Millennial Dads Apparently have Terrible DIY Skills & Half Don’t Own a Stepladder or Cordless Drill

Are you a Millennial Dad? If so, it’s time for you to stop being so smug, because we’re onto you. It turns out that for all their ability to grow magnificent beards, millennial dads are utterly hopeless at the things that really count: i.e. putting up shelves and unclogging sinks.

A poll by home security firm – and they have never steered us wrong before – has revealed that not only are dads born between 1981 and 1996 terrible at DIY, they don’t even possess the basic tools required. And by “tools”, we don’t mean “skills”: we mean actual tools: millennial fathers are going through life in a state of complete toollessness.

Forty-six percent of millennial dads don’t own a cordless drill, while a whopping 48 percent don’t own a stepladder. Though on reflection, that number isn’t so whopping: who on earth would own a stepladder? But 32 percent not owning a hammer is a bit of a turn-up – 93 percent of Baby Boomer dads own a hammer, which is why you don’t want to get on their bad side.

But according to, we shouldn’t be too hard on millennial dads (agree to disagree): the definition of a “handy dad” has changed, and millennial dads would certainly outstrip their elders when it comes to technology and computers and all that modern malarkey.

Also, 61 percent of respondents to the poll said they’d rather spend time with their kids than on DIY, and we can’t argue with that.