Bunnings instructor Brian Hyde with his class of women (from left) Lorraine Scott of Richmond Hill, Lisa Neinert of Lismore Hei
Bunnings instructor Brian Hyde with his class of women (from left) Lorraine Scott of Richmond Hill, Lisa Neinert of Lismore Hei

Girls dive into DIY courses with zeal

By RENEE REDMOND

IF LISA NEINERT has learned anything from her 'ladies only' power tool class it's to think twice, cut once.

The 21-year-old from Lismore, who admits to failing woodwork at school, said the only thing that held women back from using power tools was knowledge.

"Tools are only scary until you learn how to use them. I was terrified of the jigsaw, but now I have one at home," she said.

Women are flocking to home handywoman courses. Lisa discovered the course while shopping for tap washers at Bunnings Warehouse in Lismore.

"I saw an ad for the 'DIY class' for women," she said.

"I was living at dad's place in Murwillumbah, but in January I moved to Lismore for university.

"He used to do all the 'handyman' stuff for me. When I moved I needed to change the washers on my taps and I wanted to learn how to do it myself."

But Lisa says her dad doesn't think much of her new skills.

"He's a bit old-fashioned. I asked him to buy me a drill for Christmas, but he said they're for boys and he's going to buy me a microwave," she said.

Lisa said a number of women in the class were widows with sheds full of power tools they didn't know how to use.

"Women are giving it a go, and it's not as tough as the boys have been making out all these years," she said.

Lisa joined the power tool class almost five months ago and has since made a timber cutting board, paper towel holder, planta-box, photo memories box and a toilet roll holder.

DIY teacher Brian Hyde said the aim was to take hardware out of the dark ages.

"The idea of a women being incapable of drilling a hole is a fallacy," he said.



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