Electrical 01HRRC’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, check, or credit card.

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.



Repairing Wood Window Frames
(Class full; wait list only)
Monday, June 1st, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Ben Faller, HRRC
You don’t need to replace your original windows just because the frames are damaged. We’ll show you products and techniques that can be used to repair rotten or damaged wood – and preserve the historic character of your home.

Sash Cord Repair
Monday, June 8th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Art 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.

Flat Roof Replacement
Tuesday, June 9th, 7 – 9 pm (rescheduled from earlier date)
Instructor: Chris Kamis, Absolute Roofing
You’ll learn to replace a “flat” roof over a porch or shed-type garage using self-adhering (“peel & stick”) modified bitumen roofing, a much easier product to install on a do-self basis.

Window Glazing & Glass Replacement
Monday, June 15th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Lenny Goldfarb, Cedar Center Hardware
Learn how to replace deteriorated glazing (the putty that seals the glass to the wood sash), to prepare for exterior painting or to replace a broken window pane.

Concrete Replacement
Monday, June 22nd, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Bill Knop, Rehab Specialist, City of Cleveland Heights
If you need to replace a small area of concrete (such as a sidewalk block), come and learn how to build the form, mix the concrete, and finish the surface.

Screen Repair
Monday, June 29th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Andy Gathy, Heights Hardware
You’ll learn how to repair small holes and tears in screening and how to replace an entire screen, whether the frame is wood or metal.



Patching Plaster and Drywall
Monday, July 13th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Malia Lewis, landlord & property manager

Participants will:

  • Be able to patch holes in drywall
  • Understand the “anatomy” of plaster walls and how common problems develop
  • Know how to repair cracks in plaster walls and ceilings
  • Know how to repair sagging plaster (using plaster washers and/or adhesive)
  • Be able to patch holes where lath is still present
  • Be able to patch holes where lath is missing

Door Locks & Deadbolts
Monday, July 20th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Ken Rubin, National Sentry Security Systems

Participants will:

  • Understand the difference between traditional door locks and deadbolt locks
  • Know what features to look for when choosing a new door lock or deadbolt
  • Be able to install a traditional door lock on an interior door
  • Be able to install a deadbolt lock on an exterior door
  • Be able to make simple repairs to interior door locks

Repairing and Replacing Porch Flooring
Monday, July 27th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: John Sobotincic, woodworker/handyman

Participants will:

  • Understand how to locate floorboards that match existing boards
  • Know how to measure, cut, and install tongue-and-groove porch flooring
  • Know how to remove and replace damaged board(s) on part of a porch floor
  • Know how to deal with porch columns, railing posts, and other architectural features that can complicate flooring replacement



Cleaning Out Drains
Monday, August 3rd, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Ernie Fisco, Advanced Plumbing & Drain

Participants will:

  • Know the location and function of sanitary sewers and storm sewers
  • Know how to use an electric sewer snake to clear clogged sewer lines
  • Understand the function of a clean out and how it is constructed and installed
  • Understand alternatives to a complete dig-down if a drain line must be replaced

Introduction to Electricity
Monday, August 17th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Dennis Meltzer, retired electrician

Participants will:

  • Understand how electricity is generated & transmitted to the home
  • Understand how electricity is transmitted mast→panel→ throughout house
  • Understand wiring types (knob & tube, Romex, armored cable, etc.) and how wire is sized
  • Understand the purpose of fuses and circuit breakers and how they are matched to wire sizes
  • Understand safety precautions for working with electricity
  • Understand the purpose of the grounding pathway and how it is achieved
  • Understand common wiring problems/violations: illegal splices, lack of junction boxes, ungrounded three-prong outlets, etc.
  • Know how to make an electrical map of one’s home
  • Understand how to compute the load on a circuit

Repairing Switches & Outlets
Monday, August 24th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Dennis Meltzer, retired electrician

Participants will:

  • Understand how single-pole switches & common outlets are wired into a circuit (wiring diagram)
  • Recognize other types of switches and outlets sometimes found in older homes
  • Be able to use a tester to determine the hot wire
  • Be able to strip a wire and connect it to a switch or outlet (wire looped around screws, straight stabbed into back, etc.)
  • Be able to replace an existing single-pole switch
  • Be able to replace an existing common outlet
  • Be able to mount a junction box and install a new single-pole switch in it
  • Be able to mount a junction box and install a new common outlet in it
  • Be able to diagnose and correct common causes of non-working lights, single-pole switches, and common outlets

Three-Way Switches & GFCI Outlets
Monday, August 31st, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Dennis Meltzer, retired electrician

Participants will:

  • Understand the protection provided by GFCIs and AFCIs
  • Be able to replace a common outlet with a GFCI outlet
  • Understand how three-way switches are wired into a circuit (wiring diagram)
  • Be able to install a three-way switch system to control a light
  • Be able to diagnose and correct common causes of non-working three-way switch systems



Good-Bye A/C; Hello Furnace
Monday, September 14th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: To be determined

Participants will:

  • Understand the importance of seasonal maintenance of central air conditioning and heating and what’s involved
  • Understand what maintenance can be done by homeowners on heating and cooling systems and what should be left to a professional
  • Know when a heating system should be replaced

Caulking & Weatherization
Monday, September 21st, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: To be determined

Participants will:

  • Identify which products to use to seal various kinds of cracks & gaps
  • Know how to use caulk gun and other tools to apply sealants
  • Know how to install various types of weatherstripping on windows and doors

Insulating Your Home
Monday, September 28th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: To be determined

Participants will:

  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of various types of insulation
  • Know how to install various types of insulation, baffles, and other materials



Check back for future workshops…