Rochdale Observer - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

ave we lost our DIY mojo? OK, so some of us never had any de­sire or in­cli­na­tion to get handy with the ham­mers and paint­brushes to be­gin with, and wouldn’t have a scooby when it comes to span­ners and spirit lev­els – but there was a time when ev­ery house­hold at least had a tool­box, maybe a work­bench in the shed or garage, and the will and know-how to tackle at least those ‘safe and sim­ple’ DIY tasks.

This may no longer be the case, though, as many of us are now cer­ti­fied DIY-dodgers, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey by glass spe­cial­ist Pilk­ing­ton (pilk­ing­ton.com/en-gb/uk).

Bro­ken toi­lets, dam­aged walls and leaky taps top the list of tasks we just can’t seem to get around to tack­ling, the poll of 2,000 UK home­own­ers found, with 21% of re­spon­dents ad­mit­ting they were ‘happy’ to live with holes in their walls, rather than at­tempt­ing to fix them. Mean­while, 17% said they put up with drip­ping taps, and 14% con­fessed to liv­ing with a mal­func­tion­ing toi­let! Bro­ken door han­dles, it seems, are a DIY job 12.5% are happy to dodge. ex­pe­ri­ence, it’s un­der­stand­able that the idea of tack­ling such tasks might be over­whelm­ing – but why are we los­ing the mo­ti­va­tion to do-it-our­selves?

Ac­cord­ing to the Pilk­ing­ton poll, lazi­ness, poor skills and lack of time are among the most com­mon ex­cuses, with 41% say­ing they’ll get the jobs done even­tu­ally (we all know this can go on for years!).

A fur­ther 26% ad­mit they haven’t fixed an is­sue be­cause they’ve sim­ply got used to liv­ing with it, while 21% con­fess they don’t To be fair, some­times time re­ally is short and there’s no rule that says we have to add ‘DIY ex­pert’ to our ever-ex­pand­ing lists of de­mands. Plus, if a job re­ally would be bet­ter han­dled by a pro­fes­sional, well, that’s what they’re there for, right?

But that said, if we’re to­tally hon­est, pro­cras­ti­na­tion and lazi­ness are of­ten the main cul­prits in why we aren’t get­ting things done our­selves, and many DIY tasks might ac­tu­ally be a lot sim­pler than you think (not to men­tion a lot cheaper to tackle your­self).

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