Free Basic Home Repair Classes

The West Philly Tool Library, Cedar Park Neighbors, and The Other Carpenter are co-sponsoring four classes on basic home repair.  These classes are FREE and open to the public.

The classes will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the basement of the Calvary Center for Culture and Community, 48th & Baltimore.

Thurs, Jan 24        Power Tools – Learn how to use power tools safely in a hands-on demonstration.

Thurs, Jan 31        Basic Carpentry – Learn about what’s in your walls while using hand and power tools to build a half-scale wall section including studs, drywall and trim. You’ll gain an understanding of wall anatomy and construction.

Thurs, Feb 7          Basic Plumbing – Learn how the plumbing in your house works & how to replace a bathroom faucet

Thurs, Feb 14        Basic electricity – Learn how the electrical in your house works & how to rewire a lamp while keeping yourself safe

The classes will:

  • Familiarize you with the tools you might need for a job.
  • Teach you how the systems in your house work
  • Show you how to tell whether a home repair project is do-able… or when it might be time to call in an expert.

To RSVP, please email Stacey at or call the Tool Library at 215-833-3190.

The West Philly Tool Library is a nonprofit community tool lending library that loans tools to community members. We are located at 1314 S. 47th Street.  For more information, visit

Cedar Park Neighbors is an association of diverse households and businesses based in the Cedar Park neighborhood of West Philadelphia.   For more information, visit

The Other Carpenter, a program of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, has been working with home owners in the Parkside, Mantua, Belmont neighborhoods of West Philadelphia for the last 11 years to provide affordable home repairs.  For more information, call 267-284-0310.

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5 comments on “Free Basic Home Repair Classes
  1. robert says:

    I’ve posted some notes I will be using for the presentation tomorrow evening, at:

    This can be a resource both before and after the event, since this online version is hyperlinked to resources on my website and the wide web.

  2. Hey There Michaelrfroehlich,
    Thanks for that, I need to buy some basic tools for home repairs and I would like to know who makes the best tools for the best price?

    • Peter Foreman-Murray says:

      We do have plans to do another series of classes, but we haven’t nailed the specifics down yet. We’ll post it as soon as we know more.

  3. Hi guys

    Any plans for hosting similar classes sometime closer to the end of 2013, or the beginning of 2014? And will similar subjects be addressed as those specified in Robert’s notes in the comment above mine?


  4. Chris Renner says:

    It is so important to know how the things we take for granted in our homes work. Plumbing, electricity, drywall are things we see everyday, but so many of us don’t understand the first thing about it. Just do it, if you are on the fence.

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