With the pandemic ongoing, the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) has altered its programming accordingly, but its commitment to Cleveland Heights homeowners is unchanged. From moving its repair-education and homebuying classes to a virtual model, requiring appointments for those entering the building, including for its tool library, and following all health and social-distancing protocols, HRRC has adapted its services and continues to assist the community.
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With spring around the corner, Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) is ramping up its workshop offerings.
Up first is a cabinet-refinishing class on Thursday, March 5. New or renewed cabinets are one of the best ways to spruce up a home, and if you can do it yourself, you’ll save a lot of money. This workshop will lead you through the ins and outs of cabinet refinishing, including the necessary prep work, what types of paint products you should use, and how much sanding will be necessary. Participants will get experience using power sanders and painting cabinets.
Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) will offer classes for both beginners and experts this month.
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, HRRC will hold a power tools workshop, one of its most popular recurring classes. Participants will get to work with cordless drills, angle grinders, hand sanders and circular, miter and reciprocating saws. The single-session class will give beginners the experience they’ll need to start working on their homes themselves, while home-repair veterans will have a chance to brush up on their skills.
Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) will be hosting two special educational opportunities this month for those looking to learn how to make home repairs with their own hands.
First, the Electricity Basics and Electrical Repairs: Home How-To for Women Series will run for six consecutive Wednesdays, 7–9 p.m., beginning Sept. 4. Those attending will learn all the basics about home electrical work, including wiring, switches, outlets, lamp repair, circuits and more, while using the same tools the professionals use. After this series, participants won’t be in the dark about how electricity works in their homes!
Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) will offer its first-ever ceiling installation class on Tuesday, June 11, 7–9 p.m., at its 2520 Noble Road teaching center.
The class will give participants the opportunity to learn about the different ceiling styles available, their advantages and disadvantages, and the supplies needed to do the job. Most importantly, students will get hands-on experience with hanging a ceiling.
The cost of the class is $25, with resident discounts available for Cleveland Heights residents, and income discounts also available for those who qualify.
On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m., the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) will hold its 19th annual home remodeling fair at Cleveland Heights City Hall, 40 Severance Circle. The free event will provide homeowners and others with an opportunity to get questions about remodeling, repairs, financing and other home-related topics answered by professionals.
This year’s fair, with the theme “turning a century,” will emphasize problems homeowners of older homes typically confront, but all homeowners, regardless of the ages of their homes, will benefit from learning about the options available to them as the home-improvement season kicks into gear. Topics that will be covered include masonry, lawn and garden care, roofing, plumbing, heating and cooling, concrete, painting, restoration, and window installation. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a special presentation on installing air conditioning in an older home.
The Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) will hold several workshops this month, beginning with a session on concrete countertops on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Participants in that workshop will learn the ins and outs of using concrete in countertops, including how to measure, pour, cut and finish it.
On Tuesday, Feb. 12, HRRC offers its popular power tools workshop. Those attending will get experience using miter, circular and reciprocating saws, as well as angle grinders, nail guns, and different kinds of drills. This class is a perfect primer for those thinking of making costly home repairs themselves.
November brings Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) immensely popular electrical and electrical repairs series, just for women.
Over a five-week span, attendees will learn how electricity works and how to strip wire, wire switches and outlets, add 3-way switches, rewire lamps, work with service panels, use common electrical tools, and more.
The classes to take the fear out of electrical repairs and enable women to save money by making those fixes themselves.
Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), along with the Cleveland Heights Office on Aging, will host BoomerFest on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Cleveland Heights Community Center. The event is free and open to residents of all communities, with light refreshments available.
Beginning Aug. 8, Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) will offer another course in its women’s home improvement series: Exteriors and Landscapes. The six-week series will take place on Wednesdays and run through Sept. 12, at 2520 Noble Road.
