Heart of industry ... but can’t do DIY


Chances are you’re not alone if you’ve struggled to change a punctured tyre – as an embarrassing new survey says Derbyshire folk are the least practical in the UK.

But readers have hit out at the results - which show just 40 per cent of locals are able to fit a new wheel - to defend the county’s history of engineering.

A total of 2,000 people were questioned for the survey - carried out by conference call provider Powwownow - which shows 31 per cent can’t unblock a toilet, only 34 per cent of residents can speak a foreign language and 18 to 24-year-olds are least able to carry out basic practical skills like changing a burst tyre.

According to the survey, Derbyshire women are the worst offenders for having a ‘can’t do’ attitude – while five per cent of blokes have admitted to pressing the snooze button on their alarm clock at least once every morning, rather than waking up and embracing the day ahead.

Robert Shetcliffe, owner of Jimsons Hardware on Cotmanhay Road, said he sees both sides of the situation.

“We obviously get people coming in to buy things for projects they are carrying out themselves at home.

“But then we have the same person back later on saying it’s not going to plan or asking why two minute jobs take two hours!

“I think it’s one of those things, I can’t see us around here being any better or worse than anywhere else in the country.

“There’s a lot of scope for mistakes and error when you’re carrying out DIY so it’s a risky thing to do in that sense but people are willing to give it a go if it means it will save them some cash.”

Robert also added that the older generation are more likely to try things out.

He saidd: “Some people come in ready to carry out some kind of exotic project and then you get others who wouldn’t change a plug.

“It tends to be the older generation that are more willing to take on and do things.

“We quite often have older men in saying they’re doing work for their kids or grandkids.”

Facebook comments include one from Owen James, who said: “I used to work at a cycle shop and was flabergasted to see youngsters bring in their bikes to the repair shop because of a puncture.

“Two spoons and one puncture repair kit – it’s all you need.”

David Moore added: “Five per cent of us use a snooze button on an alarm clock. Surprised the figure isn’t higher.”

But Domenico Diiorio said: “This is a county with a good history in engineering.

“I think the survey might be slightly out.”

And Dave Longden added: “What a load of codswallop. There’s nothing wrong with Derbyshire folk.

“We’re hardy and we get on with it. A bit of rain or snow doesn’t stop us like it does down south.”

What do you think? Have you had a DIY disaster? Email your stories to news@ilkestonadvertiser.co.uk or tweet @IlkestonTiser.