Fix it: DIY

Three places to learn how to take care of your own repairs and maintenance

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From the February 2014 edition
Home Repair

At the Columbus Idea Foundry, there’s a regularly rotating roundup of classes from basic intros to welding, electronics and woodworking. (On Feb. 12, couples can sign up for basic blacksmithing to make Valentine’s hearts and hooks.)

Though class schedules have not yet been set, Columbus Landmarks plans to hold a range of DIY home improvement classes throughout the year, as it has popularly done in year’s past, says executive director Ed Lentz. Classes include old house workshops, how to plaster and woodworking instruction.

Gardening

“Every year we feature gardening-related topics with evening classes on vegetables, fruits, herbs—edible plants,” says Oakland Nursery manager Mary Stowe. For two weeks starting March 8, each one of Oakland’s four locations will host its annual spring open house with a variety of home gardening workshops and lectures that, in the past, have included topics like controlling pests.

If designing a complete garden is on your radar, head to Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for a four-week series starting March 29, during which experts will guide you through sketching and executing your own garden landscape plan.

Auto

Opt to audit an eight-week intro class in the automotive technology department at Columbus State Community College, and you’ll learn the basics of auto technology, electrical systems and even basic maintenance, says department chair Andrew Rezin. “You’ll learn how to pick a pro and communicate effectively, so you’re not at their mercy,” Rezin says. The next semester begins May 26, but you can sign up starting Feb. 17.