Plastering a ceiling is the most stressful DIY job in the UK, according to new research.
Victorian Plumbing made this calculation having investigated how comfortable Brits are with DIY. The bathroom company analysed difficulty queries across UK Google, such as ‘how to fix…’ and YouTube views taken from ‘how to’ videos for each DIY enquiry on the first page of searches.
The researchers then looked at average time frames for projects, and the quantity of tools needed, before assigning a weighted value to get a final score, indicating the level of stress per job.
Plastering a ceiling had a stress score of 1,221, the highest of any DIY job in the UK, almost twice as high as hanging wallpaper in second.
In total, plastering a ceiling received 4,400 online searches and over 5.8m YouTube views. It took respondents an average of 12 hours to plaster a ceiling, and required an average of five tools.
Hanging wallpaper had the second highest stress score of 673. Unblocking drains (588), tiling a bathroom floor (542), and removing grout from bathroom tiles (262) made up the top five.
When the researchers included US data, installing a toilet took top spot with a weighted index