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11-07-2009 11:08 PM

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BankWest in Australia has recently conducted a shed survey across the country, with some interesting results – the most surprising being that a bank has actually looked up from their own navels and had a look at something that has importance to a number of its customers. The following is an excerpt from that report regarding the shed in Queensland… my home state.
. Women Don’t Understand Importance of “Great Aussie Shed”
Nearly half of Queensland men say women don’t understand the importance of the
Great Aussie Shed, the inaugural Bankwest “Shed Index” has found.

The latest Bankwest Social Indicator Report also found that the average Queensland
shed and its contents were insured for $18,350 (the most nationally), while one in
three people use their shed as a “dumping ground” for junk.

With Father’s Day just around the corner, the Shed Index found – unsurprisingly –
that 90% of primary shed users were men; more than half were highly territorial and
declared the shed “theirs”.

Unexpectedly, the Report revealed that the humble shed might be a shot in the arm
for relationships –three out of four men said their partner didn’t mind ‘”shed time”
while 12 per cent reported it was actually good for the relationship.

Average “shed time” was two hours or less for 70 per cent of men, while a clutch of
die hard shed dwellers (11%) spent upwards of five hours a week wood turning,
spray painting or enjoying the creature comforts they’d installed.

Nearly 20 per cent of shed owners are partial to “hanging out” in their shed – 36 per
cent have installed a stereo while one in four lugged in a bar fridge. It was unclear
whether this was stocked with alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages.

But there is a dark side to sheds, with two per cent of men reporting that their
partners resented the time they spent there. A further 16 per cent revealed they’d
had an accident in their shed, with one in five needing a trip to the doctor.

Bankwest spokesman Adrian Bradley said the Report highlighted the cultural and
social significance of the Great Aussie Shed.

“It’s often said that Poms consider their house to be their castle but our report shows
that for many Queensland men it’s their shed,” Mr Bradley said.

“More than half of men surveyed said their shed was very important to them and 70
per cent say it’s an important consideration when buying or renting a new house.

“Sheds can be a tranquil sanctuary from the world, with nearly one in three men
saying their shed is a “refuge”

“Shed owners also seem to live well within their means, with only two per cent taking
out a loan to upgrade or build a new shed.”

I think that this might just be equally relevant to some of the states in the USA?

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#1 posted 11-07-2009 11:13 PM

This shows it all:

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#2 posted 11-07-2009 11:18 PM

GaryK… That is what a lot of my friends think I have in my back yard LOL and FWIW I do like the Carlton Midstrength an alternative to XXXX occasionally … and now and then a good belgian Cider…

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#3 posted 11-08-2009 01:21 AM

Looks like 50% of the fellas are marriyng the wrong women.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 11-08-2009 02:13 AM

50% of ALL guys marry the wrong woman. At least the first time.


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#5 posted 11-08-2009 02:39 AM

I keep my shop more secure than I do the house, all my tools are in the shop, the house only has furniture.

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#6 posted 11-08-2009 03:02 AM

I’ll drink to that!

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#7 posted 11-08-2009 03:38 AM

Sawdust 2 is wise beyond his years!

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#8 posted 11-08-2009 03:42 AM

What’s the old joke? Oh yea, “Middle aged man looking for woman who enjoys wood working and has her own tools. Please send picture of the tools.”

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#9 posted 11-08-2009 08:02 AM

my shed time yesterday was spent installing a new external TV aerial so i can now receive digital signal (the aerial is better than we have on the house)

Gary i always did love that ad (not so sure on that brand of beer though)

for those interested the aerial was installed by screwing a piece of 6 foot angle to the gable of the shed then bolting the aerial to it and feeding the cable under the capping at the roof pitch and plugging it into the TV (the reception is perfect)


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#10 posted 11-08-2009 08:55 AM

Only TV what No Cable… even Karson Has Cable.. oh right… not hooked up :LOL

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#11 posted 11-08-2009 12:02 PM

I grew up in Western Australia thinking that beer was terrible

then i discovered that it was Western Australian beer that was terrible and not my taste

(they may still make emu export but i dont go looking for it at the local bottle shops)

so now i drink a lot of eastern states beer, even XXXX. My favourite is tooheys old (but for those wowsers and political correctness people i drink in moderation i dont drink and drive and i sure as hell dont use a table saw whilst i have been drinking)


PS still cringing at the idea of doing something silly on a table saw

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#12 posted 11-08-2009 12:36 PM

woops added the above to the wrong forum

see why i dont drink and use machinery
i cant master the computer stone cold sober


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#13 posted 11-08-2009 05:16 PM

The amazing thing is that the bank spent much money to get those results. Weren’t result just plain logic?

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#14 posted 11-08-2009 06:46 PM

Absolutely true!!! My shed is a sanctuary. Got three red head females in the house, all have the tempers to match!!!!!!! Sometimes a fella just needs some quite time with the tools and dogs. Thanks for the post, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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