In a survey conducted exclusively for 'Toolshed Magazine' to find Britain's most popular DIY tool, the power drill emerged victorious for the tenth year running.
It seems that the British are conducting a lasting love affair with power drills, moreso than jig-saws, sanders, and routers. Industry experts attribute the power drill's success to its versatility, claiming that power drills can be used to make holes in all manner of materials, ranging from planks of wood and various metals to brick walls.
Power drills with a hammer function - which facilitates the drilling of holes into masonry - have been particularly popular over the last year, as increasing numbers of people purchase flat screen TV's and set them in brackets which are usually bolted to walls.
The runaway success of power drills in recent years has had a detrimental effect on other DIY tool sales, a case in point being hammers and spanners, which reached a peak of popularity in the 1980s. It has been reported that sales of hammers and spaners are still reasonably healthy, although they have been in a slow, yet steady decline.
The problem with hammers and spanners - according to industry consultants - is that their robust design means that they rarely require replacing. Unless they get lost, are borrowed but never returned by neighbours, or confiscated by the police as evidence in murder investigations.
Also blamed has been the surge in popularity of putting up shelves in private residences - good news for power drill manufacturers, not so good for hammer and spanner makers.
Screwdrivers remain popular, because they frequently require replacing, mainly due to a massive upsurge in Chinese screwdriver imports, many of which, because they are made of soft metals quickly wear out.
Analysts predict that power drills may end up being knocked off the top spot as soon as designers come up with a revolutionary 'Safety Chainsaw.'