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How handy should an adult man be around the house?

On a scale of build your own house to fixing a toilet, how handy should an adult man be?

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  1. Before I owned a house, I was John snow. Now I can competently plaster walls, rewire sockets and fixtures. I can lay lawn, stone and build a a deck. Last year I even learned how to build outdoor garden furniture. That was my lock down project.

    I also learned basic plumbing by changing out a power shower and replacing two toilets. Basically stuff comes up and you learn on the job. I’m not an expert in any of the things I mentioned. But I’m good for enough to save myself a small fortune. Honestly if I can do it, anyone can. The only thing standing in your way is the confidence to try and to fail and try again.

  2. I think some basic skills might be:

    Turning off water at all the places you can do that in a hole

    Turning off a gas line

    Turning off electricity to the house at the fuse box

    Turning off electricity to certain parts of the house using a fuse box

    The ability to test a live outlet

    A tool box complex enough to include a mitre saw, and the ability to use one

    The ability to change oil in small engines like lawnmowers

    The ability to paint things, all types of things

    Knowing how to adjust a water heater

    The ability to install a door lock or window lock

    Christ it’s a long list but it’s a simple list. Basically, the ability to do little stuff and recognize which projects are too big for you to do yourself, safely and effectively.

  3. Just be able to do basic things. No one is asking you to rewire a kitchen or tile the bathroom. But be able to do simple things like plater a hole in the wall. There’s whole Youtube channels dedicated to simple man work.

  4. I would say at least be able to do small things. I get remodeling your whole bathroom can be a pretty big thing but you should at least be able to change your toilet.

  5. You should at least know how to fix a toilet, replace a faucet, clean the gutters, replace doorknobs, find the breaker box, assemble furniture, and properly mount a TV or shelf.

  6. Start small to build your confidence.
    Most things are not that difficult once you’ve seen it done & thanks to YouTube that’s not hard.
    I suggest hiring professionals for electric and plumbing work.

  7. Depends on their level of comfort. I think any homeowner, regardless of gender, should be able to fix random issues that come up around the house (Source: have been a homeowner for 16 years). However, I get that societal gender roles play a role in this; I grew up learning to fix things from my dad, because we were broke as shit and couldn’t afford to hire people to fix things. Sprinkler broken? Son, get the shovel. Drywall cracking? Let’s get some tape and plaster. I also worked commercial maintenance during college, and so had to learn to fix a ton of shit. My wife, on the other hand, had relatively affluent parents who hired people to fix things, and seems constantly amazed if I do things like rewire an outlet our install new hardware on a leaky toilet. If the roles were reversed, I would feel any less “manly”, just grateful that she knew how to do it, and I don’t think she somehow views me as more of a man because I know how to fix random shit. We just do what we each know how to do, and try to alleviate each other’s stress, which is really what a relationship should be.

  8. Be able to you tube the fix and try it if you can’t afford to hire someone. Basics like a fixing a leaky faucet, frozen garbage disposal, replacing an hvac filter, unsqueek a door hinge, replace a door knob are easily achievable with a simple tool set and you tube. Fear of the unknown is what stops most people.

  9. My dad always taught us some form of basic maintenance and repair, Auto Repair things like that, so I’m good unless it’s something huge but I think that if a man is going to have his own place it makes sense to take care of it on some level, like do you really want to call the plumber for EVERYTHING? lol

  10. Any guy should be able to

    turn off/reset a breaker/gfi
    turn off the main water supply
    unclog a toilet

    Other than that it’s all in what you are comfortable and competent doing.

  11. I’m a maintenance tech by profession as my SN states but HVAC by trade. I, myself, can fix just about anything in my house. I even know how to shim a door that doesn’t close or open correctly, connect line voltage to appliances, wire most things either by memory or from the wiring diagram and of course… fix AC issues. Some things I can and know how to fix are not for the faint of heart. Like replacing a breaker on a live panel (DO NOT TRY THIS without proper tools and knowledge.)

    But simple things around the house can be done with simple tools, time and curiosity. Such as changing a leaking faucet or a filter, simple stuff.

  12. I agree that it’s a long list, but try a few things. Watch YouTube videos about them, there’s always something on YouTube. The biggest thing I’d say, is know your limits. I’m pretty handy, but t know just enough about electrical to get myself hurt. Anything beyond the basics and I’m calling someone.

  13. I hate plumbing so I’m likely to hire out most things above replacing the flapper valve in the bottom of the toilet. Carpentry and electrical I’m fine with.

    I recently cleaned the carb on a push mower to get it going again. Replaced several light fixtures in house. Did drywall crack repair and patching to prep for painting (painting this week). Replaced shower heads. Torn out old landscaping. Built a sand/water table for the kids to play with out of PVC pipe. Those sorts of things.

    I hired out new flooring installation because I want it done correctly and I’d rather leave it to a business with decades of experience.

    I plan on raising my kids with that minimum level of ability.

  14. Myself? Wrong person to ask. When I touch something or try fixing it I end up breaking it. So I’m best to stay where I belong in the kitchen with my pots and pans induction cooktop multi speed blender electric kettle and toaster oven

  15. Knowing how to fix some things is a decent thing to have figured out. You don’t want to be the guy who has to call someone because the circut breaker flipped during a power outage, but you don’t need to know how to rewire the house either. What’s most important is knowing when a job needs someone to be called. I’m fairly certain I could handle the task of putting up drywall if I had to, but do I want it done right the first time? Yeah and I’ll probably call a guy about it.

  16. According to the great Canadian philosopher Red Green

    “If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.”

    The older women know that a man who can do all of the home repairs and build her a walk-in closet with custom shoe rack is a special type of hot.

  17. You should be able to do the following:

    Basic painting, hang shelves, fix/replace doors, replace fuses/breakers, replace outlets, replace light fixtures, fix leaky faucets, fix/unclog toilets and drains, maintain your dryer vent.

    Understand (this will help you communicate a problem better to someone you hired)

    Basic home structure, basic plumbing, basic electric, how an AC/furnace works, maintenance schedules for all home appliances, where your main shut offs for electric, gas and water are in your house.

    YouTube is probably the best free resource for all of this.

  18. He should have some tools and the willingness to open up google to figure out how to fix something. That’s about it. Most home repairs are shockingly easy, they just require google and some thinking.

    Major DIY stuff though, no need to do it unless you want to.

  19. There is no ‘should’. I don’t understand those who can’t even change out a bad light switch, but it’s ok. I am not personally comfortable putting out money and having strangers in my house just to fix those kinds of little things, but plenty of people are ok with it. I am the build my own house kind of guy, and have more than once.

  20. Well a lot handier than what a saw a few days ago…a guy called a roadside assistance to change out a flat on his car (and it wasn’t a businessman who didn’t wanna get dirty) at that point just turn your man card in

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