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Home Maintenance & Improvement Classes

A great resource for homeowners - Project Home's home maintenance classes are free and open to the public. Our goal is to provide you with information about maintaining your home, answer your questions and help you be more informed when hiring a contractor.  Classes are taught by Project Home staff and other industry professionals.

In 2019, we are expanding access to reach more area homeowners and owners to be!  See the 2019 class schedule below.

Madison Gas and Electric continues its commitment to assist local homeowners by sponsoring the class series again, in 2019. Other sponsors have joined this effort, as well, to keep classes FREE for you!  Thank you to Summit Credit Union, McFarland State Bank, Mt. Horeb Public Library, Rosemary Garfoot Public Library, State Bank of Cross Plains & Middleton Public Library for sponsoring, or co-sponsoring classes this year!

**There are still opportunities to sponsor or co-sponsor individual sessions; if you have interest, please contact Jason Hafeman at 608-246-3737 ext. 2104.

 

2019 Class Schedule

*Registration requested.  **Please contact the facility hosting each class to register (unless otherwise noted).  

**RESCHEDULED due to WINTER STORM WARNING**  Rescheduled for Wed. Feb. 13 - Cost Effective Energy Improvements -- (Dane County Credit Union, 709 Struck St.  Madison, WI 53711 -- 11:30am-1pm [Lunch included) -- Learn about the 3 most common culprits of energy loss. Understand how air sealing and insulating need to work together to improve the energy performance and comfort of your home.  Also discuss simple steps you can take that have proven to be cost effective energy upgrades.   *(Please contact Project Home to register for this class -- 608-246-3737 or outreach@projecthomewi.org)*

Wed. Feb. 27 - Cost Effective Energy Improvements -- (Fitchburg Public Library -- 6:30-8pm) -- Learn about the 3 most common culprits of energy loss. Understand how air sealing and insulation need to work together to improve the energy performance and comfort of your home.  Also discuss simple steps you can take that have proven to be cost effective energy upgrades.

Sat. Mar. 2 - How to Prevent Basement Flooding -- (Monona Public Library -- 1:30-3pm) -- Ever had water in your basement?  Whether it’s a reoccurring issue or only happens during extreme weather conditions (like we experienced in the Summer of 2018), in most cases, water in your basement can be avoided.  Over the past 6 years, the experts at Project Home have corrected water runoff issues for numerous homeowners and they want to share this information with you!  With a little bit of planning, a few rules and some basic landscaping tools, this is a problem most homeowners can address on their own (or with a few extra hands).  NO LARGE MACHINERY required!  Learn how to keep your basement dry next Spring, Summer and during the years ahead.  

Wed. Mar. 20 - How to Prevent Basement Flooding -- (Mt. Horeb Public Library -- 6:30-8pm) -- Ever had water in your basement?  Whether it’s a reoccurring issue or only happens during extreme weather conditions (like we experienced in the Summer of 2018), in most cases, water in your basement can be avoided.  Over the past 6 years, the experts at Project Home have corrected water runoff issues for numerous homeowners and they want to share this information with you!  With a little bit of planning, a few rules and some basic landscaping tools, this is a problem most homeowners can address on their own (or with a few extra hands).  NO LARGE MACHINERY required!  Learn how to keep your basement dry next Spring, Summer and during the years ahead.    

Wed. Apr. 3 - How to Prevent Basement Flooding -- (Rosemary Garfoot Public Library -- 6:30-8pm) -- Ever had water in your basement?  Whether it’s a reoccurring issue or only happens during extreme weather conditions (like we experienced in the Summer of 2018), in most cases, water in your basement can be avoided.  Over the past 6 years, the experts at Project Home have corrected water runoff issues for numerous homeowners and they want to share this information with you!  With a little bit of planning, a few rules and some basic landscaping tools, this is a problem most homeowners can address on their own (or with a few extra hands).  NO LARGE MACHINERY required!  Learn how to keep your basement dry next Spring, Summer and during the years ahead.  

