British homeowners are officially bad at DIY

This weekend sees the UK take a long break for a national Bank Holiday. For many, that means a chance to house-hunt or, if they already have a home, do some important household maintenance and repairs. The only problem? New research proves that Brits are officially bad at DIY.

A study carried out by nationwide fuel supplier Emo Oil found that Brits are not so handy with a hammer, with many admitting they are incapable of carrying out some of the most common household tasks.

39 per cent don’t know how to change a fuse, found the survey, while 41 per cent do not even know how to switch off the water at the mains tap.

Even everyday household tasks perplex confuddled Brits, with 19 per cent unsure how to change a lightbulb and 16 per cent unsure how to descale a kettle. Many even shy away from taking on flat pack furniture without help: 42 per cent of Brits draft in help from a friend or family member to help get the job done.

The survey also polled respondents on who they turn to for advice on household-related tasks, revealing that 67 per cent of the nation confess to turning to the school of Google for help, searching online to learn how to carry out odd jobs around the house. More than 1 in 3 say they also call on mum and dad for advice and help with household tasks.

Perhaps due to pride, turning to friends (23 per cent) or even asking neighbours (12 per cent), were significantly less popular for the stumped self-repairers.

Suzanne Waddell, Group Marketing Manager at Emo Oil, comments: “Once upon a time, the knowledge and skills required to carry out household tasks were passed on through generations. But it seems today that the nation is becoming less interested in learning these skills for future use, when they can turn to the internet whenever they need to tackle a job around the house. This trend has not completely died, however, as the older generation – parents – are the second most popular source for troubleshooting household jobs.”

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