15% of British men so bad at DIY that can’t change a lightbulb
It’s not looking good for British men, as a new survey has revealed that most men have no idea to carry out basic DIY jobs around the home, and millions of men can’t even change a light bulb. You heard right – a light bulb!
The Daily Mail are reporting that the poll, conducted bt comcero.com and consisting of 3000 men 50 of under, found that most men in Britain cannot wire a plug, change a lightbulb or bleed a radiator, and resort to calling in a professional to help them. The highlights of the report are:
- 15% of men (2.1 million people) shy away from replacing a light bulb
- 26% would struggle rewiring a plug
- 16% would not be able to hang a picture up
- 14% would not be able to paint a wall
- 55% would be unable to install a kitchen
First things first, I can understand that some people are not any good at DIY, and it is understandable to hire a tradesmen to fit a kitchen or call a plumber to fix a leaking tap. But the fact that 15% of men cannot change a lightbulb and 14% cannot even paint a wall, is alarming, and that’s putting it nicely. It’s not hard to paint a wall, and there should be no need to call a tradesman for something so basic. Bal Mattu, who has behind the research, says:
“There was a time when you could rely on almost any man when it came to DIY jobs in the home.
‘But it seems to be a sign of the times that nowadays, even the most basic of jobs like changing a light bulb or replacing a fuse are too difficult for some men.”
What do you think of this research – do you agree with it?