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The Bower's Home DIY Course (Parramatta)

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Event description

Don’t call the experts; empower yourself to undertake your Home DIY projects by unlocking the skills and secrets of DIY with this hands-on 2-day workshop.

In this workshop you will learn how to safely and economically undertake a number of small maintenance tasks around the home. Whether it’s an unfinished DIY project or you’re looking to take on some basic, satisfying home-fixes yourself, this course is for you.

This course takes place across 2 x 5-Hour sessions. This particular workshop runs on two consecutive days Saturday and Sunday.  

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this home DIY course, you will have:

A solid understanding of general safety measures required when carrying out home DIY

An understanding of how to select and use the correct use of drills and drivers

The know-how to choose and use the right drill bits and fixings for a variety of applications

An understanding of the basic concepts involved in timber-framed wall construction

The know-how and skills to hang a shelf, tackle basic plumbing and the ability to install a pane of glass.

Skill Level
This course is suitable for beginners (18 years and over) with no prior workshop experience.

Course Content

Day 1

Safety and Housekeeping

Work area preparation

Introduction to and examination of different materials found in the home (natural, manufactured and hazardous)

Basic DIY Toolbox contents and why

Introduction to advanced tools

Introduction to drills and drivers

Practice in the use of the basic toolbox items

Cutting, drilling, fixing into various materials (woods, masonry and ceramics)

Putting it all together (measuring, marking, gluing, fixing, tiling and finishing)

Clean-up and disposal of waste

Question time (pick your instructor's brain about home projects)

Day 2

Putting it all together completion (grouting)

Anatomy of a gyprock wall

Hidden hazards (power, water, gas)

Detecting hidden items (studs, power)

Examination of the various anchors available to hang things on walls

Patching a damaged (minor and major) gyprock wall

Anatomy of the S bend and taps

Change a washer/fix a tap

Removal/attaching a flexi hose

Solutions for working without a workshop
Question time (pick your instructor's brain about home projects)

The Bower’s instructors are experienced at facilitating courses for individuals living with disability. Please let us know about any special requirements prior to enrolment so that our staff can prepare in advance.

Tools and Materials
Please bring any tools from home that you would like to use. The Bower will provide tools and materials. We ask that participants ensure that long hair is tied back, and appropriate footwear (closed shoes) is worn.

Please bring along the following PPE:
Safety googles/glasses
Earmuffs or earplugs


PARRAMATTA The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre

1/10 Hunter Street, Parramatta NSW 2150

Transportation and Parking

The Bower Parramatta is located 750m from the Parramatta train station. A free shuttle service (Route 900) stops nearby (at the corner of Macquarie & O’Connell Street). Paid parking is available directly above The Bower in the Hunter Street (Justice Precinct) car park

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Refund policy

Refunds are available up to 14 days prior to the event