Learn About Home Systems From a Licensed Inspector

Brian Schnee, owner of KL Home Inspection Services has developed a home improvement course “ Home Improvement with TLC” to help you understand more about your home. As a teacher, licensed home inspector and with over twenty years in the commercial construction industry, Brian offers this information to you in order to help you become a more educated homeowner who is capable of performing some of your own home repairs as well as being able to confidently hire the right professional when one is needed.

The classes and workshops have been held at many venues on Long Island.

There are 8 classes and 5 workshops.  The eight classes teach the students how their home works while the 5 DIY Hands-On Workshops reinforce what they have learned in the specific class.

With a target audience of every home seller, homeowner and/or potential homeowner, Brian's classes address real issues in the homes of his audience. His goal with each class is to help students become familiar with the various systems of their home, keep repair costs down, give them the confidence to make certain repairs on their own, and to ensure they can hire the right contractor for repairs that are more than they can handle on their own.

Home Improvement with TLC Course Objectives

Home Improvement with TLC is an interactive/hands on home improvement course designed to inspire all homeowners to learn how their house works.

Objectives of the Course

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A. Keep Repair Costs Down

Participants will learn how their house works, how the differing systems interact and how maintaining these systems will minimize costly future repairs.

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B. Make Certain Repairs Themselves

With a better understanding of how their house works, participants will gain the confidence that they can make certain repairs themselves.

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C. Hire The Right Contractor

“Knowledge is Power” Having a better understanding of how the structural and mechanical systems of their house interact, students will have gained the expertise to hire the right contractor when they cannot make repairs themselves.

Teaching Method

Brian's teaching strategy, “Blended”, utilizes both digital and traditional teaching methods to help students learn.  It is exceptionally effective at helping retain long-term information in a diverse student body.

The class lectures will provide you the core knowledge of how your home and their systems interact. Some of the classes have workshops to reinforce what you've learned in the lectures.

  • Drainage
  • Grading
  • Ground Water/Water Table
  • Landscaping
  • Retaining walls
  • Foundation
  • Flooring system
  • Wall and roof structures
  • Roof
  • Roofing materials
  • Exterior windows
  • Exterior doors
  • Exterior coverings

Workshop One: Window and Door Weather Stripping

  • Doors and locking mechanisms
  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Floors

Workshop Two: Wall Repairs

Workshop Three: Exterior/Interior Painting

 

  • Insulation
  • Vapor barriers
  • Attic insulation and ventilation
  • Crawl Space Insulation and Ventilation
  • The incoming service
  • The main panelboard
  • Wiring materials
  • Outlets
  • Smoke detectors

Workshop Four: Outlet, Switch and Light Socket Installation

  • The water supply system
  • The sanitary waste system
  • Pipes and all their fittings
  • Types of heating systems
  • Heating fuel options
  • Domestic hot water heating systems
  • Liquid refrigerant
  • Evaporator coil
  • Compressor
  • Condensing unit
  • Dryer venting
  • Bathroom ventilation

The purpose of the hands-on workshops is to reinforce what was learned in the classes.

This workshop is an extension of Class Two. The workshop focusing on the proper installation of weather stripping around your doors and windows.  You will have the hands-on opportunity to install weather stripping yourself.

This is an extension of Class Three. In this hands-on workshop we will address the repairs to all of these issues and under my instruction, you will make the tape and spackle sheet, repair holes in the walls that you have created.

This is workshop is an extension of Class Three. In this hands-on workshop session, I will address all of these “do you knows” and will give you the hands-on opportunity to make the required repairs and paint different wall surfaces.

This workshop is an extension of Class Five. In this hands-on class students will be able to: wire a basic light switch where the power enters the switch; wire an outlet; strip wire; connect a male end to a wire; and understand the meaning and importance of the colors of the different wires.

This workshop will give students the opportunity to build and test a sprinkler system.

This workshop is seasonal. Available only during Spring and Summer time.

KL Home Inspection Services brings a caring attitude to home buyers, you can contact Brian 24/7 365 if you have a home repair issue that you cannot resolve.

Brian will gladly give his Home Improvement Course to any group who would like to schedule him such as VFW, adult education programs, college groups and others. Nowhere else are you going to get a home inspection company that can offer you so much education.
Contact Brian Schnee of KL Home Inspections Services to find out his class schedule or to have him come out and work with your group by calling (516) 458-4676 or emailing him at brian@klhinspection.com.