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100 Skills Every Man Should Know
Popular Mechanics ^ | October 2008 | The Editors

Posted on 11/16/2009 11:19:58 AM PST by Vigilanteman

Automotive

1 | Handle a blowout

“Instead of hitting the brakes, maintain your speed,” says Eric Espinosa, executive director of the Maryland-based National Institute of Vehicle Dynamics. Sudden changes of speed can compromise what structural integrity the tire may still have. Steer gently for the same reason. With things fully under control, slow gradually and pull over to the shoulder.

(Excerpt) Read more at popularmechanics.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Health/Medicine; The Guild
KEYWORDS: adulthood; males; manhood; mechanics; men; skills
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This is a humbling list of skills where I can score only about 70%. On the other hand, that leaves me only 30% to learn.

I wonder what your average Librard scores on this list? BO specifically?

1 posted on 11/16/2009 11:19:59 AM PST by Vigilanteman
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To: Vigilanteman
It left out tantra.
2 posted on 11/16/2009 11:21:34 AM PST by libh8er
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To: Vigilanteman
At least it's from "Popular Mechanics" this time.

The last posted list came from GQ.
Go figure.
3 posted on 11/16/2009 11:24:38 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: Vigilanteman
So what about womenz?


4 posted on 11/16/2009 11:25:21 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Vigilanteman

Where’s the one hand over the shoulder boulder holder release?


5 posted on 11/16/2009 11:29:38 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Mmmm, Mmmm, Mmmm.......)
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To: SJSAMPLE
Damn. I missed that list. But I probably wouldn't score 30% on it. I always thought GQ was for girly men and any skills learned from such sources ("Put down the toilet seat after urinating") were only because the Mrs. taught me. :->
6 posted on 11/16/2009 11:31:02 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

“How to Vote” had better be on there....


7 posted on 11/16/2009 11:31:47 AM PST by Mac from Cleveland (Dreams from My Father--food, shelter, and education from some typical white folks)
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To: Vigilanteman
4. Replace fan belt.

Cut off the old belt with a knife. Inspect for possible causes of failure, such as misaligned pulleys, rubber buildup in the grooves or a worn-out tensioner spring. If everything checks out, install the new belt by unloading the idler pulley and slipping it into place. (Check the owner’s manual; the belt routing can be complex.)

4a. Learn that you should figure out the route of the belt before cutting off the old one because the belt's routing can be complex.

8 posted on 11/16/2009 11:32:00 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Obamalaise - the new mood for America.)
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To: Vigilanteman

I looked through the first 1/2 of ‘em. I’m at about 90% - 95%. In fact, I bet I have done 25 of the first 50 at least once in the last six months. And as for the Heimlich maneuver (#10 I think) — I’d be happy to practice that one (on her) even if she wasn’t choking.


9 posted on 11/16/2009 11:33:28 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Stop dissing drunken sailors! At least they spend their OWN money.)
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To: KarlInOhio

good point!


10 posted on 11/16/2009 11:33:47 AM PST by Shimmer1 (Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8)
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To: Vigilanteman

A great compilation.
Between my Dad (RIP), scouts, and working in a “gas station” as a teen I think I picked up most of them by voting age.


11 posted on 11/16/2009 11:34:04 AM PST by nascarnation
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To: KarlInOhio

4b. Buy a car with a good little sticker or dataplate diagram in the engine compartment that shows the belt path. When doing routine maintenance, ensure that it remains clean and legible.


12 posted on 11/16/2009 11:34:46 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Vigilanteman

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” R.A.Heinlein


13 posted on 11/16/2009 11:35:13 AM PST by ctdonath2 (End the coup!)
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To: Vigilanteman

Here’s one not on the list:

Handle a blowout... of the FRONT tire on a motorcycle traveling at 125 mph.


14 posted on 11/16/2009 11:35:44 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: WayneS

That one’s easy, pray. ;-p


15 posted on 11/16/2009 11:38:31 AM PST by SZonian (Bullets, Bread, Butter)
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To: Vigilanteman

Yeah, I have about 60-70 of those under my belt....some libs might do okay, while others might not have a clue and need the government to help them.


