It’s an argument that’s raged on for as long as anyone can remember. Sparkys and plumbers have been locked in a titanic battle of wits, work and brew making skills with no clear victor. That’s where we come in.
In this ultimate showdown, we’ll put sparkies and plumbers against each other in the categories that really matter, like who’d be more likely to win the world powerlifting championships for example.
Through our highly scientific methods, we’re finally going to decide a winner.
Round 1: Confronting Danger!
First things first, let’s look at who faces the biggest danger in their day-to-day job.
While plumbers might be at risk of a face full of toilet water, the constant threat of death by electrocution means sparkies win this one hands down. We can’t imagine walking into work every day and poking around at live wires and electrical outlets. One wrong step and you’re toast.
Round 2: Acts of Heroism
Next, lets look at which of our battling trades is more heroic.
We agree that getting in a round at the end of a long day is pretty heroic, but everyone loves a good emergency plumber springing to their aid.
Stranded with no hot water? A plumber is ready and waiting to step in like Superman, but with a better working knowledge of valves.
We envy plumbers for their selfless acts of heroism.
Round 3: Not Being Down a Drain
Lets face it, nobody likes being down a drain. It’s dark, cold and it smells terrible. Every pro has to spend a little time in tight spaces, but whoever can spend the least time down there gets a plus in our book.
The winner is pretty obvious here too. If video games have taught us anything, it’s that plumbers spend half their days down pipes.
In fact, if you’re a new starter, you probably can’t even remember what it’s like above ground. Sparkies spent a lot less time down drains, and probably need a lot fewer clothing changes as a result.
Round 4: Wielding Power Tools
Whether you’re a plumber, sparky or any other trade for that matter, we can all agree on one thing. Power tools are impressive. So which of our feuding trades wins in the gadget department?
Well it’s definitely plumbers. Sparkies may have some cleaver little electrical tools, but nothing beats a really massive wrench.
Plumbers have a whole host of gadgets at their disposal from blow torches to cameras and sensors. This one goes to plumbers.
Round 5: Being in Mission Impossible
Bare with us here. No matter how much you wanted to train as a plumber or an electrician, you know you really just want to be Tom Cruise.
Only sparkys get to experience a taste of what it’s like to be an action hero, as they sit there deciding whether to cut the red wire or the blue wire.
Sure they’re not connected to anything, and sure you’re supposed to be wiring a semi-detached house not CIA headquarters, but it’s fun nevertheless. The closest plumbers get to being an action hero is quickly tightening a pipe before your mate turns the water supply back on.
Round 6: Winning the World Powerlifting Championship
If plumbers and sparkies had to compete in a serious test of strength, we’d back plumbers every time.
A plumber spends his days lifting and moving ridiculously heavy objects, from boilers to lead pipes. The heaviest thing a sparky has to lift is his toolbox.
Of course, the ability to lift stupidly heavy stuff is a vital life skill no matter who you are, and plumbers have the edge when it comes to pure strength.
Ok, so it’s a draw.
You didn’t really expect us to settle an age old argument that easily did you? The fact is both plumbers and sparkys have their merits, as well as their faults. When all is said and done, they’re both far inferior to brick layers anyway… just joking.
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