To celebrate the launch of Gyproc Habito, we’ve released the findings of our survey looking into the DIY skills of UK homeowners and have compiled a “martial arts” grading system to classify the levels of expertise.
From white belt to black belt through to ‘ninja’, there are six distinct categories, with most Brits being classified as a ‘blue belt’.
- White belt: A complete novice - every DIY task this person has attempted so far has failed. 9.95%
- Yellow belt: Can carry out tasks where the risk of failure is minimal, such as changing a lightbulb, hanging a picture, replacing the batteries in a remote or replacing a broken fuse. 16.80%
- Blue belt: Can follow clear instructions and carry out tasks requiring a degree of patience, such as putting together flat-pack furniture and putting up shelves. 44.90%
- Brown belt: A little skill is required to reach this level. Shouldn’t be afraid of using a power tool or being required to think outside of the box. Can lay a patio or hang a TV on a wall. 21.30%
- Black belt: This person knows almost everything there is to know. They can do tasks such build internal walls and plumbing to name just a couple. 5.60%
- Ninja: This master of the DIY discipline can build a home extension and fancies themselves as a future participant on a renovation program. 1.45%
We also looked at the DIY disasters people had, with one in ten admitting they had got it wrong. Mishaps included:
- Spilling paint on a cat.
- Forgetting to mix cement with sand when repairing a wall - the cement was washed away the next time it rained.
- Melting a front door with an iron.
- Shelves not being fitted properly and coming away from the wall, along with half of the plasterboard - hid the damage with a mirror!
- Screwing a nail through water pipes or electric cables
Gyproc Habito is a plasterboard which has been designed to be stronger, more durable and more user-friendly than standard plasterboard walls. Its super strength means fixtures and fittings can simply be screwed straight into the wall wherever the homeowner chooses. In fact, a single no. 10 woodscrew can support 15kg of weight! Hopefully products like these will help more Brits to make it to DIY ninja status!