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The UK's Most Googled DIY Questions Revealed

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New data has shown that Brits looking to carry out DIY need the most support when it comes to bleeding a radiator. 

Trade Fix Direct has analysed Google search data to find out what DIY tasks Brits are looking for guidance on the most. 

The most googled DIY query was found to be in the plumbing and heating department, with 27,100 monthly searches for ‘How to bleed a radiator’. 

This was closely followed by Brits needing help in their bathroom, with 22,200 monthly searches regarding ‘How to unblock a toilet’. 

Brits were equally stumped between reading an electric meter and unblocking a sink, with 6,600 average monthly searches made for the queries, respectively. 

The UK’s most Googled DIY questions 

Ranking 

Search Terms 

Monthly Searches

1

How to bleed a radiator

27,100

2

How to unblock a toilet

22,200

3

How to read electric meter

6,600

4

How to unblock a sink

6,600

5

How to read a smart meter

5,400

6

How to read gas meter

5,400

7

How to lay a patio

4,400

8

How to plaster a wall

4,400

9

How to wire a plug

4,400

10

How to remove wallpaper

3,600

11

How to wallpaper

3,600

12

How to remove a radiator

3,600

13

What is a combi boiler

3,600

14

How to wire a light switch

3,600

15

How to change a tap washer

2,900

16

How to level a garden

2,400

17

How to build a pergola

2,400

18

How to build a shed

2,400

19

How to unblock a drain

2,400

20

How to fit laminate flooring

2,400

21

How to fix a dripping tap

2,400

22

How to paint skirting boards

2,400

23

How to hang a door

2,400

24

How to put up a curtain pole

1,900

25

How to lay carpet

1,900

26

How to change a light fitting

1,900

27

How to sharpen garden shears

1,600

28

How to clean decking

1,600

29

How to lay decking

1,600

30

How to fix creaky floorboards

1,600

With summer around the corner, garden related queries have seen a surge in searches. 

The biggest spike in searches was for the query, “How to sharpen garden shears”, with searches skyrocketing by 222% in the last 3 months. 

Queries regarding how to clean decking saw the second biggest increase in searches at 177%, followed by how to level a garden at 175%. 

DIY questions with the biggest rise in UK searches 

Ranking 

Search Terms

Increase in searches over 3 months

1

How to sharpen garden shears

222%

2

How to clean decking

177%

3

How to level a garden

175%

4

How to lay decking

140%

5

How to lay a patio

125%

6

How to build a pergola

125%

7

How to clean gutters

48%

8

How to build a fence

30%

9

How to put up a curtain pole

26%

10

How to felt a shed roof

23%

Commenting on the findings, Paul Kershaw at Trade Fix Direct said: 

“It’s clear to see that Brits aren’t afraid to carry out a spot of DIY to get their homes and gardens in order, even if this means taking to Google for that extra bit of guidance. However, if you’re unsure, it’s worth calling in a professional, with tasks such as wiring a plug or light switch, to ensure the safety of yourself and those you live with.” 

Trade Fix Direct has shared the most googled DIY questions in the UK. To find answers to the most searched questions, visit Trade Fix Direct’s blog page here

Source : Trade Fix Direct

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28 May 2024

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