Women Taking Over The Sheds?
DIY is seen as being a male obsession but more and more women are turning to this activity to save money, to ensure that job gets down and for the satisfaction it can give them. From my own child hood back in the 60’s it was my mum who did the decorating around the house as my dad ran his butchers job. Although we had a garden shed, which was a concrete shed in those days in our council house, I don’t think my Dad knew what it was for. I think that was his excuse.
I think that metal sheds are seen as being a great choice, certainly when close to the house. Nowadays concrete sheds, available from this web site, are becoming more popular as they are much stronger than the standard inexpensive metal sheds but can be rather more expensive. They are also far better then the cheap feather edge or overlap sheds sold for a few hundred pounds on the web these days. These type of buildings are also used as secure motorbike sheds or cycle storage where they excel.
You may find these cheaply made buildings may be OK for a couple of winters, if you lucky, but you will find after the second winter the roof would have given way because cheap man made materials had been used, such as chipboard, OSB board or sheet material (it’s described as sheet material but is chipboard or OSB board and the reason is described as this because those shed makers don’t want you to know they are using inferior, unsuitable materials).
B&Q which run You Can Do It classes have experienced a 400% increase in women enrolling on its courses. Where they can learn skills such as wallpapering, painting, changing a radiator right through to laying floors. In the last two years over 23,000 women had signed up for these classes.
With 15 B&Q centres around the country where these classes take place and, following this success, they have introduced Kids Can Do It courses as well. The top courses are plastering (which I have no idea about and would not try), wall tiling, changing taps and wallpaper hanging.
With this development women are also buying their own sheds so that their tools can be stored. They are also used in their DIY activities where a clear working area is required. This means that more men are being moved out of their domain and the women taking over. This is not altogether a bad thing as women are superior to men in so many ways (so it has been said – mainly by ladies) that the taking over of these DIY activities can only be a good thing. Men, and I count myself in this area, have every good intention of doing that little job and I’m always saying I will do that in the morning. And that morning never seems to come round.
Tesco also reported an increase of 300% in women buying home improvement items such as paint brushes etc. over the past decade. The figures have raised from 20% in 2000 to 60% nowadays. And the reason for this appears to be the recession where there is less money to be spent on home improvements.
However, it is important that all the equipment and tools bought should be locked away and the range of Safestore metal sheds offer great protection from thieves. This will ensure that when the next job comes around all these items can be retrieved from the shed for the next job. Besides DIY the garden is also receiving a boost from the ‘stronger’ sex as garden trowels and secateurs sales are up. How do they know? It’s because the rise in these garden tools is mainly in pink garden tools. And the chances of a man using pink garden shears has to be very low – unless you know better!