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How to Make a Wooden Tool Carrier

by Darren Bush

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best. If you need to carry a few tools around, an open-top toolbox is great, especially if you are a visual person and need to see things for them to exist. Plumbers love these boxes, as pipe wrenches are long and awkward to carry. I just laid out a […]

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How to Build a Secret Backyard Fire Pit

by Brett & Kate McKay

When Kate and I bought our first house two years ago, one of its biggest selling points was that it sits on a little over an acre of land. That may not sound like much if you live out in the country, but in suburban Tulsa, it’s like having a small farm. Most of the […]

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A Complete Guide to Home Fire Prevention and Safety

by Jeremy Anderberg
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This post is brought to you by Kidde Worry-Free Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms. Find out more here. Everything you need to know to prevent and prepare for a home fire.

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1 Flannel Shirt, 7 Halloween Costumes

by Jeremy Anderberg

My dad owns one red flannel shirt, and when I was in high school, he started a tradition of wearing it on Halloween every year. You may be asking why he wears the same costume every Halloween, but you’d be asking the wrong question. What you should be asking is how one red flannel shirt […]

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Power’s Out and in a Pinch? How to Create 5 Makeshift Urban Survival Lights

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This guest post by Creek Stewart first appeared at willowhavenoutdoor.com.  It’s impossible to be perfectly prepared for an imperfect world. Sometimes you just have to go MacGyver and solve common problems by using the resources you have on hand and a little ingenuity. I’ve always said that the ability to improvise is one […]

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6 Reminders on Hiking Etiquette

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Andrew Stephens.  After spending a number of years in Utah hiking infrequently used trails, I returned to my native Washington state. Last month, I wanted to show my girlfriend some of the more popular local natural wonders, so we laced up our boots and headed for the […]

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Every Man Should Carry a Torch: A Primer on Flashlights

by Jeremy Anderberg

From helping you find your way back to your campsite, to allowing you to find a missing widget under the bed, to providing illumination when the lights go out, to warding off a would-be attacker, there are few tools as handy and essential as the flashlight. And there are few tools that elicit as much […]

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How to Walk Like a Ninja: An Illustrated Guide

by Brett & Kate McKay

With Halloween just around the corner, there’s no better time to learn how to walk silently through the night like a ninja. It’s an incredibly useful skill, allowing you not only to stealthily assassinate your archenemy, but also steal cookies from coworkers, check to see if toddlers are still sleeping without waking them, or sneak […]

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Keep Your House in Tip-Top Shape: An Incredibly Handy Home Maintenance Checklist

by Jeremy Anderberg

Update: One of our commenters, Brandon Beeson, was kind enough to put this into a Google Doc as a checklist. Click here to access that document. Feel free to print and use as needed! Thanks Brandon! When buying a home, most people probably first think of the financial responsibility. Don’t let yourself forget, however, about […]

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On Turning Your Garage Into a Blacksmithing & Woodworking Shop

by Darren Bush


This post is sponsored by Ram Trucks. Do you have a garage in need of an overhaul? Enter here for your chance at being one of three lucky winners. What’s this? How to turn your garage into a blacksmith and woodworking shop.

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Krav Maga Technique of the Month: Defending a Two-Handed Overhead Chair or Stool-Type Attack

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from krav maga expert David Kahn’s book Krav Maga Weapon Defenses. Welcome back to another installment of the Krav Maga Technique of the Month. If you haven’t already, please read our Primer on Krav Maga for the basics and background of this highly effective Israeli combat and self-defense system. Also, read our […]

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Survival Lessons from World War Z

by Jeremy Anderberg

Before World War Z was ever a Brad Pitt flick, it was a bestselling book. It tells the story of the zombie apocalypse as a series of interviews conducted by our journalist narrator. These interviews are taking place years after the zombie war has ended, which makes it a unique telling of the popular genre. […]

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How to Shine Your Shoes [VIDEO]

by Brett

A man with well-shined shoes shows he pays attention to the details. Here’s a video of how to do it (at least how I do it — share your methods in the comments!) Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new videos as soon as they’re posted.

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How to Make a Sheath for a Knife (Or Anything Else)

by Darren Bush

Sometimes you want an item close at hand: not in a pocket, but right there where you need it. A pocket watch, compass, knife, cell phone, or any other item you don’t want to dig for are all great candidates for a leather sheath. You might want to make something to hold a multi-tool or […]

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Krav Maga Technique of the Month: Overhand Direct One-Handed Strike Defense

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: We had such a great response to our Primer on Krav Maga article back in July, we thought many of you would be interested in learning more about this devastatingly effective martial art. To that end, each month we’ll publish a different krav maga technique explained by krav maga expert and author, David Kahn. Many of […]

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Things All Scouts Should Know: 16 Camping and Life Hacks from 1911

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: In 1911, the first edition of Boys’ Life magazine was published. The first several issues included a short-lived section called “Things All Scouts Should Know,” which featured short, practical tips for boys at home and out camping. Below is a collection of my favorites; some are actually practical and handy, others just fun […]

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Managing Stress Arousal for Optimal Performance: A Guide to the Warrior Color Code

by Brett & Kate McKay

Think back to the last time you experienced a high amount of psychological stress. For example, after you were in a fender bender or before you had to give a big speech in front of hundreds of people. How was your thinking? A bit scattered? Did performing simple tasks like writing or tying your shoe […]

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How to Make a Rope Swing and Fly Like Tarzan: An Illustrated Guide

by Jeremy Anderberg

Summer is swiftly coming to an end. One of the ways to enjoy the last of the warm weather weekends is to take an afternoon by the lake or river and make a rope swing. Safety is paramount, and close behind is gaining maximum height and velocity. We show you how to do both. See […]

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How to Survive a Plane Crash: 10 Tips That Could Save Your Life

by Brett & Kate McKay

We often think that plane crashes are catastrophic and unsurvivable events. Thanks to movies and 24/7 news channels, the enduring image of a plane crash usually involves an aircraft plummeting to the ground from 30,000 feet and obliterating everyone on board in a terrifying fireball. Thankfully, that isn’t the case. In a report analyzing airline […]

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