5 Handyman Skills Every Dad Should Have

Recently, while staring at a cracked sewage pipe underneath the house leaking profusely, it occurred to me that every dad should have some basic handyman skills. Unfortunately, duct tape doesn’t fix everything and that repair wound up costing $600. Family budgets are tight and the kids are always in need of something. The wife needs new tires or the dryer finally died and must be replaced. It’s always something, but if I can help my family on my own, it sure helps ease the financial burden.

Some men are naturals at the do-it-yourself gig, but most are more like Tim the Tool Man Taylor–full of eagerness, but lacking ability. As Tim’s fictional wife once quipped, “I’m picturing what it’s like every time you renovate, and there’s a big hole in the wall and two paramedics.”

We are all blessed with different skills in life, and not everyone is going to be getting their own do-it-yourself reality show. However, as men and husbands, we should at least have a basic working knowledge of such things. With that in mind, here are 5 Handyman Skills Every Dad Should Have.

1. The Right Tools.

Every man should have a tool box. Inside that tool box there should be the following: hammer, screwdriver set, level, flashlight, tape measure, WD-40, wrench set, utility knife, duct tape, and a drill with bits. As your skills grow, so will your tool collection; but these tools are the bare necessity.

2. Handyman Education.

Plenty of free education is out there when we seek it and most of the big home centers offer Saturday morning workshops on all sorts of different projects. Most importantly, we now have the power of the internet to educate ourselves. Our manly skills section has a number of quick fix home repair tutorials and videos.

3. Practice, Practice, Practice.

Sledgehammers are fun, but they also can cause a huge mess in a hurry. Before we start swinging and cutting up things, it is most wise to practice and hone our skills. Whether building a tree house for our kids, or cutting and replacing a section of pipe, we need to be sure we know what we’re doing first. Practice!

4. Skill and Safety Application.

Once we’ve educated ourselves and practiced our skills to a competent level, we’re ready to apply them to a real project. The first and most important step is to make absolute certain we have all safety issues covered. For example, if we don’t shut the power off at the breaker before installing a ceiling fan, we are very likely going to come down off the ladder in a most unpleasant manner.

5. Satisfaction of a Job Well Done.

Never underestimate what the feeling of doing something all on your own provides. Something deep inside our DNA comes alive when we sit back and admire what we just did that was good. Grab a lawn chair, a cold drink, and happily watch the children enjoy their new outdoor fort that was constructed with Dad’s own hands.

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