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Here's how Millennials measure up to Baby Boomers when it comes to do-it-yourself home projects

This is startling for a country that prided itself on self-sufficiency

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A new survey discovered how Millennials stack up to Baby Boomers when it comes to home improvement and do-it-yourself projects, and the results are very telling.

The poll says that about half of Millennials prefer to call a professional rather than tackle an issue themselves.

Asked if they would tackle a list of emergency "dad challenges," Millennials fell short of Baby Boomers in every single category.

Among Baby Boomers, 79 percent said they would change a car wheel at the side of the road, while only 63 percent of Millennials said they would.

85 percent of Baby Boomers would reset a tripped circuit breaker, while only 54 percent of Millennials said they would.

86 percent of Baby Boomers would jump start a dead car battery, while only 63 percent of Millennials would attempt the same.

Even with something as simple as opening a jar of pickles with their hands, only 59 percent of Millennials would attempt the feat of strength, while 81 percent of Baby Boomers would.

The study also found that many Millennials simply didn't own common home tools. Nearly half, 46 percent, said that they didn't own a cordless drill, 49 percent said they didn't own a stepladder, and 32 percent said they didn't even own a hammer.

However, the authors of the study said that part of the reason Millennials appeared less capable of fixing anything was that life is becoming more dependent on tech-based objects, which are tougher to fix.

The surprising study was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of, a home alarm company.

Here is a video of the results:

Millennials dads are way less handy than we thought

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