Master Don Juan
- Nov 17, 2019
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I can share with you how I learned. You know I'm a mechanic, welder and builder(industrial/commercial)?Where do you guys learn this stuff? They don't teach it to us younger dudes growing up anymore. I've been wanting to learn about how to do all of this but I don't know how to learn. The internet and YouTube are great, but let's be honest here, you need some real hands-on practice with this type of stuff.
And honestly, it's not even about saving money, it's about just being a man. Knowing basic construction, plumbing, electrician-work/HVAC, and car maintenance is like knowing how to tie a tie for a man; it's one of those lost rites of passages that every man should know how to do, but doesn't nowadays. I've been wanting to learn about this stuff since I was 15 but I don't know where or who to learn from because everywhere you look, people say you should already know how to do this stuff and jobs always want someone who already has experience. My dad knows about all of this but he's too busy, so I can't learn from him. And technical schools are too costly and time consuming, plus I'm not looking to learn this stuff super in-depth as a skill/trade but just as a handyman so that I know how to handle myself.
You also know I'm a girl and these are male-dominated trades/skills?
So you can conclude I fought and worked and hung on tooth and nail to gather skills?
Like, can you really envision how freaking hard it was to learn 'top secret' stuff?
If your mind is now open....
There are tricks.
'Tricks of the trade'
I can share two major tricks, two main things you absolutely must know.
Not in order of importance:
#1 "righty-tighty, lefty-loosy"
Almost all bolts tighten clockwise and loosen counterclockwise.
#2 All repair reasons are based on these three causes:
It's dirty, gunked up, clogged
Its loose, worn out, worn down
Something's missing(a part, a piece that rattled off or got knocked out)
Now, watch what may happen.
Some negging and attempts to knock me off my confidence in myself. When you lose that confidence, its like you don't believe in yourself that you can make or repair something.
Ever play billiards or pool with really good players in your stereotypical cool pool hall? The sheer amount of smack talk that occurs is all designed to throw you off your concentration and game.
I mean game-game.
You must maintain frame when building or repairing...you must believe you can do this thing!!!!
Like Eric of the South Main Auto youtube channel says "if I can do it, you can do it!"
This is only the very tippity-tip of the iceberg.
Once you gain confidence that you can do mechanical things your curiosity will explode. Its a world that's kept me company for DECADES.
I'm still learning!
That's the thing, there's 10s of thousands of skills like "righty-tighty, lefty-loosey"
I don't mind if you make fun of me. I've heard every freaking neg in the book.
I'm not making light of this, those two main things(which direction bolts come off and on and the principles to apply when you're approaching a repair) will already make you look like you know what you're doing.
Remember be the c0cky pool player who isn't swayed by negs.
(and those negs come a lot of the time from your own thoughts)
There's so much more.
Take things apart. Put them back together.
Go stand in the wrenches aisle at the store and just stare at all the choices-ask staff for help.
There's an underground world of mechanics/handy people/builders that will help with free advice if you're enthusiastic enough.
Don't give up and "stay dirty" like Eric the car guy youtube channel says.