I love being handy. I fix almost everything that goes wrong with the house or car. Obviously some of it is too big for me but for the most part I do a lot of handy work and It is a lot of fun for me.
What about you? Are you handy?
No. I was into that stuff as a kid, and even took shop in high school (very rare in my area at that time)...but I get easily freaked out about any task that I don't already know how to handle. I have done a few little things here and there, and I'm not afraid of a hammer or a wrench, but I tend to leave that stuff for dh, because he doesn't panic. (This also applies to other skills - I have an empty garden box right now, and a batch of yarn for learning to crochet that I haven't touched in six months, because it's not going quite right and I feel incompetent.)
HECK YES I am handy!!!!
As a child, I would ask for power tools for presents.....and nothing has changed. I love being able to build, fix, create, etc. If I don't know how to do something, I'll read a book, watch a video, ask someone who knows....then I'll give it a try. There is a great sense of both freedom and satisfaction when you build something with your own hands. In fact, I am in the middle of remodeling a house we just bought.
Heh. I wish. Well, I wish one of us was. As a kid I wanted to marry a carpenter (called John, and live in the Alps... I had specific life goals!), and I ended up marrying a man who can barely wield a hammer.
I'm handy at a few of the more traditionally feminine accomplishments. I can sew and mend and cook. I can (theoretically) knit and (slowly) quilt. I can paint a wall, as long as you don't want it done well or fast. :p I can garden well for a few weeks at a time before I lose interest and let it all go to pot.
I absolutely cannot build, though - I can't even drive a nail in. I'm not sure if it's a strength issue or just too much attachment to my thumbs, but I can never get the nail in, let alone straight. It's truly pathetic.
I bought a dresser online with the intention of sanding, painting and staining it... about eighteen months ago. It's still half-done in the garage. Apparently my talents don't lie in that direction either.
I do wish one of us were competent enough to build a chicken run. And I have utter and slack-jawed admiration for people who actually build their own houses, renovate their own kitchens and so on. Ah well. I de-stained the carpet yesterday; I can live off the smugness of that for some time.
I'll take a crack at household stuff. I am happy to leave car repairs to the professionals. DH is really handy so he usually gets to household problems first.
Or excessively busy with other things in their lives. I know a couple who did this when they moved into a new house. They each run their own companies and he also teaches at a college. They could hang their artwork themselves. They have other priorities for their spare time.
Why, what do you need fixed? :) I was chief flashlight holder growing up, my dad taught me how to do everything. The funny thing is I married a guy who is not a fixer. He would hire someone to take out the trash if he could. My dad is so offended by the fact that my dh isn't a fixer. When we lived in our house I changed the faucets, repainted the whole inside, fixed the deck...all sorts of stuff. That my dad taught me to do. But dad would call it "dh's toolbox" and ask things like "Oh, nice towel bars, when did B put them in?" DUDE!! Why did you make me learn all this stuff if you just wanted me to marry a man who would do it all? Why did I skip the pool for like half a summer to help you rebuild the deck??? It drive me nuts. But I understand where my dad is coming from, men fix stuff in his world (he's 73) and I think that for as much as he wanted his girls to be self sufficient, he doesn't want them to have to be.