Home Repair Classes
Save Money and Say "I Did It Myself"
One-on-One Coaching, One Day Specialty Classes, and Paul's Three-Week Home Repair Classes.
Knowledgeable, patient, teacher and craftsman Paul teaches a variety of classes to handle improvements like installing a ceiling fan, fixing leaks, changing a light switch, and choosing the right paints and materials. His hands-on courses give you insight into the mysterious world of plumbing, carpentry, electricity, painting, drywall, tools, hardware materials, and the vocabulary that goes with them.
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Paul teaches you in your own home for your own projects. Learn to do it yourself with expert and patient personal guidance. Do as much yourself as you want, with Paul there to make sure you are safe and it's done right (and finish anything you'd rather have him handle). E-mail Paul@PaulPlevakas.com or call (215) 778-2634.
Paul offers several fun one-day specialty classes. Here are a few:
- Build Your Own "Little Free Library" Kiosk
A "Little Free Library" is a weather-proof booth you can put outside (or anywhere you want to share books). Anyone can “take a book, return a book” in an ongoing free book share.
We pre-cut the many sizes and kinds of materials you will need for each kiosk, so you can begin right away with an introduction to tool-safety, and hands-on building.
Come alone or with friends. Take home your own work same day. You can decorate and personalize in your own creative way.
Next class through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT), 7 April, 2018:
a Little Free Library For The Mt. Airy Learning Tree
Buying lumber and supplies, cutting, assembling, caulking, painting decorative knobs, making door pulls.
More photos and descriptions to come.
- Fix Your Own Toilet!
The most common reason for high water bills is a malfunctioning toilet. Learn to diagnose problems, make repairs, and if necessary, replace your toilet. Fix a toilet that runs continuously or intermittently, will not flush, is clogged or has other problems. Learn how a toilet works, its parts, terminology and tools you will need, how to remove your old toilet and install a new one. Students receive the class PowerPoints for their own devices to follow along and review at home.
Next class through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT), Spring 2018:
For Waiting List :
Paul built a working model on wheels for you to take apart, work on, and learn from:
Class begins with lecture and demonstration:
Then supervised, hands-on opportunity for each student:
Then wheel the model outside, attach a water input, and get real understanding how a flush routes and works in relation to malfunctions and repairs:
Other Fun One-day Specialty Seminars
Install a ceiling fan, fix leaky faucets, troubleshoot electrical connections, change ceiling lighting fixtures, install flooring, fix holes in walls and ceilings, tile a patio, basics of building a deck, painting and refinishing. Other specific topics you choose also available. Learn how to be safe, and save thousands.
We used to run these seminars through Temple University. We are looking for a new venue. To set up your class, e-mail Paul@PaulPlevakas.com or call (215) 778-2634.
Clean, Earth Friendly, Renovations and Products.
We used to run this class through Temple University. We are looking for a new venue. To set up your class, e-mail Paul@PaulPlevakas.com or call (215) 778-2634.
Next class through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT) -
Three Saturdays - March 17, 24, and 31, 2018. 10am to 2pm each week.
What We Do In Each ClassClass #1
Lecture, demonstration, and participation: Work site safety, reading a tape measure, hand and power tools, basic carpentry, dimensional lumber, framing, sheet goods and fasteners: nails, screws, anchors. Students receive the class PowerPoints for their own devices to follow along and review at home.
In class project: Construct a stud wall. Bring your eye protection, gloves, and hammer.
Students learn safety using a compound miter saw, measure and cut their own studs, and assemble stud walls.
Lecture, demonstration, and participation: Understanding the household electrical system.
In class project: Install receptacle, switch, light fixture, electrical boxes and wire
Paul supervises all aspects of class for safety and education. Students do all their own work in small groups.
Lecture, demonstration, and participation: Understanding several aspects of the household plumbing system.
Paul lectures with PowerPoint and demonstration. Students learn the different aspects, parts, and tools of plumbing and repairs.
Click the arrow to run this video clip from Mythbusters showing dangers of a malfunctioning water heater
Class #3 In class project: Hang drywall, tape and spackle
Paul teaches the different mixes and purposes of spackle. Students measure, cut, hang, and tape and spackle their walls.
"Useful! Want more."
"I liked the hands-on experience. This was a very informative class. Learned a lot."
"Great overview of subject."
"Paul's attitude and interaction with students is excellent. I recommend this class."
"This was a great class! Paul structured it in a very digestible format. We got to create an entire wall section, learning about each layer as we progressed. Having just bought an old house, I feel I now know about how to fix problems. Everyone in the class was so excited to be learning about home repair. Paul was very generous with his time. I want Home Repair II! After we learned about electricity, my husband and I bought a new light fixture. The guy at the store warned us not to buy it unless we knew electricity. We cautiously took the process one step at a time and were thrilled when we flipped the switch and the new ceiling light worked. We never would have had the confidence to do this if not for Paul's class. Also the structure of the class was really smart. By building and wiring our wall, we touched on every subject including plumbing, drywall, electricity, carpentry, etc."
Personal Protection Equipment. Please Have For Class.
Safety glasses, goggles or face shield
For the following, if you do not have all of these tools, Paul or another student will have them to share
Straight slot screwdriver
Essential Tools for the Home Toolbox
Claw hammer 16oz. 22oz.
Grooved pliers 12in.
Lineman pliers 8 10in.
Adjustable wrenches 6in. and 10in.
Straight slot screwdriver 1/4in.
#2 Phillips screwdriver
Flashlight, drop light, or work light
30 tape measure
6 Step ladder
25 or 50 extension cord
3/8 electric or battery drill/driver
7 1/4 electric power saw
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) To Have Around the House
stands in his own shadow and wonders why it is dark
- ancient Zen saying
Empower yourself (Learn to fix the light)
Licensed General Contractor
in Environmental Technology - Water Quality, Hazardous Materials
ADA & Universal Design Construction
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania License #PA010442 Fully Insured
EPA Lead Certified Remodeler- Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Certified Firm #NAT-59888-1
EPA and HUD Certified Lead Dust Sampling Technician - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Master Plumbers Association of Philadelphia Certification in Philadelphia Plumbing Code
Temple University Real Estate Institute Residential Construction Course
Third Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and Gentle Instructor of Martial Arts and Home Repair