Home DIY Course
weekly - Sunday
The Bower
1/10 Hunter St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia
The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre

Home DIY Course

Don’t call the experts; empower yourself to undertake your Home DIY projects by unlocking the skills and secrets of DIY with this hands-on workshop.

In this workshop you will learn how to safely and economically undertake a number of small maintenance tasks around the home. Whether it’s an unfinished DIY project or you’re looking to take on some basic, satisfying home-fixes yourself, this course is for you.

This course takes place across 2 x 5 hour sessions on Sunday 7th, 14th August.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this home DIY course, you will have:

  • A solid understanding of general safety measures required when carrying out home DIY
  • An understanding of how to select and use the correct use of drills and drivers
  • The know-how to choose and use the right drill bits and fixings for a variety of applications
  • An understanding of the basic concepts involved in timber-framed wall construction
  • The know-how and skills to hang a shelf, tackle basic plumbing and the ability to install a pane of glass.

Skill Level

This course is suitable for beginners (18 years and over) with no prior workshop experience.

Course Content

Day 1

  • Safety and Housekeeping
  • Work area preparation
  • Introduction to and examination of different materials found in the home (natural, manufactured and hazardous)
  • Basic DIY Toolbox contents and why
  • Introduction to advanced tools
  • Introduction to drills and drivers
  • Practice in the use of the basic toolbox items
  • Cutting, drilling, fixing into various materials (woods, masonry and ceramics)
  • Putting it all together (measuring, marking, gluing, fixing, tiling and finishing)
  • Clean-up and disposal of waste
  • Question time (pick your instructor's brain about home projects)

Day 2

  • Putting it all together completion (grouting)
  • Anatomy of a gyprock wall
  • Hidden hazards (power, water, gas)
  • Detecting hidden items (studs, power)
  • Examination of the various anchors available to hang things on walls
  • Patching a damaged (minor and major) gyprock wall
  • Anatomy of the S bend and taps
  • Change a washer/fix a tap
  • Removal/attaching a flexi hose
  • Solutions for working without a workshop
  • Question time (pick your instructor's brain about home projects)


The Bower’s instructors are experienced at facilitating courses for individuals living with disability. Please let us know about any special requirements prior to enrolment so that our staff can prepare in advance.

Tools and Materials

Please bring any tools from home that you would like to use. The Bower will provide tools and materials. We ask that participants ensure that long hair is tied back, and appropriate footwear (closed shoes) is worn.

Please bring along the following PPE:

  • Facemask
  • Safety googles/glasses
  • Earmuffs or earplugs


PARRAMATTA The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre

1/10 Hunter Street, Parramatta NSW 2150

Transportation and Parking

The Bower Parramatta is located 750m from the Parramatta train station. A free shuttle service (Route 900) stops nearby (at the corner of Macquarie & O’Connell Street). Paid parking is available directly above The Bower in the Hunter Street (Justice Precinct) car park

weekly - Sunday
The Bower
1/10 Hunter St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia
The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre