Home Improvement and Maintenance

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Florissant Valley | Meramec | Wildwood | Off-Site

Spruce things up with Home Improvement classes. Explore basic car maintenance and small engine repair. Learn about tiling, interior design, power tools, remodeling and more. Our classes are the perfect fit for the do-it-yourselfer.

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Home DIY

DIY Home Inspections

Considering buying or selling a home in the near future? Learn to perform your own unofficial inspections to save money, time and headaches by spotting costly repairs before you get to the contract stage! Topics will include reasons for home inspections, what home inspectors look for, home inspection reports, how to choose a home inspector and the different types of inspections.
HOME:765 | 1 session | $19.50 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P01 W 7-9 p.m. | Troy Galloway
Jan. 29 | MC-SO, 108

How to Use Power Tools

Power tools make difficult jobs easier and provide greater accuracy, but to use them effectively and without injury they must be operated correctly. Join our home repair expert for demonstrations of common power tools including drills, rotary tools and reciprocating miter and circular saws. Bring a small power tool you would like to know more about and it may be selected for demonstration during class. Join us and bring your questions to learn more about power tools!
HOME:713 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P01 W 7-9 p.m. | Jean Linton
Feb. 5 | FV-E, 158

Be Your Own General Contractor

Save money on home renovation projects by serving as your own general contractor. Understand a general contractor’s role and responsibilities, how to interview sub-contractors, required permits, insurance for the property owner and sub-contractors, scheduling sub-contractors, setting up a payment schedule, and understand liens, waivers and contracts.
HOME:765 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P02 W 7-9 p.m. | Troy Galloway
Feb. 12 | MC-SO, 108

Hands-on Home Repair: Electrical Fixes

When something needs to be fixed, who do you call? Fix it yourself and save time, money and hassle! A variety of simple home repairs will be presented with a hands-on focus. Electricity and safety, small electrical problems and the difference between aluminum and copper wiring (and how to work with both) will be discussed. We will help ease the anxieties of how-to, when-to and when it’s safer not-to. You won’t need to fear performing your own simple DIY electrical repairs or have to pay someone else to do it for you after this class. If you need a new light fixture, wall switch or outlet, this class will guide you! Please enter school from the Essex lot.
HOME:727 | 1 session | $29 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 W 7-9 p.m. | Jean Linton
Feb. 19 | Kirkwood Sr. HS, SA 1

NEW! Hands-on Home Repair: Electrical Fixes Part II

Practice how to change out switches, outlets and light fixtures in the second installment of electrical fixes. Learn how to strip wire, change a switch to a dimmer, add plugs and do general electrical tests to keep you safe. Prerequisite: Hands-on Home Repair: Electrical Fixes or equivalent experience. Please enter school from the Essex lot.
HOME:727 | 1 session | $35 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
P02 W 7-9 p.m. | Jean Linton
Feb. 26 | Kirkwood Sr. HS, SA 1

Hands-on Home Repair: Plumbing

Got a leaky faucet or just want to upgrade to the latest style? Has your running toilet caused your water bill to skyrocket? Don’t get sticker shock by calling a plumber. Instead come to this hands-on class and learn how to fix minor plumbing issues yourself! Please enter school from the Essex lot.
HOME:729 | 1 session | $29 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 W 7-9 p.m. | Jean Linton
May 6 | Kirkwood Sr. HS, SA 1

DIY Drywalling

Learn from an experienced handy person how to measure, cut and hang drywall. Demonstrations include how to make small patches to repair damaged walls, apply seam tape (both paper tape and self-stick mesh tape) and mud (joint compound), and how to cut-to-size with minimal drywall seams and cut out for electric boxes. If there is a drywall project in your future, come to this class before getting started!
HOME:725 | 1 session | $29 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 W 7-9 p.m. | Jean Linton
March 4 | FV-E, 158

Paint Like a Pro

Of course you can paint, but can you paint like a pro? Learn how to prepare surfaces, what to use and what not to use, and primer versus stain blockers (and when each are necessary). Discover techniques for texturing to conceal your patches and how to make your paint brush do the work! And, of course, learn how to properly finish the job and simplify cleanup!
HOME:734 | 1 session | $29 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 W 7-9 p.m. | Jean Linton
April 1 | FV-E, 158

NEW! Paint Like a Pro Part II

Work on actual walls, trim and other surfaces to learn how to make your next paint job look great! Feel free to bring your favorite paint brushes. Please wear paint clothes. Prerequisite: Paint Like a Pro or equivalent experience.
HOME:734 | 1 session | $35 AGE 60+ | $35 REG
P02 W 7-9 p.m. | Jean Linton
April 8 | FV-E, 158

House Maintenance

House maintenance and repairs don’t have to be daunting tasks that cost hundreds of dollars for someone else to fix — many can be done by you! Learn how to relight a pilot light, fix a faucet, replace a furnace filter or electrical outlet, and where to locate utility shut-offs. Save money by performing these simple tasks yourself!
HOME:713 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
P02 W 7-9 p.m. | Jean Linton
April 22 | FV-E, 158

Auto

Basic Car Maintenance

Cars get us from home and work to soccer and the grocery store, but the moment they need repair or maintenance they are a source of anxiety and frustration. Ease auto anxiety by better understanding cars, the auto repair industry and routine service problems. Learn about maintenance problems and how to inspect and perform minor repairs and maintenance on your own car. No driver should miss this class!
AUTO:701 | 1 session | $20 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 Th 6-9 p.m. | Michael Silva
April 2 | Advanced Auto Service

Home Décor

Interior Design: Color Schemes for Home, Kitchen and Bath

Give your home a face lift! Whether you prefer a bold or quiet color scheme, our experienced interior designer will show you how to select the best options for your space. Learn the secret of achieving properly balanced color placement, how to combine patterns in fabrics and furniture, and how to integrate these patterns into your space. Selection of paint color, wood tone, countertops, cabinets, light fixtures and hardware will be addressed. Please bring a pen and notebook to class.
HOME:708 | 1 session | $20 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 Th 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Kathryn Leinauer
Feb. 27 | WW, 201

Interior Décor: Accessories for Home, Kitchen and Bath

Well-chosen accessories are the perfect finishing touch every room deserves. Learn from a professional interior designer how to select the right shapes and sizes for your accessories and how to place them into the correct proportionate spaces. Choices of color and the combinations of patterns will be demonstrated. After this class, your home will reflect your personality with a professional touch! Please bring a pen and notebook to class.
HOME:709 | 1 session | $20 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 Th 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Kathryn Leinauer
March 5 | WW, 201

Give Your Home a Budget-Friendly Face Lift

What could be better than redecorating for pennies? Let an experienced designer help unlock your imagination to create your own signature look! Design a whole new style while using your own valued possessions and supplementing with those great garage and estate sale finds. Learn how to select pieces to keep, which to let go and how to revitalize those old color schemes. Please bring a pen and notebook to class.
HOME:701 | 1 session | $20 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
P01 Th 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Kathryn Leinauer
March 12 | WW, 201


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