10.06.2008

100 Skills You Should Know

Originally found on Lifehacker and was culled from Popular Mechanics but I got there after the poll closed so I'm reposting it here so I can note the skills I've got and the skills I don't got. Skills I pwn now are in bold, skills I have but just barely are in italics, skills I don't got are in plain text. Scoring will be 1 point for bold and a half point for italics. Score will be tallied below.

Automotive
1. Handle a blowout
2. Drive in snow

3. Check trouble codes
4. Replace fan belt
5. Wax a car
6. Conquer an off-road obstacle

7. Use a stick welder
8. Hitch up a trailer
9. Jump start a car


Handling Emergencies
10. Perform the Heimlich
11. Reverse hypothermia
12. Perform hands-only CPR
13. Escape a sinking car


Home
14. Carve a turkey
15. Use a sewing machine
16. Put out a fire
17. Home brew beer
18. Remove bloodstains from fabric

19. Move heavy stuff
20. Grow food
21. Read an electric meter
22. Shovel the right way

23. Solder wire
24. Tape drywall
25. Split firewood

26. Replace a faucet washer
27. Mix concrete
28. Paint a straight line

29. Use a French knife
30. Prune bushes and small trees
31. Iron a shirt
32. Fix a toilet tank flapper
33. Change a single-pole switch
34. Fell a tree
35. Replace a broken windowpane
36. Set up a ladder, safely

37. Fix a faucet cartridge
38. Sweat copper tubing

39. Change a diaper
40. Grill with charcoal
41. Sew a button on a shirt
42. Fold a flag


Medical Myths
43. Treat frostbite
44. Treat a burn

45. Help a seizure victim
46. Treat a snakebite
47. Remove a tick


Military Know-How
48. Shine shoes
49. Make a drum-tight bed
50. Drop and give the perfect pushup


Outdoors
51. Run rapids in a canoe
52. Hang food in the wild
53. Skipper a boat
54. Shoot straight
55. Tackle steep drops on a mountain bike
56. Escape a rip current


Primitive Skills
57. Build a fire in the wilderness
58. Build a shelter
59. Find potable water


Surviving Extremes
60. Floods
61. Tornados
62. Cold
63. Heat

64. Lightning

Teach Your Kids
65. Cast a line
66. Lend a hand
67. Change a tire
68. Throw a spiral

69. Fly a stunt kite
70. Drive a stick shift
71. Parallel park
72. Tie a bowline
73. Tie a necktie
74. Whittle
75. Ride a bike


Technology
76. Install a graphics card
77. Take the perfect portrait

78. Calibrate HDTV settings
79. Shoot a home movie
80. Ditch your hard drive


Master Key Workshop Tools
81. Drill driver
82. Grease gun

83. Coolant hydrometer
84. Socket wrench
85. Test light
86. Brick trowel
87. Framing hammer
88. Wood chisel
89. Spade bit
90. Circular saw
91. Sledge hammer
92. Hacksaw
93. Torque wrench
94. Air wrench
95. Infrared thermometer

96. Sand blaster
97. Crosscut saw
98. Hand plane

99. Multimeter
100. Feeler gauges

I scored an 83.5 out of 100 which is a decent B but I'd argue that some of the skills I don't have are pretty niche-y. A stick welder is a core skill I should have? Really? And calibrating my HDTV settings is a more important core tech skill than, say, being able to virus check a computer? Or set it up a new printer? Really?

Overall, I think the list of skills is pretty good but it gets a little soft in places. How'd you score?
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