City Tech Offers Hands-On Home Repair Classes

March 14, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — The NYC College of Technology (City Tech) will again be offering its “Spring Hands-On Home Repair” classes at its Continuing Studies Center in Downtown Brooklyn.
They are described as follows:

 • Home Repair Toolkits, a popular program (limited to 16 people) taught from 6 to 9 p.m. on seven consecutive Wednesdays, including basic plumbing, March 21; lock installation, March 28; plaster and sheetrock repair, April 4; everyday electricity, April 11; installing ceramic tile, April 18; tiling a backsplash or bathroom wall, April 25; and painting like a pro, May 2. Taught by instructor Richard Crabbe, this class will help stock your toolkit and give you hands-on tips for using them.

• Lunch with Larry Ubell, WNYC’s “guru of how-to” offers two 5-hour sessions with lunch from  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  on  either Saturday, April 21, or Saturday, May 5.

Ubell, who knows houses inside and out, will offer a guided tour of houses as an inspector to allow participants to see them with all their flaws and secrets. He will point out trouble spots and tell-tale signs of building distress, from slanted floors and mysterious odors to suspicious cracks  and leaking windows. Attendees are encouraged to bring a digital photo of a house “problem” (on a flash drive) and go home with some food for thought.

Future classes will include kitchen and bath design, green roofs and living walls, small wind turbine installation, and solar energy design and installation.

These programs are conducted by Debra Salomon, developer for green programs at City Tech. The Continuing Studies Center is at 25 Chapel St.

To register, please visit or call (718) 552-1170.

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