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jb bartkowiak

A one-time construction manager, and always handyman, turned blogger and editor at the do it together home improvement site BuildingMoxie.com.

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walls, repair

How To: Repair a Cracked Plaster Wall

By jb bartkowiak on Jan 06, 2014

K … It feels like I’ve been working on this post for weeks. Well, ha! … because I have. Actually, a few years ago we removed a portion of the load bearing wall that separates... Continue reading

electrical, diy

DIY Tales: Installing an Electrical Outlet on a Masonry Wall

By jb bartkowiak on Nov 21, 2013

I live in an old house and the largest portion of our house sits on a stone foundation. A few weeks back I told you about the landscape lighting I installed in our new patio.... Continue reading

diy, bathroom

DIY Tales: Installing Bath Hardware in Tile

By jb bartkowiak on Dec 23, 2013

******* When you work in bathrooms, the occasion will arise when you will need and want to mount something into tile. A little intimidating perhaps, but really, with the right tools and a few tips... Continue reading

diy, seasonal

How To: Winterize a Rain Barrel

By jb bartkowiak on Nov 25, 2013

It was cold this weekend in Baltimore. This is important because it was really cold, below freezing during the day for the first time this … go around. Something about it said, “jb, hey bud... Continue reading

seasonal, maintenance, roofing

DIY Tales: Ice Dams Be Damned!

By jb bartkowiak on Nov 26, 2013

I know you’re all toasty with the warm thoughts of the approaching holidays, but as I was saying … well, yesterday – it was cold here in Baltimore this past weekend, and that got me... Continue reading