Home Improvement and Maintenance

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

Spruce things up with Home Improvement classes. Explore basic car maintenance and small engine repair. Learn about tiling, interior design, power tools, remodeling and more. Our classes are the perfect fit for the Do-It-Yourselfer.

Program Coordinator

Continuing Education



Register and pay online for home improvement courses

Summer 2018 registration has started! Call 314-984-7777 to register by phone or click the button above to register and pay online.

Give Your Home A Budget-Friendly FaceLift

What could be better than redecorating for pennies? Let an experienced designer help you to unlock your imagination and recreate your own signature look! Explore the excitement of creating a whole new style while using your own valued possessions and supplementing your pieces with those great garage and estate sale finds. In this class, you will learn how to select which pieces to keep, which pieces to let go and how to revitalize those old color schemes.
HOME:709 | $29 | SR $19.50
S01 Th 6:30-9:30 p.m. Kathryn Leinauer
June 7 MC - SW, 108

Think Like a Decorator

Explore the decor process as an interior designer does, thinking through the potential for enhanced beauty and improved function in your own home. We will talk about YOUR needs...YOUR desires... YOUR “givens” (what you will keep and work with). We will talk about quick-fixes, where to shop and who to go to for more help, classic decor mistakes and much more, including how to achieve budget-friendly make-overs and re-designs. You will benefit from “fresh eyes” and a new understanding of design basics. Bring three of your favorite decorating magazines.
HOME:703 | $69 | SR $44
S01 M 7-9 p.m. Deborah Weltman
July 9-July 30 MC - CE

Do-It-Yourself Ceramic Tiling

Come learn how to repair, re-grout or install new ceramic tile and grout on floors and walls in your home. Distinguish between the different sizes of tile and why each are used in certain places. You’ll learn how to design, layout, prepare, cut and install ceramic tile and grout. See the tools you’ll need and watch a demonstration of how and why to use them.
HOME:713 | $25 | SR $20
S01 W 7-9 p.m. Jean Linton
June 13 MC - SW 204
*** Class has been moved from SS 109 to SW 204.

Do-It-Yourself Drywalling

Our experienced handyperson will show you how to measure, cut, and hang drywall. You’ll learn how to prep the room prior to installing the 2x4 framing, including proper layout. Instruction will include cut-to-size with minimal drywall seams and cut out for electric boxes. Also learn how to apply seam tape (both paper tape and self-stick mesh tape) and mud (joint compound). If you have a drywall project in your future, get to this class before getting started.
HOME:713 | $25 | SR $20
S02 W 7-9 p.m. Jean Linton
June 27 FV - E, 154

Fearless Home Repair: Simple Plumbing Repairs for Kitchen & Bathrooms

When something needs fixing who do you call? Fix it yourself and save time, money and hassle! A variety of simple home repairs will be presented with a “hands-on” focus. If your toilet runs, your drains are slow or you need a new faucet, this course is for you! We’ll look at how-to, when-to and when it’s better NOT-to. We’ll cover common kitchen and bathroom plumbing problems that you can fix yourself, once you know how to do it!
HOME:713 | $25 | SR $20
S03 W 7-9 p.m. Jean Linton
July 11 FV - E, 154

Hands-On Home Repair: Electrical Fixes

When something needs fixing who do you call? Fix it yourself and save time, money and hassle! A variety of simple home repairs will be presented with a “hands-on” focus. We’ll talk about electricity and safety, most people’s #1 concern. If you need a new light fixture, wall switch or outlet, this class will guide you. We’ll talk about other small electrical problems and the difference between aluminum and copper wiring and how to work with both. We’ll look at how-to, when-to and when it’s safer NOT-to. You won’t need to fear performing your own simple DIY electrical repairs or have to pay someone else do it for you after this class.
HOME:713 | $25 | SR $20
S04 W 7-9 p.m. Jean Linton
July 18 MC - SS 106
*** Class has been moved from SS 105 to SS 106.

At the time of registration, adults 60 years and older may enroll in select courses for the reduced fee shown as the "SR" price. Reduction will be calculated at check-out in the online system.

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