Home Repair & Projects,
Martial Arts & Self Defense,
Save money and say, "I did it myself."
Knowledgeable and patient teacher and craftsman Paul teaches you how to handle practical repairs and improvements. Our workshops give you the step-by-step instructions you need, and the vocabulary that goes with it. Group AND private one-on-one classes are available.
See classes below, and connect with Paul's Do-It-Yourself Home Repair Classes & Coaching on FACEBOOK:
Fix Your Own Toilet
Save a bundle. Simple, clear, hands-on, one day workshop.
Work on a (clean) working model on wheels. For online classes, you can learn about your own fixtures in your own home.
The most common reason for high water bills is a malfunctioning toilet. Hands-on class to learn to diagnose problems, make repairs, and if necessary, replace your toilet. Fix a toilet that runs continuously or intermittently, will not flush, is clogged or has other problems. Learn how a toilet works, its parts, terminology and tools you will need, how to remove your old toilet and install a new one.
Photos of students practicing each fix in class, full class info, and the fun working-model Paul built for you to learn on, are on the class syllabus page
Private Instruction with expert guidance and safety. In person and interactive online instruction.
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Full Class Info
You Can Do It! Common Home Repairs and Projects - Part I
Get confidence and skills to save your home and budget. Save money and have fun.
You Can Do It:
1. How to fix a hole in the wall - drywall repair.
2. Removing wall paper - You just can't paint over it.
3. What to spray with WD-40, or not.
You Can Do It! MORE Common Home Repairs and Projects - Part II
MORE skills and confidence to make your home your dream home. Save money and have fun.You Can Do It:
1. Dripping faucet - Not just washers. Learn the other parts and what to do.
2. Painting walls - Prep, brushes, kinds of paint, finishes.
Individual instruction with expert guidance on topics of your choice. In person and interactive online instruction:
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Do It Yourself HOME REPAIR Class
Hands-on basics of carpentry, electric, drywall, and plumbing systems of the average house. Paul covers topics and terminology that relate to old and new residential construction.
For the three week in-person class, each week has lecture plus a class project where students will use hand and power tools. For online, you choose your topics to learn with Paul.
Do your own project with expert guidance and safety. Interactive online instruction. Contact: Paul@PaulPlevakas.com
Next class through the Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT):
DescriptionThe in-class project starts with building a small wall. Students learn how to measure, cut, layout, and join wooden studs. In the electrical class, students install an electrical circuit through the studs and a receptacle, wall switch, and light fixture. The final class project covers learning to finish the wall with drywall, tape, and joint compound/spackle.
The key aspect of the class is that students have a start in making their own home repairs or improve their current skills. Students will also be able to make knowledgeable decisions when it is time to hire a contractor.
Full Class Info
Build Your Own Little Free Library
A Little Free Library is a fun little weather-proof cabinet you can put outside or anywhere you want to share books. People can “take a book, return a book” at any time day or night, in an ongoing free book share.
This one-day class gives you do-it-yourself skills to have for a lifetime, while you build your own worthy community project that helps many on an ongoing basis. Encouraging, patient, teaching environment with a skilled teacher.
Here is the Little Free LIbrary Paul and his wife Jolie built for the Mt Airy Learning Tree
When you arrive for class, we have materials for each student ready and pre-cut, so you can begin right away with tool-safety and hands-on building.
Come alone or sign up with friends. Take home your own work same day.
On your own or by arrangement with Paul, paint and install in a variety of ways that suits your needs and landscape. We send you full instructions.
You can add solar lights, a place for dog treats, holiday toy exchange, include a reading bench, have a Little Free Pantry for food with dignity for the disadvantaged. Many creative healthy ideas.
Class location in Wyndmoor, PA.
Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT)
For waiting list and registration: Phone: 215-843-6333
Online when registration is open: mtairylearningtree.org
Main Line Night School (MLNS)
For waiting list for the next class call (610) 687-0460.
