Most Brits like to make a meal out of doing DIY jobs, study finds

A study of 2,000 adults found 21 per cent make a fuss in order to get others to notice the work that has been done, while 19 per cent are looking for praise.

Nearly 38 per cent make more of a drama out of DIY when doing it with someone else, although 36 per cent feel their other half is more likely to be the culprit than themselves.

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It also emerged millions typically put off DIY tasks for an average of eight weeks before tackling them.

And more than a quarter are currently living with unfinished renovations which they started during lockdown.


The research was commissioned by Ronseal alongside the launch of their new entertainment site ‘Knotflicks’, which features film inspired how-to videos such as Dirty Decking, The Groutfather and There's Something about Ma(son)ry.

Jonathan Greeno, from Ronseal, said: “Knotflicks combines our two lockdown loves: DIY & films.

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“The research shows getting started on your DIY jobs can be a bit daunting, so Ronseal is literally taking the drama out of the job and putting it into our ‘how-tos’.

“I promise you there has never been a more entertaining way to find out how to paint your fence.”

The study also found almost half of those polled admitted to often making a meal of a DIY job by taking ‘too long’ to do seemingly simple DIY tasks.

For these, changing a lightbulb typically takes 33 minutes, with the job of putting up shelves lasting an hour and 22 minutes.

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This leaves people feeling daunted (28 per cent) and stressed (18 per cent) before even starting a job.

When DIY jobs then don’t go to plan, they are then left feeling annoyed (44 per cent) and discouraged (27 per cent).

How-to videos

As a result, more than two thirds turn to ‘how-to’ videos before contemplating a task to try and ensure they know what they are doing.

But of those who wouldn’t watch them, 23 per cent said they are boring and 19 per cent find the content too long, according to the OnePoll figures.

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Jonathan added: “Ronseal takes the drama out of DIY as our products do exactly what they say on the tin, but sometimes people just need a few more tips before they get started.

“Our new range of videos delivered by our Ronseal experts will help everyone get the job done with no fuss.”

Now home improvers can take a break and enjoy drama-free tutorials such as The Staining, Goodfillers and It’s a Wonderful Fence Life.

To binge watch the latest series of drama free DIY, visit

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