Wed. Apr. 10 - How to Prevent Basement Flooding -- (Middleton Public Library -- 6:30-8pm) -- Ever had water in your basement?  Whether it’s a reoccurring issue or only happens during extreme weather conditions (like we experienced in the Summer of 2018), in most cases, water in your basement can be avoided.  Over the past 6 years, the experts at Project Home have corrected water runoff issues for numerous homeowners and they want to share this information with you!  With a little bit of planning, a few rules and some basic landscaping tools, this is a problem most homeowners can address on their own (or with a few extra hands).  NO LARGE MACHINERY required!  Learn how to keep your basement dry next Spring, Summer and during the years ahead.    

Wed. Apr. 24 - Basic Household Plumbing – (Sun Prairie Public Library – 6:30-8pm) - Ever had problems replacing a toilet, sink or faucet? Join our plumber, Rich, to learn the basics, the importance of the right tools and things to look out for. Also receive info on how to deal with drain problems and maintain your drainage system.

**THIS CLASS WILL BE RESCHEDULED IN THE FALL OF 2019** - Painting Tips from a Pro -- (Waunakee Public Library -- 6:30-8pm) -- Professional painter and longtime Paint-a-thon volunteer, Eric Welch, will share his expertise with you.  Tips, techniques, safety set-up and precautions, advice about painting products and supplies (both interior and exterior) -- get the answers to all your painting questions.  For more about Eric visit his website: www.ericwelchpainting.com

Wed. June 12 - Common Bathroom Repairs & Replacements -- (Middleton Public Library -- 6:30-8pm) -- Bathrooms can be tricky projects to tackle, but some general knowledge can go a long way.  Join us for this class as our Certified Remodeler and Universal Design Certified Professional, Bob Weirough, will give you the basics for some of the most common bathroom upgrades and repairs (flooring, faucets and shower installs).  The right products and tools are critical to the success and longevity of any bathroom project

Wed. Aug. 14 - Drywall - (From Installation to Texture) – (E.D. Locke Public Library – 6:30-8pm) - Have you ever cut and hung your own drywall?  What about taping & mudding or sanding & texturing?  Have you tried to patch damaged drywall and make it blend-in with the existing finish?  If you have done these types of projects and they were a bit of a struggle, or didn't turn out as well as you hoped...you should join us for this class!  Sometimes techniques and strategies make a big difference...sometimes it's having the right tools...and sometimes it's knowing what products work best or make sense in each situation.  Let's go over the basics and all become better drywallers, because chances are, if you own a home...you will have to do drywall work at some point.

Tue. Sept. 17 - Basic Household Plumbing – (Dane County Credit Union, 709 Struck St.  Madison, WI 53711 -- 11:30am-1pm [Lunch included) - Ever had problems replacing a toilet, sink or faucet? Join our plumber, Rich, to learn the basics, the importance of the right tools and things to look out for. Also receive info on how to deal with drain problems and maintain your drainage system.   *(Please contact Project Home to register for this class -- 608-246-3737 or outreach@projecthomewi.org)*

Wed. Oct. 9 - Fall Home Maintenance – (Verona Public Library – 6:30-8pm) - It’s getting colder and winter will be here before you know it!  At this class we will discuss how to prep your home for those frigid Winter months and the items you need to check on, each year, in order to keep your home safe and healthy.  If you stay on top of these maintenance items, it will help you avoid problems and costly repairs down the road – and keep your home a little warmer this winter.      

Wed. Nov. 13 - Understand & Maintain Your Furnace – (Sun Prairie Public Library – 6:30-8pm) -  Learn about what you can do to help maintain your heating system and what to ask for when your furnace is serviced by a heating professional. Plus we will have our training furnace on hand to review the components of a forced air furnace.  And as always, bring your questions!

 

Thank you again to all of our sponsors!

2019 Sponsor of the Class Series

2019 Session Sponsors & Co-Sponsors

Promotional Partner

 

 

We discuss our 2019 classes on Talk of the Town!

On Wisconsin's 57 talking about -- How to Prevent Basement Flooding.

*Also joined WPR's Central Time program to talk about maintenance, home ownership & our classes