Participants will learn up-close, and with their own hands. Each week will cover a new topic, including tuckpointing, exterior painting, garden and yard care, porches, and organic lawn care. Participants will also get a chance to work with tools that may be unfamiliar, including angle grinders, cordless drills, trowels and pressure washers.
The Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) six-week, in-depth, carpentry and interior repairs series for women will start on Wednesday, June 13, and then meet each Wednesday through July 25, 7–9 p.m. The class will not meet on July 4. The course fee is $150. Financial aid may be available for women whose incomes qualify.
Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) will hold its annual Home Remodeling Fair on April 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Cleveland Heights City Hall. This marks the 18th consecutive year that Heights-based HRRC has produced this free event, open to residents of all cities.
Dozens of experts and contractors from diverse fields will be on-hand to answer questions, talk about what they do, and provide advice on any upcoming projects you may be considering for your home or yard.
In March, Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) Home How-To Electrical Series is starting up again. Each Wednesday, March 7 through April 11, 7–9 p.m., attendees should get ready to be enlightened.
This series has been immensely popular in the past, and this time, HRRC is adding a little something different. Participants will learn how to wire a house, and thus gain a full understanding of how electricity and wiring works throughout the whole home. Switches, outlets, circuits and more will also be covered.
This month, Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) is offering its popular women’s Home How-To program’s six-week plumbing series. The plumbing classes will be held on Wednesday evenings, 7–9 p.m., Jan. 17 through Feb. 21, at the HRRC Teaching Center at 2520 Noble Road. The cost is $150; income-based discounts of 50 to 100 percent are available.
The goal of all four programs in the Home How-To series—plumbing, carpentry, electrical and exteriors—is to provide a sense of confidence and empowerment to the women who take the classes. Many former participants have reported back on all of the jobs they’ve tackled as a result of what they learned at HRRC.
On Tuesday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m., a ceramic tile workshop will be held at HRRC. This class will give participants a chance to learn about the ins-and-outs of ceramic tile: how to install it, and how to grout.
As fall approaches, the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) is planning a large selection of home improvement classes for inside and outside the house. HRRC's classes help homeowners plan for insulation and window projects, and teach them how to prep their yards and lawns for the autumn and winter months, among many other topics.
HRRC is constantly on the lookout for volunteer instructors for home repair classes. The organization's first-rate, newly revamped teaching workshop gives instructors an opportunity to impart their wisdom to others, and the lot next to the HRRC building has become a great location for teaching classes on yards and home exteriors.
Those who possess the skills needed to fix things around the house don’t always realize how lucky they are, and instructing at HRRC is one way for them to see how useful their skills can be on a practical level.
The Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) is all set for an exciting spring and summer, with a number of new classes planned for the warm weather.
Bremec on the Heights Garden Center, 13410 Cedar Road, will host its annual fundraising event to benefit the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) April 28–30.
Spring is the perfect time to spruce up lawns and gardens, so why not help HRRC while shopping for plants and other outdoor supplies? During the three-day event, Bremec will donate a portion of all purchases to HRRC, the Cleveland Heights-based nonprofit that strives to empower homeowners to repair and maintain their homes in support of diverse and sustainable communities.
From their selection of plants to garden decor and supplies, Bremec on the Heights is geared toward the needs of the urban homeowner. It also offers organic alternatives for sustainable gardening—organic fertilizer and pest control, rain barrels and compost bins, and more.
Are you looking for home repair advice or home remodeling ideas? Are you tired of being “sold” expensive solutions for problems you might not have? The Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) invites homeowners to attend this year’s Home Remodeling Fair, on Saturday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This free, informative annual event is presented by HRRC in cooperation with the city of Cleveland Heights.
The fair features “Ask an Expert” tables, where professionals from many repair specialties (plumbing, roofing, HVAC, lawn care and more) will answer questions and give free advice.
For nearly 46 years, Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) has provided residents with the tools—literally and metaphorically—to improve their houses themselves. As one of the country’s few home-repair nonprofits, HRRC continuously seeks to enhance its services.
In 2017, HRRC aims to increase its home-repair class sizes, diversify its course offerings, and expand the number of communities it serves.
A new six-week sequence dealing with home exteriors and landscaping—part of HRRC’s Women’s Home How-To series—will fulfill requests from many class participants for an examination of yards and spaces outside of the home. After all—this is what people first see when looking at a house.
Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), the nonprofit based in Cleveland Heights, will offer a free presentation on Oct. 6, on Paints & Interiors in 2016. Sheila Tiddle, color consultant at Sherwin Williams, will offer tips and pictures to inspire homeowners to revamp their indoor spaces. She'll also answer questions about how to use color, what paint products to use, and how to work with professionals to help achieve the desired look.
Part of HRRC's HouseMender University Series, the program will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m. at the new Mayfield Library, 500 SOM Center Road, Mayfield Village. The talk is free, but reservations are requested; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 216-381-6100, ext. 16.
Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) is accepting applications for the next module in its Home How-To for Women course: Electrical Repairs. The course will begin Sept. 30 and run through Nov. 18, with classes held each Wednesday, 7–9 p.m., at the HRRC Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.
The module’s eight classes cover common electrical home repairs:
Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) will kick off its Preparing for Winter series with a free presentation on Tuesday, Sept. 1: Save Energy & Save $$.
Jim Colopy from GoodCents will offer tips for identifying how your home uses—and loses—energy; how to evaluate which measures will be most cost-effective in increasing your home’s energy efficiency; and how you can qualify for rebates on energy-reducing repairs and improvements.
The Sept. 1 presentation will be held at the South Euclid Community Center, 1370 Victory Drive, 7–8:30 p.m. Residents of all communities are welcome, but reservations are requested. To reserve a spot, e-mail email@example.com, or call 216-381-6100, ext. 16.
The Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) is hosting its annual Clam Bake fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 12, 5–9 p.m., on the grounds of the McGregor Home (14900 Private Drive, East Cleveland).
Patrons will enjoy a relaxing evening as they celebrate the season with fun and fellowship, festive music, an auction of unique items and a traditional clambake.
Despite starting off the spring with lower-than-average rainfall, Northeast Ohio had more than double-the-average rainfall during the first half of June. For many homeowners, that means dealing with water in places it doesn’t belong. Whether it comes from spring rains, melting snow, or both, Northeast Ohio homeowners are no strangers to soggy yards and wet basements.
What’s a homeowner to do when the rain outside becomes water inside? First, consider why water is getting inside your house. During a heavy rain, go outside and look at what is happening to the water coming off your roof, driveway, patio, and even across your yard. Armed with that information, you can plan how to get your house dry again—and keep it dry.
Check your gutters. If you see a washed-out area beneath the gutter line, it’s likely that water is cascading over the top of the gutters, or pouring behind them, where it can work its way through the basement wall. Securing the gutters and aligning them properly will enable them to contain the water and direct it into the downspouts as they are designed to do.
Early applicants can receive a discounted tuition rates for Plumbing & Heating, the next module in Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) women’s home repair course. Regular tuition for the module is $120 for Cleveland Heights residents, and $150 for non-residents; a $20 “early bird discount” will be offered for applications received by July 13. (Low-income applicants are eligible for reduced tuition rates; call for details.)
The module will run from July 29 through Sept. 16, with classes held each Wednesday, 7–9 pm at HRRC's Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road. Classes will include:
- Intro to plumbing
- Toilet repair and installation
- Faucet repair and installation
- Drains, traps and sewers
We all know how good (some) bugs can be. We spend time trying to attract ladybugs, mantises and pollinator bees to our yards and gardens, hoping the work they do will help us reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals. We understand how necessary bugs are, even providing food for birds and spiders.
If they manage to live through the summer and fall, though, where do they spend the winter?
