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Handiness
TinkeringHandiness
A Sim improving their Handiness skill by tinkering with an object

For the similar skill in The Sims and The Sims 2, see Mechanical.
Handiness skill icon
Handiness is a skill in The Sims 3 which replaces Mechanical from The Sims 2 and The Sims Stories. The skill is augmented by the Handy trait. It allows Sims to fix and upgrade objects.

Statistics Edit

  • Objects Repaired
  • Electrical Objects Repaired
  • Plumbing Objects Repaired
  • Objects Upgraded
  • Unique Upgrades Completed
  • Percent of Unique Upgrades Completed
  • Times Electrocuted

Challenges Edit

Electrician
Electricians have repaired at least 10 electrical objects. The experience gained means they will never be electrocuted by an electrical object again.
Plumber
Plumbers have repaired at least 10 plumbing objects. They are so good at repairs that plumbing objects repaired by them never break again.
Tinkerer
Tinkerers have finished at least 10 unique upgrades on household items. Installing the "Unbreakable" upgrade on multiple objects only counts as one unique upgrade, so it helps to experiment with different upgrade options! Tinkerers never fail when upgrading objects.

Abilities Edit

Sim will shock the sims 3
An electrocuted Sim
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Level Ability Notes
1 Tinker Allows the Sim to tinker with an object to add a random upgrade
3 Upgrade (Self Cleaning) Cleanable objects can be made self cleaning
4 Upgrade Features

Fireproofing (Stove), Improved Speakers (Stereo), Silent Running (Dishwasher) Improved Jets (Hot Tub)

6 Upgrade (Unbreakable) Objects can be made unbreakable
7 Upgrade TV & Other Seems to unlock most of the remaining upgrades
10 Discount Objects in the Buy and Build Mode are cheaper

Upgrades Edit

Lvl Upgrade Applicable Objects Difficulty Rating Function EP
0 Auto Refill[1] Juice Keg Handiness skill icon The juice keg no longer needs to be refilled.
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1 Foghorn Helm Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon
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2 Tech Level 2 Brain Enhancing Machine Handiness skill icon
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3 Auto Fill Water Trough Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Automatically fills the horse's water trough.
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3 Custom Doorbell Sound Door Handiness skill icon Changes the sound of the doorbell.
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3 Improve Speakers[2] Stereo Handiness skill icon Increases effect of "Enjoying Music" moodlet by 10.
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3 Self-Cleaning Plumbing, Stove Handiness skill icon This object will clean itself every time it's used.
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3 Silent Running Cheap Dishwasher Handiness skill icon Makes the dishwasher run silently.
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3 Improve Speaker[2] Wall-Mounted Speaker Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon
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3 Space Travel UFO Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Enables the ability to travel to the space with an alien's UFO.
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3 Improved Jets Hot Tub Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Changes the hot tubs' bubbles effect.
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3 Upgraded Extinguisher Fire Extinguisher Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Requires level 5 in Firefighter profession. Sims can extinguish fire faster. The extinguisher color changes from white to orange.
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4 Add Speakers Not So Routine Machine Gives Sims a fun boost whenever they use the machine.
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4 Auto Water Sprinkler Handiness skill icon Automatically waters the plants every morning.
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4 Cosmic Bowling Bowling Lane Handiness skill icon
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4 Fireproof Stove(4), Fireplace(6) Handiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Will never set things on fire. The Fireproof Homestead lifetime reward makes this upgrade useless in the active household.
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4 Engine Speed Helm Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Increases the speed of the houseboat.
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4 Improve Fire Alarm Fire Alarm Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Requires to be in Firefighter profession. The alarm responds faster to firefighting emergencies.
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4 Laser Cannons UFO Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Gives the ability to invade community lots with an alien's UFO.
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5 Improved Pressing Nectar Maker Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Adds an extra one bottle of nectar on each production.
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5 Never Loses Dartboard Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Hacks the dartboard, allowing the Sim that hacked it to always win.
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6 Improved Crushing Trash Compactor Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Allows Sims to store more trash.
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6 More Efficient Solar Panel, Windmill Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Bills are reduced by 3% (Solar Panel) and 6% (Windmill) instead of 2% and 4%.
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6 Unbreakable Electronics, Plumbing, etc.[3] Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon This object will never break.
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6 Clean Polymer Injection System Washing Machine Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Makes the Fresh Clothing moodlet last longer.
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6 Inkinization 2.0 Expensive Tattoo Chair Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Always gives good result when using the device.
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6 Look-Good Mirrors Styling Station Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Customers will be more likely to be satisfied with their makeovers.
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7 Tech Level 3 Brain Enhancing Machine Handiness skill icon
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7 Auto Light Cheap Fireplace Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon The fire turns itself on whenever Sim walks into the room.
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7 Boost Channel Cheap TV Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Unlocks advance channels which are not available in cheap televisions. With higher skills, more channels can be unlocked.
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7 Faster Cooking Microwave Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Sims cook food with microwave faster.
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7 Improve Meal Quality Stove Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Increases the quality of cooked meals.
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7 Perfect Teleportation Teleporter Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Disables the possibility that Teleporter fails.
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7 Always Good Fortune Fortune Cookie Maker Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Always gives Sims the positive moodlet from the fortune cookies. However, with this upgrade, Sims with Loser trait or "Unlucky" moodlet will always get bad fortune.
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7 Autopilot Helm Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Enables autopilot mode to the houseboat.
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7 Glow Umbrella Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Enables the umbrella to glow when used.
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8 Teleporter Anywhere Not So Routine Machine Enables Sims to teleport anywhere with the machine.
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8 Inertial Stabilizer PlasmaPunch Gyroscopic Conductor Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Sims will never get nauseous again.
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8 Singing Synthesizer Karaoke Machine Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon
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8 Improved Graphics Computer, Holo Computer Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Sims gain more fun playing with computers. Technophobe Sims cannot do this upgrade.
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8 Wire House with Speakers Stereo Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon "Enjoying Music" moodlet follows all around the house. The stereo interrupts sleep throughout the house instead of just nearby rooms.
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9 Flavor Enhancement Nectar Maker Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Increases nectar flavor by 15%.
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9 Change Fire Color Cheap Fireplace Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon The player can choose between blue, purple, green and normal for the fire color.
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9 Improved Memory Food Replicator Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Every subsequently stored meal will have 20 copies available instead of the regular 10.
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10 Dimensional Gate PlasmaPunch Gyroscopic Conductor Handiness skill iconHandiness skill iconHandiness skill icon Creates a dimensional gate when the PlasmaPunch Gyroscopic Conductor is used.
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Opportunities Edit

