Millennial homeowners have done the most home improvement projects during extra time spent in the house

Millennials are getting handier around the home since lockdown measures began, according to new research.

In fact, a poll of 2,000 homeowners found that compared to other generations, millennials have been the busiest, with 81 percent having tackled a home improvement project since March.

Conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Bernzomatic, a manufacturer of handheld blowtorches, the survey examined the various home improvement projects American homeowners completed while stay-at-home orders have been in effect — and looked at why they’ve taken them on.

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For 65 percent of those polled, a project was done to save money while 49 percent simply needed something to keep themselves busy while being in lockdown.

Overall, the average homeowner has already attempted four different home improvement projects since March — guesstimating a savings of over $160 just by trying a project themselves.

All this, without the help of an outside contractor (47 percent opted not to), taking these homeowners from DIY-ers to “figure it out yourself-ers.”

From painting in the house (32 percent) and working on landscaping projects outside (29 percent) to re-caulking (27 percent) and re-tiling kitchens and bathrooms (24 percent), homeowners have kept themselves busy these past six months.

And keeping busy may have just led to new hobbies. Seventy-three percent of those who tackled a home improvement project on their own revealed that afterward, they felt resilient enough to keep taking on more projects and 67 percent of homeowners look forward to tackling more projects in the future.

“There is nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment after your first successful DIY project to make you want pick up the toolbox and search for the next,” said Janna Stanford, senior marketing manager at Bernzomatic, a brand of Worthington Industries Retail Products division.

“These past few months have inspired people to finish that project that may have been sitting on the to-do list. From backyard patio renovation to removing caked on caulking, paint or rust, a torch is the tool that can be used in endless ways for projects around the house.”

And there’s more to be done, as 71 percent of homeowners still said their home is a ‘work in progress.’

It’s no wonder that half of the homeowners surveyed (50 percent) plan on doing a DIY home improvement project before the end of this year.

Twenty-nine percent plan to work on landscaping projects outside, while 57 percent plan on taking on projects ahead of the holiday season.

Holiday-prep projects include bathroom and kitchen renovation, filling driveway cracks, fixing the patio landscape and replacing countertops and kitchen floors.

Having the right tools to get these projects done is paramount to success. But with more than half (58 percent) of American homeowners surveyed attempting a home improvement project only to realize they did not have the proper tools to accomplish the task successfully, it may be time for a toolbox upgrade.

“Never underestimate the power of a torch to get the job done,” said Anika Gandhi, a DIY lifestyle blogger at Anika’s

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Sir David Attenborough spent lockdown ‘listening to birds’ in his garden



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Sir David Attenborough has said that he has spent the coronavirus lockdown “listening to birds” while sat in his garden.

The beloved nature documentarian recently joined Instagram, where he broke the record for the shortest time taken to amass one million followers.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Attenborough said: “The message that I am concerned about is so important I would use any medium to get it out.”

Attenborough recently authored both a book and Netflix documentary entitled A Life On Our Planet.

The 94-year-old presenter also described lockdown as “a vision of what life can be like when you’ve got more time to sit and stare”.

“I’ve certainly spent more time in my garden listening to birds, than I have for a very long time,” he said. 

“A lot of people have been surprised by that – a lot of people have suddenly realised what deep, profound joy can come from witnessing the rest of the world – the natural world.”

Attenborough also recently spoke about the protest tactics used by environmental activist organisation Extinction Rebellion.

“In getting it [the law] changed you have to be careful that you don’t break the law, I think,” he said.

“Of course I agree with their message. It’s simply a question of what is politic and sensible.”

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Atlanta activist spent $200G in Black Lives Matter donations on house, personal expenses: FBI

The FBI has arrested the founder of a Black Lives Matter group in Atlanta on fraud and money laundering charges.

Atlanta activist spent $200G in Black Lives Matter donations on house, personal expenses: FBI

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Sir Maejor Page, 32, was accused Friday of misappropriating $200,000 in donations he solicited through Facebook on behalf of Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, Fox 5 Atlanta reported Friday.

Page was released on bond after appearing before a judge via video. He did not immediately return messages Saturday from Fox News.

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The FBI opened an investigation last year after a cooperating witness submitted a fraud complaint against Page, whose real name is Tyree Conyers-Page, FBI agent Matthew Desorbo said in the complaint.

Page founded Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta in 2016 and this year took in more than $466,000 in donations in June, July and August, Desorbo said.

“In sum, Page has spent over $200,000 on personal items generated from

donations received through BLMGA Facebook page with no identifiable purchase or expenditure

for social or racial justice,” he said.

The FBI said Page pledged to use those donations “for George Floyd” but instead used the money make purchases related to food, dining, entertainment, clothing, furniture, a home security system, tailored suits and accessories.

According to the bureau, Page also used $112,000 of the donated money to purchase a house for himself in Toledo, Ohio. The transaction took place last month.

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