DIY SOS’s worst disasters – from ‘destroyed’ homes to explosive strikes by construction workers on BBC set

From “ruined” houses to angry construction workers walking off set, this is where DIY SOS sometimes goes wrong.

Even 24 years after the BBC makeover show first aired, Nick Knowles and his crew have experienced their fair share of horrors, but some still stand out.

DIY SOS has had its fair share of disasters over the years since it hit screens


DIY SOS has had its fair share of disasters over the years since it hit screensPhoto credit: BBC

There have been many tense arguments or catastrophic mistakes in the series.

So let’s stop babbling and move on, shall we?

Here are some dramatic and fascinating incidents that occurred – you may remember some of them.

Master Plasterer Chris became enraged when he found out he would have to tear down the ceiling and replace it


Master Plasterer Chris became enraged when he found out he would have to tear down the ceiling and replace itPhoto credit: BBC

Social worker Liz and her husband Jason, who suffers from motor neurone disease, needed the help of Nick and his team.

The team realized they needed to do more as the couple needed a new home for their two children.

But things quickly escalated when two of the contractors collapsed under the pressure.

Chris, a plasterer, put a lot of effort into repairing the ceiling of the house.

But he was discouraged when he found out he had to tear it all down and start over.

Nick said: “It means there will be two chippies hanging from Chris’ newly plastered ceiling. This won’t go over well.”

Chris exploded in anger and told the woodworker, “This is the last plastering job in this house,” and rushed out of the house.

But Nick tried to lighten the mood by making a joke.

“Oh no, it’s not! All people who think they have stopped plastering are taking a step forward. “Chris, where do you think you’re going?” he joked.

Luckily, Chris overcame his breakdown and went back inside to finish the nine-day project.

When the family returned, they were overwhelmed by the finished product and praised Chris and the other workers for their efforts.

What follows is a truly frightening episode.

Things started to boil over when a father suffering from multiple sclerosis claimed the show had destroyed his home.

Stuart Phillip and his blind mother Lin were furious after the team failed to keep their promised extension.

Lauren, Stuart’s 17-year-old daughter, said her room had become smaller while Stuart was reportedly stuck staring at the wall all day.

Lin also had no place to put her chair.

Lin had given up her own apartment to live with Stuart because she thought there would be more space.

“Mum used to be much happier there. She had more space and she had friends,” Stuart said.

After the remodel, the property did not have the amenities necessary to accommodate Stuart’s condition.

Stuart stated that he found it difficult to get his wheelchair out the back door.

Another heartbreaking episode featured 64-year-old Peter Chapman, who was a full-time carer for his wife Sarah and autistic brother Steve.

He said the DIY SOS team did such a poor job that he had to flee what he called “hell.”

As a result, he is in a legal battle with the BBC, claiming that the workers caused £30,000 of damage.

According to Peter, the wall bars that Sarah needed to go to the toilet while confined to a wheelchair eventually fell apart.

He also complained about a leaky roof that now requires a bucket to catch the water.

Additionally, he mentioned that there were cracks in the patio which made using a wheelchair extremely dangerous.

The BBC has offered him £15,000, which is half of what he wants.

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Peter told the Daily Mail about his terrible experience: “I feel so unfairly treated by what they did to me.”

He added that the BBC had “robbed” him of the last three years and that the “stress was killing him”.

Gary B. Graves

Gary B. Graves is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Gary B. Graves joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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