DIY has long been seen as the sole preserve of the man. The traditional image is of the husband and father settling down to work with his toolbox, hard-hat, work overalls and a can of beer to see him through the project.
Those days could soon be over though. It’s a contentious argument, but one that is gaining a serious amount of traction, that women are equally-skilled, if not better, than men at many household DIY tasks. Studies suggest that in industry, the military and sports, women are smashing the glass-ceilings to prove they are the equal of their male counterparts in every sense, so why not DIY as well?
But what are the reasons for this female takeover of the DIY domain? And where does it leave men?
With divorce rates and single-parent families increasingly common, and household incomes frequently on the low side, some women may be forced into carrying out tasks they might have once expected their partners to do. And having accomplished something successfully, they may well go on to bigger, more complex projects. After all, as any handy-person will tell you, DIY can be addictive!
That women are better at multi-tasking is a popular myth that has never been scientifically proven. But believing it to be the case could be a significant confidence boost, encouraging women to try new things. Another unproven but commonly-held belief is that women tend to be more methodical than men. Where a man might see a wardrobe that needs assembling and fling himself into action immediately, a woman may be more likely to spend some time on the manual before proceeding more calmly.
Of course it’s quite possible that after years of seeing their menfolk try what looks like a simple bit of DIY and completely mess it up, many ladies think they could do better themselves, maybe even blindfolded!
And don’t let’s forget that DIY isn’t only about heavy lifting, hammering poles into the ground with mallets or operating huge power-drills – tasks that are seen, right-or-wrong, as more suited to the male of the species. DIY encompasses a wide variety of tasks, including wallpapering, sanding down, painting or putting together pieces of flat-pack furniture. Most of this stuff could be handled by anyone with the right approach.
For ladies who have developed a taste for DIY, with skills progressing, they could be forgiven for wanting to give bigger construction jobs such as digging a pool or building a conservatory a go. For this kind of thing it’s usually best to use a professional team. Anyone feeling super-confident though will need to hire the correct equipment, so talk to a specialist in renting out this kind of equipment. For example you’ll find pretty much everything you need including portable generators, earth-moving equipment and forklifts for rent at Sunbelt.
And for the men? Well, maybe you can help by bringing over a can of beer once in a while, or looking after the kids while your partner gets that shelf put up!