Monday, October 6, 2008

100 Skills Every Man Should Have (Or Know)...

There are certain skill that every man should have or at the very least is expected to know how to do. I was surfing the Internet and came across something quite interesting in that regard. It seems someone actually compiled these "manly skills". So, here you go...

This is courtesy of Popular Mechanics...thought it was interesting so I am posting it.

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

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

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

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

...that is all.

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  1. Use a stick welder
    Use a French knife (Whats that?)
    Home brew beer (Can Make shine)
    Tackle steep drops on a mountain bike (Not happening)

    Hey I'm pretty good to go then!!!Except the 3 above.

  2. Hmmm...I am pretty certain I've done all the above minus putzing with a computer thingamabobs- ditch an HD (is what?) and install a graphics card (is what?). And as to ironing my own shirts- well, if my flannels need ironing beyond the drier, I was too slow getting to them: crank it on for another five minutes. I can tie a Windsor knot easily enough, and the bowline can be tied in my sleep. I've found lotsa use for the bowline, never really found a use for a Windsor. I've never heard of an infared thermometer, but am darn sure I could run one easily enough if there's a need for it. Good list- let's add some survival stuff to it: Hike ten miles in three hours (easily) carrying full BOB and weapon; cross a wide stream without aid of a boat/raft/canoe or bridge; pull a tooth; find ten edible plants in the area; track a deer at least one mile...hmmm...
    And, best of all: love his wife and children as he loves himself.

  3. I *think* a french knife is also called a Chef's Knife....basically that big ass kitchen knife you use to chop veggies and stuff.

  4. No computer stuff (who really cares for survival purposes?), but I got the rest covered. And then some.....

  5. Sounds alot like Robert Heinlien's Lazuras Long. A short list was in The Past Through Tomorrow, and again in the collected sayings of L. Long. One thing he added was to be able to put down a pet in pain. Is that even legal any more?