Sisters, learn how to fix it for yourselves

Glenn Miller is teaching women the tricks of being a handyman at Deeny Kohler-Caporale’s King St Cafe, Joie de Vivre – The Joy of Life.
Glenn Miller is teaching women the tricks of being a handyman at Deeny Kohler-Caporale’s King St Cafe, Joie de Vivre – The Joy of Life. Georja Ryan

MOST women will vow they don't need a man to help them fix the leaky tap, hang up the picture frame or repair the creaky floorboards, and rightly so ... but what we don't tell you, is that sometimes there are things us gals just aren't completely across when it comes to playing Mr Fix-it around the house.

Luckily, Glenn Miller is willing to teach anyone interested a wealth of carpentry tricks from a true Mr Fix-it with 35 years of building experience under his tool belt.

Mr Miller will hold workshop sessions from Deeny Kohler-Caporale's King St Cafe, Joie de Vivre, next Friday from 10-11am.

"It's to introduce home users to basic tool kits for when they need to do maintenance around the home," Mr Miller said.

"I'll teach them why one of the most important tools to have in your kit is, believe it or not, a cake of soap.

"Or, if you've got a set of timber drawers that are sticking when you open and close them, everyone's got candles in the house so rub a bit of wax on the bottom and sides and it will glide."

Mr Miller is offering his skills free of charge and said he did it for the love of it.

He is a former manual arts teacher at Killarney State School and current part-time teacher at the Flexible Learning hub.

On meeting Mr Miller, it's hard not to be infected by his friendly smile and heart of gold.

The generosity that oozes from this man, who is in a battle of his own with multiple sclerosis, and for him to be constantly giving back to his community, is truly inspiring.

He moved from the Killarney school to the Flexible Learning Hub for health reasons and to be closer to home.

Mr Miller is in a wheelchair, is easily fatigued and completely numb in his right hand and is starting to lose feeling in his left.

Despite his condition, he refused to stop doing what he loved best.

"All I ever wanted to do when I left school was be a carpenter and two days after I left I was in an apprenticeship," he said.

"It is really frustrating that I can't work full-time. It frustrates me to no end but what else would I be doing?

"I love it. I just love it."



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