Project Repair workshopHRRC’s “hands-on” workshops are available to residents of all communities, regardless of income. Most are held in our Teaching Center at 2520 Noble Road, two blocks north of Monticello in Cleveland Heights.

Workshop attendees pay a modest materials fee: $10 for resident of Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights, and $15 for non-residents. (Scholarships are available to Cleveland Heights residents with low incomes.) Fees may be paid by cash or check.

Reservations are required. To reserve a spot in a workshop, call (216) 381-6100, ext. 16, or email workshops@hrrc-ch.org. Please include a daytime phone number so that we can contact you to finalize your reservation. First-time participants should also complete the online application for the Project Repair program.

Please let us know about repairs completed through Project Repair by completing a reporting form.

Gift cards for repair workshops can be a great present for new homeowners, home repair enthusiasts, and anyone who, due to life changes, is responsible for the maintenance needs of a home. Print out our order form and send it to HRRC with your payment.

 

JULY

Sash Cord Repair
Monday, July 7th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructors: Art Engleman & Bill Engleman, Western Window Service
If your double-hung window no longer goes up and down, the sash cords may be broken. Learn how to replace those ropes, so your window will function once again.

Porch Flooring Repair
Monday, July 14th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: John Sobotincic, woodworker/handyman
You’ll learn how to install tongue-and-groove wood flooring – just a few replacement pieces or an entire new porch deck.

Handrails
Monday, July 21st, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Bill Audrick, Renew Contracting
You’ll learn how to measure, cut, and connect wood to construct a railing for your porch and/or steps.

Asphalt Repair & Sealing
Monday, July 28th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Tina Rorak
You’ll learn how to use cold patch, crack filler and sealer to repair and seal a drive. (Note: This class will be messy — wear old clothes!)

 

AUGUST

Tree Pruning
Monday, August 4th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Mark Derrickson, Ardmore Tree Service
Learn when to prune your trees, how to operate various types of pruning tools and when each should be used, and when to call a professional.

Installing a Motion-Detector Light
Monday, August 11th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Anthony Malcolm, Green Integrated Services
Learn how to wire a motion-detector light into an existing circuit on your house or garage, mounting it properly and ensuring that all the connections are weatherproof. We’ll also talk about how to complete the project if no existing wiring is available.

Installing a Storm Door
Monday, August 18th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Malia Lewis
We’ll show you how to install a new storm door – how to attach the door casing, hinges, handle and closing mechanism. We’ll also talk about choosing a good quality door.

Building a Box for a Container Garden
Monday, August 25th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Ken Brown, handyman/gardener
This class will be great for gardeners who want to build a box for a container garden, as well as a good introduction for people who want to learn about basic carpentry tools and techniques.

 

SEPTEMBER

Snaking Sewers & Sewer Repair Options
Monday, September 8th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Ernie Fisco, AAA Flexible Pipe
Come and learn about your sanitary and storm sewer systems and practice using an electric sewer snake to clear roots and other obstructions from these drain lines. You’ll also learn about alternatives to a complete dig-down if a drain line must be replaced.

Caulking & Weatherization
Monday, September 15th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Martin Berry, Berry Insulation Company
Learn how to seal those cracks and gaps that let warm air escape and air enter. We’ll demonstrate strategies for winterizing doors, making windows air-tight, and eliminating hidden heat leaks.

Insulating Your Home
Monday, September 22nd, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Martin Berry, Berry Insulation Company
You’ll learn how to work with various types of insulation and where each is most appropriate, as well as which do-self projects can give you effective results.

Heating System Maintenance
Monday, September 29th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Wesley Walker, BPI, Home Repair Resource Center
Learn what you can do yourself to make your heating system more efficient — and how to tell when it’s time to replace your furnace or boiler.

Check back for future workshops…