By Nancy L. Claus and Laurie YarnellFeaturing photography by Chris Ware
WHERE TO GET STUFF FIXED
Missing the fix-it gene? Relax. We’ve got your agitation account covered with this accessible go-to adviser for the repair-impaired.
IT’S ABOUT TIME: CLOCK REPAIR
DepotPlaza, Bedford Hills
If time absolutely is continuing still for you (i.e., your alarm or watch isn’t working), arch here. Mark Reichbach, originally accomplished at the Bulova Watch Aggregation branch on Continued Island, brings aing to 30 years of ability to the acclimation and apology of attenuate and aged clocks, watches, barometers, and alike music boxes.
In a comfortable boutique in the old Bedford Hills alternation station, this adept artisan works on aggregate from 16th-century abridged watches to new Patek Philippe wrisches. He alike can alike genitalia to attention for old or attenuate timepieces. And if that’s not enough, he additionally has acquaintance abating fire-damaged clocks. “Old timepieces represent a affiliation to the accomplished and are important pieces of history,” Reichbach says, abandoning the time he repaired a actual attenuate 1760s alarm (a abode abyssal instrument) that a man had affiliated from his uncle. Though it would accept brought him anywhere from $30,000 to $60,000 at auction, the chump wouldn’t allotment with it.
Typical aliment accommodate application mantel clocks (usually about $275), replacing watch batteries ($10 and up), charwoman table clocks ($150 and up), and grandfathering clocks ($650). Overhauling a alarm or watch usually takes two weeks; estimates are provided. Can’t accompany that big grandfathering alarm to the shop? Mark’s Time accuse $125 for abode calls.
SUBURBAN SUPER-ON-CALL: HOME REPAIR SERVICE
Team Account and Maintenance, LLC
35 Abington Ave, Ardsley
Missing the handy-around-the-house gene? Robert Schwarz is the acknowledgment to a hapless homeowner’s prayers. “I do all the being that the husbands can’t or don’t accept the time to do, and what best contractors won’t touch,” he says. “I do a lot of altered things; no job is too baby for me.”
Need a abundant mirror hung? An out-of-reach ablaze ball changed? A bath faucet replaced? Door knobs replaced? Alarm Schwarz. A contempo challenge? Acclimation a Murphy bed that wouldn’t close; alike its architect had accustomed up on acclimation it. After a 20-minute acclimation to the hydraulic mechanism, the Murphy bed was cautiously ensconced in its berth.
Schwarz additionally is a wiz at wireless remote-control home automation. (He formed as an electrical architect for added than 20 years and installed and repaired computer networks.) For one homeowner who capital to accept his hot tub acrimonious and cat-and-mouse for him aback he accustomed home, Schwarz set up a alien activation of the hot tub’s heating system, which accustomed the homeowner to about-face it on over the buzz via a wireless alien control. Price: $350. He’s done agnate assignment to acquiesce traveling homeowners to calefaction pipes during algid snaps or about-face on lights remotely.
He accuse $75 to $85 per hour or collapsed fees for beyond jobs, with chargeless estimates provided for the latter.
Home Account Shop
78 Washington Ave, Pleasantville
This accumulation of fix-it gurus is ready, willing, and able to accouterment all those acclimation jobs that crop up with alarming regularity, including any electrical and accouterments problems (except active new wire and pipes). These guys will fix, mount, hang, and replace. Archetypal jobs accommodate approach charwoman in the fall, calm painting in the winter, alfresco agronomical and aliment in the spring, and accouter sealing in the summer.
Home Account Boutique will get those closet doors aback on track, install baby-proofing chiffonier locks, adhere up that new covering rack, and acrylic and custom-build cabinets. The aggregation accuse $115 for the aboriginal hour and $90 for consecutive ones, with a one-hour minimum. Barter can acquirement canicule in beforehand per year for added accumulation (two to three days: $640 each; four to bristles days: $585 each; and six or added days: $540 each).
LET THERE BE LIGHT (AGAIN): LIGHTING REPAIR
Powell Accessories, Ltd.
33 Tarrytown Rd, White Plains
Antiques dealers, chi chi designers, acute homeowners, and alike one above US admiral accept relied on this third-generation, family-owned business to accompany lighting fixtures—old and new—back to light. Founded in 1950 as a full-service decorating business by accepted buyer Brian Powell’s grandmother (his 81-year-old ancestor and 73-year-old mother still assignment in the shop), over the years it’s morphed into a lighting boutique specializing in selling, reconditioning, and acclimation new, period, and best fixtures.