16 posted on 11/16/2009 11:39:20 AM PST by Rick_Michael (Have no fear "President Government" is here)
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To: Vigilanteman

76%. Not bad, remaining is doable.


17 posted on 11/16/2009 11:40:19 AM PST by ctdonath2 (End the coup!)
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To: Vigilanteman

Great list, I have some to work on. I never ran rapids or touched a sewing machine.

I think driving on snow should be drive on snow/ice as the latter is a whole other ballgame, especially down here when you can get a half-inch of ice on the roads but never see snow.


18 posted on 11/16/2009 11:40:20 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Vigilanteman

90. But we all knew I’d score high.


19 posted on 11/16/2009 11:43:24 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (:: The government will do for health care what it did for real estate. ::)
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To: Vigilanteman

RE: #80 - Ditch your hard drive.

“Drilling” holes in it is for “city folk”.

Where I live, we put holes in our old computer equipment the old fashioned way... with a large caliber single action revolver.


20 posted on 11/16/2009 11:44:40 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: WayneS
Handle a blowout...
of the FRONT tire on a motorcycle

Steer straight
do NOT hit front brake
Initially let friction slow you down

Pray to God
look for places to crash that will do a minimum of damage

21 posted on 11/16/2009 11:48:07 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: Vigilanteman

I didn’t see chopping arougala on there, so I’d guess he’s screwed.


22 posted on 11/16/2009 11:50:27 AM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: ctdonath2
My dear Exes Uncle was an Italian Stone mason. He must have built a thousand miles of stone walls in his life time, dry laid and cement bound.

Talking to him I never realized the dynamics involved in a stone wall. There is more to a stone wall than one rock piled on another.

23 posted on 11/16/2009 11:50:59 AM PST by Little Bill (Carol Che-Porter is a MOONBAT.)
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To: SZonian

Well, yes, that’s the #1 thing, but there is also:

2) Maintain throttle setting (HEY! I said MAINTAIN throttle setting - you’re panicking and rollijng off it even as I write this, aren’t you?).

3) Shift your weight as FAR to the rear of the bike as possible while still being able to reach the controls (Further, further, further - I know you’re arms will stretch more than THAT).

4) Slowly (NO! SLOWER than that) begin easing off the throttle while making sure your weight remains as far to the rear of the bike as possible.

5) During all of the above, Keep On Praying!

It worked for me, at any rate...


24 posted on 11/16/2009 11:51:46 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: WayneS

Have handled a rear blow-out, not a slow leak down, on my Harley while only doing 65mph. That was hairy. A front blowout at 125mph sounds like a lot of pain.


25 posted on 11/16/2009 11:52:31 AM PST by I am bigjohn
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To: Vigilanteman

All of these are common knowledge that every man should know. I never understand why a man has to call another man to fix something for him.


26 posted on 11/16/2009 11:52:31 AM PST by envisio (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: Vigilanteman

This is wrong. The back cut should be above the notch cut. Like this.


27 posted on 11/16/2009 11:55:39 AM PST by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: Vigilanteman

# 101 Learn to throw a baseball like a guy

Here is the correct way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evb489N11Q4&feature=related


28 posted on 11/16/2009 11:56:28 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: WayneS
Better solution is to have a techie friend (or be one) who knows how to format and copy files over in such a way that the original data cannot be recovered. Then you have something useful to donate to Goodwill.

That's what we do at our office and it has never come back to bite us.

29 posted on 11/16/2009 11:56:30 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: raybbr

You are 100% correct. Good catch.


30 posted on 11/16/2009 11:57:49 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: WayneS

Glad to hear you’re still with us after that. I’ll bet you almost needed a change of pants.

The throttle one is especially important as the sudden deceleration will dump you. I almost found out the hard way when I developed a high speed wobble (once).

Weight shifting is important on any two wheeled conveyance. I do that a lot on my mountain bike.

Cheers,
SZ


31 posted on 11/16/2009 11:58:19 AM PST by SZonian (Bullets, Bread, Butter)
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To: WayneS

Blowout (complete carcass failure)?
or flat (zero air pressure)?

