Handy Persons – Semester 2


Description: This course is for participants with no experience with common hand tools or general domestic building repairs or construction. All the activities can be done at home without a dedicated workshop. At the end of this course, participants should be able to recognise, select and use a range of common hand and power tools and complete very basic domestic repairs or installations. See Further Details for more information.
Requirements: Participants are to provide their own basic tools and personal safety equipment. See Further Details for specific requirements. Materials and some specialised tools will be provided from the resource levy of $50 that is included in the course fee.
Tutor: John Paskulich
Duration: 16 weeks
Start Date: 2nd Aug 2024
Day & time: Friday 12.45 – 2.45 PM

Semester one 2024 enrolments are now closed. Semester two enrolments will open 9.30 am Tuesday 16th July. 

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Requirements: NOTE; any corded power tools will need a current safety tag. Personal protection is very important. Participants are to wear robust work clothes such as trousers and shirts and substantial enclosed footwear. See link to course outline below for tools required.
Work Health and Safety: Before participating in your first session you will need to read and acknowledge the general and course specific Work Health and Safety documents. These can be read via the links below and signed in class:
Health & Safety induction – Version 3 Jan 2024
WHS Induction – Handy Persons

A draft course outline, tools list, lesson notes etc. appear at: https://habilispractice.weebly.com/

Activities undertaken during the semester include:

  • Construct a simulated timber framed plasterboard wall/ceiling section.
  • Fit hooks, brackets etc, to the above work piece with hollow-wall fixings and also practice masonry drilling and fixing.
  • Repair damaged plasterboard.
  • Complete simple sheet metalworking tasks like cutting, drilling, screwing and riveting.
  • Discuss applications of various adhesives.
  • Discuss “wet” building skills like concrete, mortar and tiling.
  • Complete a simple wall tiling exercise on the work piece.
  • Discuss basic reticulation principles and practice assembling “poly” pipe items.
  • Undertake a small woodworking project to consolidate the hand skills.
  • Discuss and apply finishes such as paints, varnish or oils.

Crèche: The crèche is not available for this session.