Fee: $95 Time: 10 am - 5 pm
#1 Owner Contracting 1
Saturday, January 8
#2 Owner Contracting 2
Saturday, January 15
#3 Cost Estimating
Saturday, January 22
#4 How to Prevent Home Owner Nightmares
Thursday, November 18 (9 am to 4 pm)
#8 Garden Hardscapes
Sunday, August 15
#13 Kitchen Design
Saturday, November 13
#17 A Roofing Primer
Saturday, January 15
#18 Solar Electricity for Your Home
Sunday, December 19
#19 Painting: Tricks of the Trade
Saturday, November 13
#7 Earthquake Retrofitting
Saturday, January 22
#10 Garden Design
two Sundays, October 24 & November 7
#20 Controlling Termites and Dryrot
Sunday, January 16
#12 Installing Windows, Doors and Skylights
Sunday, January 23
#6 Residential Green Building and Remodeling
Sunday, January 30
#59 Alternative Materials Cob and Strawbale
Saturday, September 25
#11 How to Inspect a House
Sunday, January 9, 10 am to 2 pm, $50
Saturday, January 29
#1 OWNER CONTRACTING 1:
Instructor: Velda Goe
If you buy materials and hire subcontractors, you're owner contracting.
Being organized is essential to getting the work done on time and on
budget. A successful project manager who supervises general contractors
uses a typical project to show you how to efficiently manage all the
pieces and people in your project.
#2 OWNER CONTRACTING 2:
Instructor: Sterling Johnson
If you hire casual labor or even licensed contractors to work on your
home, you could end up paying thousands of dollars for unexpected
insurance claims, lawsuits or liens. An attorney specializing in
contract law will explain how to protect yourself from the most common
insurance, contract and lien nightmares.
#3 COST ESTIMATING
Instructor: Bruce Morris
An experienced project manager shows you how to prepare a
detailed estimate of both materials and labor for new construction and
remodeling. This estimate will help you plan out the
materials and subcontractors you will need and what features you can
really afford. Bring a calculator.
#4 HOW TO PREVENT HOMEOWNER
Instructor: Ron Kelly
Conflicts over costs, materials and/or workmanship inevitably arise
during construction. A mediator's steady diet is the projects that blow
up. They'll share the secrets to avoiding disastrous delays and
litigation. You'll learn the negotiating skills needed to work out quick
and fair resolutions of disputes and misunderstandings. Instructor is an
experienced mediation trainer, mediator and general contractor.
#8 GARDEN HARDSCAPES:
Instructor: Bill Steele
Learn to design and install functional and ornamental planting beds and
border edges, paths, patios, promenades, retaining walls, walkways and
other garden features using block, brick, pavers, stone, tile and other
such basic masonry construction materials.
#13 KITCHEN DESIGN FUNDAMENTALS
Instructor: Beverly Wilson
Your kitchen should express your needs and tastes and increase the value
of your home. A professional kitchen designer covers all the topics and
details you need to know: layout, selection of materials and fixtures,
storage options, lighting, electrical, plumbing, planning with attention
to measurement and scale, and structural alterations.
#17 A ROOFING PRIMER
Instructor: Vincent Corbett, Jr.
Replacing an aging roof is one of your most important, and most
expensive, home maintenance projects. Find out what your roofing
options are, how much they cost and how each type is installed from an
experienced roofing contractor. Composition shingle roof and skylight
installation, estimating costs, proper tools, tool usage and safety
will also be covered. Se habla Espanol.
#18 SOLAR ELECTRICITY FOR YOUR HOME
Instructor: Connor English
Now you can produce your own electricity and "sell" the excess back to
PG&E, running your meter backwards! Plus you can receive thousands of
rebate dollars from the State at the same time. Learn how to size,
specify and design your own solar electrical generator. A short field
trip to a functioning house/ system in Berkeley and current catalog of
available equipment are also included. Bring your PG&E bill.
#19 PAINTING: TRICKS OF THE TRADE
Instructor: Scott Perry
Save time and money and improve the quality of your next painting
project. Learn about: tools, brush and roller selection, paint quality
and types, sealants, and the fastest ways to prepare surfaces for
interiors and exteriors.
#7 EARTHQUAKE RETROFITTING
Instructors: Tony DeMascole & Jim Gillett
If your house hasn't been properly bolted and reinforced, the next
earthquake could cost you $25,000 to $50,000 or even more. Engineer
Tony DeMascole explains how to strengthen your wood frame home;
retrofitting contractor Jim Gillett shows how to install expansion and
epoxy bolts, shear paneling and structural hardware with slides and
demonstrations on a full-scale mock-up. Save hundreds of dollars with
the most efficient designs and proven materials.
#10 GARDEN DESIGN
Instructor: Cecelia Littlepage
An overview of drought-tolerant, low maintenance organic design
techniques. We'll review spatial design fundamentals to create an
individualized design solution for each student. These may involve
decks, play structures and water features as well as plant and tree
selections. The final product will be a to-scale drawing of each
student's yard. Bring a sketch (with dimensions) and snapshots of your
yard. Now is the time to plan for your spring landscape!
NOTE: fee for two-Saturday course: $195 per person
#20 CONTROLLING TERMITES & DRYROT
Instructor: Greg Nichols
Undetected decay can cost the owner, buy-er or seller of a residential
property a great deal. Preventing and controlling this and other
structural pests before they get to the real damage stage can save
thousands of dollars. The contractor/instructor will teach you
how to inspect your home to avoid problems and damage and to hire
competent professionals if necessary.
#12 INSTALLING WINDOWS, DOORS &
Instructor: Barry Wagner
Replacing a window, door or skylight is a common first-time project for
novice do-it-yourselfers. Learn how to do it right.
WINDOWS: new and replacement; wood, aluminum, vinyl, double pane,
double hung, sash.
DOORS: prehung, sliding, French
SKYLIGHTS: types, curb, light shafts
#56 RESIDIENTIAL GREEN BUILDING AND REMODELING
Instructor: Greg Van Mechelen
Learn about healthier building materials, how to lower your utility bills,
reduce home maintenance and minimize remodeling construction waste. Local
architect will present ways to incorporate green building materials and
methods into your home remodeling and improvement projects. The class
also includes exposure to a variety of alternative and mainstream materials.
#59 ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS:
COB AND STRAWBALE
Instructors: John Fordice - cob
Dietmar Lorenz - strawbale
Two natural building methods are currently undergoing renewed
popularity. Cob is an ancient technique using a mixture of earth, sand
and straw; it requires only simple handtools and can easily be shaped
into imaginative structures. Strawbales are highly insulative and create
an Old World character of thick walls and deepset windows. The methods
are gaining building code approval in many communities.
#11 HOW TO INSPECT A HOUSE
Instructor: John Fryer
Homeowners, prospective buyers and property sellers learn how to get the most out of a home inspection from an award-winning, certified ASHI professional. The house may look fine, but reduce surprises - your greatest protection against making a mistake is to be well informed. Is it safe, sound and sanitary? Find out how to protect your equity/investment with preventative maintenance. Field trip to property in afternoon.
Instructor: Eric Burtt
New construction, existing evaluation, repair, reinforcing and replacement.
Issues of settling, rotation, cracks, floor slope, etc. Consideration of
caps, curbs, underpinning, piers, floor releveling, jacking, shoring, rein-
forcing bar, forms, design, engineering and cost. Interrelated issues of
foundation affecting seismic bolting, drainage and pest isolation. Bring
a sketch/picture of your lot or foundation to discuss in class.
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