We did. And bringing in the coal from the cellar was 'men's' work. So as
soon as we were old enough, my brother or me.
And having to get coal in from outside on a frezing day when you've been
sitting by the fire makes you learn to do such things in time.
*Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
Mine could thread it and use it, but it was me who worked out how to do
freehand embroidery with it ;-)
(i.e. how to disable the cloth push mechanism under the foot by moving
the leaver someone had told mother never to move!)
Interesting that ;
"Female home ownership has grown, with one in five households now owned
by single women".
I would say that 80% of my work is generated by females, with or without
Either; partner is deceased, partner is useless, partner is bone idle or
partner has left.
Dave - The Medway Handyman www.medwayhandyman.co.uk
However, that could be because more blokes are prepared to live with
the tap dripping, the bog leaking, most of the light bulbs blown, and
the tiles falling off the wall.
Doesn't necessarily follow that blokes do more DIY.
Using the Yellow Pages handyman section because they don't know how
to use Internet dating and have a thing about blokes in dungarees,
leather tool belt and toe-tecs? ;-)
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On Mon, 22 Aug 2011 23:55:48 +0100, John Rumm wrote:
And the other quarter have actually tried doing DIY? ...
Oh, it's from The Wail - should've known.
I suppose it's a valid survey for B'nQ as it will guide them in whom
to attract to their stores. The weakness with the survey is that it
will have asked the questions of women that B'n Q want answered for
marketing purposes,not for the real reason. One of the questions that
should have been asked with some sort of multi choice answer is what
is DIY? If it is just painting, hanging wall paper, etc., then theirs
no reason why the women can't be left to these boring tasks
Personally these are not DIY - these are 'decorating' and that goes
hand in hand with choosing furniture, carpets and the likes; women's
If the survey had then gone on to ask about doing repairs, sorting
electrical problems, drainage problems and all the other less
glamorous tasks then the 5 would have dropped very considerably. "Do
you know to us a hammer properly, use a saw, sharpen a plane, use a
chisel?".. Big NO all round.
Most women know nothing about DIY. Typical use of statistics!!
There's no fundamental reason why women shouldn't be able to do DIY
tasks if they set their mind on it - but they're likely to suffer from
the disadvantage they they probably won't have acquired any basic DIY
skills when young. When I was at school (50+ years ago, so it may be
different now!) the boys did woodwork and metalwork, whilst the girls
did Domestic Science - whatever that was!
As others have said, a lot depends on how you define "DIY" - but if you
define it in terms of the stuff which gets discussed most on this NG,
the proportion of female participants isn't that high, based on the male
female posting ratio.
I have a feeling that women tend to be more end-oriented - so they will
acquire the skill to do a specific job whereas men are more likely to
acquire skills (and tools!) as an end in itself - with the result that
they can turn their hand to a wider variety of jobs, and sometimes
produce innovative solutions to problems they haven't net before. OK,
this is a bit of a generalisation(!), but I think it has *some* validity.
Some women certainly can do DIY. Others haven't a clue. Just like men
really! I think that more men than women have been brought up practicing
DIY skills with their fathers though.
When it comes to the "heavier" end of DIY, most women are generally less
able to picture sizes and a 3D idea and spin it round in their head,
giving men an advantage in working out anything "structural" or where
things have to be designed and built up and then manouevered into a
tight space. This is apparently part of why a higher proportion of women
than men have accidents turning right across traffic.
A woman on the radio tonight simply taught herself, because her husband
is away on business a lot. She claims he is worried that he will come
back one day and find she has built an extension on the house. From the
list of jobs she has already tackled, I think he may be right to worry.
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