HRRC’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 Cleveland Heights residents 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Drywall Installation & Repair
Monday, April 7th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Patricia Ankhenaton, Cleveland Youth Empowerment
Drywall can be used to finish new walls or to repair damaged plaster walls. At this class, you’ll learn to measure, cut, install and finish drywall, ready for paint or wallpaper. You’ll also learn to repair holes from electrical or plumbing work (or from roughhousing kids….)
Door Locks & Deadbolts
Monday, April 21st, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Ken Rubin, National Sentry Security Systems
You’ll learn about various kinds of door locks, the advantages of each, and how they are installed and repaired.
Flat Roof Replacement
Tuesday, April 29th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Chris Kamis, Absolute Roofing
You’ll learn how 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.
Gutters & Downspouts
Tuesday, May 6th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Chris Kamis, Absolute Roofing
Learn how to connect and hang gutters at the proper pitch. We’ll discuss sectional vs. seamless gutters, metal gauges, and how to replace rotted fascia boards and rafter ends.
Installing a Replacement Window
Monday, May 12th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Britt Raburn, Lyndhurst Lumber
Learn how to remove an existing double-hung window and install a “replacement window” in the opening. We’ll discuss how to select a good-quality window and show you how to install it, utilizing strategies to prevent cold drafts from entering the house through the old sash weight cavities.
Tuesday, May 20th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Briane Vagner, Vagner Masonry
Tuckpointing (replacing deteriorated or missing mortar between bricks) is an easy do-self repair in most situations. We’ll demonstrate various types of joints, teach you how to match the color and appearance of the surrounding mortar, and show you techniques that will result in a neat and attractive job.
Monday, June 2nd, 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.
Monday, June 9th, 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
Repairing Wood Siding & Shingles
Monday, June 16th, 7 – 9 pm
Instructor: Steve Nolan, Cornerstone Construction LLC
If one of your lap siding boards has a small crack, we’ll show you how to repair it. You’ll also learn how to replace wood siding shingles and boards that are too damaged for repair.
Screen Repair & Replacement
Monday, June 23rd, 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.
Window Glazing & Glass Replacement
Monday, June 30th, 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.
Check back for future workshops…