Posted: 09/08/2013 at 10:22
OH usually mows our lawn 'cos he likes to be helpful but I maintain the mower. He does not use the strimmer, I chose it, I use it, I fiddle with it and get the strings to run properly and replace the reels when needed. I can use carpentry tools and make my own painting stretchers and frames. When I had a smallholding I used and maintained our Fergie tractor and the Acrobat hay turner, hay cutter and other equipment.
I can't think of any reasonably experienced gardener that I know, male or female, who has not become fairly proficient at using and maintaining most of their gardening tools and equipment. If we don't have the knowledge already and the manuals aren't to hand, we use Google or ask a friend.
There are idiots, male and female', who operate hover mowers while wearing sandals and who use heavy duty brushcutters without using goggles, but they're not the sort who watch gardening programmes showing you how to do things safely, 'cos they already know You can find them in A&E on Sunday afternoons