Private Class for You or Your GroupGreat fun for yourself, a family, or friends.
Paul and Jolie built the Little Free Library For The Mt. Airy Learning Tree (MALT).
Below is a fun GIF movie of buying lumber and supplies, cutting, assembling, caulking, sanding, making and painting door pulls.
Here is our our first graduating class - Genie and Rachel
Thank you Rachel for asking the Mt Airy Learning Tree (MALT) to run this class.
Note - The door is clear plexiglas, hinged, with a magnetic closure. We leave the brown protective wrapper covering the door until installation and painting are finished.
Success! Here is Genie with her own Little Free Library
Add your optional registration through the non-profit organization LittleFreeLibrary.org to get a charter number and to join their world map - https://littlefreelibrary.org/registration-process/
More about the class and more class photos on the Class Syllabus page.
How To Hire A Contractor
Learn how to get a great contractor!
Protect yourself against loss of money, incomplete work and poor workmanship.
Learn how to do a background investigation of a contractor, the Pennsylvania laws written to protect the consumer, what a home or business owner must do to protect themselves, and what you should expect from a reputable contractor.
Interactive online instruction. Contact: Paul@PaulPlevakas.com
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More Specialty One-Day Home Repair and Project Classes
Wall and Ceilings
Kitchen and Bath Design
How To Install A Ceiling Fan
Do-It-Yourself Home Repair GREEN - Clean, Earth Friendly, Renovations and Products.
Contact Paul for these great workshops: Paul@PaulPlevakas.com
Private Lessons With Paul
Do your own project with expert guidance and safety. Contact: Paul@PaulPlevakas.com
Private instruction available with Paul
as your personal repair trainer -
MARTIAL ARTS and SELF DEFENSE Classes
Not only is Paul a LICENSED GENERAL CONTRACTOR, EPA lead certified, and degreed in Environmental technology and water quality, he is Paul Sensei, experienced and gentle martial arts and self defense teacher, Inducted into the EUSA International Black Belt Hall of Fame, and 2009 Instructor of the Year.
Taught by 3rd degree black belt Paul Plevakas, Karate Sensei, Black Belt Hall of Fame, International Martial Arts Association 2004 Man of the Year, and 2009 Instructor of the Year
Our Dojo (School): Get back into shape or start for the first time. Self defense techniques, strength and confidence, and traditional Japanese karate with patient gentle teacher. Open to all levels. Continuing students can advance belt rank.
Learn kyu and Dan katas (forms), kicks, punches, blocks, strikes, partner sparring drills, self defense. Beginner through black belt welcome. Discounted textbook available in class.
Where: Formerly at 2100 Chestnut Street. Center City Phila. Entrance on 21st Street between Chestnut and Sansom, 2nd Floor. We also used to run popular classes through Temple University. Contact us for your group or location, or online offerings.
Contact: Contact to form next class: Paul@PaulPlevakas.com
Paul teaching at Temple University
Paul and Jolie, Instructors at left, in their dojo (training school) with top rank students
Paul and Jolie honored as Black Belt Hall of Fame Instructors of the Year
Taught by third degree black belt Paul Plevakas Sensei, Black Belt Hall of Fame
Don't be afraid! Protect yourself, build confidence, and fend off attackers. Learn armed and unarmed defenses against armed and unarmed attackers. Gentle instructor will teach you how to use hands, feet, handbags, coins, umbrellas, cell phones, and other ordinary objects against all kinds of bad situations at home and in the street. Learn legal rights and how to spot and avoid trouble. For men and women, all abilities, all ages. Wear your everyday clothing for realistic practice.
Private coaching and groups by arrangement through Paul - Paul@PaulPlevakas.com (215) 778-2634.
Healthy Martial Arts. Discounted textbook is available in class.
With Paul, certified personal trainer. Safe, gentle, effective. Click to go to learn about Personal Training With Paul.
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