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH) and the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) have teamed up to answer that question. On Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. to noon, parents and children (suggested ages 6–10) can attend Build a Bug House, a hands-on opportunity to learn why bugs are good, and build a bug house that can hang in one's yard. Attendees will also learn how to outfit the bug house with materials bugs can use over the winter.
During periods of heavy rain here in Northeastern Ohio, it’s not unusual to have standing water for extended periods. Homeowners can learn about Yard Drainage Options from J. Meiring Borcherds, watershed coordinator for the sustainable environments program of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.
This free presentation, sponsored by Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), will take place on Tuesday, June 30, 7–8:30 p.m., at HRRC's Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.
Attendees will learn the common causes of soggy yards, the pros and cons of possible remedies, and which projects are easy for a homeowner to do—and which are best left to the professionals.
Judge Raymond L. Pianka of the Cleveland Housing Court will be the keynote speaker at the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) annual meeting, to be held on Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. The topic of his presentation will be, "Digging Out of the Housing Crisis: The Power of Education and Prevention."
Innovative programs developed by the Cleveland Housing Court, often cited as best practices throughout the country, were implemented to obtain compliance with the city's building, housing and health codes, and work to preserve Cleveland and its neighborhoods. The New York Times magazine noted the court’s increased role in the city’s housing crisis when it said, “No one foresaw that this lowliest of courts would become one of the most powerful instruments in the city’s fight for survival.”
One hears ads for new windows all the time. Window suppliers tempt homeowners with promises of dramatically reduced heating costs or “new, low prices” on their products.
How do you determine whether replacing all of your windows is a good investment? While it may make sense to replace an individual window unit, there are usually more effective strategies you can take to reduce energy usage—and many of them are far less expensive.
Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), the Cleveland Heights nonprofit, has scheduled a repeat presentation of “New Windows? Maybe Not. . . .” to help homeowners better understand their choices.
Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) invites seniors from all communities to its Celebrate Seniors Day, on Wednesday, May 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees can enjoy a light lunch and learn about all the services that HRRC provides to help people repair and maintain their homes, and especially the special programs HRRC offers for homeowners age 62 and older.
From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wesley Walker, HRRC’s senior program coordinator, will present “When the Job Goes Wrong: How to Resolve Problems with Contractors,” and discuss the steps one can take to get things back on track—and what to do if problems persist.
As part of an event sponsored by Noble Neighbors from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) will host an open house and tool sale.
The public is invited to visit HRRC's Teaching Center, at 2520 Noble Road, to watch short demonstrations of several do-it-yourself repairs, including eliminating “ghost flushes” by your toilet, repairing holes in drywall, doing tuckpointing and brickwork, and securing gutters. There will also be opportunities to learn about HRRC's services and check out contractor evaluation books to identify professionals who do good work.
HRRC’s tool sale will offer basics for the toolbox as well as specialty equipment and materials, donated by the nonprofit’s supporters. Proceeds from the tool sale support HRRC's programs.
This winter has undoubtedly taken a toll on Heights yards and gardens. As residents head back outdoors this spring, they can benefit Cleveland Heights’s nonprofit Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) by shopping for lawn and garden supplies at Bremec on the Heights Garden Center, 13410 Cedar Road, between Wednesday, April 22, and Tuesday, May 5.
Looking for home remodeling ideas and repair advice? Come to the annual Home Remodeling Fair, presented by Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) in cooperation with the City of Cleveland Heights. The free fair will be held on Saturday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall, and is open to residents of all communities.
Most homeowners want to be safe in their homes, but may be concerned that security measures could interfere with the aesthetics of their houses. To help homeowners make decisions about improved home security, retired electrician and security expert Dennis Meltzer will give a free presentation on "Making Your Home Safer" at on Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m., at the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC).
The discussion will explore options for improving home security, including exterior lighting, security systems, and door and window locks, and what to look for in each. The presentation is open to residents of all communities.
Homeowners interested in adding a home security system using wireless technology can learn how to install and use one on a do-it-yourself basis at a hands-on workshop—DIY Installation of a Home Security System—scheduled for Monday, April 6.
