One in 10 Have Never Attempted DIY in the UK, Research Shows

Many of us have taken to DIY during lockdown, but one in 10 Brits have never attempted DIY before, new research shows. 

Major home retailers have reopened stores in some capacity across the UK, and although restrictions still apply on some DIY products, home improvers now have greater access to DIY materials than they have had since Covid-19 lockdown began.

A survey of 2,000 homeowners by comparethemarket assessed their DIY plans during and after Covid-19 lockdown, and which tasks they were preparing for.

Around two-thirds (74%) of households planned to carry out or have already performed some DIY during lockdown. While 10% admitted to never performing DIY before, around 11% said they would consider themselves DIY experts.

(MORE: The Most Cost-Effective Home Improvements to Plan While on Lockdown)

The most popular DIY task was painting walls and ceilings. which 35% said they were planning to do. 

The most popular DIY tasks, via comparethemarket, are:

DIY taskPercentage of households planning DIY
Wall or ceiling painting35%
Putting up pictures24%
Putting up shelves14%
Putting up or removing wallpaper14%
Bleeding a radiator11%
Grouting tiles8%
Fixing leaking taps/ showers8%
Unblocking a toilet or sink

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S18 E24: Pantry Doors, Reflective Shingle

Previous episode: S18 E23 | Next episode: Posting on May 24, 8pm ET

In this episode:

Nathan Gilbert travels to Missouri to install a set of bypass doors for a pantry; Richard Trethewey tests two different styles of smart automatic water shutoff valves; Ross Trethewey explores the design and testing of asphalt roof shingles that can reflect some of the sun’s heat away from the building.

Nathan Gilbert travels to Missouri to install a set of bypass doors for a pantry.

Where to find it?

Nathan installed two JELD-WEN Colonist Primed wood interior doors that most closely matched the dimensions of the opening. Nathan recommends ensuring the door has not been pre-hung and does not have bore holes in it for a standard knob. These doors can be found at home centers.

To make the doors bypass, Nathan mounted a Bypass Door Hardware kit, which is manufactured by Johnson Hardware. The kit comes with all the hardware required to mount the doors.

All the other tools and materials required to install these doors can be found at home centers.

Richard Trethewey tests two different styles of smart automatic water shutoff valves.

Where to find it?

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S41 E24: Don’t Rip It, Restore It

Richard learns about the invention of the Stillson wrench, and Mauro repairs old plaster. Norm then repairs broken balusters, and Heath installs a new panel. Venetian plaster goes on the dining room ceiling.

Previous episode: S41 E23 | Next episode: Posting on May 24, 8pm ET

In this episode:

About 30 miles from our project and 30 years before it was built, one of the most important tools in the plumbing trade was invented. Richard Trethewey meets Michael Fitzgerald, the enthusiast who uncovered this historical fact. The two meet at a museum that celebrates advances in plumbing, in where else? Watertown, Massachusetts.

Back at the house, 130-year-old plaster can show its age after a construction crew comes through a house. Our homeowners hope to keep the plaster in the entry foyer and wallpaper over it. Kevin O’Connor finds Mauro Henrique making repairs to cracks in the plaster that might be the result of demolition.

Our homeowners like the rail on the staircase but it needs a lot of love. Norm Abram and our finishing expert Wayne Towle come up with a plan to repair what’s broken.

Heath Eastman and his team of electricians have been wiring for weeks. Today it’s …