In this era, most men don’t carry the everyday, handyman skills that men were known for in the years past. But this doesn’t always have to be the case. It doesn’t mean that because we have all the conveniences in the world, we’re going to exclusively rely on them. It’s still good to be able to do things around your house with your own hands, and here are a few activities any man will be able to do easily:
Know When You Need To Ask For Help
First of all, you have to understand that there are levels to repairing or maintaining something. Sometimes it’s better to call professional drain cleaning services than run the risk of destroying your sink. Other times, it’s far too dangerous to fix electrical wiring so you have to call an electrician. Always remember that admitting that something is way out of your skill level is perfectly fine. What’s important is that you recognize these moments, and call the pros before you either hurt yourself or make the situation worse.
We drop things on the regular. We drop wines, chips, pens, ink- everything! We’re not robots who always execute at 100% precision, and thus, we often get stains on carpets, rugs, curtains, and other cloth surfaces. Having said that, learning how to remove these stains is also an important skill. It’s not too difficult either, as a good spray of hydrogen peroxide followed by dish soap can remove most stains.
Know-How to Fix a Leak
Not all plumbing repairs are a do-or-die situation. Some you can do on your own. Like fixing leaks! Maybe you found that your shower or faucet is constantly leaking even when it’s fully turned off, or your garden hose has a hole in it somewhere. The solution can be as simple as simply tightening it again, or using a plumber’s tape to increase the sale. It’s not always a complete overhaul of pipes- but again, if it’s a matter that’s way above your skill level, just leave it to the pros.
Making Sure Furniture Is Well Anchored
If you’ve ever bought a bookshelf or a cabinet, you’re most probably familiar with the idea of anchoring furniture. But sometimes, even if people are familiar with it, they tend to gloss over it. This is dangerous, as failing to anchor furniture can result in dangerous situations.
By anchoring your furniture to the wall, you’re decreasing the risks for injuries and hazards, especially during emergency moments such as earthquakes or floods. But even without such an extreme risk, anchoring furniture helps a lot when you have highly energetic children or pets in the house, as it prevents your furniture from toppling over.
Older generations are so proud that they can build a house with their bare hands, but not knowing how to do it is perfectly fine- especially in this modern and highly technological world. However, knowing how to do basic carpentry or woodworking might be very useful now and again. You don’t have to be able to immediately build furniture from spare wood, you just need to know how to varnish old furniture, or repair broken table legs, or even building something small like a coffee table.
How to Change a Tire
This is one skill that everyone needs to know: how to change a tire. The last thing anyone wants is to be in a situation where they need their tires changed, they have the tools and equipment, as well as a spare tire, but do not know how to do it. And the funny thing is, learning how to change a tire can be a relatively easy skill to learn. You can pull up quite the number of resources for it, and you can even watch YouTube videos demonstrating how to do it.
And Other Car Maintenance
Of course, why stop at just changing tires? There are other aspects of your car that need maintenance and care. Changing your car’s fluids according to the recommended schedule (often found in the car’s manual) will do a lot in keeping your car in good shape. Matters like being able to fix hinges of car doors, cleaning them up and disinfecting them, or even inflating the tires are all relatively accessible things that you can learn. This will also prevent expensive damages that could have otherwise been prevented, allowing you to save money and have better performance.
Honing and developing your handyman and maintenance skills is a great way to be prepared. It’s not just about being able to do repairs, but being able to do them when you badly need them.