If it weren't for the internet...GTS for DIY


A new survey finds technology is keeping an entire generation clueless on basic home repair like installing a drywall anchor.

The majority of Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers--those born before the Internet--were more confident to do repairs, while digital natives--those 18-24--admitted they couldn't fix common household problems like patching up a drywall or fixing a running toilet without turning to the internet.

Texas Home Improvement host Jim Dutton said people learn by the school of hard knocks--go out and try it, if it doesn't work, try something a little different.

Like trial and error to fix an outside leaky faucet, instead of paying a plumber $200 to do that, when the O-ring costs a nickel and takes 20 minutes.

"I think it all started when they started taking shop class and things like that out of the schools because so many people don't deal with their own home repair needs anymore and there is a big difference between home repair and home improvement," said Dutton.

He said DIY books or help from family is how people used to learn how to make home repairs, as opposed to nowadays.

"They just want to Google it and watch a two minute video. And really, if that video is much over two minutes, we don't take the time to even watch that," said Dutton.

He said it takes time to learn how to do home repairs, start small and simple and work your way up to bigger projects.

The study found men were also in the know more than women.

You can listen to Texas Home Improvement with Jim Dutton right here on KTRH at 2 pm on Saturdays.


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