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Working safely a “must” when tackling home repairs

We all hear the horror stories — people shot with nail guns, hospitalized after falling from a ladder, rescued after a trench collapses….. Before tackling any repair on a do-self basis, it’s important to consider possible injuries, exposure to toxic materials, and other dangers.… Read the rest

New partnership established with Shaker Heights

Home Repair Resource Center and the City of Shaker Heights have established a mutually beneficial partnership to create easier access to HRRC programming for that community. Shaker Heights residents will benefit from discounted class fees for our hands-on repair workshops; occasional HouseMender University presentations at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building in Shaker Heights; and participation by HRRC staff members in the Shaker Senior Day and two Landlord Training sessions held each year in that city.… Read the rest

HRRC offers new grant to seniors for water heaters

With the cost of replacement water heaters rising, Home Repair Resource Center has added a new benefit under our Financial Assistance Programs. Senior Repair Specialist Wesley Walker explains, “We have been seeing more and more seniors who are having difficulty coming up with the cost of a new water heater — something that is a real necessity for them to remain safely in their home.… Read the rest

August is Mayfield/Mayfield Heights month

HRRC is offering a special incentive to residents of Mayfield and Mayfield Heights in August. For all our August repair workshops, Mayfield and Mayfield Heights residents will pay only $5, instead of the regular $15 fee. This is a great chance to try a class or two, or to practice using the tools and techniques needed to do a repair you want to tackle yourself.… Read the rest

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Repair Tips

Fixing Your Garage Door

Over the years, your garage door takes a beating. Not only can the cables and springs break under the repeated stress of moving that heavy weight, the door panels themselves can deteriorate from moisture or suffer impact damage. (We’ve all seen the effects of a “slight miscalculation,” when a car has been backed into a closed garage door.)
Faced with fixing or replacing your garage door, the first thing to consider is the type of damage that has occurred.… Read the rest

Plastic Water Lines

With the sharp rise in the cost of copper (as well as the reluctance many homeowners have to solder copper pipe), there has been growing interest in plastic pipe as an alternative for water and drain lines. Plastic pipe made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) has been permitted for DWV (drain-waste-vent) pipe for many years, but only in recent years have communities allowed plastic (PEX or CPVC) water supply lines to be installed in residential buildings.… Read the rest

It’s time to seal that asphalt driveway

Those small cracks and depressions in your asphalt driveway can cause a whole lot of destruction. They provide places for water to work its way into and under the pavement; when that water freezes in the winter, it will expand – cracking apart the asphalt and even heaving up whole sections of the driveway, like icebergs.… Read the rest

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