A Comedy of (DIY) Errors

DIY disaster or DIY master?

Have you started a DIY project, however big or small, only for it to end in complete and utter disaster?

We know things don’t always go to plan, especially when it comes to home improvements. We surveyed the nation and it turns out, for many of us, we’re more of a DIY disaster than master.

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Did you know since the start of lockdown…

  • 49% of Brits have completed more DIY than they had done previously
  • More than 1 in 8 (13%) caused a DIY mishap
  • DIY-ers have had on average 4 mishaps
  • 46% have had to call in a professional to fix their DIY mistakes
  • We spent an average of £193 fixing DIY disasters

Consumer research survey of 2,000 UK adults, carried out by OnePoll in July 2021.


Whatever your skill level, we want to help you get your next DIY project right. Our home improvement hub has a whole host of guides and top tips to set you up for success.

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DIY Disaster Fails

To bring a little laughter to the UK this Summer, we’ve teamed up with British comedian, Hal Cruttenden, to find the nation’s funniest DIY disaster fails. We asked, and you delivered.

Our Comedy of (DIY) Errors video series features comedy sketches from Hal retelling some of the hilarious tales we’ve been sent, the good, the bad and the utterly ridiculous…

So, sit back, relax and enjoy…

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Whether you’re a DIY master or disaster our latest home improvement hub can help support you with your next project.

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