Early applicants will qualify for discounted tuition rates for Home Maintenance 101, the first of four modules in Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) women’s home repair course.
Regular tuition for the module is $120 for Cleveland Heights residents and $150 for non-residents, but a $20 early-bird discountwill be offered for applications submitted by March 13. (Low-income applicants are eligible for reduced tuition rates; call HRRC for details.)
The Home Maintenance 101 course will run from April 1 through May 20, with classes held each Wednesday evening, 7–9 p.m., at HRRC's Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.
Remodeling an older kitchen can present special challenges. In addition to cost considerations, there are special issues involved when making changes to older homes. Homeowners thinking about updating their kitchen may feel dazed and confused by the products and design choices available.
Somrak Kitchens is offering a free Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) presentation to help those planning a kitchen update. Kitchen Design: Products and Design Trends for Older Homes will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at HRRC’s Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.
Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) has scheduled a special event to increase awareness of its programs. On Feb. 18, at 7 p.m., HRRC will present You Can Do It! 10 Simple DIY Repairs at the Stephanie Tubbs-Jones Community Center, 3450 Lee Road in Shaker Heights. The event is free to residents of any city; to make a reservation (suggested), call 216- 381-6100, ext. 16.
Since 1971, HRRC has worked to foster diverse and sustainable neighborhoods by empowering and educating homeowners to repair and maintain their homes. Located and founded in Cleveland Height, HRRC provides program services throughout Northeast Ohio.
Owners of older homes may not be familiar with some of the problems they may face in trying to maintain their roofs. Potential problems include ice dams; roof staining, moss and mold; and finding companies that can repair historic materials such as slate, tile and shakes.
Jack DuShaw of Titan Roofing and Siding will give a free presentation on "Special Problems with Older Roofs" on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m., at Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), 2520 Noble Road, Cleveland Heights. Reservations are requested. To reserve a spot, call 216-381-6100, ext. 16 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
As homeowners age, they start to think more seriously about how they might retrofit their homes to allow them to “age in place”—to remain in their current living environment despite potential future changes in mobility. Improving accessibility in older homes, however, is not always easy.
Matt Jenkins, president of Jenkins Painting Company, will share his firsthand experiences remodeling his family home to make it friendlier to those with mobility challenges. His presentation, Remodeling for Accessibility, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 20, 7–8:30 p.m., at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building, 3450 Lee Road, in Shaker Heights.
As temperatures plummet and heating bills start to rise, homeowners can be tempted by ads for replacement windows. Whether they promise dramatic reductions in heating costs, or new, low prices on products, window suppliers suggest that replacement windows will significantly reduce a home’s energy usage. That is simply not true.
While there are legitimate reasons to replace individual window units—for example, if a wooden frame is deteriorated beyond repair—investing in all-new windows is not best way to save on energy costs. There are many less expensive measures that will have a much greater impact on one’s monthly heating bill.
Owners of older homes may be unfamiliar with some of the problems they may face in trying to maintain their roofs. Potential problems include ice dams; roof staining, moss, and mold; and finding companies that can repair historic materials such as slate, tile and shakes.
On Tuesday, Sept. 30, Jack DuShaw of Titan Roofing and Siding will discuss "Special Problems with Older Roofs.” The program will take place at 7 p.m. at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Center, 3450 Lee Road, Shaker Heights.
After an extensive search, the Board of Directors of the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) has selected Benjamin D. “Ben” Faller as the new executive director of the Cleveland Heights-based nonprofit organization.
A resident of Cleveland and a native of Northeast Ohio, Faller has served as staff attorney and chief housing specialist for the Cleveland Housing Court since 2009, working to expand the court’s problem-solving programs and engaging in outreach and policy work on housing and property issues.