If it was simply flat, at that speed the tire would be self supporting under its own centrifugal force. I wouldnt worry about crashing. Most motorcycle tires have a load index higher than neccesary. They will support themselves. Although squishy, they will roll. I have driven miles on flat tires, carefully, wobbly.....

Now if your talking about the tire coming apart, well yeah, you’re dead.


32 posted on 11/16/2009 12:01:03 PM PST by envisio (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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Don't use a drill to decommission your hard drives. That's what center-fire rifles are for.

I have a colleague who keeps a little row of decommissioned hard drives on his desk. Each has a hole in it. When asked, and he inevitably is, he announces that it's one for every caliber of rifle he owns. Liberals recoil in horror. Conservatives say, "What, only eight?"

33 posted on 11/16/2009 12:03:32 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: WayneS

I posted a message at the site. I hope they correct it before someone gets crushed by a tree kicking back off the stump.


34 posted on 11/16/2009 12:04:09 PM PST by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: Vigilanteman

Sorry, any list like this that does not include knowing how to swim and how to safely handle a firearm is not very credible. I believe these are two very important things that any person should learn.


35 posted on 11/16/2009 12:07:54 PM PST by gunnut
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Not on the list:

Sharpen a knife
field dress small or large game
replace wiper blades
treat a bee sting
treat poison ivy, oak, sumac
navigate with a map and compass
swim 100 yards

And as a plug for the cub scouts / boy scouts, the vast majority of these skill and many others are taught to the boys.


36 posted on 11/16/2009 12:09:22 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: Vigilanteman

Wax a car???? Life is too short. I just pay an extra buck for the spray stuff during my semi-annual car wash, or trade the dirty sucker in. ;~))


37 posted on 11/16/2009 12:10:07 PM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: Vigilanteman

92, what did I win?


38 posted on 11/16/2009 12:26:34 PM PST by TalonDJ
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To: Vigilanteman

Seducing a woman should be #1.


39 posted on 11/16/2009 12:31:44 PM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: Vigilanteman

I know 78 of those. Stunt Kite?? WTH? Steep drops on a Mountain bike? Riptide? There’s no riptide, steep drops, or boats big enough for a captain out har on the high plains.


40 posted on 11/16/2009 12:42:13 PM PST by SoDak (bitter clinger)
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To: Sybeck1

Next to der schtopemfrumfloppin. sd


41 posted on 11/16/2009 12:49:34 PM PST by shotdog (I love my country; it's my government I'm afraid of.)
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To: WayneS
Where I live, we put holes in our old computer equipment the old fashioned way... with a large caliber single action revolver.

I was thinking the same thing. Only I was going to say the hard drive would be target practice.

42 posted on 11/16/2009 12:50:05 PM PST by Conservative_Jedi (Give me Liberty or give me Death!!)
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To: NavyCanDo
Here's a comparison video. Pujols was in front of the plate for Obamao and the catcher for the Yankees was behind the plate for Bush. Throws a perfect strike across the plate. Obambi lobs it and Pujols had to snag it before the ball hit the ground.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSKsrOX4AJo&feature=related

43 posted on 11/16/2009 12:55:20 PM PST by Conservative_Jedi (Give me Liberty or give me Death!!)
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To: NavyCanDo

One of the most overused words in American English is aswsome. That was awesome. sd


44 posted on 11/16/2009 12:56:18 PM PST by shotdog (I love my country; it's my government I'm afraid of.)
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To: Hacklehead

That’s #2. Getting them to seduce you is #1.


45 posted on 11/16/2009 1:04:14 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman
"That’s #2. Getting them to seduce you is #1."
46 posted on 11/16/2009 1:12:13 PM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: JoeProBono

Find Ya a good man(usually found in church) and you will never have to worry.


47 posted on 11/16/2009 1:13:56 PM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: Vigilanteman

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!

48 posted on 11/16/2009 1:22:57 PM PST by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: JoeProBono; Vigilanteman
And, more importantly............


49 posted on 11/16/2009 1:28:54 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Vigilanteman
100 Skills Every Man Should Know Have

Is grammar on the list?

50 posted on 11/16/2009 1:31:54 PM PST by freedom9 (. . . on the other hand, Truth is supremely formidable.)
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