Home Improvement and Maintenance

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Meramec

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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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! Specific maintenance problems will be discussed and students will have the opportunity to learn 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

Home Decor

Think Like a Decorator

Explore the décor process as an interior designer does, thinking through the potential for enhanced beauty and improved function while also considering your taste, your needs and your “givens” (what cannot be changed). Learn some quick-fixes and budget-friendly make-over tips. Also, learn about classic décor mistakes. You’ll benefit from “fresh eyes” and a new understanding of design basics. Bring three of your favorite decorating magazines to first class.
HOME:702 | 4 sessions | $35.50 AGE 60+ | $59 REG

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.
HOME:708 | 1 session | $20 AGE 60+ | $29 REG

Interior Décor: Accessories for Home, Kitchen and Bath

Well-chosen accessories are the perfect finishing touch every room deserves. In this class, 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 space. Choices of color and the combinations of patterns will be demonstrated. After this class, your home will reflect your personality with a professional touch!
HOME:709 | 1 session | $20 AGE 60+ | $29 REG

Home DIY

How to Work with a Contractor

Have a project that requires hiring a contractor? Learn from our home repair specialist what you need to know to get the job done right! Many factors influence the decision to hire a contractor. For instance, is the job primarily repair, remodeling or new construction? Is a specialized contractor or general contractor needed, and where do subcontractors fit into the picture? What’s the timeline and budget? Who’s responsible for materials and determines the logistics of the project? Don’t forget the paperwork and, oh yes, the clean-up! Join us and bring your questions about how to work with a contractor.
HOME:765 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG

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

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 

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

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’d 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

 DIY Home Inspections

Considering buying or selling a home in the near future? Learn to perform your own unofficial inspections to save you 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 AGE 60+ | $25 REG

Hands-on Home Repair: Electrical Fixes

When something needs fixing, 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’ll 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!
HOME:727 | 1 session | $29 AGE 60+ | $29 REG 

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.
HOME:727 | 1 session | $35 AGE 60+ | $35 REG

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 yourself! Learn how to relight a pilot light, fix a faucet, replace a furnace filter or electrical outlets, and where to locate utility shut-offs. Save money by performing these simple tasks yourself!
HOME:713 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG 


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