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    Lessons From Your Dad?

    In honor of Father's Day, I thought I'd ask the gang here to name three things they've learned from their dads that have come in handy in life. These can be positive things, or negative things that you learned NOT to do.

    I'll start with these three:

    1. How to coil a rope/line/cord
    2. How to fix a leaky faucet
    3. How to wire an outlet or light fixture

    The list is much longer, but those are three that came to mind right now. I have in the past thanked my dad for teaching me these things, and will likely do it again.
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    1. How to shoot.
    2. How to butcher.
    3. Get the other guy to pee on the electric fence to see if it works.
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    Good thread Vaughn.
    My father taught me to have a good work ethic. He also taught me respect. He taught me to not leave his hammer laying out in the yard overnight too. Some of my fondest memories as a child are the times I spend laying on the garage floor holding the light while my dad worked on his car.
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    Growing up the son of and grandson of contractors I learned quite a bit in the lines of home fixit stuff and woodworking. Some of the most memorable are....

    1. Why it's important to flip the breaker off first (I've demonstrated this to my wife more than once, I'll learn someday)
    2. Muffler bearings aren't real. No matter how many part stores you ask, you're not going to find them.
    3. Don't bite your fingernails when working on plumbing projects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Stratton View Post
    1. How to shoot.
    2. How to butcher.
    3. Get the other guy to pee on the electric fence to see if it works.
    My older brother convinced me to be that other guy once, only once.
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    to be seen and not heard.
    to work or not eat.
    respect your elders and others.
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    1. how to hunt
    2. a love of the outdoors
    3. a love and respect for this country

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Baugues View Post
    ...Some of my fondest memories as a child are the times I spend laying on the garage floor holding the light while my dad worked on his car.
    Ditto this. I was the official light-holder/tool-hander on a lot of projects around the house, barn and driveway.

    It was also a milestone moment the first time I took over for my dad and got something done that he was struggling with. He had wrestled with a garbage disposal under the sink for 20 to 30 minutes trying to get it attached to the flange, and had gotten very frustrated. I convinced him to let me try (I was probably about 15 or 16 years old) and I got lucky and stabbed it on my second or third try.
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    my father died in his forties.
    he wasnt around much when I was younger, he worked all the time.

    a few things I remember him teaching me that came in useful.

    if you or someone changes your tire, and forgets to tighten the lug nuts, take one lug off each wheel and secure it until you can get more.

    he taught me how to drive, made me go through the midtown tunnel in manhattan during rush hour when I was 12 years old.
    when I told him I was scared, hed tell me stop the car, hed hop into the back seat and go to sleep.
    I was never sure if he was watching or not.

    I saw 8 mm films of me when I was around 2 and half. We had a 4 foot pool in our yard, and my father used his sure fire method to teach each of his kids how to swim. Hed throw us in the pool and stood by in case we didnt stay on top of the water.

    I always thought his methods were harsh, but when I see other adults who are deathly afraid of the water, or who never learned how to drive, I realized how quick and easy he taught me.
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    Dad:
    How to ride a horse
    How to drink wine out of a gallon jug one handed (gotta have one hand on the reins.. - true!)
    How to rope a cow
    How to rope a horse (its different)
    How to make a rope
    How to braid
    How to tie knots (never got as good as him here by a looong shot at least on the fancy knot work)
    How to ride a bucking horse (and how to get on/off a bad horse), ditto bulls
    How to drive a team
    How to drive a truck/tractor
    How to cut down a tree
    How to build a fence (actually many ways to build a fence, gates to)
    How to stack hay (harder to do properly than you'd think, look at haystacks next time you drive around they're mostly all falling down)
    How to shoot
    How to reload
    How to work a forge
    How to trim a horses feet/shoe a horse
    How to work a plow
    How to run a trap line
    How to tan hides
    How to manage field irrigation (flood, sprinklers, etc..)
    How to lay up a log house

    Grandpa:
    How to make shine, wine and beer (and malt your own barley)
    How to work on engines

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