Feedback from DIY Devotees
This is the spot where you can take a peek at the workshops, hear what people have said about them and read comments DIY Devotees have made.
The Painting Workshop in June 2009 when Devotees transformed a garage with cracks, holes in the walls and endless marks into a restored, clean, fresh haven for cars.
The Essential Toolkit
DIY Devotee Wendy B wrote in with her recent experience... "There has just been a knock on my door - an elderly neighbour whose son-in-law was visiting to repair her heat pump. Strangely enough he didn't bring any tools, thinking her late husband's collection still resided in the garage. However, being a minimalist, she had disposed of all that junk and all she could offer him was some dinky little screwdriver which clearly wasn't cutting the mustard. 'Do you happen to have a screwdriver?' she enquires.
Do I ever! Have I got the tool(kit) for you!. My DIY Devotees toolkit has been ceremoniously carried over to her place and unveiled to the amazement of son-in-law-heat-pump-repairer. 'Look at that!' he exclaims. 'Real tools' he adds, as he extracts the perfect screwdriver for the job. At the time of writing, my DIY essential toolkit is laid out on her deck - and he promises to return it by lunchtime. He was clearly impressed!"
Basic Household Plumbing Workshop - 11th October 2008
At the Basic Household Plumbing workshop on 11 October 2008, participants came to grips with their S bends, pressure valves, washers, taps and the joys of slip jaw pliers. They also left the workshop with confidence to do some plumbing basics. If you'd like to hear about what some participants said about the day, listen to 'Household Plumbing One' (1.57 mins), 'Household Plumbing Two' (2.08 mins) and 'Household Plumbing Three' (1.10 mins).
Other participants on the day said "Anyone can do it so attend a workshop and have a go"... "An enjoyable way to learn skills and save money" and "I've been left with confidence to change the tap washers and clean the showerhead". One participant felt so confident she " was was encouraged to get home and fix that leaking tap that I have been waiting on my husband for, for a week!"
Group Photo One. Basic Household Plumbing Workshop - 11th October 2008.
Group Photo Two. Basic Household Plumbing Workshop - 11th October 2008.
Tapping into Things. Basic Household Plumbing Workshop - 11th October 2008.
Group Think. Basic Household Plumbing Workshop - 11th October 2008.
Backing Trailers Workshop - 2nd August 2008
At the workshop on 2nd August, participants enjoyed sunshine (amazing, for a winter's day), Bill Frost's tutoring and great success. If you'd like to hear what some participants said about the day, listen to 'Backing Trailers Experience Four' (1.58 mins) and 'Backing Trailers Experience Five' (2.15 mins).
Group Photo. Backing Trailers Workshop 2nd August 2008.
Driver and driver-in-waiting inching
backwards towards the cones, while Mr Patience Himself, Bill Frost,
guides from the side. Backing Trailers Workshop 2nd August 2008.
Backing Trailers Workshop - 5th April 2008
Recent participants at the Backing Trailers workshop enthused about their experience. If you'd like to hear what they had to say, download the following audio files: 'Backing Trailers Experience One', 'Backing Trailers Experience Two', 'Backing Trailers Experience Three'.
If you’d like to hear a review of the Backing Trailers workshop from Radio New Zealand’s Regional Correspondent, Katy Gosset, download the following 'Radio New Zealand review' (15 mins).
Other participants on the day said:
"Wow, I fought the trailer and I won!" (JD)
"Great learning experience which I feel motivated to go away and practice." (MW)
"No matter how impossible backing a trailer seems, a half day of careful, patient instruction makes it possible." (TMcB)
"Had a fabulous time. Lots of great tips. Learning in a very friendly and nurturing environment." (SC)