Electrical 01HRRC’s repair classes and workshops are available to residents of all communities, regardless of income. Unless otherwise noted, classes 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.) Higher fees may apply to Project Repair Advanced workshops. Fees may be paid by cash, check, or credit card. HouseMender University presentations, which often relate to the repair classes, are free.

Reservations are required for all sessions. To reserve a spot, call (216) 381-6100, ext. 16, or email pwetherill@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.



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


SEPTEMBER: “Preparing for Winter” Series:

HouseMender University presentation: Save Energy & Save $$
Tuesday, September 1st, 7 – 8:30 pm
Free (reservations required)
South Euclid Community Center, 1370 Victory Dr.
Speaker: Jim Colopy, GoodCents

Participants will:

  • Learn how to identify how your home uses – and loses – energy
  • Understand how to evaluate which measures will be most cost-effective in increasing your home’s energy efficiency
  • How to qualify for rebates on energy-reducing repairs and improvements

Insulating Your Home
Monday, September 14th, 7 – 9 pm, HRRC
Instructor: Martin Berry, Berry Insulation

Participants will learn:

  • How air and energy move within your house
  • The role of insulation in energy use
  • The advantages and disadvantages of insulation products
  • What products are out there for the Do-It-Yourselfer
  • How to evaluate and hire a contractor

Caulking & Weatherization

Monday, September 21st, 7 – 9 pm, HRRC
Instructor: Fred Cortright, sustainability advocate

Participants will learn:

  • The role of sealing gaps and cracks in the overall energy usage of a house
  • The role of air, pressure, and temperature boundaries
  • How to identify where air is coming into and going out of your house
  • The right places to seal to save the most energy and money
  • Which products to use, and where to use them; new products for the Do-It-Yourselfer

Good-Bye A/C; Hello Furnace
Monday, September 28th, 7 – 9 pm, HRRC
Instructor: Reader Heating & Cooling

Participants will learn:

  • What maintenance can be done by homeowners and what should be left to the professionals
  • Regular maintenance for air conditioners, forced air furnaces, steam and hot water boilers
  • When to replace your heating system
  • How to hire a contractor for furnace repairs or replacement.
  • Whether maintenance plans are a good idea



Project Repair Advanced workshop: “Caulk, Weatherstrip, Insulate: Learn by Doing”
Monday, October 5th, 7 – 9 pm, HRRC
Instructor: Martin Berry, Berry Insulation

Our first Project Repair Advanced workshop is your opportunity to be a part of a small group, learning and practicing the techniques we’ve been talking about during the past month. In this workshop, where enrollment is limited to 10 people, you’ll have the opportunity to learn by doing; Martin Berry and technicians from Berry Insulation will show you how to caulk, weatherstrip and insulate.  There are no bystanders – everyone participates!

  • You’ll roll up your sleeves, grab your caulk gun and learn how to caulk
  • You’ll add weatherstripping to a door and window
  • You’ll hang and install a variety of insulation products in a variety of places

Registration is required and payment is due at the time of registration. (Registration and payment deadline: Friday, October 2.) Cost of the workshop includes a classroom fee (instruction, practice materials, tools, and personal protective equipment) and a materials fee (tools and materials participants keep).

Classroom fee:    

  • $15 for residents of Cleveland Heights & Shaker Heights
  • $20 for residents of other cities
  • Additional discounts are available for low-income participants (call Pam Wetherill for details (216) 381.6100, ext. 16, or email pwetherill@hrrc-ch.org)
  • October promotion:  $15 classroom fee for S. Euclid residents

Materials fee:       $20, which includes

  • contractor-grade caulk gun
  • caulk 
  • spray foam insulation
  • consumable materials used in class

In the workshop, attendees may also purchase a door & window weatherstripping kit (optional), which includes weatherstripping and a door sweep. 

HRRC reserves the right to cancel the workshop if attendance warrants, with full refunds of any workshop fees paid.



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