From the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament...
Yeah, this stuff came in real handy that time when I was bitten by a rattlesnake while recording a video of myself flying my stunt kite in a lightning storm.
That was tackled in the article "The One Thing You Need to Know About How to Deal With the Opposite Sex."
The instructions: "Yes, dear."
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