Learn to do repairs at hands-on classes

Many home repairs could be tackled on a do-it-yourself basis, if the homeowner just knew what to do. That’s where Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) comes in.

HRRC’s repair workshops teach the “how-to” of basic home repairs, with a special focus on maintaining older homes. The workshops are taught by experienced professionals and include opportunities for hands-on practice with the tools, materials, and techniques needed for the project.

Emily Hamburg and Rob Shields of South Euclid attended their first class last fall, a workshop on caulking and weatherization. Since then, they have worked to weather-strip doors, wrap pipes, and seal gaps—tasks Hamburg describes as “lots of hammer, nail, glue, caulking stuff.” She said that the classes have helped them become “more confident in a hands-on environment, in doing basic things.”

This summer, HRRC’s class schedule includes common exterior repairs, such as porch flooring replacement, exterior painting, screen replacement, asphalt driveway sealing, caulking and weatherization. Class fees are $10 for Cleveland Heights residents and $15 for nonresidents, with reduced rates for low-income Cleveland Heights homeowners.

All classes are held at the HRRC Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road (two blocks north of Monticello Boulevard, at the corner of Oxford Road). Most workshops run from 7–9 p.m. on Monday evenings.

For additional information and a schedule of upcoming workshops, check HRRC’s website, www.hrrc-ch.org. Reservations are required, and classes fill quickly. To reserve a spot, call Becky Stager, program coordinator, at 216-381-6100, ext. 16, or e-mail rstager@hrrc-ch.org.

Rebecca Stager

Becky Stager has been HRRC's education coordinator since 1989. Visit www.hrrc-ch.org or call 216-381-6100 for more information on programs and services.

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