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D-I-WHY BOTHER? DIY is bad for your wallet, health AND relationships, research finds

  • A nationwide survey of home owners has found that Britain is wasting a whopping £1.6bn a year on botched do-it-yourself projects

It’s official, DIY is bad for your wallet, your health and your relationship, according to a new study.

A nationwide survey of home owners has found that Britain is wasting a whopping 1.6bn a year on botched DIY projects, with more than HALF of Brits having to call in a professional after bodging a job at home.

And more than a quarter have INJURED themselves undertaking odd jobs, with as many as 6 percent having been hospitalised as a result.

The nationwide report, commissioned by Rustlers to launch its inaugural Construction Games, found that hapless Brits have screwed up at least four jobs in their homes in the last few years, only to have to call in a professional to sort things out.

The most common bodge-up comes from the seemingly simple task of painting a room, which has been messed up by 21 percent of Brits.



After that came hanging wallpaper (18 percent), unblocking a toilet and making flat-pack furniture (both with 16 percent).

Also on the list of jobs which frequently go wrong were laying a carpet (12 percent), bleeding a radiator (11 percent) and plastering (11 percent).

And it’s not just a matter of financial cost – there’s the wasted time too. The study found that the Brits have squandered 44 hours over the past five years on projects which have then had to be fixed by professionals.

The study also shows DIY can lead to conflict in relationships, with the average Brit admitting to five furious rows with their partners over badly executed household jobs.

Said Elaine Rothballer, spokesperson for Rustlers: “Everyone has attempted a bit of DIY in their time, but this research reveals you really do need to possess a unique set of skills to get the job done well! We’ve been fueling skilled tradespeople for years with our delicious and hassle-free range of flame grilled burgers and hot sandwiches. and we’re proud to continue supporting them with the launch of the Rustlers Construction Games to shine a light on our hard working highly skilled tradespeople, and to celebrate their talents.”

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders added: “Highly skilled tradespeople train for years to become experts in their fields. Trying to reduce costs by attempting to do the job of a professional is a false economy and can even be a health and safety risk. We’re urging homeowners to know their limits and don’t fall victim to DIY disasters.”

The study uncovered the accident-prone nature of Brits undertaking DIY. The most common painful blunder is cutting yourself on a sharp tool (35 percent), followed by banging your head (31 percent) and getting a bad splinter (26 percent).

Tripping over (25 percent), giving yourself an electric shock (20 percent) and sanding your own leg (9 percent) also made it onto the DIY accidents list.

Of the 1500 respondents polled, 70 percent admitted that they felt relieved when they eventually called in a professional. However some people had an alternative solution, with 42 percent of Britain relying on their parents to help out.

Regionally, Norwich was the bodge job capital of the UK where people had messed up on average 7 DIY jobs compared to the competent folk of Nottingham who have only messed up 3.



  • Cut yourself with a sharp tool 36%
  • Banged your head 31%
  • Got a bad splinter 26%
  • Tripped over 25%
  • Gave yourself an electric shock 20%
  • Fell off a ladder 16%
  • Hammered a nail into your hand or arm 14%
  • You slipped in water 12%
  • Plaster fell on your head 10%
  • Broke a limb 10%
  • Sanded your leg/foot 9%
  • Drilled a screw into yourself 8%
  • Had a light fitting fall on your head 7%