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ranking11-Aug-2013personal preferencesRainingFeathers Bronze Star Survey Creator by votes27161.5%


Rank these tasks by difficulty level.

How easy or difficult would it be for you to do these tasks well?
1 being the easiest, 6 being the most difficult.

2.50Bake a cake from scratch
2.86Write a short essay
3.10Hem a pair of pants
3.90Fix a leaky faucet
4.15Give someone a haircut
4.19Change a car's tire

posted 11-Aug-2013 5:45pm  
6 Change tire,
5 fix a leaky faucet,
4 give someone a haircut
3 hem a pair of pants
2 bake a cake from scratch
1 write a short essay

When I was young, I baked alot from scratch, one Thanksgiving, 11 pies from scratch. I've never changed a tire. I've fixed a leaky faucet and repaired my dryer. I gave my sons haircuts up til junior high. I've hemmed pants, sewn dresses, etc., I won a state high school contest on essays.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 11-Aug-2013 5:49pm  
Baking a cake from scratch would be easiest - I wouldn't even need a recipe. I've written a lot of essays so I could manage that as long as the subject matter wasn't way beyond me (like astrophysics or something). The others would depend on what I had access to. I'm fairly handy, and I think I could fix a leaking tap, hem some trousers or change a tyre if I could look for instructions online first, and had the right tools for the job. In the absence of any instructions, I wouldn't have a clue how to change a tyre (I'm not a driver) and would probably struggle to fix a leaking tap (though I did mend my leaking shower the other day). I could at least have a stab at the hemming (I have hemmed in the past, but it's been a while and I would have to do it by hand). I've cut friends' hair before, and it's not too hard to do something that's acceptable for the first week or so - tends to look shocking when it grows out!
posted 11-Aug-2013 7:47pm  
Haircut, hem, cake, tire, faucet, and essay being the most difficult. I'll do anything so I don't have to write. I hate being forced to write.
LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 11-Aug-2013 8:28pm  
hem, faucet, write, haircut, tire, cake

That's not to say I'd never try to bake a cake from scratch though. It's just that it seems the most involved. A lot more steps.
posted 11-Aug-2013 9:57pm  
The haircut would be easy if I didn't care how it came out. I listed it as the hardest.
posted 12-Aug-2013 10:18am  
Can't put in order. All but the essay are way difficult.
posted 12-Aug-2013 5:21pm  
I had to get a plumber handyman to put in a new kitchen faucet a leaky faucet I would not know what to do plus changing a tire I have no clue my neighbor he changed my tire on my car I can hem a pair of pants no. 1
posted 12-Aug-2013 8:00pm  
Writing a short essay would be very easy for me, me being a writer and all, and I'd be pretty good at giving someone a haircut, having done so for myself - quite skillfully for an amateur I might add - on numerous occasions. Also, hemming a pair of pants might be something I could do, but military style: I'm no couturier. Also, I might be able to bake a cake from scratch, even though I've never done this; nor have I fixed a leaky faucet: Mr DIY I am not! As for changing a car's tire, I couldn't even fix a bicycle puncture, let alone change a car's tire. There are distinct "gaps" in my life experience.
jettles Survey Central Subscriber
posted 12-Aug-2013 8:09pm  
I could do all of these I think. Some not very well I suppose......
posted 13-Aug-2013 12:19pm  
1 - Cake
2 - Hem
3 - Write
4 - Haircut
5 - Tire
6 - Faucet

I don't know if I ranked this by difficulty or by preference - a little of both, I guess.
posted 13-Aug-2013 12:54pm  
It's a bit difficult to answer, because some of these are dependent on having the right tools available. For example, changing a tyre is dead easy with a trolley jack and a power spanner, somewhat harder with a scissor jack and a wheel-brace, and near-impossible if you are missing either a jack or a spanner completely. The same goes for minor plumbing jobs; if you have the right tools then they become a lot easier. So I've assumed that I've got at least reasonable quality tools of the type that a typical non-professional could reasonably be expected to possess if they expected to need to do these jobs. That being the case, my list is:

1. Write an essay. This is stuff that I do regularly. I ought to find it easy.

2. Change a tyre. Given the right tools, this is just the application of common sense and maybe a bit of strength - there's very little skill involved.

3. Fix a leaky tap. Again, this is made relatively easy by the right tools, but it's a bit harder than a tyre because you need to know a bit more about what you're doing.

4. Bake a cake. I'd have to think hard about this (is looking up a recipe permitted?), but I reckon I could manage a passable (or, rather, edible) result.

5. Hem some trousers. This is getting harder; sewing is not my strong point and it would probably take several goes to get it right.

6. Do a haircut. Actually, this could be really easy if all the person wants is a number one all over! But I'm assuming that they want a styled cut, maybe with some layering, feathering, bangs, waves or whatever, or possibly a flat top or similar. In which case this is right out of my league; I'd almost certainly do a terrible job.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 13-Aug-2013 2:16pm  
Baking a cake from scratch, hemming a pair of pants, and writing a short essay are all easy (1). Giving someone a haircut would be a little difficult--I've done it in the past, and I even have the right kind of scissors, but I probably wouldn't do a great job (3). Fixing a leaky faucet I've never done, but I have a book explaining the process and with a trip or two to the hardware store, I think I could do it (4). Changing a flat tire I know how to do in theory but I think physically it would be difficult, so I would most likely just call AAA (6).
posted 18-Aug-2013 9:27am  
I think the easiest for me would be to write a short essay. I wouldn't even have to leave my chair.

Number two would be the haircut. I went to hairdressing school.

Number three is the faucet. I used to do that sort of stuff for a living; building maintenance etc.

Number four would be the tire. I've also worked at gas stations, way back in the old days when they used to fix cars. That's just getting a little more labourious.

Number five is the cake. Baking cakes completely from scratch isn't something I've done a lot, but I have. I usually use a mix and ice it myself etc. but I'm sure if I had the ingredients, and a recipe and the necessary equipment, I could do it. It would take a fairly long time. Much longer than the above tasks.

I haven't got a clue how to hem a pair of pants. Okay, that's not entirely true, but it is much more involved than any sewing task I've ever attempted. I don't even recall the last time I attempted to sew anything. It was probably a button and I'm thinking it was about 30 years ago. I don't recall ever using a sewing machine, although I might have.

posted 19-Aug-2013 5:32am  
Well most of these are not all that difficult usually, such as changing a tire.
Not too bad as long as the lugnuts can be loosened.
Giving a haircut to someone is easy, whether they like it, that is a whole different ballgame.
LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Lysannus) posted 19-Aug-2013 11:02am  
laughing out loud Giving a haircut is so easy, even a toddler can do it!
(reply to LindaH) posted 20-Aug-2013 4:49am  
> laughing out loud Giving a haircut is so easy, even a toddler can do it!

Talking from experience? smile
LindaH Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Lysannus) posted 20-Aug-2013 12:59pm  
I've seen it happen

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