Enrollment open for home-building courses

FLINT TWP. — The new year will bring an opportunity to learn to build a house from top to bottom and inside out, through a series of Builder Construction Courses offered by Bendle/Carman- Ainsworth Community Education.

Taught by a licensed builder with several years in the trade, the adult enrichment courses will enable students to gain the knowledge and skills needed for a career in the building trades workforce or just for their own personal projects. The classes divided into four sessions, Carpentry 1-4, do not have to be taken in succession. The cost for each segment is $199. All classes will be taught at Carma-Ainsworth Middle School, 1409 W. Maple Avenue.

Carpentry 1 -Foundations and Framing – will be held from 6-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, from January 14 through February 16. The objective of this class is to advise and instruct in the building of structure or structures with foundations and framing being the areas of concentration.

Carpentry 2 – Doors, Windows, & Exterior Finish – will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 21 through March 16, also from 6-9:30 p.m. The objective of this class is to introduce an in-depth approach to the hanging of doors, windows and completing exterior finishes. This course will include creating and hanging a fixed window frame. Also, students will learn to make a door and jam. A hands-on approach learning simple techniques will enable everyone to build a fixed window or door with their own personal touch.

Carpentry 3 -Electrical, Plumbing, Insulation & Interior Finish – will take place from March 21-Apr. 20 on the same days and times except no classes will be held on April 4 and 6. This class will introduce both novices and seasoned handy-persons to the materials, building codes and techniques for installing electrical and plumbing into a new home or retrofitting and improving an existing one. The critical areas of electrical and plumbing are tightly regulated by national, regional and local codes. The hands-on techniques and methods introduced in this class will make students more comfortable when performing electrical and plumbing installations and assist in guiding them to the completion of a safe and successful project.

The final session, Carpentry 4 – Interior Trim, Cabinetry and Floor Covering – Is scheduled for April 25-May 18, on the same days, time and place. The objective of this class is to advise and instruct on the interior finishing and maintenance of a building’s interior. The first project will be to develop a “maintenance checklist” in order to maintain the value of a home and proceed to drywall, cabinets and floor coverings; including an introduction to ceramic tile for floors and walls.

For more information or to register, call Bendle/Carman-Ainsworth Community Education at: 591-3600 or 591-4160. — R.S.

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