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    What's weird is that I'm quite coordinated and athletic. I surf, snowboard, skydive, all that stuff.

    But how can I learn to do stuff like repair bikes, cars, etc. Any ideas?

    My cooking skills are even worse. In fact, I imagine that my "macaroni and cheese sludge crunch" (mac and cheese is NOT supposed to crunch...) would make an inexpensive substitute for a lethal injection for the judicial system...
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    I learned to repair my bicycle by looking at it... what made sense?

    I cook most awesomely though... but that's because food is awesome and I'm deeply in love with it
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    I put my new office chair together today ALL BY MYSELF.

    In general, I suck at mechanical stuff, though.

    I am good at using my hands for...some stuff, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcockburn View Post

    But how can I learn to do stuff like repair bikes, cars, etc. Any ideas?
    I say start with small stuff. Changing tires, oil and brakes. Those are easy and simple. There is a ton of great DIY online resources and tutorials that can teach you what you need and how it's done.

    I forget who said it - garage sales are a good place to buy broken stuff. See if you can fix it or get it running. And if you don't hey - it was junk anyway.

    If you know of someone who is mechanically inclined or knowledgeable tell them of your curiosity. They will usually offer to have you come over and watch or join them on their next project. Be nice and bring beer.

    If you're a female I doubt they are going to say no to you anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcockburn View Post
    What's weird is that I'm quite coordinated and athletic. I surf, snowboard, skydive, all that stuff.

    But how can I learn to do stuff like repair bikes, cars, etc. Any ideas?

    My cooking skills are even worse. In fact, I imagine that my "macaroni and cheese sludge crunch" (mac and cheese is NOT supposed to crunch...) would make an inexpensive substitute for a lethal injection for the judicial system...
    There is a fine line between Snowbaording and fixing a car, I'd say... All that (surfing, etc) is thrilling, and fixing things and working with your hands is not thrilling, just satisfying and I'm sure not everybody would view it as such, maybe more of a chore.

    But first thing is first. In order to fix things you need the tools for the job, what do you have in the way of tools?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willfrey View Post
    There is a fine line between Snowbaording and fixing a car, I'd say... All that (surfing, etc) is thrilling, and fixing things and working with your hands is not thrilling, just satisfying and I'm sure not everybody would view it as such, maybe more of a chore.

    But first thing is first. In order to fix things you need the tools for the job, what do you have in the way of tools?
    Let's seeee... board wax. Political bumper stickers. And a flashlight.

    LOL when I say I know nothing and do nothing about mechanical/diy stuff, I mean it.

    My father's toolbox: The Yellow Pages.

    It's not so much that there's anything specific I need to fix, I'm just wondering if there's a way I can improve my "common sense"/spatial skills in general. Does it have anything to do with the fact I'm left-handed?
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    You just learn how something works and work from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcockburn View Post
    I'm completely USELESS with my hands. I don't know any of the different components and parts/functions/arrangements of car engines. I've never built a model airplane. I even suck on those IQ test things where you have to fill in the pattern diagrams. :steam:

    It's not necessarily just because I'm female. My ISTP chick friend can fly a plane. My INFP male friend, however, is worse than I am. He barely knows what to do with a set of Legos. Have him screw a lightbulb, and he just sits there gawking at the lightbulb like he wants to cry. My INFP father is the same way.
    I dunno about that... I'm pretty certain I'm ENFP and I adored Legos when I was a kid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcockburn View Post
    I don't mean "good with your hands" in THAT way... keep that mind of yours in PG for now.

    Anyway, this is the only reason I know I'm an ENTP and not ESTP. (Of course, I know Ns that kick ass at building/fixing things, and Ss that suck ass at it. But let's generalize for the sake of simplicity.)

    I'm completely USELESS with my hands. I don't know any of the different components and parts/functions/arrangements of car engines. I've never built a model airplane. I even suck on those IQ test things where you have to fill in the pattern diagrams. :steam:

    It's not necessarily just because I'm female. My ISTP chick friend can fly a plane. My INFP male friend, however, is worse than I am. He barely knows what to do with a set of Legos. Have him screw a lightbulb, and he just sits there gawking at the lightbulb like he wants to cry. My INFP father is the same way.

    I didn't grow up with anyone who was good at that kind of thing. Were you SPs taught about mechanical things, or were you just BORN knowing how to change a tire?
    Yes...I am generally good at fixing things w/ my hands so long as you give me some time alone to think and tinker around with it. Also, changing a tire isn't hard lol...

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