How does ne become a handy man?

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  1. Fighting fungus

    Fighting fungus Orange Belt

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    I am at the point in my life now, were I would really like to be handy. I like to be well balanced and think this is one of my weaknesses, being I am not mechanically inclined.

    Obviously you tube helps and am thinking about taking a basic plumbing class at a community college.

    Would this class help with basic plumbing or do you think it would be a waste of time?
     
  2. Natty Dread

    Natty Dread Green Belt

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    I've been a handy man for a while and it really sucks depending on where you live.
     
  3. Captain Davis

    Captain Davis Senior Flatulator

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    I've fixed several appliances myself using YouTube and Google. having tools and knowing how to use them is also a necessity.
     
  4. SevenSamurai

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    I fix everything myself -except my broken bones and torn ligaments lulz

    I do all my auto repair work, house repair/construction work, and even component electronic repair.

    As a kid I took apart everything from TVS, VCRs, Motorcycles, toys etc to learn how they worked -many of them I ruined doing so -and they never went back together -but that is the price and way for becoming handy.

    also with the advent of the internet -learning from someone else is much more accessible
     
  5. Rookie

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    The Internet has made it very easy to be handy. Follow the instructions and work slowly and carefully and you can do pretty much anything.
    One mistake I made in learning to take care if my house on my own is buying all the tools rather than renting.
     
  6. Iroh

    Iroh The Dragon of the West Platinum Member

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    If a plumbing class does not help you with basic plumbing, I'd ask for my money back.
     
  7. Iroh

    Iroh The Dragon of the West Platinum Member

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    Yeah, this is a great way to get more technical. You'd be surprised what people are still willing to pay for old laptops and stuff like that, just so they can tinker with it or use parts of it to tinker with.
     
  8. ralphc1

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    Being "handy" is probably more of an inherited than an acquired skill. Handy people are the ones who did take things apart as children. Others can learn to do some things if they can follow instructions but there are many people who are incapable of using tools and following instructions and they are better off having someone that knows what they are doing repair things. People are good at different things. I know a man who is a great with computer software but needed someone else to connect components to his desktop computer.

    Take the course to see what your mechanical aptitude is.
     
  9. FierceRedBelt

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    Have tons of sex with your neighbor's wives.
     
  10. R-DAWG

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    trial and error
     
  11. Josh

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    My dad was a carpenter before he went back to school and we always had a great workshop growing up. I pretty much learned from him and my own trial and error.
     
  12. SevenSamurai

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    You have to make lots of mistakes to learn the lessons necessary IMO

    Go to the thrift store and buy some junk and take it apart and then put it back together.
     
  13. xTommyBoyx

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    When something breaks around the house and I don't know how to fix it 9 out of 10 times youtube has a detailed video on how to do it and the materials you will need.

    Also with all of the new fittings you can for plumbing don't waste your time on a class. Just ask the next time you are at a hardware store, most of the time unless they are a complete idiot they can get you the materials you need and teach you the basics.
     
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    Move to Canada

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    do projects.

    buy broken shit or used shit that needs maintenance on craigslist and fix em up.

    tools can be expensive tho.
     
  18. WorldofWarcraft

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    Being handy around the house and being a handyman are two different things.
     
  20. DrBdan

    DrBdan Something clever

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    As people have said you can learn a lot via YouTube and Google. I don't recommend doing what I did, which is taking on a full bathroom reno (gutted to the bare studs) as your first project. It's taken me a long time to finish because I've had to learn a bit of everything. Framing, drywalling and plastering, some basic plumbing, tiling, etc. I've learned a lot but I just want the damn project to be done at this point.
     

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