Over 50s 'are more knowledgeable about DIY'

Performing DIY tasks causes fewer problems for over 50s than for those under 35, according to new research.

DIY tasks are proving easier and less daunting for the over 50s than the younger generation, according to new research.

A study conducted by B&Q has revealed that 18 to 35-year-olds are feeling increasingly insecure about their own DIY expertise compared to over 50s, with more than 60 per cent of this group keen to take tips from their elders.

Further reinforcing this idea is the fact that nine out of ten over 50s can successfully rewire a plug, compared with only 59 per cent of those under 35.

These findings have been described as unsurprising by Build It magazine, which suggested that this skills discrepancy is a generational issue.

Duncan Hayes, temporary editor at the magazine, said that older people are more accustomed to repairing things themselves, which means they are more confident about their own ability to do so.

He said: "We live very much in a culture where you pay people to do work for you, whereas older generations would have got things done themselves."

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