HardHat Diplomat


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

Home Maintenance 101

Gain Practical Skills for Effective Home Care

Through live demonstrations, a power tool petting zoo, and hands-on practice you’ll learn how to prevent and diagnose common problems; conduct basic repairs on your own; and know when it’s time to call in a professional.


If you’re looking to save money, practice basic skills, or simply feel more at ease when it comes to facing emergency and permanent repairs, this workshop is for you!

Join us in a judgment-free environment and take the first step towards addressing preventable issues and becoming capable and confident in managing your home! 

Open to renters and homeowners. No previous experience is required. All genders are encouraged to attend. 

How to Prepare

  • Dress comfortably, things may get a little messy
  • Bring pen & paper
  • We supply tools, but, it is also good to practice various hands-on techniques using your own tools. So feel welcome to bring them along if you have them (drill, battery, screwdrivers, pliers).
April 27, 2024 10:00 am
April 27, 2024 5:00 pm
Literacy Volunteers of NRV, 195 W Main St, Christiansburg, VA, 24073, USA
We Cover

Your Essential Toolbox: Explore a power tool petting zoo and receive a starter tools checklist

Power Tools: Safely use a nail gun, stapler, and power drill

Plumbing: Tackle leaks and clogs

Caulking: Seal gaps for improved insulation

Electrical Essentials: Replace outlets and switches

HVAC: Understand key aspects

Wall Repair: Beginners patching and anchoring techniques

General Maintenance: Safety and seasonal home care rituals

Total Seats: 15

Hurry to catch Early Bird pricing!


Christiansburg, VA.  10am-5pm. Saturday, April 27


This workshop is created and presented 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 across the United States through remodeling projects 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.

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.

Many thanks to our venue host Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley. Literacy NRV supports area adults who seek opportunities to achieve greater independence and success through literacy. Learn how you can become a volunteer with Literacy NRV.

Group photo essential home maintenance workshop

Prevent. Repair. Save.

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Course Origin

This course is a product of a personal journey, transformed into a welcoming and empowering space for all. I’ve experienced the intimidation of home maintenance and repairs, but I also recognized I had handy capabilities. I just wanted something more than online tutorials; I craved guidance and a friendly mentor.

I understand that many of you have the potential to handle basic maintenance, yet you seek a helping hand as you dive into it. That’s why I designed this course. It’s a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment that encourages questions and embraces the idea that mistakes are part of the learning process

Get Ready

There is limited street parking and a parking lot behind the building. Please enter through the front of the building using the IDA NRV front door. There will be signs to guide you to our room.

There will be a half-hour break for lunch. We encourage you to bring a brown bag to stay and hang out. There are some fast food options within a short drive.

Bring a pen and paper to take notes. Dress comfortably as this is a long day class. Come ready to share and learn together!


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

Due to the nature of this workshop, refunds are:  100% if canceled 14 calendar days prior. 50% if canceled up to 8 days prior. No refunds for no-shows or week-of cancellations.

Masks are optional. Please wear one if you are not 100%.