"Home Repair Resource Center is an organization that I have admired for some time, and I am very excited to be to be coming on board," Faller said. "I look forward to the opportunity to work with the staff, board, and supporters of HRRC to serve and empower the community and to grow the organization."
There’s nothing more irritating than hearing a dripping faucet or a “ghost flush” in the middle of the night—especially when these plumbing repairs are so easy.
Participants in Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) Home How-To women’s repair course will learn to do basic repairs like these, and will gain a better understanding of their plumbing and heating systems.
Women can enroll now in the upcoming “Plumbing and Heating” module, consisting of eight workshops held on Wednesday evenings, 7–9 p.m., from Oct. 1 through Nov. 19.
Participants will learn to repair toilets and faucets, snake drains, connect copper and plastic water pipes and plastic drain lines, install and maintain water heaters, and more.
Wesley Walker, coordinator of senior repair programs for Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), talks to older residents about their housing concerns all the time. He urges them to consider whether their current home is the best option for them now and in the future. But, changing one’s living situation is difficult, and there are several factors that should go into making that decision. Walker usually asks the following questions:
- Considering all the costs, including repairs and maintenance on your current home, what type of housing will best fit your budget?
- Can your current home be modified—to fit a wheelchair, for example—if and when you experience changes in mobility?
Homeowners often encounter sticker shock when they need a new water heater. Recent safety regulations have greatly increased the price of replacement units, making it especially difficult for senior homeowners, who must manage on a fixed income, to find the necessary funds.
Looking for home remodeling ideas and repair advice? Come to this year’s Home Remodeling Fair, presented by Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) in cooperation with the City of Cleveland Heights.
The fair will be held on Saturday, April 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall, 40 Severance Circle. The fair is free, and is open to residents of all communities.
The air will feature “Ask an Expert” tables, where professionals from many repair specialties will answer questions and give advice. In addition, representatives from local banks, community organizations and the City of Cleveland Heights will be available to discuss how they can help homeowners complete renovation projects.
In January, Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) HouseMender University lecture series begins its eighth year.
Launched in 2007, the series provides homeowners with information to help them make good decisions about home repair and improvement projects. Lectures cover how to get quality workmanship when contracting, how to choose materials that best fit a specific situation, and how to decide whether a new technology is likely to meet one’s needs.
Three HouseMender University presentations are planned for this winter:
Does your power go out so frequently that you wonder whether a back-up generator would be a good addition to your home’s electrical system? Given the cost, how can you determine whether that investment makes sense for your family?
Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) upcoming free presentation on the topic will provide some answers. David Graham, from Scott Electrical Services Ltd., will present Should You Consider a Back-Up Generator? on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., at HRRC's Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.
For those planning to update their home’s flooring, it can be a challenge to sort through the many materials now available. Not only do homeowners want an attractive and durable product, but finding a green option has become increasingly important.
Surprisingly, some flooring materials used in earlier eras have re-emerged as eco-friendly products.
For example, homeowners are rediscovering carpeting made from natural materials like wool, jute, sisal and cotton. Linoleum—not to be confused with sheet vinyl flooring—still manufactured from natural materials, is now available in modern colors and designs with a new, more durable sealer.
Heating season is upon us, and it’s time to get ready for the inevitable. A great place to start is with a yearly Clean and Tune by a certified heating professional. Not only should this process include a check of the proper operation of your furnace or boiler, but the technician should address the tuning part, as well.
Think of your car. Would you drive it all year without getting a tuneup? Why, then, would you consider running your heating unit all season without making sure it is operating efficiently? Both your car and furnace are combustion appliances, both burn a fossil fuel, and both can be more expensive to operate if they are out of tune.
Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) believes in giving women the knowledge and confidence to take control of their home repair and maintenance needs. The upcoming Plumbing & Heating module in HRRC’s Home How-To course is a great opportunity for women to get hands-on experience with many common plumbing projects in a fun and nurturing environment.
Participants who register by Sept. 25 can get a $20 early-bird discount. Classes will be held from 7–9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, Oct. 9 through Dec. 4, at HRRC's Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road in Cleveland Heights.
