Life/Practical Skills



I can … (tick all that apply)
There’s probably loads I’ve forgotten, and it only let me have 50 anyway.

  • Bleed a radiator
  • Unblock a drain
  • Clean out a gutter
  • Descale a shower
  • Tile and grout a wall and seal the edge of a bath
  • Smoothly fill a hole with polyfilla
  • Paint a wall
  • Prep and paint woodwork
  • Plaster a wall
  • Put up a picture (straight)
  • Put up a small shelf
  • Put up a heavy loadbearing shelf
  • Put together flat-pack furniture correctly
  • Upholster
  • Sew on a button
  • Hem clothes
  • Darn holes in clothes
  • Alter clothes to fit better
  • Sew clothing from scratch
  • Knit
  • Crochet
  • Iron a formal shirt perfectly
  • Know what the different settings on the washing machine are for
  • Change a double duvet
  • Clean windows and mirrors to be streak-free
  • Change a tyre
  • Check the oil level
  • Change a sparkplug
  • Take care of a houseplant
  • Grow fruit and vegetables
  • Trim a fringe by hand
  • Give a full haircut
  • Wet shave with cuthroat razor
  • Wire a plug
  • Change a fuse
  • Wire up a stereo
  • Solder
  • Tune a guitar
  • Service a guitar
  • Screenprint
  • Typeset
  • Develop film
  • Basic woodwork
  • Build furniture
  • Make your own pasta
  • Make sauces from scratch
  • Bake a cake
  • Bake bread
  • Make meringue
  • Make a full roast dinner

0 voters


Would have a shot at all of them


Your intentions don’t matter when the radiator is spraying hot water everywhere, everyone in the house is half bald, and everyone has salmonella.


God I’m useless


Ok I can do all of them then


At least everyone here so far can be relied on to produce a roast dinner.


Except, ironically, @chickenbones


They’re just for the soup, I guess.


…This should only be a Meat roast dinner, people shouldnt be ticking this if all they do is put a large conker in the oven and hope for the best.


There’s something wrong with the poll - it’s so long that it tries to reload the page as you scroll down and it deselects options you’ve already ticked.


I’ve only selected ones that I’ve actually done, think I’d have a decent crack at some of the others but a few of them are ones I’ve tried that literally aren’t possible for human beings to do (ironing a shirt for example)


Don’t know about giving haircuts but I would have no problem with any of the rest of that list.


Should’ve included “making your own stock” to the list. (It’s something I have done, but not something I’d bother doing again. All I got was a watery stock and a house that stank of poultry for three days)


I had a few more cooking things on there like that and cooking for 20+ people, but it only let me have 50 options.


I’ve not ticked things that I know how to do but wouldn’t attempt. eg Plastering is something that on the face of it everyone can try with a little instruction, but to do it right takes a lot of training.




Plastered the shit out of a wall myself mate


Yeah I was the same. I know how to plaster and have done it in small sections, but I know I couldn’t get the same quality as a pro on a large wall.


A girl in my halls of residence tried to boil chicken bones one sunday evening in the communal kitchen. Stank the whole floor out for a week.


Fan of gobar, eh?