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Men & DIY

Posted by Boghound on January 16, 2010


Most men can’t even do basic DIY tasks

Modern men can’t carry out simple DIY tasks such as rewiring plugs or bleeding radiators, it has been claimed.

More intent on pursuing a career than becoming a dab-hand at DIY means that younger British men are more likely to employ professionals to do menial jobs around the home.

But this is in stark contrast to thirty years ago, when dads were expected to do everything in the home themselves and carried the jobs out with ease.

A study of 3,000 blokes showed that 51 per cent of those in their twenties are incapable of rewiring a plug, compared to just 15 per cent of men over the age of 50.

Changing a light bulb also leaves 13 per cent of young men stumped… and means that “how many lightbulbs” jokes are no longer quite as funny.

And when it comes to bleeding a radiator – half of all men in their twenties would call in professional help, compared to 17 per cent of older men.

A spokesman for Screwfix, which conducted the poll, said: “Our research shows that some young men struggle to live up to the expectations of previous generations.
“The funny thing is that tasks such as putting up shelves and hanging pictures are so easy – if only men had the time to learn how to do them.”

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