It was messy, sawdust everywhere. It was noisy, with saws, drills, and routers all running at the same time. It was exciting, with eyes sparkling behind safety glasses. On June 5, at Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) Teaching Center, 13 women met to make basic tool boxes during the first carpentry class in HRRC’s women’s repair course.
The class was taught by volunteer instructor John Turner, assisted by his wife Sarah Spengler. From his years of experience, Turner imparted practical tips on working with wood and using hand and power tools. Although many of the women had never before used these tools and techniques, they quickly became comfortable with where to stand, how to hold the tool, where to look to control the cut, and how to make sure the screw goes in straight.
For many people, the prospect of working with electricity is just plain scary. The instructors for Home Repair Resource Center’s (HRRC) Home How-To for Women repair course take the time to explain how to remain safe when doing electrical repairs.
Cleveland Heights homeowner Mary Cushing, who enrolled in the module last year, said that all the classes were helpful. “I learned a lot in every class. I’m no longer fearful of doing easy electrical work myself,” said Cushing.
The upcoming Electrical Repairs module will consist of eight workshops, held from 7–9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings from Aug. 7 through Oct. 2.
With spring upon us, and inspectors preparing for exterior systematic inspections, homeowners should look to their local nonprofit, Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) for assistance.
HRRC has everything a homeowner might need to successfully manage home repairs. From workshops on contracting repairs to tool rentals, HRRC is ready to help.
Some homeowners may not have the resources to handle a large and expensive repair, like roof replacement, where the cost can run into the thousands of dollars. HRRC’s Financial Assistance Programs can help make financing these repairs possible.
I recently attended a senior focus group at the Cleveland Heights (CH) Senior Center. I went because I wanted to hear about the concerns of our city’s aging population. Here’s what I learned: Cleveland Heights residents are die-hard fans—they want to age right here, if not in their homes, in a senior housing facility within the city limits. Furthermore, they are concerned with the lack of senior-friendly housing in the city. They want single-floor living with universal design, close to a bus line and the senior center.
Looking for home remodeling ideas and repair advice? This year’s Community Home Remodeling Fair, presented by Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) in cooperation with the City of Cleveland Heights, will be held on Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall. The fair is free, and residents of all communities are welcome.
Do you have a ghost that mysteriously flushes your toilet in the middle of the night? Does the sound of your dripping faucet annoy you and increase your water and sewer bills? Does your bathtub drain slowly or not at all? Do you want to use new plastic water lines but don’t know how to install them?
Homeowners can learn to tackle these common plumbing problems and more by attending the upcoming workshops offered by the Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC). Class size is limited so that attendees can practice using the tools, materials and techniques required for each repair and receive hands-on instruction from experienced plumbers.
Homeowners concerned about the recently announced sewer rate increases should plan to attend "Sewer Bill Sticker Shock: What Can I Do?"
This free presentation, sponsored by Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), a Cleveland Heights nonprofit, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the HRRC Teaching Center, 2520 Noble Road. Wesley Walker, HRRC staff member, will talk about how to reduce your sewer bill through cost-saving options and storm water fee credits available from the Northeastern Ohio Regional Sewer District. Attendees will receive a $5 credit toward HRRC's "Building a Rain Barrel" workshop on April 8.
As homeowners age, they may find it more difficult to make home repairs, perform routine maintenance, and deal with a contractor. The nonprofit Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) initiated its Senior Repair Program to provide senior homeowners, age 62 and older, with personalized assistance in assessing repair needs and contracting repairs.
Dellwood Road homeowner Linda Lopez was excited when Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) expanded eligibility for its women’s repair course. When she learned that any woman homeowner could participate in the Home How-To program, she decided to sign up. “I liked the idea of a women’s group,” she explained. “We don’t have to feel intimidated by people who are more knowledgeable or want to go at a faster pace.”