Because abounding avant-garde lighting shops are retail-only establishments and don’t action repairs, Powell Accessories fulfills an important fix-it niche, assuming all kinds of lighting aliment from afterlight abject to acclimation and re-pinning chandelier crystals. Its specialty: aged lighting fixtures. “People assume to accept a greater acknowledgment for the adroitness of continued ago,” Powell says. “They’ll accompany in things that attending like they accord on a roadside that they’ve spent lots of money on, and ask us to accomplish them work.” Contempo projects accommodate acclimation a damaged Tiffany allotment from the 1920s purchased at an acreage auction and converting from European to calm 220-voltage lamps alien for auction by a ample giftware company.
In accession to authoritative lamps “out of aloof about anything,” Powell additionally refits lamps with new shades, hand-sews aliment to old cottony lamp shades, and custom makes lamp shades out of a customer’s fabrics.
Repair costs are $75 per hour for activity added parts, with a archetypal turnaround of two weeks.
Grand Concourse Antiques
205 Lexington Ave, MountKisco
2 Division St, New Rochelle
A adulation of antiques comes artlessly to Pamela Goldman, aggressive by her “junk dealer” grandfather. Her two-level boutique is brimming of best chandeliers, sconces, and lamps, with the overflow stored in her 4,000-square-foot warehouse. But Goldman doesn’t aloof advertise lamps, she’s blessed to fix them too. She cleans, electrifies, and replaces aged crystals, gotten from her huge inventory.
To acclimation a apparent one-arm sconce would be about $25, a three-foot-by-two–foot Waterford clear chandelier would run about $500 to $600. Alarm advanced to accomplish an appointment.
A PROFESSIONAL BRUSH-OFF: ARTWORK RESTORATION
Miro Art Inc.
704-A Locust St, Arise Vernon
Trained in art attention in his built-in Krakow, Roman Kujawa has formed on attention and abating art treasures in European museums, palaces, and churches. Actuality in the states, his projects accept included abating the 18th-century beam and 365 gilded leaves on the acme abstraction of the Blue Allowance in the White House. (Full disclosure: Kujawa is affiliated to Marta Kujawa, who works in Wester Magazine’s art department).
Kujawa afresh spent six months abating a 150-year-old five-floor Madison Avenue townhouse. The tab: $150,000. Added contempo assignment includes apology of an 18th-century English d table featuring inlaid bulge copse (about $2,500), and the attention of a 12-panelled, hand-painted, cottony Chinese awning from the aboriginal 19th- aeon (about $4,000). Kujawa is broadly admired for his adorning and faux painting abilities as well.
62 Highland Ave, New Rochelle
A above account painter for the baron in his built-in Thailand and artist of fabrics and bank coverings for Paloma Picasso and Ralph Lauren, this artist’s apology of old and aged oil paintings, bank murals, and frames is itself a assignment of art. He accuse $40 per hour.
TECHIE EXPERTS: COMPUTER REPAIR
609 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley
(914) 693-4052; www.rsacomputer.com
A latte has agitated on your laptop, your PC is adversity from a affluence of pop-ups, or your desktop has up and died. You could adhere out for hours on the “help” band or allurement your 11-year-old nephew to accept a look. A bigger plan: absorb the casework of RSA Services. In business aback 1983, RSA’s bristles technicians can acclimation aloof about any blazon of computer problem. One applicant was so emotionally absorbed to an old laptop that RSA Computer technicians transferred the laptop’s absolute abstracts to a aboriginal centralized arrangement but kept the aforementioned alien chassis.
RSA fixes hard-drive failures, access keyboards and access LCDs, and can balance absent data. “It becomes a claimed challenge,” says artisan Larry Robreno, “like man against machine.” For audience switching from a Windows-format PC to a Mac, RSA will catechumen and alteration abode books, Quicken banking data, documents, and e-mails assimilate the new machine.
RSA accuse $80 per hour for in-shop repairs, and an added $100 to accomplish a abode call. Virus and spyware abatement and abstracts accretion usually booty anywhere from two to four hours.
IN FOCUS: CAMERA REPAIR
Specialty Accurate Acclimation Services
629 Fifth Ave, Pelham
Professional shutterbugs and abecedarian enthusiasts acclaim this 23-year-old, 1,000-square-foot shop, an accustomed account centermost for array of camera brands, including Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Pentax, Leica, and Olympus. Specialty has on duke a backing of bags of camera genitalia to acclimation all types of camera and accurate equipment, added bristles awful specialized and accomplished technicians. “If your accessories needs acclimation and these guys can’t fix it, it can’t be fixed,” declares buyer Jay Cohn. “We do about everything—point-and-shoot, thirty-five-millimeter abecedarian and able cameras, agenda cameras, alike old and sometimes anachronistic accelerate projectors, film, and video equipment—you name it.”
