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Published: Thursday, 7/14/2005

Relationships Blossom During Home Fix-Ups

Want to get even closer to your spouse? Home-improvement projects may be the perfect way to go, says a study conducted by a tool manufacturing company based in Mineola, New York.

According to the results, 54 percent of all couples (married or living with a significant other) who do home-improvement projects together actually enjoyed working with each other. Proving their ability to work together as a couple was cited as a key factor. Only a small percentage (7 percent) said the experience was terrible and wouldn't repeat it again.

In fact, doing home-improvement projects together was listed as a favorite couples' activity among going out to dinner, socializing with friends and shopping.

What's the No 1 activity to do together? More than half of American couples like to do lawn and garden projects, at 51 percent. Other preferred home-improvement projects enjoyed as a joint venture include painting and wallpapering (34 percent), general fix-it and repairs (31 percent), woodworking (17 percent) and upgrading flooring (15 percent).

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