Findings reveal that men are no longer held responsible for tackling household DIY jobs, while picking up a paintbrush is seen by many as the easiest DIY task.
According to a survey by Trades Supermarket, 58% of those questioned now consider DIY to be a job for both sexes. It also revealed that , while 42% of people view themselves as DIY novices, more than half would prefer to undertake the work themselves rather than call a professional in.
Great news for B&Q, who is hard at work pushing its 'making DIY easier
' campaign, with DIY classes and 'how to' guides. Not so great for Homebase who is going down the 'do it for me' route, offering more installation services, as just 14% of respondents said they would get someone else in to do the job.
As for the DIY jobs people think are the easiest to do; painting tops the polls, with 51% of people choosing that over hanging a picture or mirror (37%) and a mere11% choosing removing wallpaper.
TV DIY expert Tommy Walsh said: "It is refreshing to see that DIY is now a task for both sexes to enjoy instead of it always sitting firmly in the lap of the man of the house. I think partly that is due to the fact that there are so many excellent tools out there to make jobs much easier."