40% of Men Lack Basic DIY Skills
A survey released this week by Ratedpeople.com has shown that four out of ten of men have very little idea when it comes to DIY, in fact they would rather hire a tradesman than attempt even the most basic DIY jobs.
The two main reasons which men attribute to their lack of skills in this area are the fact that their partners tend to book a handyman rather than ask them to do the work and the fact that they spent so long at work they just don't have the time.
The results showed that even the simplest of tasks are beyond most men. 72% admitted they could not replace a broken tile, while 76% would have trouble removing a radiator. Even 39% said they would not be able to strip wallpaper and a shameful 30% had no idea when it came to changing a simple fuse.
Not only does this lack of skills cost money when it comes to hiring professionals, it has also led to expensive repair jobs. One in five admitted they had caused more damage by attempting a DIY job.
The reasons behind this lack of skills appears to be a gap in education. Nearly 50% of those questioned said that no one had ever taught them how to do these jobs and they couldn't be bothered to learn for themselves. Many men also admitted they feel ashamed when they have to ask tradesmen for help.
Tariq Dag Khan from Ratedpeople has pointed out that the best tradesmen will take the time to offer tips on maintenance and that there is no shame in asking for help.