In a move to empower WYSK readers to be in better control of their homes, Women You Should Know is partnering with seasoned veteran of home improvement, Norma Vally, for an exclusive, online editorial series… Fix-It Friday. The weekly “ask the expert” column, authored by Norma and set to launch Friday, June 7, is designed to inspire women – weekend warriors, aspiring handywomen, and even seasoned DIYers – to take on home repairs and maintenance projects with confidence and gusto.

Packed with her easy-to-follow instructions, safety tips, dos and don’ts, and expert advice, Norma’s WYSK Fix-It Friday column will be a comprehensive “how to” resource for common home repairs – plumbing, electricity, walls, floors, doors, windows and more. Delivered with Norma’s signature, lively commentary, each of her Fix-It Friday column topics will be based on WYSK reader submitted questions.

As the host of Discovery Home Channel’s series Toolbelt Diva and a Sirius Satellite radio show by the same name, Norma, who has seen and done it all, has all the answers and is ready to share with other women in this very dynamic way.

iStock_000020520646XSmallCynthia Hornig, Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Women You Should Know said, “Having this kind of direct access to an expert of Norma’s caliber and skill, is an enormous asset for our online community and our brand.” She added, “Our readers can think of her as the ‘can-do’ best friend we all wish we had who’s there to help when the bathtub won’t drain or you want to put that ceiling fan up in the bedroom or you have no idea what caulk is and why anyone would ever need it or what the difference is between plumber’s putty and silly putty.”

Norma, a firm believer in the power of women helping women, said of her new partnership with the site, “WYSK is such a sterling place for women to become informed and inspired! Fix-it Friday will allow me to share endless DIY tips with the vast and growing number of WYSK readers.” She added, “I’m honored to be a WYSK contributor and in the company of such talented women, but I’m most excited to put the power of fixing in the hands of all the women visiting the site! Can’t wait to get started…OK let’s go fix something!”

Survey after survey shows that more and more women are taking on DIY home projects these days. According to the Washington Post, more women are picking up power tools and taking over home repairs, a domestic domain historically overseen by men. Recognizing the value of this shift, even Home Depot has been offering free, hands-on “Do-It-Herself Workshops” in their stores across the country specifically for women.

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But even if home repair or improvement are not your passion and you’d rather be painting the town instead of your spare bedroom, every woman should know the basics of home maintenance, especially if you didn’t grow up holding the ladder for your handy dad or mom, while getting invaluable on-the-job training.

How satisfying it can be to tackle a project, how empowering it can be to take on a challenge, and how FREEing it can be to not have to pay a “professional” every time something goes haywire in your home, which it will.

Norma urges women everywhere to drop the honey-do list and exclaims, “Honey, do it yourself!” And Women You Should Know is ready to raise up our hammers and scream that battle cry with her through the new Fix-It Friday series.


About Norma Vally

Norma VallyA seasoned veteran of home improvement, Norma Vally’s media career boasts four seasons as host of Discovery Home Channel’s series Toolbelt Diva and a radio show on Sirius Satellite by the same name. Norma is the author of the book series Norma Vally’s Fix-ups; has appeared on Today, NBC Nightly News, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, TLC, HGTV, DIY, Hallmark, etc; has been featured in Women’s Health, People, Woman’s Day, Glamour, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and New York Times.

She is a supporter of The Boot Campaign, a non-profit assisting active and returning military. Norma founded Chix Can Fix, a new motivational movement devoted to empowering women to take control of their homes and their lives.

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