Are you handy too?

  • calibro

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    Feb 14, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
    I got a flat on my bike yesterday, and called a buddy of mine while I was walking home to kill time. He happens to be gay too. While I was explaining the situation, he asked if I were near a bike shop to get it fixed. I laughed at the idea because it only takes 5-10 minutes to change a flat, but he admitted he had never done such a thing.

    Maybe I'm different because my dad taught me how to change a flat, the oil in your car, etc... but I just always assumed everyone else out there does that stuff too. So my question to you is how handy are you, and what won't you deal with? Personally, if it won't kill me, i.e. anything with electricity, I'll probably make an attempt to fix the thing myself before I call in a professional.
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    Feb 14, 2009 9:44 PM GMT
    I will give most things a shot, and as someone who has spent the last year working on his house I have done a lot and would rather learn to do something than pay someone else. Like you, I hate working with electricity but typically will do it. I also hate plumbing and floating drywall.
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    Feb 14, 2009 9:49 PM GMT
    Hmm I'm a lot more handy than some of my other buddies.

    I do own a toolbox with a lot of heavily used tools.

    Good with the small maintenance stuff on cars as well as syuff around the house..don't mind getting dirty at all.
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    Feb 14, 2009 10:30 PM GMT
    I generally find gay guys quite helpless like girls. My last date ended with me fixing the guys kitcehn sink that had be unusable for months. lol
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    Feb 14, 2009 10:45 PM GMT
    I change my own oil, tires and such for the vehicle. I've fixed water lines(PVC), and mended fences, though that knowledge has mostly fled me.

    Found out today I need to change the battery cables in my truck as only getting 5v of them. I'll buy a manual and do it myself; I would never dream of paying a mech to do it.
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    Feb 14, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
    I'm not very good with car maintenance...i can check tire pressure and add coolant, that's about it...but I am pretty good around the house and yard. I have no problems starting a home renovation project...I exhaust all resources before I call in the professionals.
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    Feb 14, 2009 11:06 PM GMT
    Having grown up in a rural state, I was expected to learn to be self-sufficient in most things from a young age. With the technology on today's vehicles though, I do bring the new one to the shop for most servicing. Only house projects I won't do is most anything dealing with electricity. I've seen a friend thrown 3 feet back while trying to re-wire something, and don't want that to happen to me.
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    Feb 14, 2009 11:13 PM GMT
    I always try to fix stuff and even do things around the house myself before taking it to a pro, unless it's too complicated for me or I don't have the right tools. But I have to teach myself most things because my parents are from countries where you always pay someone to do menial tasks. Even doing your own laundry is below you unless its your job...
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    Feb 14, 2009 11:17 PM GMT
    I am not handy at all. In fact, my interior designer husband bars me from touching tools...it seems that every time I do, something else falls apart. He, on the other hand, can fix most everything around the house. Neither one of us touch the cars.
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    Feb 14, 2009 11:20 PM GMT
    Electrical and auto repairs I suck at. Mostly everything else.carpentry, painting, power tools, plumbing etc. I'm pretty good at.
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    Feb 14, 2009 11:23 PM GMT
    there is precious little that i won't attempt to do myself, and pop my bubble, but i think i'm pretty good at a lot of it. i do all the fixing of things from our own household to our friends. from sewing needles to leather needles, pipe wrenches to SAE wrenches, welding gloves to yard gloves, 240vac wiring to SMD wiring, from software to soft cookies, plaster work with molds to wood work.

    i have my ranger engine sitting in the shop, unfinished cabinetry, plans for another water garden landscaping project, etc. our office has all my computer gear, computer programming books, microcontrollers, servos, and passive components.

    our guest room has no room for guests, it's chock full of all sorts of craft things.

    i spend way too much time and money buying things from ebay and online. the mailman, UPS guy and FedEx guy know me by first name and when I will be at the house.

    ~_~ i LIKE being able to do everything myself
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    Feb 14, 2009 11:36 PM GMT
    It blows guys away that I can do a lot of stuff for myself. I grew up with live-in help and I swore when I got old enough to have my own houses, I'd try to have small enough houses so that I could take care of them without the intrusion of live-in help. It is good to know how to do things yourself. I can do a lot of the work around the grounds outside too. I also can do a lot of the work on my own cars. I can iron, scrub, polish until a house screams. I like it - consider it therapy or a work out!
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    Feb 14, 2009 11:50 PM GMT
    I'm very handy, can fix lots of things. I'm the gay guy our lesbian friends call when they can't fix it themselves... LOL!

    During my "contrary years" I went to a vo-tech school for over a year and became a certified master automobile mechanic. Then promptly enlisted to be an Army mechanic, serving as a motor sergeant for a few years before taking a commission as an officer in the military police corps.

