It's going to be a homecoming of sorts for hunka-hunka-handyman Marc Bartolomeo when he appears at the Fort Lauderdale Home Design And Remodeling Show at Broward County Convention Center Nov. 16-18 (For discounts and specials, visit HomeShowSpecials.com)
"I lived in Fort Lauderdale for three years when were doing 'In A Fix' [on TLC from 2004 to 2006]. I lived in the Port Royale Apartments right there on the Intracoastal. It's a great little community."
Bartolomeo will share some of his helpful tips for do-it-yourself repairs on Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18 at both 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Here's a profile of the tradesmen, carpenter and television personality:
NAME: Marc Bartolomeo
ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus "That means I've very thick-headed. Also I'm a Type-A personality."
"In A Fix" on TLC (2004-2005)
"Save My Bath" on HGTV (2007-2008)
"Kitchen Impossible" on the DIY Network (2009-2012)
"Meg's Great Rooms" on HGTV (2012)
"Sparky" ("I got that nickname in Fort Lauderdale on my first show, 'In A Fix.'")
"Marc-Gyver" ("I've been working in the industry for 25 years from soup to nuts. I'm the epitome of a jack-of-all-trades. I'm a Marc-of-all-trades.")
FLORIDA CONNECTION: "I'm coming two days prior to the Home Show. I've got a house in North Miami, in Dade County...and work is about to begin so I'm killing two birds with one stone. I'm looking forward to seeing my Florida neighbors."
PLANS FOR LOCALIZING ADVICE: "Everywhere across the country people are concerned about energy usage, the cost and paying utility bills. Of course in Florida you don't have cold weather but you have lots of hot weather. I can talk to you about insulating your home against the heat. You can prepare your house to keep it cooler in the summer time, having your air conditioning running at maximum efficiency. It's such a hot state with the home completely bombarded by the sun, heat and humidity. Still air means growing mold and rot. And you're inviting bugs in with a wet place to eat and bunker down in. There are a lot of reasons to insulate and coolerize your home."
MODELING CAREER: Started as underwear model for Structure Clothing in 1995 before going on to work with fashion photographers David LaChapelle, Mathew Rolston and Bruce Weber. "Those days are long gone," says Bartolomeo, laughing. "I kind of retired from the modeling game the summer of 2001. I got hired by the City of New York, on Roosevelt Island working in two hospital facilities. But modeling made me comfortable in front of an audience, being comfortable and being present on camera is an art and a skill."
HOBBIES: "Anything electrical," he adds. "Seriously, as a young boy I wanted to be an electrician. Everyone knows how dependent we are on electricity, both metaphorically and actually." He's also into DJing, cooking/baking, racquetball, garage/yard sales and collecting antiques.
OBJECTIVE: "I love teaching people. And I'm a good listener."