Essential Home Plumbing

Plumbing Skills & Knowledge for Beginners

1/2 Day Workshop

Price: £70

Looking to up your DIY game? Join us for a half-day course designed for the complete DIY Plumbing Beginner.

Learn the ins and outs of Home Plumbing  at home in a fun and informative way.

Essential Home Plumbing will give you a thorough introduction to your Home’s Plumbing. 

The essential skills & knowledge that you gain in this course will save you money!

  • Could you deal with a Plumbing Emergency at home?
  • Do you know how to isolate water supplies in your house?
  • Are you aware of any potential plumbing issues in your home?
  • Do you feel confident talking to a Plumber about plumbing issues at home?

What you will learn….

  • How to identify potential plumbing issues in your home
  • How to resolve plumbing problems, and what work will be involved.
  • Some Plumbing terms & language to help you communicate more easily with plumbers working in your home.
  • How to use common types of plumbing pipework, fittings & tools.
  • Gain the confidence to start learning how to tackle annoying plumbing issues at home

The first rule of any DIY plumbing is to know how to isolate your water supply

Learn the Lingo; even if you’re not the one doing the plumbing, at least you’ll be able to chat with a plumber without feeling like you’re speaking a different language. This way, you can make sure you get the results you need when plumbing work is done in your home.

This a thoroughly hands-on DIY workshop, which will teach you good practice and explain how plumbing works. You won’t even get wet!

You will get to use plumbing tools and fittings, so that you feel confident to deal with issues at home.

We recommend that you complete this course before you attend any of our other DIY Plumbing workshops. You will gain the essential DIY plumbing skills on this course. These will ensure that you get the most out of our other DIY plumbing courses. 

As with all our workshops, we want you to leave our DIY Plumbing Course with greater understanding and bags of DIY confidence.

All of our DIY Courses are held at our DIY Workshop in Brislington Village.

What we provide……

We will provide all materials, tools etc. However, if you want to bring along your own tools, ongoing projects etc. then feel free to do so.

We also have hot drinks – tea, coffee etc. Feel free to bring your own additional refreshments, if you want to.

What should you bring……

We recommend wearing old clothing, and sturdy shoes.
If you would like to bring your own PPE (Personal Protectve Equipment), please feel free to do so. We will proide PPE, but we know that some people would prefer to use their own. (We recommend that you mark them up with your names, so that you can identify them)

What next?

We see Essential Home Plumbing as our entry-level DIY plumbing course.

You will learn essential DIY Plumbing  knowledge and skills, which will give you the confidence  to go on to any of our other Plumbing DIY courses. You will no longer feel like a DIY Beginner.

Our  More Plumbing Skills – Taps, Traps & Wastes course, directly follows on from this course. You will learn to deal with the eternal Bristol issue of dripping taps. Its not as difficult as you might think. 

We are confident that you will go home with new DIY confidence. You will no longer feel like a DIY Beginner, and will be raring to get on with some DIY tasks at home.

If you don’t believe us, check out what our previous customers say….
25 reviews on
Went on the ' Nailing it' course last week. Was a great little confidence building course, would recommend to anyone who's always wanted " to have a go!" at all those little round the house and garden jobs!
Tara Paine
Tara Paine
I did the beginners basic DIY course and as a complete beginner I really appreciated Caroline's clear and patient teaching methods. She really went back to basics and gave some great tips on tools to purchase and techniques to help with basic household DIY. I am looking forward to signing up for some of the other courses and building up my knowledge.
I absolutely loved the ‘Nailing It’ course. At the age of 60 I was finally shown how to hammer, saw and drill effectively. It was a revelation and truly empowering- I had just assumed I was no good at this sort of thing. And taking out a screw with an electric screwdriver was unexpectedly thrilling! I’ll definitely be signing up for more classes
Alex Mitchell
Alex Mitchell
I had such a helpful afternoon today at bePractical. Caroline is so knowledgeable and encouraging, plus the space is perfect for getting practice without worrying about making a mistake. I learnt so much and will definitely be back for another course soon. Thanks again!
Nicola Bryant
Nicola Bryant
I have just completed the 4week beginners course on weds evenings. Caroline is an amazing teacher. Her calm and friendly manner and clear instruction makes you feel you can finally achieve those abandoned projects around the house! I will definitely be booking on to more courses. Thank you
Brooke Woolley
Brooke Woolley
I attended the Nailing it! workshop looking to gain some confidence with attempting small projects at home. Caroline demystified a lot of things for me and I went to B&Q the following day armed with knowledge! Will be back to learn about plumbing.
Nora Berberich
Nora Berberich
My friend and I took the DIY - Nailing It! course for beginners, which was a really great introduction to the basics of DIY! From explaining the different types of screwdrivers to showing us how to hand saw and drill holes, Caroline was very friendly and answered all our questions patiently. I highly recommend booking in with bePractical - and to bring a jumper as the workshop is quite cold :)
Kathleen Johnson
Kathleen Johnson
I attended the BePractical Nailing It! Workshop to learn the fundamentals of DIY. I learnt so much from Caroline and feel so much more confident to do some DIY, putting the skills I learnt into practice. I also feel like I know enough that I can go into a DIY store and not feel totally bamboozled - I know what to get/ask for! My partner also came with me and has gone from having absolutely no interest in DIY to wanting to do a project for fun because he enjoyed it so much! Caroline is a fantastic teacher, making us all feel included, and her enthusiasm comes through making the course engaging and fun. Thanks so much! I highly recommend this course and BePractical - 5 stars!
Helen Mistry
Helen Mistry
I attended the Nailing It Beginner's DIY course yesterday and really enjoyed it. It gave me confidence in understanding which tools I really need and which ones I can now get rid of from the collection I have as well as understanding how to hammer, drill and saw. Thank you Caroline for such an interesting morning.
Mandy Towler
Mandy Towler
I recently attended two classes as I was fed up with not feeling confident enough to try simple DIY tasks myself. I booked onto 'Nailing it' and 'Drill down into drilling'. Caroline was really patient,informative and helpful and I came away ready to start tackling these jobs myself. I will definitely be booking onto the next class.

Upcoming Dates

If none of the dates for this workshop work for you, please contact us to let us know. We may be able to run more workshops on dates that suit you better

Find bePractical DIY Workshop

Access to the the bePractical DIY Workshop is via the front door, in the  Brislington Hill parade of shops. The shop has been been cunningly hidden behind the large  scaffolding installation currently surrounding Gilton House. Head towards St Peter’s Hospice Shop, and you will see  bePractical DIY Workshop just on the left, behind the scaffolding.

There is free parking to the rear of our DIY workshop, accessed from Glenarm Walk.

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Getting to bePractical DIY Courses by Public Transport
by Bus

X39/39 – Bristol Bus Station  to Bath City Centre (via Temple Meads)
96  –  Hengrove Park to Brislington Sq/West Town Lidl
178 –  Bristol to Radstock
349 – Bristol Bus Station to Keynsham (via Temple Meads)
435 –  Bristol to Keynsham
514 –  Brislington
668 – Bristol to Peasedown St John
A4 –    Airdecker (Bristol Airport to Bath)


Can be taken to Brislington Hill