Most of Floyd County’s service industry pricing has risen to a level where a lot of us on fixed or low income budgets can’t afford to get basic repairs done to our homes, vehicles, and outdoor power equipment by professionals. Without good Do It Yourself (DIY) skills, we often end up living with potentially unsafe or unsatisfactory conditions. If you can’t afford to pay $70 per hour to have your lawnmower serviced, or $90 per hour to have a leaky pipe repaired, and you don’t have the skill level or confidence to do it yourself, then listen up.
Master craftsman, boat builder, welder, mechanic, etc., Leaf Myczack, of the Broadened Horizons Sustainability Teaching Farm will hold a 4 part series of Free Community DIY Skill-Shares starting on September 8th at their demonstration farm.
Monetary and in-kind donations always appreciated.
Schedule: Each session is from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sept. 8th–Tool introduction, Learn what tool does what job. Covers construction, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical tools, both hand and power. Learn how to work safely and efficiently with the proper tools for getting the job done right. Also how to properly care for them.
Sept 15th– Basic construction – How to create a plan, take proper measurements, source materials. Covers metal fasteners, adhesives, how to mix cement, drive a nail, join two boards firmly together, marking, cutting a straight line, and much more. Personal ear and eye protection required.
Sept. 22nd– Plumbing – Covers repair of both PVC and iron pipe plumbing systems. How to cut pipe, clean & glue fittings and how to create a new water line. Covers pipe sizes, threaded fittings, valves, good plumbing practices, and personal safety.
Electrical – Provides an overview of AC & DC electric systems. Electricity isn’t rocket science and learning how it works takes the mystery and fear out of replacing a faulty outlet or creating a back-up 12V DC system. Also covers wire splicing, proper wire sizes, crimped fittings, soldering, grounding systems, interior and exterior applications and much more.
Sept. 29th– Small engine service & repair Tired of yanking and pulling on starter cords on small engines that don’t start? Learn basic service procedures to keep your engine running. Learn how to trouble shoot and repair a cranky small engine. Covers basic overview of 2 & 4 stroke engines, fuel systems, lubrication, storage, and much more.
Broadened Horizons Teaching Farm
705 Laurel Creek Rd. NE
Pilot, VA 24138