IT'S enough to get Grandpa shaking his head in dismay and declaring, "If that's what a university education does for you, then Lord help us."
New research shows that young people are unable to carry out basic household tasks such as wiring a plug or sewing a hem.
Nearly half of those under 30 would struggle to wallpaper a room, 44% could not bleed a radiator and 35% would not know how to unblock a drain.
At the same time, 27% could not sew a hem and 26% do not know how to wire a plug, according to Direct Line Home Response 24 who commissioned a YouGov poll of 2,294 people in March.
A fifth of young people said they had panicked when confronted with a household emergency, with many having to resort to calling out a professional.
Younger people - Direct Line has dubbed the under 30s "the flat-pack generation" because their domestic skills end at being able to assemble flat pack furniture - spent on average £1,741 during the past year on people to carry out basic household tasks.
This is more than five times more than the £331 average spent by the over 50s - those who perhaps like to think of themselves reared in a no-nonsense age when everyone was accustomed to getting their hands dirty.
Many under 30s also rely on help from their parents, with 20% saying they had help with painting and decorating in the past five years, 16% had asked their parents to put up shelves for them, 13% had needed help sewing a hem and 12% had to ask their mother or father to bleed a radiator.
Nearly one in five also blamed their parents for their lack of household skills, claiming they were never taught how to do such things, while 10% claimed they were too busy to worry about such tasks and 17% say they would rather leave them to the experts.
But 19% said they resented having to use their spare time carrying out such tasks, with only 15% spending five or more hours a week on domestic chores, compared with 27% of the over 50s.
Pontyclun-based dressmaker Karen Newberry is not surprised young people haven't a clue when it comes to needlework.
"It's not something that is encouraged at schools," says Karen, 35, who recalls making a skirt in needlework lessons when she was 13 or 14.
"Back then it was offered as a GCSE but now it's in high school, but not very much.
"In year 7, 11 and 12-year-olds, they make a drawstring bag; and in year 8, 12 and 13-year-olds, they make a cushion.
"I think it's very sad it isn't promoted in schools and I'm not surprised youngsters don't know what to do - with computer games these days, they have other things they are interested in."
Karen, whose work includes making garments from patterns and soft furnishings such as curtains and cushions, says many of her skills were handed down by her nan, who is now in her eighties, which led to an early interest in making garments and furnishings.
"I have a younger daughter, who is nine, and she wants to learn because it's not something that is taught at school or passed down from generations anymore."
Karen, who runs Karen's Fashions and Furnishings, gets a lot of trousers that need shortening but also believes shops are moving with the times by providing trousers in several different lengths - a recent innovation on the high street - so there is little call for alterations.
Electrician Philip Symes, 55, who owns TPS Electrical, based near Tredegar, reckons it's a bit unfair to expect young people, reared to be computer literate, to be a dab hand at such things.
"It doesn't surprise me young people can't wire a plug. I have a couple of apprentices with me - one is 19, the other is 20 - and they didn't know how to wire a plug until they came to me, but I wouldn't part with them for the world.
"They can go to the computer and type out an invoice in less than 10 minutes whereas it would take me all night to do the same thing.
"It's swings and roundabouts. There's good and bad to everything.
"I wouldn't put young people down. I have got customers of all ages who don't know how to wire a plug but I'd say around 90% of people have common knowledge of how to find fuse boxes and what to do in a power cut. Not everyone is hopeless!"
Carmel McCarthy, of Direct Line Home Response 24, said, "It's surprising to see how many skills that were commonplace a generation ago, such as wallpapering, needlework and household maintenance appear to have fallen out of favour.
"Calling in tradespeople for basic domestic repairs can be expensive but attempting to deal with things yourself without the right skills can be dangerous, and botched repairs can often make things worse."
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