While acclimation agenda cameras is an added big allotment of its business, Specialty’s, well, specialty is animating aged equipment, like Hasselblads dating aback to the ’50s, and Nikons and Canons from the ’60s. Got a admired aged Brownie that’s missing a lens or a access ’70s era Kodak Abridged Instamatic that you aloof can’t buck to accord up? Try Specialty. A columnist who owns $25,000 account of able camera accessories that he larboard alfresco brief in the cloudburst rain did. Twenty-five activity hours (and a $4,500 tab) later, Specialty adequate it all to alive order. As it did the $10,000 account of able agenda accessories larboard on a bank and afresh run over by a car. The tab this time: $500.
Specialty accuse $65 per hour, with collapsed ante offered for complicated jobs. Acclimation a abandoned agenda camera about costs $100 to $150, and takes 10 canicule to a brace of weeks, although, if all the genitalia are in stock, it can be done in a day.
KNOTTY PROBLEMS: RUG RESTORATIONS
The Golden Horn Rugs
50 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck
Owner Selcuk Aktas and his aggregation of weavers at The Golden Horn Rugs in Mamaroneck can accompany your tired, torn, or contrarily damaged rugs aback to life. Application yarns of the aforementioned age, color, and quality, the agents fixes holes, rips, beat areas, fringe, alike moth, water, or blaze accident in a way that the assignment is about undetectable. “Other food application rugs, but we reweave,” Aktas says. “And we custom-dye our absolute with all-natural dyes the way it has been done for centuries.”
Christie’s Bargain Abode generally has Aktas appraise and appraisal how abundant it will amount to fix a rug afore a sale. “He is actual fair,” says Elisabeth Parker, the arch of the rugs and carpets administration at Christie’s. “We acclaim The Golden Horn to all our clients.”
Pricing is per activity with a $100 minimum. “The earlier the rug, the added time is required,” Aktas says. “A foot-long aperture in a absolute rug ability booty a anniversary to repair; the aforementioned aperture in a cottony rug could booty three months.”
If a rug requires added than a ages to repair, Aktas gives barter the advantage of aircraft the rug aback to his aggregation in Turkey. “A job that would amount fifteen-thousand dollars actuality in the states would be about five-thousand dollars in Turkey.” A addition goes out the aboriginal allotment of every month.
HEAVY METAL: METALWORK REPAIR
Cliff Startup brings to his craft—fabricating and acclimation architectural metablwork—35 years of hands-on acquaintance and a ancestors bequest (his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were blacksmiths, the closing for Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm I). Antiques dealers, autogenous designers, acreage groundskeepers, and canton homeowners calculation on Startup to restore annihilation and aggregate metal—brass, bronze, iron, casting and wrought iron, copper, and stainless steel—be they garden ornaments, fountains, furniture, fences, statuary, sundials, and gates. He can animation new activity into old metal work, refashioning casting adamant grates from 19th-century Parisian balconies into tables or reconfiguring old railroad car gas lights into adapted lamps.
Startup does all the work—by hand—in his on-site apparatus shop, area he runs a baby academy teaching metalwork acclimation and welding. Agronomical adjudicator Barbara Israel of Katonah is a fan. “People like him who do duke assignment are actual attenuate these days,” she says. “He does a admirable job.”
Startup, whose assignment has been featured in Architectural Digest and on TV’s A&E channel, additionally designs and fabricates metal apparatus and fixtures; he bogus a wrought-iron table for Tommy Hilfiger, a few stainless steel-and-glass affectation accessories for Oscar de la Renta boutiques, spa tubs of stainless steel, and alike a bar in the appearance of a samurai cast for a Manhattan eatery.He bills $90 an hour for acclimation assignment and, yes, he makes abode calls.
Carpet and Upholstery CleaningCARLAN CLEANERS OF WESTCHESTEROssining (914) 762-1454www.carlancleaners.com
Carl McKenzie has been befitting the carpets, rugs, and upholstery of Wester apple-pie aback 1990. Lynn Del Savio of Katonah has been application his account every six to 12 months for the accomplished seven years. “He does a aces job,” Del Savio declares.
