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May 11, 2005

Mother's Day Build

If you've ever wanted to learn how to build stuff or if you want to know how to use tools, a great place to start is a Habitat for Humanity job site.

Carol (top fundraiser) and Amanda get ready to rock around the caulkCarol_and_amanda_cu

Photos by Nicola Betts

The Habitat Mother's Day build was a huge success this year as teams of mothers, sons and daughters lent a hand to ten families who are buying volunteer-built homes from Habitat for Humanity Toronto, which provides the families with interest-free 25-year mortgages.   


Habitat Toronto will dedicate 50 new hand-built homes in 2005.  O-yeh! (that's Swahili for 'Oh baby!')



I need to learn how to do basic building stuff; actually I need female group courage. So where could I take a course on the most basic things? Why don't YOU organize Courses for Gurls????? Would love to hear about info on this.


I'm up to my ears in projects but I'll think about your suggestion. In the meantime, try the courses at your local Home Depot (Do It Herself workshops) or RONA (various project-oriented seminars). If you're in the Toronto area, Habitat for Humanity Toronto runs a 6-part Habitat University course which teaches the basics of building. If you want to start out with something basic, like learning to build a deck or create a patio, I really like the Sunset book series from California. The books cover everything from Basic Carpentry to Outdoor Kitchens and are specific, detailed and give you all the know-how you need to jump in and get going.

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