‘Britain’s clumsiest husband’ has cost his wife £5,000 thanks to his mishaps – including melting their fridge, slicing their brand new sofa in half and blowing up her car.
Debbie Stephens, 56, admits her husband of 25 years, Craig, 51, has ‘the best intentions’, but is painfully accident prone.
His clumsiness has seen him crash the car into a McDonalds while trying to change the radio station, and blow all the lights in their home during DIY.
He’s booked return tickets for the first day of their holiday, written off her car by filling the wrong bit with oil and flooded various rooms in their home while ‘fixing’ plumbing.
And despite being very fed up of his expensive mishaps, Debbie said he’s her soulmate and she wouldn’t change a thing.
Speaking to new podcast Real Fix, the mum-of-two and business owner from Edinburgh, Scotland, said: “I think he’s the clumsiest man in the UK – he’s like Frank Spencer and I’m his Betty!
“Craig is a walking disaster. Everything he touches turns to dust. He is literally the clumsiest person I’ve ever met.
“His dopey ways have certainly tested our marriage – but I love him, flaws and all.
“I try to restrict the carnage he causes by avoiding asking him to do any DIY tasks, but no matter what he still manages to leave the house like a building site.”
Craig added: “I have to admit I am a bit of a clutz.
“I don’t know what it is, but I do tend to get very confused with simple tasks.
“I’m grateful Debbie puts up with my shenanigans.”
The pair met in 1994 in a karaoke bar went on to have two children together, now aged 23 and 25.
Debbie was first alerted to Craig’s clumsiness when he asked to borrow her iron when they first moved in together.
Rather than using an ironing board Craig used the carpet – burning a massive hole.
That was shortly followed by him flooding the entire bathroom, by leaning on the sink until it smashed on to the floor.
He later tried to ‘fix the washing machine’ – but broke the valve which left water ‘gushing everywhere’ – flooding their house for a second time.
“It was like an Egyptian snake dancing about,” Craig told the Real Fix podcast, which features people telling real life in their own words.
Debbie began to notice these incidents weren’t coincidental when their oven broke and he re-wired it – not realising he was colour blind.
“But after the oven blew up for the tenth time, we resorted to calling out an engineer – who was extremely confused,” she told the podcast hosts.
He destroyed their brand new sofa by cutting open the packaging with a huge knife – slitting every cushion.
Debbie now refuses to let her husband undertake DIY after he ruined their bedroom by painting it pink.
“I asked him to paint it a creamy colour, something simple,” Debbie said.
“When I walked in it was bright pink… flamingo pink!”
Much to Debbie’s horror, Craig had also dropped the majority of the pot of paint all over their bed, which he’d then tried to scrub with a metal scourer – leaving the wooden frame scratched beyond repair.
He also crashed their car into McDonalds when he knocked off the handbrake while fiddling with the radio.
And he ruined their fridge by defrosting it — with a two bar electric fire.
Debbie said: “Craig is really one of a kind.
“He has messed up a lot during his time, but he means well and just wants to help out wherever he can.”
“Although I love my soul mate to death, he is literally leaving everything we have in pieces and I don’t know how much more I can take of his antics, especially since it has cost us over £5,000 to fix everything so far.”
The couple spoke to the team at the Real Fix podcast – which features real life people telling their own extraordinary stories in their own words.
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