Coronavirus lockdown: Like it or not, we'll have to DIY just now

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Almost a third of us said home improvements are one of our favourite ways to relax and switch off from everyday life. And, with the majority of the population now working from home, seven in 10 feel the next three months will be the perfect time to crack on with a new DIY task. Mowing the lawn, planting bulbs and putting flatpack furniture together were named as the most satisfying DIY jobs.

Weeding, painting and jet-washing the patio were also mentioned, along with hanging up pictures and stripping wallpaper.

Organising a toolbox, filling in holes and smashing down a wall were other tasks found to be popular.

The survey of 2,000 adults also revealed Britons enjoy cleaning paint off a paintbrush – and seeing it run down the drain.

Kevin Smith, of Draper Tools, which commissioned the research through One-Poll, said: “Brits’ love of strangely satisfying DIY jobs goes to show the joy you can get from a spot of home improvement. As we’re spending more time indoors, it’s the perfect opportunity to tackle some of those little jobs you may have been putting off.

“But be careful if you’re meant to be working from home.

“The hypnotic pull of operating a jet washer or using a paint roller can mean you lose track of time – and your inbox.

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“The great thing about DIY, the jobs are as big or as small as you want them to be.

“And while not all of them are satisfying while you’re doing them, there is always satisfaction to be had at the end of a project.

“No matter how stressful our lives are, or whatever’s going on in the world, finding that perfect screw out of the hundreds in the box, or hanging a sheet of wallpaper perfectly straight is always going to feel great.”

We also take nearly three days off each year to tackle DIY problems that need taking care of around the house and garden.

As the lockdown continues, a quarter of us now plan to clean the patio, while four in 10 have some weeding to do.


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