DIY still alien to many UK homeowners, study reveals

It seems that the nations’ love of DIY just hasn’t reached some people. New research has revealed that some people don’t have a clue what some basic tools are for DIY and that UK homeowners are spending a staggering £5.6 billion a year calling in the professionals to fix simple DIY mistakes.

The Telegraph report that the research from TV channel Home found that each household spends an average of £220 a year on fixing DIY mistakes, which equals to a spend of £5.4 billion for the whole country.

The top three jobs that the experts are called out for are stopping a dripping tap, painting a room and sealing a bath or sink.

On one hand, this is good as it does create more work for plumbers, electricians and gas engineers all over the UK, but the figures are disturbing. How hard is it to paint a room – why do you need to get a professional to do it?

It’s not just the fact that homeowners are calling in the professionals to do simple jobs. The study found that some people have no idea what some of the tools in their toolbox do. The research found:

22% think a wrench is used by zookeepers

14% think a spirit level is used to measure alcohol

10% think a “spanner” is used to describe people of limited intelligence

This research follows a similar study undertaken last year, which found that 15% of British men cannot change a lightbulb and 14% would not be able to paint a wall.

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Posted on March 2, 2011, in DIY, Electrical News, electrician, electrician courses, electrician jobs, plumbing, plumbing courses, plumbing jobs, Plumbing News, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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