Practical Arts Classes


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No. 309 THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION (HS RM C308)

Wednesdays, January 16th

6:30-8:30 pm (6-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Jerry Pifer, P.E.

R $50; NR $55; GC $45

This course will present various topics associated with “Good Construction Practices” for residential remodeling projects. Discussion topics will be tailored based on the needs of class attendees.

Possible topics of discussion during this course may include the following:

  • Recommended procedures for selecting a quality contractor/subcontractor, Preparation of detailed construction documents, (i.e. “Detailed Scope of Work,” construction drawings and specifications),
  • Evaluating Contractor’s proposals/cost estimates, progress payments,
  • Contract negotiations,
  • Architectural considerations for remodeling projects,
  • Structural design considerations,
  • Foundation issues (problems and solutions) including unsuitable soil conditions,
  • Concrete – Recommended construction practice (concrete driveways, patios, walkways), mix design, subbase design, concrete placement, finishing, and curing,
  • Wood framing details,
  • Exterior dry stacked wall construction details (problems and solutions),
  • Interior wall finishes (drywall, plaster, etc.),
  • Flooring (sheet flooring/ceramic/wood/carpeting), (problems and solutions),
  • Shower/tub enclosure renovation,
  • Insulation materials and installation,
  • Roofing materials and installation (problems and solutions),
  • Gutter and downspout installation,
  • Exterior wall finishes (brick, stone, vinyl siding, wood),
  • French drains (materials and installation / foundation waterproofing).

Attendees will learn important information for starting critical remodeling projects while ensuring that quality construction is achieved.


No. 113 WOODWORKING (HS RM E-308)

Mondays, January 14th

6:30-9:30pm (10-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Charlie Thornburgh (Limit 15)

R $92; NR $96; GC $88

"Build projects at your own pace with instructors' assistance as desired. You select projects and purchase materials prior to the second class. This course is an introduction to an enjoyable hobby and life skill, however, working wood is inherently dangerous. Using hand and power tools improperly or ignoring safety practices can lead to injury. All registrants must participate in the safety demonstrations given the first night; no exceptions. Participation in the class constitutes a liability waiver."


No. 410 WOODWORKING (HS RM E-308)

Thursdays, January 17th

6:30-9:30pm (10-weeks)

INSTRUCTOR: Ken Bayer (Limit 15)

R $92; NR $96; GC $88

No class: 1/24

"Build projects at your own pace with instructors' assistance as desired. You select projects and purchase materials prior to the second class. This course is an introduction to an enjoyable hobby and life skill, however, working wood is inherently dangerous. Using hand and power tools improperly or ignoring safety practices can lead to injury. All registrants must participate in the safety demonstrations given the first night; no exceptions. Participation in the class constitutes a liability waiver."


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