When we read a recent survey of British attitudes toward DIY projects, we expected to learn that the Brits are performing more DIY projects to save money; we all are.
But we were gobsmacked to read what DIY projects the British consider “disasters:”
- Spilled paint or glue
- Wall damage
- Broken window
- Broken furniture
- Ceiling damage
Obviously, they don’t know what a real disaster is. But we do. Real DIY disasters are:
- Puncturing a hole in a water pipe, and flooding the house when nailing up drywall.
- Installing cabinets upside-down.
- Bodily injuries resulting from falling off a ladder, bad aim with a nail gun, and improper use of a saw.
We do agree with our friends across the pond when it pays to do it yourself:
- Painting a room
- Putting up shelves
- Small odd jobs
- Wallpapering a room
And when it pays to hire a professional:
- Building an extension
- Large-scale electrical jobs
- Large-scale plumbing jobs
- Installing a shower or bathroom
What’s been your worst DIY experience?