Fatherly DIY advice

Date:5 July 2013 Tags:, ,

PM visited hardware and home-improvement stores in Lawrence, Kansas (the centre of the world, according to Google Earth), to ask patrons what their dad told them always – or never – to do.


Use safety goggles. You only have one set of eyes. William Byrn, 43, electrician

Take lots of breaks. Fatigue makes for hammered thumbs – or worse. Mick Cottin, 26, student

Stick with your initial design idea. It’s bound to be the best one. James Bruner, 24, hot-rod specialist

Read the directions. Then, if you can’t get the thing to work, read them again. John Ferguson, 55, engineer

Clear sticks from the lawn before mowing, or one might end up in your shin. Brandon Beauchaine, 24, DJ

Follow the manufacturer’s specs for servicing your vehicle. You’ll save money. Neil Wakefi eld, 61, car service shop owner

Lubricate mechanisms regularly to ensure their longest possible life. Chase Hager, 22, Navy reservist

Arrange split logs like a tepee for a fire that starts fast and burns hot, because of the updraft. Haley Damele, 20, student

Carry jumper cables, because you never know. Patrick Horne, 22, student


Force a stuck bolt. Apply penetrating oil and remove the bolt later instead. Josh Chesser, 22, salesman

Buy a brand you haven’t heard of. Unknown products earn their obscurity. Michael Watson, 31, car parts store assistant manager

Change your oil without also changing the filter. Bryan Holmes, 18, student

Leave your fuel tank less than half-full. Think: clogged injectors. Kaitlyn Crowley, 25, student

Travel without a survival kit: first-aid, water, matches, duct tape, a tow rope. Rachel Schultz, 22, waitress

Bite your nails while plumbing. Aaron Lamer, 23, hardware clerk

Fish in the same spot for more than 5 minutes if you haven’t got a bite. Leo Rojo, 37, landscaper

Change a light bulb with the switch on. Ashley Cisneros, 20, student

Depend on others for anything but the most difficult, big, dangerous or complicated jobs. Jessica Brockman, 18, restaurant cashier

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