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Wife says partner is 'Britain's clumsiest husband' after 24 years of mishaps; Craig Stephens, 50, has admitted he is 'a bit of a clutz' and he is 'grateful' wife Debbie, 55, puts up with him.

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A long-suffering wife has dubbed her partner 'Britain's clumsiest husband' after 24 years of mishaps - including blowing up her car and flooding their home.

Craig Stephens, 50, has exploded an oven by re-wiring it wrong, melted the fridge, poured a tin of paint over their bed and crashed the car despite being a non-driver.

Wife Debbie, 55, said he's also flooded their bathroom, blown all the lights doing DIY and cracked their TV.

But she said despite his clumsy ways, she loves him all the same.

Craig said: "I have to admit I am a bit of a clutz.

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"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."

Debbie from Edinburgh added: "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 - and when he cracked the screen in the television, I thought about asking for a divorce - but I love him flaws and all.

"I try and restrict the carnage he causes by avoiding asking him to do any DIY tasks, but no matter what he still manages to the leave the house like a building site."

The pair met in 1994 in a karaoke bar and married within a year.

They went on to have two children together, now aged 22 and 24.

Debbie was first alerted to Craig's clumsiness when he flooded the bathroom by leaning on a sink, then blew up the oven by rewiring it wrongly.

Another time she left their two boys in the car with passenger Craig when she popped to the loo at a McDonald's.

He knocked the handbrake changing radio stations, causing it to smash into a wall.

Defrosting the fridge, he put a two-bar fire inside to speed it up and melted the plastic, and he also accidentally sliced open their new sofa, leaving the room covered in foam.

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His DIY disasters include spilling a pot of paint over their bed and blowing the lights installing a dimer switch.

Debbie now refuses to let her husband undertake DIY after he ruined their bedroom, but decorating it the completely wrong colour.

The mum-of-two, a business owner said: "I told him that I wanted to redecorate our bedroom and suggested hiring a professional to complete the paint job - but Craig wasn't happy with that and didn't want to fork out for something he could simply do himself.

"So I waited downstairs and watched a bit of TV, whilst I let him get on with it, but then I heard him call out my name in such a worrisome tone, that my heart sunk into my stomach.

"I entered our room to see that he'd painted our walls bright pink - the colour of flamingos - instead of the subtle cream colour we'd chosen.

"There was one time, years back, when I left him and our two boys in the car, whilst I popped to the toilet in McDonald's.

"When I came back outside, I noticed that the car had crashed into a wall and a huge hole was left in the restaurant, I was mortified. Thankfully they were all okay.

"Craig doesn't even drive, but he knocked the handbrake when changing the radio station and the car just started rolling forward, it was absolutely awful.

"Another simple task, that didn't work out due a lack of common sense, was when I asked him to defrost the fridge, but when I arrived back home from work, the fridge was a pool of melted plastic on the floor.

"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 [pounds sterling]5,000 to fix everything so far."

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Craig said: "Debbie has the patience of a saint. I always mean well, but I do have a bit of a habit of making a pig's ear of things."

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Date:Jul 30, 2019
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