    But I never stopped working on cars, motorcycles, and almost anything mechanical or simple electrical (no more Army tanks, though!). I actually enjoy the intellectual challenge of figuring out why a thing's not operating properly and then fixing it, even if I've never worked on something like it before.
  • a2507

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    Feb 14, 2009 11:58 PM GMT
    I know a fair number of gay/bi guys who are pretty handy but then I worked at Home Depot for nearly 10 years as one of their design pros, so maybe I crossed paths more with the handy guys.

    Maybe too this is more a rural state, so whether you like guys or not, you're more likely to fix stuff. Everyone in my family pretty much fixes stuff. Think it was my mom who taught me how to change a tire the first time (good physics lesson too: how does a 110# little lady get a cinched down lug nut off: socket wrench and a galvanized pipe cheater bar).

    Built my own mtn bike this fall and the bike shop guys said I only jacked up one minor thing. Rebuilt my bath (demo'd old tub, partial replumb tho' w/ pex it's really easy, new wiring) but wimped out on the sheetrock and tile.

    Sorry long answer but then I'm part Irish: why use 2 words when you can use 10?

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    Feb 15, 2009 12:04 AM GMT
    icon_redface.gifHave to admit I know human anatomy and physiology, surgery, traumatology + anything related to meds and healthcare much better than things like motors, electronics, computers or bikes....can fix a flat, though. That's why I hired a handyman to do all the works considering painting, electronic works and drillings now that I moved to a bigger apartment. Kinda embarrassing....he's 24, hot as hell (I could ask if i may take a pic of him for u guys to admire, if u want) and talks about sex all the time.....(he knows I'm gay) AND prefers working shirtless (hoping for better tips?). But he gets the work done properly plus I get some eye-candy and flashes of his perfect smile.....I decided that I won't make the first move, if he decides to go further than just innocent flirting......I'm taken, and I love my Appalacchian man! + I'm a faithful kinda guy.icon_biggrin.gif
  • Timbales

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    Feb 15, 2009 12:10 AM GMT
    I'm fairly handy with simple things - vacuum cleaners, etc. - but not my car. I'm better with carpentry, household type things, etc.
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    Feb 15, 2009 12:11 AM GMT
    i admire you guys icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 15, 2009 12:14 AM GMT
    Handy with just about anything. although the car is my weakest area. I was raised by a carpenter by trade (dad) so I can pretty much build an entire house. icon_smile.gif
  • calibro

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    Feb 15, 2009 12:29 AM GMT
    TomiR1 saidicon_redface.gifHave to admit I know human anatomy and physiology, surgery, traumatology + anything related to meds and healthcare much better than things like motors, electronics, computers or bikes....can fix a flat, though. That's why I hired a handyman to do all the works considering painting, electronic works and drillings now that I moved to a bigger apartment. Kinda embarrassing....he's 24, hot as hell (I could ask if i may take a pic of him for u guys to admire, if u want) and talks about sex all the time.....(he knows I'm gay) AND prefers working shirtless (hoping for better tips?). But he gets the work done properly plus I get some eye-candy and flashes of his perfect smile.....I decided that I won't make the first move, if he decides to go further than just innocent flirting......I'm taken, and I love my Appalacchian man! + I'm a faithful kinda guy.icon_biggrin.gif


    I could probably do most of the stuff that hired guy can, but I might "pretend" I couldn't if it meant getting to watch a shirtless hottie sweat in my living room icon_wink.gif
  • caliboy

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    Feb 15, 2009 12:52 AM GMT
    I'm handy with my mind and the body, but when it somes to handyman work, I'm ok with basics. I have a handyman for my house and a mechanic for the car.. i'm handy at finding good people to help icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 15, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    The kitchen faucet needs a seal replaced, I just don't care enough to do it. Yeah, I'm lazy and I like cartoons. icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 15, 2009 1:27 AM GMT
    not too handy under the hood of a car, but can fix almost anything in my house. I just renovated a bathroom and did all of the work including the plumbing. Most of my friends were shocked.
  • calibro

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    Feb 15, 2009 2:02 AM GMT
    Buckwheet saidThe kitchen faucet needs a seal replaced, I just don't care enough to do it. Yeah, I'm lazy and I like cartoons. icon_razz.gif


    Haha, sounds like a stud to me
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    Feb 15, 2009 2:52 AM GMT
    Growing up on a farm, I'm pretty handy. I just had my first flat tire (ever) last week and I got that changed in short order. I'm not afraid to try some light electrical and plumbing around the house. I find most gay guys are handy; stereotypes don't always apply.
  • EricLA

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    Feb 15, 2009 3:04 AM GMT
    Same way, Calibro. I used to do all my car service myself. I've changed flat tires (and taught a lesbian how to -- she wanted to be more handy), replaced alternators, even given an old car a tune up. But, now I pay for servicing because I can afford it. But, if I need to, there are many things I could still do myself.