Have we forgotten how to DIY? gallery video


The Jeremys from builderscrack.co.nz walk you through some basic home repairs, from fixing a fuse to hanging a picture.

How many people does it take to change a lightbulb? Just one. The person you've hired to do it. 

According to the new YouGov survey only 11 per cent of people in the UK knew how to change a lightbulb. A similar survey by Aviva in the UK found 21 per cent of those questioned didn't know how to change a lightbulb. 

Other chores that proved too hard to complete were sewing on a button, resetting the fuse box and, amazingly, making a bed. 

Jeremy Wyn-Harris, founder of Builderscrack.co.nz, said he though we had become comfortable with "do it for me," instead of "do it yourself." 

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"We would rather be spending time with our family or doing sports or education instead of fixing taps and lightbulbs," he said.

"But there is also a lack of basic knowledge about general home maintenance being taught by the previous generation. It is perceived as being easier to DIFM [do it for me] rather than teaching someone to DIY [do it yourself]."

Do you have any DIY tasks you would like to learn how to do? Drop us an email at homed@fairfaxmedia.co.nz and we'll see if we can find the solution.

Blocked toilets and sinks, fuse box problems, holes in walls, doors that need re-hanging, painting after minor damage, mounting a TV on the wall and moving furniture around the house were the most common jobs Builder's Crack was called out to do. 

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Wyn-Haris suggested as the population became an aging one, people were less likely to be able to perform these types of DIY tasks.

And whilst there are some DIY tasks that were best suited to a handyman or professional tradie he said, "with smaller tasks there are resources like YouTube and Google that can show people how to do things like change a lightbulb or tap washer." 

 - Homed


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