questionswhat is the best way to learn manly skills?

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Technical/trade school classes come to mind. Of course, you can always get books on do it yourself stuff, but I think a structured class situation, even adult education programs, are most likely the best route to becoming proficient.

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a lot of community colleges offer repair classes for cars, small engines, and other skills usually considered manly but perfectly acceptable for women also. you can supplement your skills by watching youtube videos and reading forums. look for the highest rated or most thanked info

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If you're young enough to where you don't have a career yet and are still in school, you could find some jobs where you're doing entry level grunt work and can learn lots of valuable real-world information from specialists who work above you. But if you've got a job/career that you're already in, then definitely take some tech school/trade school classes like @klozitshopper said.

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I learned pretty much from trial and error. I know that the Home Depot and Lowes have classes to teach people how to wire and how to paint but I would just start taking your cars motor apart and try and put it back together

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I learned much of the types of skills you're talking about by watching others do it, reading books (and now the internet), and "reverse engineering."

For example, the basics of electrical wiring, plumbing and automotive and appliance repair were all taught to my by my father. Small engine repair I learned by rebuilding small engines, using books from the library and trial and error. I took a correspondence course in locksmithing during high school, though I never completed it.

I think it really is a question of how motivated you are. None of these skills are rocket science or all that hard to learn. If you really want to learn how to do it, you will.

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I obtained my manly skills by fighting bears in dresses. Naked.

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@capguncowboy: Not surprised.

How'd that work out for ya?

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In this day and age I think @coolphilip04 nailed it. That would have been my answer.

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@mtm2: Well, I can bench press a bear now

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@capguncowboy: I bet the toughest part was probably getting the dresses on the bears.

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@jsimsace: they put up a fight because those dresses were so not their color. and the one striped dress made their bear butts look big

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Habitat for Humanity !

Now that warm weather is here, they will be on the hunt for a ton of "Newbies"
They will teach you from start to finish how to build a house.

This will include all the aspects involved.

(You will be wiser to stick with the seasoned members.)

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@w00tgurl: I don't know his choice, but he should've picked vertical stripes over horizontal...

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I learned a lot through volunteering. Helping to build homes with Habitat for Humanity will teach you a lot of skills, especially if you're able to volunteer regularly and get to know the guys who are more skilled. Most of them are more than happy to teach you. I've also done a lot of mission trips with my church and have done a lot of repair and construction and a bit of demolition (that's the most fun). I've found that people are very happy to teach eager students and I've learned how to do brickwork three different ways on three different continents.

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Read and do. There are dozens of books on any given subject, and once you learn a little about the basics, you can get just get your hands dirty.

Check your library and check google. Whatever "that thing" is you want to learn to do, there's material out there to help you.

(Another poster recommends you just start taking your car apart. If you plan to put it back together, a Haynes/etc. manual is pretty much a must if you're not familiar with vehicles.)

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Stop watching GLEE , that's a good start

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I suggest a Red Green marathon. If women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.

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I use the internet for most things, but for cars nothing can compare with these:

http://www.haynes.com/