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DIY a job for both sexes, says new survey

Published: 18 May 2011
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."


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