Home Improvement and Maintenance

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Florissant Valley | Meramec | Off-Site

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.

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Registration for spring 2019 Continuing Education classes opens on Jan. 7. Ageless Learning Seminar registration opens Jan. 22Call 314-984-7777 to register for spring classes by phone, or click the button above to register and pay online.


Basic Car Maintenance

This course is designed to help you better understand your cars, the auto repair industry and service problems you may encounter. Combines lecture on specific maintenance problems with laboratory sessions during which you will have the opportunity to inspect and perform minor repairs and maintenance on your own car.
AUTO:701 | 1 session | $17.50 Age 60+ | $29 Regular
P01 | Th 6-9 p.m. | Michael Silva | April 11 | Advanced Auto Service

Home DIY

DIY Trim and Crown Molding

Our experienced handy-person will show you how to measure, cut and hang trim and crown molding. You'll learn how to prep the room prior to installing, learn the basics of a miter saw and the proper hardware to install. If you want to add value to your home or have a renovation in your future, get to this class before getting started.
HOME:713 | 1 session | $25 Age 60+ | $25 Regular
P01 | W 7-9 p.m. | Jean Linton | Jan. 30 | FV-E, 158

Be Your Own General Contractor

Save money on home renovation projects by serving as your own general contractor. This class will give you a basic understanding of a general contractor's role and responsibilities. Topics included are understanding contracts, how to interview your sub-contractors, required permits, insurance for the property owner and sub-contractors, scheduling sub-contractors and the proper order, setting up a payment schedule, liens and waivers.
HOME:713 | 1 session | $13 Age 60+ | $19 Regular 
P08 | Tu 7-9 p.m. | Troy Galloway | Feb. 5 | MC-SO, 108

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 to do it for you after this class.
HOME:713 | 1 session | $25 Age 60+ | $25 Regular
P02 | W 7-9 p.m. | Jean Linton | Feb. 6 | Kirkwood Sr. HS, SA 1

DIY Drywalling

Our experienced handy-person will show you how to measure, cut, and hang drywall. You'll learn how to prep the room prior to installing the two-by-four 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 | 1 session | $25 Age 60+ | $25 Regular
P03 | W 7-9 p.m. | Jean Linton | Feb. 20 | FV-E, 158

Hands-On Home Repair: Plumbing

Got a leaky faucet or just want to upgrade to the latest style? Has your running toilet caused your water bill to skyrocket? Don't get sticker shock by calling a plumber. Instead, come to this hands-on class and learn how to fix minor plumbing issues.
HOME:713 | 1 session | $25 Age 60+ | $25 Regular
P04 | W 7-9 p.m. | Jean Linton | March 6 | Kirkwood Sr. HS, SA 1

DIY Home Inspections

Considering buying or selling a home in the near future? This class will give you the basic know-how to perform your own unofficial inspections and potentially save you money and headaches by spotting costly repairs before you get to the contract stage. Topics will include reasons for home inspections, what home inspectors look for, what is a home inspection report, how to choose a home inspector and the different types of inspections.
REAL:701 | 1 session | $19 Age 60+ | $25 Regular
P03 | Tu 7-9 p.m. | Troy Galloway | March 12 | MC-SO, 109

Paint Like a Pro

Of course you can paint, but can you paint like a pro? Learn how to prepare surfaces-what to use and what not to use. We'll tell you if and what you need to prime with primer versus stain blockers. Our instructor will talk about techniques for texturing to make your patches not look like a patch. You can make your paint brush do the work. Sounds simple, but we'll explain how that makes the job easier. And of course, finishing the job: ways to keep clean-up easy and quick.
HOME:713 | 1 session | $25 Age 60+ | $25 Regular
P05 | W 7-9 p.m. | Jean Linton | March 27 | Kirkwood Sr. HS, SA 1

How to Use Power Tools

Power tools help us perform difficult tasks with less effort and greater accuracy than most of us could accomplish without them. However, in order to use them effectively and without injury, you must know how to operate them correctly and safely. In this class, our home repair expert will demonstrate the operation of several common power tools, including corded and cordless drill, dremel, reciprocating saw, miter saw and circle saw. If you have a small power tool you'd like to know more about, bring it to class and our instructor may select it for a demonstration. Join us and bring your questions.
HOME:713 | 1 session | $25 Age 60+ | $25 Regular
P06 | W 7-9 p.m. | Jean Linton | April 3 | FV-E, 158

DIY 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 | 1 session | $25 Age 60+ | $25 Regular
P07 | W 7-9 p.m. | Jean Linton | April 17 | Kirkwood Sr. HS, SA 1

Home Decor

Earth Friendly Decor

A course geared to "green" citizens who desire to decorate beautiful, family-friendly homes without adversely burdening the environment… and perhaps at a lower cost, too! The focus is on inviting in nature, keeping out possibly harmful chemicals, and practicing "three-R decor" (reduce, re-use, recycle) to derive maximum peace and pleasure from a nature-centered, do-no-harm decor plan.
HOME:703 | 3 sessions | $31.50 Age 60+ | $49 Regular
P01 | M 7-9 p.m. | Deborah Weltman | Feb. 25-March 11 | MC-SO, 109

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 you own valued possessions and supplementing your pieces with those great garage and estate sale finds. In this class you will learn how to select pieces to keep, which pieces to let go and how to revitalize those old color schemes.
HOME:709 | 1 session | $19.50 Age 60+ | $29 Regular
P01 | M 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Kathryn Leinauer | March 11 | MC-SO, 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 and your "givens" (what you will keep and work with). We'll 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'll benefit from "fresh eyes" and a new understanding of design basics. Bring three of your favorite decorating magazines to the first class.
HOME:703 | 4 sessions | $38.50 Age 60+ | $69 Regular
P02 | M 7-9 p.m. | Deborah Weltman | March 25-April 15 | MC-SO, 109

Interior Design: Color Schemes for Home, Kitchen and Bath

Give your home a face lift! Whether you prefer a bold or quiet color scheme, our experienced interior designer will show you how to select the best options for your space. You'll learn the secret of achieving a properly balanced and equally distributed color placement, the combination of patterns in fabrics and furniture, and how to integrate these patterns into your space. The selection of paint color, the color choices of wood tone, counter tops, cabinets, light fixtures and hardware will be addressed.
HOME:708 | 1 session | $21.50 Age 60+ | $29 Regular
P01 | Th 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Kathryn Leinauer | Feb. 21 | MC-SO, 206

Interior Decor: Accessories for Home, Kitchen and Bath

Well-chosen accessories are the perfect finishing touch that every room deserves. In this class, you'll learn from a professional interior designer how to select the right shapes and sizes for your accessories and how to place them into the correct proportionate space. Choices of color and the combinations of patterns will be demonstrated. After this class, your rooms will reflect your personality with a professional touch.
HOME:709 | 1 session | $21.50 Age 60+ | $29 Regular
P02 | M 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Kathryn Leinauer | March 25 | MC-SO, 20

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