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October 09, 2008

100 Skills Every Man Should Know: Test Your Knowledge

Sticking to our DIY theme this week, I found this DIY skills quiz on the Popular Mechanics website. They ask some random questions to test your DIY skills using a point system. Take the quiz below and see how you fair (and NO Googling during the quiz!)

I scored 1300 out of 1500 points, let me know how you did by leaving your score below and what you thought about the questions asked.

The lead article in this months Popular Mechanics magazine is, "100 Skills Every Man Should Know". Sorry ladies, I didn't come up with the title.

The 100 skills are broken down into 10 categories. Take a look at the skills they came up with and let me know what else you think could have been added to this list and what you would take out as being unworthy.

Just to start things out I'll add a couple of easy ones that I think they left out: Changing the oil in your car under the Automotive category and how to use a compass under the Primitive Skills category.

Let's hear what you came up with!

100 Skills Every Man Should Know

Comments (11)

Verona Woodworker:

Well, I scored a 1500. But, I'm a woman so what else would you expect. Questions seemed to be more about survival skills which I guess in a way are what makes DIY skills so important.

Peter Chast:

OH well.... I missed the concrete mix one.. 14/15. But then I've done handiman stuff all my life in my work and at home.

Its tough to just pick 100 so I guess we shouldn't criticize toooooo much but;

They miss a bunch of things like normal maintanence checks on a vehicle and minor repairs for the same.

Under emergencies bad cuts and breaks are common, requiring some first aid. Heart atack and stroke recognition are also important.

we could go on and on as others have on their site.

Pam Niedermayer:

Gee, I doubt I'd know any of these things even though I've been a woodworker for 50 years. After all, I'm a woman, not a man. And now Pop Mechanics is on my list of "don't waste time reading."

Woodworkers Resource:


Bravo! And yes, the folks at Popular Mechanics did put a sexist twist to the title of the article (probably to get more response from women!)

I should have written about this in my post but ran short of space and time. I definitely feel that if you're not passing down life skills including DIY skills to your daughters and granddaughters you're doing them a great disservice.

It's wrong to think that they won't have need of those kind of skills. I try to teach my daughter everything that I teach my boys (some things she's more interested in than others).

Self sufficiency is one of the greatest gifts you can pass on to anyone. So, Verona, I hope you're passing down all your great skills to the next generation as well!


Josh Brown:

Well, who the heck looks at the measured angle of a ladder anyway? It's a feel thing for me...

I'm from the north, so on the concrete question I was thinking more along the lines of oatmeal instead of grits, and I like my oatmeal thick and chunky.

Anyway, I got 1300 first time around. I bet I could do better if I take it again! :)

Rich Teague:

I got 1400, missed the driving in the snow with tall narrow tires. Guess I have lived in Virginia too long...

Kim K:

I scored 1500, which I would NOT have predicted at the outset.

Like Verona Woodworker, I'm a woman and I would hope most women would have these same skills!

Pat Caulfield:

I scored 1400.

I missed the blood removal one, because I thought it was a trick question. What "real" man removes a blood stain, it is a badge of honor.


Woodworkers Resource:


I couldn't agree more. I better question to ask would be, "How do you remove a blood stain form a piece of cherry you've just spent 2 hours sanding?!?"


rich pritchard:

Well, I got lucky I guess, got 1500, couple wasn't 100% for sure about, but went w/ what seemed the most common sense answer. been a mechanic/ diy'er most of my life so wasn't too tough.

Tim M.:

1300. Missed the snow tire thing - I think this answer depends a lot on how deep the snow is. Also missed the concrete question. I'm not buying the "chunky peanut butter" answer. peanut butter is almost a solid. If I could turn a container of concrete upside down and have it not move, it would definitely be too thick! lol. Fun test.

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