Online DIY Home Improvement Courses
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DIY Home Improvements with over 55 exclusive online videos
17 Units to help you learn, comprising of text, exercises, illustrations, as well as videos.
Prepare to improve every part of your home.
Here at the DIY School we've joined forces with the online course company Skillsology, in creating courses that combine breadth of learning with content chosen to make you effective. As a result, our home improvement course covers all the necessary stages and areas of your home improvement learning - from starting your toolkit to decorating your finished projects, and from fixing your plumbing to clearing your guttering. The course consists of clearly structured units and modules, making it as easy as pie for you to tailor the course to your personal skills, knowledge and ambitions.
The author - award-winning home improvement expert Jo Behari - is committed to making home improvement accessible, easy and exciting to everybody, including you. So regardless of your experience level, allow her to welcome you to the course and inspire your next home improvement project. Whether it's your first or your fiftieth, Jo will ensure that it won't be your last!
Our 17-Unit Syllabus
1. Getting Started
Introduces you to the simple and advanced tools and the safety equipment that you will encounter when starting to build your toolkit; offers budgetary and logistical advice on planning home improvement projects; and outlines the things to consider when sourcing tradespeople, tools and materials.
2. Home Structure
Explains the different wall and floor types that constitute the structure of all houses; explains the fundamental operation of plumbing and electricity systems throughout your home; and outlines the various external features of any house.
3. General Maintenance
Advances the course into the practical stage, covering some of the simple jobs you can carry out to maintain the walls and ceilings, windows and doors, water appliances and external features of your home. The skills learned in this unit are fundamental and widely applicable to many other home improvement jobs.
4. Measuring and Marking, Drilling and Fixing
Teaches you how to measure and mark materials in preparation for cutting and drilling, before introducing you to one of your most important and useful tools – your drill. Again, this unit prepares you for a variety of wider home improvement jobs.
5. Working with Wood
Introduces you to the different types of wood and their properties; explains the most common woodworking tools; and teaches you how to cut, join, screw into and repair wood. Many of the skills in this unit are also applicable to other materials.
6. Finishing Wood
Teaches you how to sand, repair and finish wood once you have finished cutting and shaping it.
The next four units expand on what you learned in Unit 2 about the inner workings of your home. Unit 7 explains how to drain the differnet types of water system that you learned about in Unit 2; teaches you how to cure airlocks, repair dripping taps and unblock drains; and explains how to repair toilet cisterns and unblock toilets.
8. Advanced Plumbing
Building on Unit 7, this unit outlines the various types of pipework that you may encounter; teaches you how to cut, bend and connect piping; guides you through repairing that dreaded burst pipe; and teaches you how to change kitchen taps and machines.
Explains the various types of heating system, and teaches you how radiators operate as well as how to repair, bleed and remove and replace them.
Teaches you how to ensure that you stay safe with electricity and what to do in an electrical emergency, and guides you through fitting new plugs, switch faceplates and socket faceplates.
Having learnt about the inner workings of the home, the next two units outline some larger home improvement projects that you may consider that will call on the skills you have learned hitherto. Unit 11 outlines many of the most common flooring styles and materials available; teaches you how to prepare for laying a new floor; teaches you how to lay the various types of flooring available; and teaches you how to refinish wooden flooring to make it look brand new and beautiful.
Advises you on planning a kitchen refurbishment, and teaches you a variety of methods to improve your kitchen without hiring a professional, such as changing your unit doors, worktops or splashbacks.
This unit moves the course into its decorative stage, now that you have learned how to work with and finish wood and other surfaces and fittings. Here Jo advises you on the things to consider when choosing and purchasing one of the many different types of paint on the market; teaches you the various steps necessary to prepare an internal surface for painting; introduces you to the painting tools that you will encounter; explains the various painting techniques you will need to apply; and outlines the process required for external painting work.
Outlines the different types of tiles available; introduces you to the various tools required for tiling; walks you through the stages of planning and preparing for a tiling job; and teaches you both basic and advanced tiling skills and procedures.
Walks you through the various decorating tools that you will encounter beyond painting and tiling; explains the different types of wallpaper and wallpaper paste available on the market; explains the various stages in preparing a wall ready for wallpapering; and guides you through wallpapering a wall, including advice on how to navigate various obstacles.
Teaches you how to conquer the notorious flat pack; guides you through repainting and refinishing furniture; and teaches you how to repair wobbly furniture.
The final unit takes you fully outside the house (but not outside the home), teaching you how to plan and lay decking, how to hang things in your garden, how to repaint and refinish your garden features and how to construct a raised bed.