100 Skills Every Man Should Know: 2008's Ultimate DIY List By The Editors of Popular Mechanics Published on: September 8, 2008 Automotive 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 Home 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 Outdoors 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 Technology 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 Some things on this list are geographically specific. I wouldn't expect a lifelong resident of southern Florida or California to know how to drive in snow. Don't get me wrong, I do love a man who can fix things. :smile: There is just something about watching a man at work when he really knows what he is doing. :wink: However, I also respect a man who knows how to open the yellow pages and call a plumber or electrician rather than trying to fix it himself and further screwing things up.