On Being a Modern Gentleman:
Guideline 8: Be Handy
The modern gentleman is not a dandy; he or she is a person who is willing and able to get dirty. In order to do that, learn staple skills.
People spend exorbitant amounts on simple tasks because they lack the necessary skills. If your car doesn’t start, what do you do? If your sink drains slowly or not at all, then what? If, in a fit a rage, you Hulk-smash a hole in the drywall, how do you fix it? Most would answer, “Call someone.” Don’t. Do it yourself.
Being handy around the house or workplace will save money, improve confidence, and it may lead to a side hustle or hobby, though the biggest gain will be in your attractiveness to others. Right? Right? Maybe not.
While this isn’t an exhaustive list, the following are staple skills all modern gentlemen should carry in their toolbelt.
Be Able To. . .
1. Jumpstart a car.
2. Repair a hole in drywall.
3. Fix a leaky faucet.
4. Replace a sink trap.
5. Pour beer correctly.
6. Winterize your home (multiple skills).
7. Mow your lawn. (This seems like a joke, but I know many who can’t.)
8. Cook at least three complete meals.
9. Sew a button to clothing.
10. Repair simple tears in clothing.
11. Change a flat tire.
12. Iron clothing well.
13. Dress a wound in emergencies.
14. Wire simple fixtures, like a ceiling fan.
15. Paint a room.
16. Fix a buggy computer.