Forget Paint And Sip This Ladies Night Out Teaches Home Repairs

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WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Barbara Pesce launched “The Women’s Workshops” after she bought her own fixer-upper home two years ago. She started a Facebook page to describe the minor repairs she was tackling herself, and there was so much feedback from women friends who wanted to learn basic skills that she thought she could start a business.

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This was not a typical girls’ night out: Sure, it was Friday and there was mingling, there were wraps, and, of course, there was wine. But Stacy Berkowitz, 51, of Smithtown had her hand stuck inside a toilet tank. Fortunately, it was empty.

At “The Women’s Workshops,” the night out involves hands-on learning of what organizer Barbara Pesce calls a “honey-do” task, something women traditionally might have relied on a boyfriend, husband or handyman to do.

On a recent evening at the Bethpage Police Athletic League, women were learning to repair a running toilet, including how to purchase, remove and replace the fill valve and flapper. “This is how I fix the toilet,” joked Berkowitz, who is single and owns a gift basket business. She pulled her cellphone out of her pocket. “Make a call.”

“Not anymore, Stacy,” Pesce retorted.

FIX IT YOURSELF
Pesce, 50, a divorced bookkeeper, launched The Women’s Workshops after she bought her own fixer-upper home in Levittown about two years ago. She started a Facebook page to describe the minor repairs she was tackling herself, and there was so much feedback from women friends who wanted to learn basic skills that she thought she could start a business.

At the first bimonthly workshop in August, women learned how to spackle a hole in a wall. On Dec. 6, the topic will tentatively deal with a to-be-determined automotive skill.

Pesce charges $75 per three-hour workshop, and she hires a professional to teach it. The fee includes the refreshments and each woman receives her own relevant tools to bring home, at the toilet workshop, it was slip joint pliers and a screwdriver.

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