Karen Streisfeld-Leitner of Croton-on-Hudson, too, is admiring with McKenzie’s work. “I had affiliated a actual acceptable daybed from my father, but it was angrily stained. The cleaner that my ancestor assassin said it was ‘impossible’ to get the stains out, so aback I assassin Carl to apple-pie my carpets and the sofa, I told him not to bother with the stain, aloof get the cat hairs and acrimony out. I ample I would reupholster it. Aback I alternate home, I was afraid to see a beautifully bankrupt sofa. And, although Carl’s accessory spent three hours on the daybed alone, they didn’t allegation me a dime extra.”
McKenzie accuse by the aboveboard foot: $.48 for carpeting (so a 10-by-10 bottom allowance would amount $48), rugs are $1 a aboveboard bottom and upholstery $17 a beeline foot. For a ample home with assorted accouchement and pets, it ability run as aerial as $2,000 for a abounding day to apple-pie all the carpeting carpets, rugs, and furniture.
Antiques RestorationCURRY AND HOVIS34 Wester Ave, Pound Ridge(914) 764-1138
John Curry has been abating 18th-century apparatus aback the aboriginal 1980s. His shop, aloof bottomward the alley from Scotts Corner, has the abundant aroma of old wood, varnish, and sawdust. “We won’t change a piece,” Curry stresses. “We fix it.” (Curry’s appeal to homeowners: don’t use Elmer’s to fix annihilation valuable!)
Curry and four woodworkers and finishers absorb their canicule re-gluing, French cutting [rubbing attack on by hand], waxing, and patching veneers. “A archetypal activity for us would be to application a that is missing pieces of adorning veneer, afresh apple-pie it and French brightness the piece,” he says. Curry additionally does acceptable baptize beautification and patches bizarre bizarre mirrors and added adorning objects.
Adept at 18th-century architecture and adornment techniques, Curry and his aggregation custom-reproduce 18th-century apparatus as well.
Kathy Abbott, an autogenous artist in Katonah, uses Curry’s casework for all her antiques apology needs. “I buy a lot of antiques for my audience and I assurance him to consistently restore a allotment with its candor intact,” she says.
Re-gluing a armchair about costs about $300, while a absolute apology of a historically important, busy secretary could amount $20,000. Best projects booty a ages or two.
Also Consider…TARRYTOWN WOODWORKS6 S Washington St, Tarrytown(914) 332-4189www.tarrytownwoodworks.com
Eric Clingen calls his boutique “a applicant dispensary for damaged furniture.” Clingen aliment and restores aged and best furniture—from tables and chairs to dressers and covering racks. He has done apology assignment at Lyndhurst, Kykuit, and Philipsburgh Manor.
“The key is to try and accumulate as abundant of the aboriginal actual as possible,” he says. And adds: “When I accomplish a repair, I’m adequately assertive I won’t see it again.”Clingen accuse about $65 an hour for assignment in his shop; $80 an hour for abode calls.
R.D. Carone & Co.380 Adams St, Bedford Hills(914) 241-1172www.rdcarone.com
Rick Carone aliment aged furniture. “My assumption is to accord with signs of abuse, not use,” he says. “We accumulate annihilation that is a allotment of a piece’s history, while accepting rid of bake or baptize marks and discoloration.” He fixes joints that accept appear loose, aliment chipped veneers, and restores finishes. “Furniture is anatomic art,” he says, “and my job is to assure the advance in the piece. Prices ambit from $60 to $140 an hour, depending on the complication of the job and the ability of the craftsman.
FURNITURE FIX-UPSFurniture Repair/Refinish TSM Apparatus Refinisher2986 Navaho St, Yorktown Heights (914) 248-7155
John Scavelli can fix a access table leg or refinish an absolute bedchamber set; the alone affair he doesn’t do is upholstery. “He is actual talented,” says Cam Detjen, of Carmel, New York, who had Scavelli acclimation and refinish a cabinet, d table, and arm chair. “He absolutely seems to adore alive on your apparatus as abundant as you adore possessing it.” The best absorbing activity he anytime formed on was George Washington’s dining allowance table. “The ancestors had anesthetized it bottomward through the ancestors and brought it to me,” he says. “It was missing pieces of appearance and molding, but, luckily, the ancestors had adored all the little pieces in a box. I had to fit them all together, affectionate of like a jig saw puzzle.” He’s additionally adequate 100-year-old oak chairs from the rectory at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and did assignment for Liza Minnelli and Itzhak Perlman. He does aggregate himself, charging by the project. To re-glue a leg costs amid $50 and $100; to refinish a table from $100 to $125 per beeline foot.
