Basic Handyman skills every man should know!

Almost any odd work around the house may now be hired thanks to the development of
contemporary technologies. However, hiring someone might not always be the best course of
action for handling everything in your life. Spending money on everything not only adds up
over time, but it also keeps you from developing new talents. You can manage the
responsibilities yourself in some situations if you have the time, patience, and willingness to
learn. You shouldn’t hire someone just because you have the option to. You will not only
save a significant amount of money, but you will also gain numerous important character
traits. You should have a basic set of handyman skills to help you out in a tricky situation.

The Skills you should have


While we’re not neanderthal enough to imply that a guy should only be judged by his manual
dexterity, especially in this day and age, we’re also not naive enough to believe that blue-
collar proficiency isn’t of immeasurable importance. After all, something always needs to be
fixed. And while hiring a skilled craftsman for all of your required house maintenance and
repairs would be totally acceptable, it can also grow rather expensive and might not always
be essential. Here is a list of handyman abilities any man ought to possess.


1. Carpentry


No, you don’t need to know how to build a house from scratch to make basic DIY
carpentry repairs. Woodworking tips and tricks can be useful. Basic carpentry skills
might be useful for sanding down existing furniture to paint or varnish it or creating
side tables or chairs. Measure twice, cut once. This is one of the best
recommendations you can follow.


2. Tires


This ability may seem evident. Whether obvious or not, it’s an essential talent since
you won’t realise how terrible the situation is until it’s too late. Bad weather or no
reception can make being stranded worse. If you change your tyre but install the spare
tyre incorrectly, you could endanger yourself, your passengers, and other drivers. It
could potentially be lethal. Smaller annoyances include discovering on the side of the
road that you have wheel locks. If you have a driver’s licence, learn tyre-changing
skills. It is an essential handyman skill.


3. Repairs

We don’t recommend becoming a full-fledged electrician to use this ability. However,
knowing the basics might save you money on minor fixes. This can be as simple as
installing a dimmer switch. Troubleshooting strategies might help you find problems
and decide if you need an electrician. It’s easy to accidently shock oneself when
working with power.


4. Electronics setup and troubleshooting


We’d argue that the above skill and this one is different. This one is about learning
how to correctly set up your modern gadgets, such as a surround-sound system,
Bluetooth connectivity issues, managing your smart hub and its devices, and
connecting your turntable to an amplifier and speaker arrangement. This doesn’t
require electrical understanding, so you won’t be pulling wires or worrying about
grounding, but it’s still beneficial if you live with non-tech-savvy people.


5. Leak-Fixing


You may want to repair your bathroom sink or faucet, or you may have observed that
your shower or sink pipes are dripping. Knowing how to do that without your money
would be helpful. Sometimes the answer is as simple as tightening a nut, but
sometimes the pipe must be replaced, which is not always difficult. Tape the nut and
it’s connector to stop a leak. By using these tips and tricks, you may save money and
feel accomplished.


6. Painting Walls


You can paint a wall with a paintbrush, right? Wrong. You need additional skills to
make your walls seem good. This includes knowing how to properly tape off corners
and borders (to avoid sloppy lines and stray paint spots on other surfaces),
remembering consistent strokes to get the right/intended texture, and knowing which
types of tape will work for masking and which will leave you with a big mess to deal
with. House painting is one of the basic handyman skills that any man should know.


7. Stain Removing


As people, we’re not perfect. No matter how careful you are, you could spill coffee,
wine, food, etc. on your clothes, furniture, rugs, carpet, or other surfaces. Knowing
how to clean up spills on different surfaces can be the difference between a simple fix
and a replacement. If you spill red wine on a white carpet, dabbing it may make the
stain worse. Dish soap and hydrogen peroxide erase stains. A carpet cleaner will work
if you’re prepared.


8. Light Bulbs


Although conceptually simple, changing a lightbulb can sometimes be difficult.
Certain fittings only accept certain bulb kinds and voltages. Other lighting fixtures
may need you to remove panels, parts, or other components to access the lightbulb.
Having this knowledge is also helpful if you decide to replace your lighting with
energy-efficient, environmentally friendly bulbs or, if you want to go fancy, smart
bulbs with hundreds of colour variations via a companion app.

Know when you need help


It is crucial to know when you can do it yourself, and when you need help. Respect all
craftsmen. We’re not saying a plumber, carpenter, or other expert is unimportant. Many
repairs require professional help. There are, however, many minor difficulties that can be
addressed by a skilled resident, such as the homeowner, for far less money than an in-call.
Assessing your knowledge, confidence, tactile skills, and risk mindset is key. Keep in mind
your handyman skills. Before buying the necessary parts, be sure you can handle the problem
(perhaps with the help of internet step-by-step guidelines or YouTube videos).
If you doubt your capacity to complete the job correctly, get a pro. You can always use web
research to judge the difficulty of a work. Never allow your ego control your activities. If you
think you might damage yourself or someone else, stop what you’re doing and call an expert.
Careless and uneducated behaviour might multiply a tiny problem, costing you much more.


Conclusion

Having a good set of handyman skills can only prove of benefit to you. It could be useful in
case you’re in a situation where you’re unable ton contact anyone for help. It is important to
remember when you should do it yourself and when you should call help. IF not equipped
well for a situation it could cause harm. On the other hand, if you’re always reached out for
help instead of doing even the basics yourself, it is not smart. Read through the guide above,
and familiarise yourself with the list you should know. Impress yourself and other around
you with it.

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