Health & Beauty | 14 March 20163 Manly Household Skills to Save You Time & Money Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Chris Peterson’s Manskills: How to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself and Impress Everyone Else is the SAT’s for manhood. It’s a comprehensive guide to all things men need to know in life for practical success, inside and outside the house, in the wilderness or in social settings. Here are 3 household skills that will save you money and headaches. Snake a Clog There comes a time in every man’s life when a big bottle of drain cleaner won’t cut it. That’s when you have to answer that fundamental question: Are you going to call a plumber, or will you affirm your manskillfulness and deal with that clog? If you’re ready to take the bull by the horns, you need to lay your hands on a snake or, as it’s called professionally, an auger. Rent large versions—including power snakes—or you can buy a more modest sized auger as a defense against inevitable future plumbing emergencies. There are actually two types of augers, the “closet auger” that is used specifically for toilet clogs, and the drain auger that is used for all other clogs. A drain auger is generally the more useful purchase because it can be used for toilet clogs in a pinch. To snake a clog, slip on some rubber gloves and guide the snake’s corkscrew tip down the drain. Keep feeding the line into the drain, turning the handle counterclockwise as you do. Eventually, you’ll feel the snake contact the clog. When that happens, keeping turning the handle while pushing and pulling the line. This action often dislodges the material, which can be washed away with warm water. If the clog is a little more stubborn, start pulling pieces of it back up the pipe as you snake through the material, disposing of it as you do. This can get messy, but suppress your gag response, get a bucket and clear out all the material. Then flush the drainpipe thoroughly. Keep pipes clog-free by dumping a half-cup of baking soda down the drain, rinsing with just enough cold water to carry the baking soda down into the pipes. Then pour a kettleful of boiling water down the drain. Straighten a Sliding Door Track A sliding glass door shouldn’t take Superman strength to open. It may be a good workout, but you need to put the slide back in that sliding door. The first step is to thoroughly clean out the track and the door’s wheels (this may mean removing the door from the track, but bite the bullet and do it). Lubricate both the wheels and track with silicone lubricant. If the door still moves reluctantly, the track’s guides are probably out of alignment. Raised sliding door tracks take a beating from foot traffic and just regular wear and tear. Reverse all that by using a scrap piece of wood (or even the right thickness of hardbound book will do) that fits snugly as a tapping block inside the channel. Position the block in place, and tap the outside wall of the track with a wooden mallet to realign the track guides. Patch a Carpet So you knocked a burning candle onto your brand new carpet? No problem. Damage such as cigarette burns are so common that some bright soul invented a round tool just for dealing with them, called a cookie cutter. Do yourself a favor and buy a metal or aluminum tool with detachable blades, rather than a plastic type. Slip the blades into place, position the central pivot post in the center of the damage, and cut a circle down to the pad. Now cut a patch from a remnant or an inconspicuous area such as the back of a closet. Line the pad or subfloor with double-sided carpet tape and position the patch in place with the nap direction matching the existing carpet. Make the job even easier by buying a complete patch kit, including cutter, adhesive backing for the patch, and burlap undersurface to help hold the patch in place. 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.