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Posted on Popular Mechanics Article - Americans losing DIY skills

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#1 posted 04-11-2013 09:55 PM

I wish my dad had been able to show me that stuff. Sadly, he was sick my whole life and died when I was a kid. I’d love to know how to handle myself with basic car repairs but never had anyone who could show me. What I know of woodworking I learned from middle school shop class, books, and my own experimentation – which is why I still don’t know how to use a plunge router – hard to get that from a book! My older brother taught me stuff like how to throw a baseball and a football but I think he didn’t pick up most of his practical knowledge till adulthood, and I’m still handier around most tools than he is.

I actually tried to join my local boy scouts when I was a kid, on the grounds that they were doing useful stuff and girl scouts was all about making leather bracelets and doing art projects. But of course they didn’t let me in.

Around my house I’m the one doing the repair jobs, which is great until we hit one that I don’t know how to do. Plumbing and wiring are my weak areas. Fortunately my husband has some electrical experience and is able to supplement me there, and we have a great electrician who gives free advice by email.

At least we can both change a diaper and balance equations; he can cook and build a wall and I can balance accounts and program a computer…we’re getting there!

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