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The DIY Generational Divide


The DIY Generational Divide

Are you a dab hand at DIY or do you need a little more help with those quick household fixes?

A new survey by the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WRAS) has uncovered the generational divide in DIY capabilities in the UK, with 18-24 year olds far less confident in taking on household repairs that over 55s.

Julie Spinks Managing Director, WRAS said, "There is a clear generational divide when it comes to doing repairs in the home. "Generation Rent" seems to have created a nation of people who aren't confident in dealing with straight forward DIY tasks."

Nearly 40% of young adults said they would feel confident replacing a shower head compared with 65% of over-55s. while a third of 18-24 year olds said they would know how to bleed a radiator compared with 79% of over 55s.

However, across the board only 21% said they felt capable of fixing a leaking toilet, as well as just 30% for a leaking tap. Close to 45% said they would feel confident fixing a blocked toilet, as well as replacing a light fixture.

"What's reassuring is that more people wouldn't tackle more technical plumbing jobs themselves, regardless of age. A small leak can cause havoc in the home and is something most homeowners, renters or landlords don't want to deal with, given the emotional and financial impact it could cause if it's not fixed properly. It's always advisable to use an approved plumber to resolve any leaks. Julie Spinks concludes. 



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