Filter by
The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre

The Bower's home DIY course: Level 1

107 Redfern St
Redfern NSW 2016

Sunday 4 September from 10am to 3pm Sunday 11 September from 10am to 3pm

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 2-day workshop.

In this workshop, you'll 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.

2 x 5-Hour sessions on Sundays March 3 and 10.

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.


REDFERN The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre

107 Redfern St, Redfern NSW 2016 (entry via Turner Street, opposite of 23 Turner Street, from the rear of building)

Entrance to workshop

Workshop entrance is via Turner Street at the rear of 107 Redfern St. If the doorway is locked and/or unattended pls ring the doorbell on the left of the roller door.

Transportation and parking

Bower Woodworks is located within 5-minute walking distance of Redfern Train Station. Both metred and unmetered parking are available nearby.

Covid-safe information

Social distancing is encouraged where possible. Face masks are required for workshop safety regardless of changes to restrictions. Limited capacity.

Please bring along the following PPE:

  • Facemask

  • Safety googles/glasses

  • Earmuffs or earplugs

Contact event organiser

The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre


More events in Talks, courses & workshops

IT troubleshooting

IT troubleshooting

Get help to use your laptop, tablet or smartphone from our English and Cantonese speaking tutor.
Today 10am to 12pm
Vivienne Binns: On and through the Surface

Vivienne Binns: On and through the Surface

Tracing 60 years of work by one of Australia’s most significant feminist artists
Today 10am to 9pm
Acting class with Suzi

Acting class with Suzi

Learn acting skills from an experienced tutor in this 2-hour weekly class for adults
Today 10am to 12pm
Adult & children's art classes

Adult & children's art classes

Explore ideas, materials and techniques for painting, print making and mixed media and sculpture
Today 10am to 8pm
Ageing Well: Tips for Seniors

Ageing Well: Tips for Seniors

Get up to speed with wellbeing topics that are important to keep in mind as you age
Today 1pm to 2pm
Aqueous Moments - Photomedia Exhibition by Bernadette Smith

Aqueous Moments - Photomedia Exhibition by Bernadette Smith

Art and documentary photos showing the endangered coastal hinterlands of Greater Sydney and beyond
Today 11am to 4pm
Australian Taiko Academy: Tataku for kids and teens

Australian Taiko Academy: Tataku for kids and teens

Build new musical skills and get fit at this class for 14 to 18 year olds
Today 5.45pm to 7.15pm
Body percussion

Body percussion

How to make music on your body
Today 12pm to 12.30pm