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Surry Community College is offering ladies a chance to nurture their inner tomboy, cut home repair costs and cut down the “honey-do list” with a DIY Diva class. Laura Yokley has been named as the instructor for the do it yourself course.

“I was born with dust in my blood,” said Yokley, who said she was inspired by her father Bud, who ran Mount Airy Furniture. “I walked around the furniture factory when I was young and was swinging a hammer by the time I was 10.”

Yokley was encouraged to take on the assignment for the three-night series by Continuing Education Administrative/ Marketing Assistant Sonnie Hardy. The course is scheduled for July 23-30 at the Center for Public Safety’s woodworking shop in Mount Airy. The course will be held from 6-9 p.m. nightly. The course will offer hands-on experience in tasks including hanging a shelf, basic drywall repair, fixing doors and leaky faucets and basic caulking techniques.

She said she also plans to encourage participants to bring their own honey-do list on the third night of the course to see what personal projects can be fixed. Yokley at one point regularly moved to new areas about every three years. The family budget only allowed them to afford fixer-uppers to live in, so Yokley became skilled in fixing the homes up and flipping them for a profit.

Yokley also had extensive experience in restaurants where slim profits traditionally supports do it your self repair projects. She honed her training and teaching skills as a district manager for many eating establishments.

“Let’s face it. If you are a homeowner or a renter you need to know how to make a door shut,” said Yokley. “These are basic electrical, plumbing and drywall repairs that you’ll have to pay a handyman $50 an hour to come out to your home and do. The focus is on the bottom line. I have a business management degree and I learned while I was in Florida most of the jobs there are in the service industry.”

Yokley’s newest project is a home in Mount Airy that she “gutted to the studs and kept the floor, door and the roof.”

“This home really needed some TLC,” Yokley said. “The sign out front said it was a fixer upper’s special. You hire professionals for some things like HVAC and electricity but a lot of things I could do myself. I’d really love to get enough students to teach this class, the maximum number would be 14. Most women don’t know what’s behind the walls and that’s my introduction.” She said DIY Diva is really more about pride than profit, however.

She explained most persons lack confidence and fear failure because they don’t know how and failure usually causes do it yourselfers to cover up the mistake and not try again. Yokley insisted learning and doing builds confidence and that leads to taking on other projects successfully.

“If you do it (repairs) the first time you have confidence for the next time,” said Yokley. “Confidence is the greatest factor. All of us to a certain extent are self-taught. If you can change the little things that’s baby steps up to installing a ceiling fan or repairing that hole in the wall. Face it, it’s the little things that aggravate you. With this course you can take charge and save money. It’s a win-win. This is more about mental barriers than anything else. It’s working with your hands and about self-worth.”

The cost of the course is $45 per person which includes supplies. Interested persons may contact Sonnie Hardy at 336-386-3229 for information or to register.

Reach David Broyles at dbroyles@civitasmedia.com or 719-1952.

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