Lifestyle | 18 January 20173 Manskills Every Man Should Know Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Do it yourself projects can be hard, but what about fixing little things that go wrong? That can also be hard if you don’t know how to use the tools properly. Fixing things around the house is seen as the man’s job. Here are tips for three things around the house from Manskills. Repair a leaky pipe Water squirting out a pipe in the basement can freak anyone out, so you can’t blame her for wanting to call the plumber . Down deep somewhere that we don’t discuss in bars, you too want to call a plumber . Fight the urge, brother, fight the urge . Instead, show her your innovative handy side with a simple temporary fix that will stop the water flow until you can make a permanent repair . A small hole is no big deal if you can lay your hands on a couple of small hose clamps and a sheet of flat rubber gasket (you’ll find both in abundant supply at the local hardware store) . Cut the gasket so that it circles the pipe in a perfect sleeve . Then wrap it in position over the leak, and use the hose clamps on either end of the sleeve to create a snug patch . Add another clamp to apply pressure directly over the leak . Show her your handiwork because it ain’t boasting if it’s true. Leak? What leak? Catch a Mouse The only place mice are cute is at Disneyland. In your house, glue traps work great, but mice are notorious for avoiding them if others have already been trapped in the location. A more foolproof option (well, more creative anyway) involves a cardboard toilet-paper core, tape, and a large pail or kitchen garbage can. Position the tube on the edge of a counter the mice frequent. Tape it down, so that an inch overlaps the counter edge and the rest sticks out over the floor. Slightly crease the underside of the tube at the edge of the counter. Center the pail under the tube’s outer end and place a peanut butter-coated cracker just inside that end. When the mouse takes the bait, the tube bends down and slides him into your trap. Then it’s up to your conscience whether you free him in a local park, or flush him to a watery grave. Drive a Nail with one Hand Why does it always seem that you’re just one hand short in the middle of every DIY project? You’ve got a nail in one hand, the hammer in the other, but how are you going to hold the boards together? Sure, you could use a nail gun, but there’s a simpler solution: the one?handed nailing technique . First, grasp a claw hammer from the side, in the same way you would grip the shifter ball handle in a ’70 Hemi Cuda (yeah, you wish) . Slide the head of the nail up between your index and middle fingers so that it’s held securely, sticking out perpendicular to the side of the hammer . Now just drive the nail home with a solid swing of your arm . Put a little pepper on it and you’ll drive it in far enough to hold it firm . Finish it off with a couple blows of the hammer and presto! Job done. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Using a light but practical tone, Manskills covers everything a man needs to know in today’s world. You’ll find essential tips on home repair, car repair, electronics, cleaning, personal grooming, fine dining, traveling, etiquette, outdoor skills and the fine art of conversation. It’s your comprehensive guide to impressing the masses! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.