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All that tea just keeps you going.

PLUMBERS, electricians and locksmiths drink the equivalent of 1.3 bathfuls of tea every year, research has suggested.

Hospitable customers offer Britain's tradespeople 3.83 cups of tea on average during every shift, which adds up to 900 cups a year.

But going beyond the call of duty on jobs means tradespeople are "almost another emergency service", the company behind the research said.

Elderly women are the most likely to make tea during a housecall, as 47 per cent of them offer to put the kettle on.

Young men are the least hospitable, tradespeople agreed, as just one in 100 suggest a brew.

The research, by Direct Line Home Response 24, also suggests the stereotype the British are obsessed with the weather still holds true - 79 per cent of the tradespeople polled said their customers talk about it.

More than one in 20 customers discuss relationship troubles and the same number moan about money worries.
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