Settle an Argument
Reward: Cash
Location: Specified Sim
Description: [Sim] is a bit peeved with modern technology, and has taken the opinion that it's unreliable and breaks too often. Have a chat with [Sim] and provide a convincing argument about the greatness of modern technology. You'll earn a little money and improve your relationship with [Sim] for settling the disagreement.
Bring Back the Jams
Goal: Upgrade the Stereo and return it to [Random Sim]
Reward: Cash
Location: Specified Sim
Description: A Stereo belonging to [Sim] is barely pumping out tunes like it used to, and it's making [Sim] look really uncool. [Sim] will leave the stereo with you (in the family inventory) to Upgrade. Once you're finished, bring it back and [Sim] will pay you for the work.
Broken Laptop
Goal: Repair the Laptop and return it to [Random Sim]
Reward: Cash
Location: Specified Sim
Bad Reception
Goal: Repair the TV and return it to [Random Sim]
Reward: Cash
Description: [Sim] has a TV that's busted and there's nobody around to fix it. Take the TV set (It will be placed in your family inventory.) and whack it a few times to see if you can't get it working again. [Sim] will pay you for the repair work.
Not Music, Not Fun
Goal: Repair the Stereo and return it to [Random Sim]
Reward: Cash
Location: Specified Sim

Glitches Edit

Unbreakable and Perfect Teleportation

The player can give both Unbreakable and Perfect upgrades to the same Teleporter by taking advantage of a glitch by completing the Perfect Teleportation upgrade first, then starting a new upgrade for Unbreakable, and canceling it after only some work is done.

Gallery Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Sims need to at least learn Handiness once and fill up the skill bar just partially, not necessarily earn 1 level, in order to allow them upgrade the juice keg.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Improve Speaker" on wall-mounted speaker counts as a different upgrade from the "Improve Speakers" on stereo.
  3. Jukebox and PlasmaPunch Gyroscopic Conductor requires level 1 and 5 Handiness for "Unbreakable" upgrade, respectively.
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