Women Homeowners Get Hands-On Lesson in Plumbing

Simple repair classes include faucet replacement.
Women Homeowners Get Hands-On Lesson in Plumbing
Tammy Buchanan, owner of Small Jobs Plumbing in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada, leads a class in plumbing repairs for women. Photos courtesy Small Jobs Plumbing.

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A women-owned plumbing company in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada, is teaching female homeowners how to fix common plumbing problems.

The 2-hour Home Plumbing Repair Courses for Women cost about $50. The first one in May showed 12 participants how to change out a bathroom faucet.

The class is taught by Tammy Buchanan, owner of Small Jobs Plumbing, and business partner, Sherri Lee. Buchanan is a Red Seal certified plumber – the standard of excellence across Canada.

Lee, who handles the company’s marketing and public relations, came up with the idea for the course after noticing more single women are buying houses.

“Being a single person and owning a home is expensive. Both Tammy and I had been in that position,” Lee says.

“Historically, people associate trade-related jobs to men and we don’t think that should be the case anymore. A lot of these skills aren’t difficult to learn and only require simple tools.”

Small Jobs Plumbing received about 100 inquiries about the class and plans to resume the sessions this fall.

“We had no idea what kind of response we’d get to our plan,” Lee says. “We had a great first class. Folks are asking when our next course will be. Long story short, spring and summer are our busiest seasons, so we’re planning on starting them up again in September or October.”


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