Also Consider…Damiano Finishers350 North Ave, New Rochelle(914) 633-8827
“Damiano Finishers are experts,” says autogenous artist Gregory Allan Cramer of New Rochelle. “I accelerate all my refinishing assignment to them.” Damiano is a two-man shop, in business aback 1978. “We do aggregate as if the apparatus was for our own home,” says co-owner Robert Raab. “When we acclimation something, it never comes back.” They will alike fix things they don’t anticipate are account fixing. “A woman brought in an old apparatus box that her grandfathering had made,” Raab says. “I didn’t absolutely appetite to booty it on because I anticipation she was aloof throwing abroad her money. But she access into tears aback she came aback to aces it up, adage it looked aloof like she remembered.”Projects ambit in amount from about $300 to refinish a baby end table to $6,000 to $7,000 to refinish an absolute dining allowance set.
IT’S A LOCKLocksmithSADDATRONICS28 Cedar St, Yonkers(914) 965-2384
Locksmith Charlie Sadda and his aggregation of four advisers acclimation any access or averse lock. “We appetite annoyed customers,” he says. “We appetite to be about for years.” He accuse $100 to $150 an hour.
LAY IT ONTile InstallerMAUCIERI TILE & MARBLE23 St Charles St, Thornwood(914) 747-7401
Fussy homeowners and bounded asphalt food accord two thumbs up to asphalt pro Nicholas Maucieri, who brings added than 26 years of acquaintance to his craft. Maucieri, who has done assignment in amateur Chazz Palminteri’s Bedford home, receives babble reviews from Roger Dean, co-owner of Rye Ridge Asphalt Home Collection in Port Chester—“His ability is excellent, and he is decidedly accomplished in bond altered types of surfaces, like tile, glass, and stone”—and Susan Gasch, buyer of Terra Asphalt & Marble in Briarcliff Manor, who says, “He is acutely alert to detail.” And while Maucieri afresh tiled an Olympic-sized calm pool, his projects are about smaller: kitchens, baths, and foyers, with accuse amid $8 and $20 per aboveboard foot.
Also Consider…Frank Taddeo57 W. Sidney Ave, Arise Vernon(646) 724-2999
If it’s fabricated of tile, granite, or marble, Frank Taddeo can reset, replace, and acclimation it. “Frank is a accurate old-school craftsman, the affectionate you rarely see anymore, and he additionally has abundant new account and his assignment is exquisite,” says Julie Pipolo, a co-owner of Mulino’s restaurant in White Plains and medical esthetician at Static Salon in White Plains, who afresh brought Taddeo in to accommodate her bathroom. “If he says he can do it, it gets done,” she says.For baby jobs, Taddeo accuse by the project; to alter and displace a brace access tiles would run about $50. Costs to aish and alter tiles in an average-size bath activate at $600, depending on how abundant has to be done.
GYM-DANDYHome Gym RepairDave Steinberg(914) 274-0449
If your adjourned anchored bike has larboard you spinning your wheels, accede calling Dave Steinberg. “I apperceive the machines and what audience need,” the above Precor exercise accessories agent says. Besides acclimation your egg-shaped trainer or Stairmaster, he will do bactericide maintenance. Steinberg about accuse $100 an hour.
PLUGGED IN Apparatus RepairMR. APPLIANCE422 Rte 52, Carmel(845) 225-521510 Silver Bounce Ln, Ridgefield, CT(203) 438-9288
“There is alone one man in my life,” declares Marcia Clark of Putnam Valley, apropos to Jim Ward, buyer of Mr. Appliance. “I accept a Fisher-Paykel abrasion machine, which, it seems, no one knows how to fix. Aback it broke, I begin Jim and he not alone came out on a Saturday morning in a abhorrent storm, but he anchored the apparatus and he was nice.”“We accept that it’s a accident to be after an appliance, so we try to acknowledge to barter aural twenty-four hours,” Ward says. He and his bristles advisers acclimation any blazon and any cast of domiciliary appliance. The best accepted problem? Clogged dryer vents. “The aperture to the outdoors should be bankrupt every year,” Ward says. “Once the self-closing accessory gets dirty, it doesn’t break bankrupt and the amore attracts birds, bees, mice. I’ve begin all kinds of nests in vents.” The aggregation accuse an $89.95 account allegation for the call, which is congenital into the acclimation cost, based on the Collapsed Rate National Blue Book rates.
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