HardHat Diplomat


Create your ideal home with our Workshops for Womxn! Next up: Essential Home Maintenance, 7pm EST  Tuesday 9/22.

Essential Home Maintenance 101: Day Long Hands On

Event Date:

September 23, 2023

Event Time:

9:00 am

Event Location:

District Bridges

Are you a renter or new homeowner? Do you wish you were more handy around the house? Then our Essential Home Maintenance 101 Workshop is a MUST-ATTEND!

This hands-on and interactive workshop is presented with live demos to help you learn to prevent and diagnose common problems, conduct basic repairs on your own (or know when to call in a professional), and feel more at ease when facing emergency and permanent repairs.


Topics Include: 

  • Essential Toolbox – a tool petting zoo and starter tools checklist
  • Power Tool Practice – how to safely use and operate a nail gun, stapler, and power drill
  • Plumbing – addressing leaks and clogs, and how to replace a toilet
  • Caulking – sealing gaps to prevent air and water infiltration
  • Electrical – replacing an outlet or switch
  • HVAC – key things to know
  • Wall Repair – beginner’s patching and anchoring techniques
  • General Safety & Maintenance Rituals


All ages 18+, all genders are welcome. No experience is needed.

About the Hosts:


This workshop is hosted and taught by Erin Helland of HardHat Diplomat. Erin is a board certified national home inspector and commercial and residential RENOVATION COACH. Erin has rehabbed multiple properties, created long-term and vacation rentals, and coached property owners through remodeling projects across the United States from simple room makeovers to multi-million dollar endeavors. She loves to share her organizational tools and experience to help others – especially women – become their own project managers and feel confident in making informed and cost-effective decisions when buying and renovating a home. 

Workshop sponsor Alison Scimeca is a homeowner, REALTOR, and founder of “the Rare DC” (Radically Authentic Real Estate), a multifaceted full service real estate lifestyle brand that helps people learn about real estate topics of all kinds, find home inspiration, get to know their city, and buy or sell their own awesome home. A true lover of design and style, Alison offers virtual and in-person interior design services so her clients can create spaces that truly reflect who they are. She is host of the podcast “Rent, Move, Buy” where she brings on industry experts to answer the area’s most burning real estate questions and shares her content on Instagram, Facebook, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and The RARE YouTube Channel. The RARE DC also hosts community events aimed at connecting our community and introducing people to neighbors, DMV doers & makers, movers & shakers, creatives, and people who make the DC area the dynamic place that it is. The RARE DC is dedicated to making the market less intimidating by introducing authentic, real-world information to prospective buyers and sellers in a fun and creative way.

Workshop sponsor Denny Cruz is a homeowner and licensed and insured General Contractor serving the DC Metropolitan area. His boutique construction company, AGC Custom Builders, specializes in major additions, whole house renovations, and challenging design-build projects. Denny cares about the homeowners and remodeling projects he takes on and is committed to project quality and homeowner satisfaction.



The Logo of HardHat Diplomat. The front of a hardhat, with the Washington, DC coat of arms of three stars over two bars on the side of the hardhat. The hardhat floats over the business name.


How to Prepare:


  • Dress comfortably
  • Bring pen & paper
  • Lunch will be provided by our workshop sponsor, Alison Scimeca of the Rare DC.
  • It is good to practice various hands-on techniques with us using your own tools, so bring them along if you have them (drill, battery, screwdrivers, pliers)
  • Please see FAQs for information on parking and arrival. Use of public transit is encouraged


Participation Policies:


Class Size: We require a minimum of 6 participants to hold this workshop as scheduled. 

Refunds: Due to the nature of this workshop and materials required, refunds are:  100% if canceled 14 calendar days prior. // 40% if canceled up to 8 days prior. //No refunds for no shows or week-of cancellations.

Masks: As it will be cold/flu season, workshop guests may be requested to wear a mask for the duration of their workshop regardless of their vaccination status. Presenters may be unasked.


Follow Us:


HardHat Diplomat
Website: hardhatdiplomat.com
Instagram: @HardHat Diplomat
Facebook: @HardHat Diplomat

the Rare DC
Website: theraredc.com
Instagram: @theRAREdc
YouTube: @TheRAREdc

AGC Custom Builders
Website: buildwithagc.com
Instagram: @AGCcustombuilders



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Event FAQs


There is limited hourly or permitted residential (DC Zone 1) street parking within a multi-block radius. A paid lot is available within walking distance at Tivoli Square (the Giant Grocer) or DCUSA where the Target is located. We strongly encourage ride share services or public transit - there are numerable buses in this corridor & the Yellow/Green Columbia Heights Metro is just a few blocks away.

Getting Into the Space

The office is located on the 2nd floor - stairs only, no elevator. The entry for "District Bridges" is on the 11th street side. (This is a shared building at the corner of Park and 11th NW; the door is to the left of Queen's English restaurant and to the right of Makan restaurant.)


There will be a 1 hour break for lunch. Bring a brown bag to stay and hang out, or get outside and stretch your legs. There are plenty of establishments nearby, including the Coupe cafe, Giant Grocery, Odd Provisions and more.

Event Location:

Total Seats: 14
  • District Bridges
  • 3400 11th St NW, Second Floor
  • Washington
  • DC
  • 20010
  • USA

Event Schedule Details

  • September 23, 2023 9:00 am   -   5:00 pm
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