Men- UGH! (who aren't generally mechanically inclined)

United States
March 16, 2007 5:07pm CST
Do men think that just because they can fix a bike, a car, hell.. even a jet.. that means they're good at fixing sh*t around the house? So you can fix electronic stuff, electrical wiring, whatever.. WOO HOO! Doesn't make you a carpenter, a plumber, or apparently even fit enough to work a lawn mower or snow shovel like the 80 yr old guys we have for our neighbors. Sorry, but I'm tired of my husband assuming I don't know what I'm talking about when I point out an obvious problem with something in our house.. only come to find out (after some serious prodding by me) that I actually DO know WTF I'm talking about!! Anybody else want to vent?? LOL
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10 responses
@rainbow (6763)
17 Mar 07
Hi Sylvie, I can do most things myself too, and can usually tell Shrek what's up if I van't of course he invalidates me until he finds out for himself and then adds a bit so I'm not as good as him, lol. I put it down to a builder/man thing, but at least when I'm fixing I don't have to tell everyone about it. Our lounge surround sound isn't working and hasn't been since before christmas, I've checked all the connections so there must be a break in the wire and only one speaker is annoying when you watch a film so it's not been on, of course he will get around to it, but when it's him that moans in the meantime, I can't listen to my stereo with just the one speaker but as he's out it can wait, men-uurgh!
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• United States
17 Mar 07
I know there is some stuff I just can't do, and generally I just won't attempt it. Maybe my mistake is thinking since he's the man, he should be able to do the rest. I mean, he was in the military, fixed aircraft, he knows his way around a computer, etc.. I was trying to think of I got this expectation because my dad was so great around the house. Honestly, I dont' recall him doing much either. LOL He was a mechanic, and at some point, helped out some uncles with their blue collar jobs.. but that didn't make him a jack of all trades. I can swap out old locks, and repair most of the inside of a toilet tank, though. LOL! Go me! HAHAHA
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@rainbow (6763)
18 Mar 07
I think I expect it as my dad could and did do everyting like that and would come and do mine now if I asked. Shrek can do most stuff but seems to do it for clients and not for his family, which is annnoying but then I don't pay him, lol.
• United States
25 Mar 07
Oh.. well maybe that's the problem. ;) Leave some change on the night stand. LMAO!
@xXmeganxX (4422)
16 Mar 07
hey there your post made me giggle hehe! well my partner thinks he honestly knows EVERYTHING! and how to fix the lot! he is as dumb as a plank of wood! i say to him ooh lets take the laptop to the shop and get it upgraded to make it a bigger memory and he goes NO I KNOW HOW TO DO IT, so i says okay then so he went out to town and bought a usb cable and says that makes the ram bigger haha! he soon was in for a shock when he found out it didn't do what he wanted it to do and he lost £10 too because there's no refunds on it, he sure isn't impressed now! =)
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• United States
16 Mar 07
well, my husband works with computers for a living. so that i know he could figure out. :P but man.. forget fixing just about anything else in the house, except maybe some wiring problems.
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@xXmeganxX (4422)
16 Mar 07
oh well he thinks he can fix wires well so he said he could, one time the electric was faulty with a few wires and could he hell fix them he actually nearly blew the whole house on fire hah!
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• United States
17 Mar 07
It is something to do with their egos. It's a man thing. Did you ever notice that if you go out somewhere, and get lost, he will not stop off to ask for help. He will keep on trying to get back on coarse?
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• United States
25 Mar 07
Ugh, that kind of crap ticks me off. And some men are way worse about that than others. At least my husband will pull over and let *me* ask for directions. LOL
@VKXY62 (1606)
• Australia
17 Mar 07
Hi, I'm a mere male, and would like to point out something that I see a lot and wish I could do. Men are basically one thing at a time, one track minds. If you're hubby is writing a letter to someone, and you yell out, 'Do you want a coffee?' guaranteed, he will have written down coffee in his letter and then banged his head on the desk, ha ha. Women can do multiple tasks concurrently or at the same time. For example, talk to someone on the phone, while listening to someone standing next to them, while watching the kids, while writing out a list of to do's, etc. So, have pity on us poor incapables, and just let us think we are useful. :-) At some things anyway. K.
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• United States
25 Mar 07
I had to laugh at your example, because I have done that myself several times. :P Recently, in fact. But I'm sure my husband has, too. I'll try to have pity, but try to admit that sometimes us gals actually do know what we're talking about sometimes? If I see something that looks "off", don't assume I'm a crazy chick? :D LOL
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
17 Mar 07
LOL.. this is great! I hear you loud and clear- I say something is broken or wrong-- tell him what it is and expect him to fix it- Most of the time he is like -- yeah right-- but then he looks and fixes it- I'm pretty lucky and my sig. other is very handy! A mason and carpenter by trade.. So he does the fix me ups around the house- thanfully he knows enough for the wiring- and calls for help! But I agree-- I do know what I'm talking about too! So listen to me!
• United States
25 Mar 07
We have people (my Sister in law's husband, for one) who supposedly knows what he's doing, but whenever he offers, my husband is like "Oh he doesn't know what he's doing", or just simply shrugs him off. Sigh... MEN!!
@hgaldes (24)
• United States
16 Mar 07
I can so relate to that. When I offer my opinion or question why he does things a certain way I get the attitude. I have stopped even bothering. I also run into the "him getting around to it" I still have trim off doors from projects that were started months ago - but if I dared to do it myself - I would get an earfull! Ahhhhh Men......
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• United States
25 Mar 07
They're good at the attitude and the earfull, aren't they. LOL
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
16 Mar 07
oh yes it all sounds familiar, I have seen it all before but there is two ways of looking at this, be thankfulat least he has a go, maybe he should listen to you more but I for one have to pay for every little thing I need done in my house, , you are lucky.
• United States
16 Mar 07
we don't have the money to pay for anything, so generally speaking, it just doesn't get done. my husband broke a toilet trying to tighten some bolts on it right after we moved into our house. we've been w/out a second bathroom for over a year now. LOL
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• United States
17 Mar 07
ohh yess! its is such a guy thing! lol! They think because they can fix a few things..like a car,or a bike..that they can fix everything else..my ex thought that,,we had a leaky faucet once and he decided he was a plumber..next thing i know we have all this water gushing out of the pipe..helloo!! i dont know plumbing but i sure as hell know that you shut it off when you work on pipes,then there was the time the dishwasher would make this loud sound..,and he decided to tear the dang thing apart!! and then forgot how to put it back together again! and instead of calling someone to fix it..ohh noo! that would kill his manly pride he spent money we didnt have to buy another one..I was soooo ticked off! why? oh why? do they think they are fix it gods when they have no freakin idea what they are doing??! aarghhh!! lol!
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• United States
25 Mar 07
LOL! That is so funny, and so sad at the same time.
@fox123 (285)
• Philippines
8 May 07
Not all men are like your husband, it varies, but i would like to inform you that my wife is happy with since she really can depend on me on everthing, im not pulling my leg here but i am jack of all trades master of none lol..
• United States
8 May 07
Looks like your wife scored herself a keeper!
@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Holy Cow..! It happens to me all the time. I'll mention something to my husband and he'll say that I'm imagining it or that I don't know what I'm talking about. I was raised by a single mother and we had to learn together on how things work and when they didn't how to realize it and even fix them at times. Usually a month later, even less than that at times, my husband will say something like, "Hmmm...there's something wrong with that." And at times (not very often), he'll even admit that I was right about the situation. I just can't understand some men..!
• United States
25 Mar 07
Ugh.. you and me both!!!