100 Skills Every Man Should Know

I’m currently reading The Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide, by Martin Weiss and hope to provide a review soon. 

In the mean time, this book pointed me to this great resource at Popular Mechanics:  100 Skills Every Man Should Know (including reference pics and videos.)  Here is their list.  (I may have to develop my own version.) 

  1. Handle a blowout
  2. Drive in snow
  3. Check trouble codes
  4. Replace fan belt
  5. Wax car
  6. Conquer and off-road obstacle
  7. Use a stick welder
  8. Hitch up a trailer
  9. Jumpstart a car
  10. Perform the Heimlich
  11. Reverse hypothermia
  12. Perform hands-only CPR
  13. Escape a sinking car
  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 the flag
  43. Treat frostbite
  44. Treat a burn
  45. Help a seizure victim
  46. Treat a snakebite
  47. Remove a tick
  48. Shine shoes
  49. Make a drum-tight bed
  50. Drop and give the perfect push-up
  51. Run rapids in a canoe
  52. Hang food in the wild
  53. Skipper a boat
  54. Shoot straight
  55. Tackle steep slopes on a bike
  56. Escape a rip current
  57. Build a fire in the wilderness
  58. Build a shelter
  59. Find potable water
  60. Surviving floods
  61. Surviving tornados
  62. Surviving cold
  63. Surviving heat
  64. Surviving lightning
  65. Teaching your kids…to cast a fishing line
  66. …to lend a hand
  67. …to change a tire
  68. …to throw a spiral
  69. …to fly a stunt kite
  70. …to drive a stick shift
  71. …to parallel park
  72. …to tie a bowline
  73. …to tie a necktie
  74. …to whittle
  75. …to ride a bike
  76. Install a graphics card
  77. Take a perfect portrait
  78. Calibrate HDTV settings
  79. Shoot a home movie
  80. Ditch your hard drive
  81. Master using a….drill driver
  82. …a grease gun
  83. …coolant hydrometer
  84. …a socket wrench
  85. …a test light
  86. …a brick trowel
  87. …a framing hammer
  88. …a wood chisel
  89. …a spade bit
  90. …a circular saw
  91. …a sledge hammer
  92. …a hacksaw
  93. …a torque wrench
  94. …an air wrench
  95. …an infrared thermometer
  96. …a sandblaster
  97. …a crosscut saw
  98. …a hand plane
  99. …a multimeter
  100. …feeler gauges

 

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2 responses to “100 Skills Every Man Should Know

  1. I concur, hence the need for possible revisions….Perhaps I’ll start a page for any suggestions, eh?

    Wax my SUV? Please….a monkey could be trained for that, assuming you think it is really important.

    Still, quite a few items there that a lot of my city friends couldn’t even begin to do….but, they’ve probably got shiny SUVs and well-calibrated HDTVs, I suspect.

    Revision Suggestion #1: Replace “Wax SUV” with “Repaint shiny SUV with handy spray-can in camo pattern”

    HT

  2. I went to the PM link, but the list is a little silly. I was ok with “Do a proper push-up.” I was even ok with “Shine your shoes” and “Wax your SUV”, but “Navigate a DirectTV menu” and “Fill out a credit card application” were too much. And when I got to “Maximize your public assistance benefits” I had to go outside and shoot a predator that was stealing eggs out of the chicken house.

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