Where to Get (Nearly) Everything Fixed
A Rescue Guide.
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Depot Plaza, Bedford Hills (914) 242-0058
Whatever you use to track the time, whether it’s a 16th-century pocket watch or a brand-spanking-new Patek Philippe wristwatch, grandfather clock, or antique mantel model, we’ve got your go-to guy for repair and restoration. Owner Mark Reichbach, originally trained at the Bulova Watch Company factory on Long Island, has more than 30 years of expertise keeping up with the times. Typical repairs include servicing mantel clocks (usually about $275), replacing watch batteries ($10 and up), cleaning table clocks ($150 and up) and grandfather clocks ($650). Overhauling a clock or watch usually takes two weeks; estimates are provided. For larger items, like a grandfather clock, house calls start at $125.
Wilson & Son Jewelers LTD
18 Chase Rd, Scarsdale (914) 723-0327
29 S Moger Ave, Mount Kisco (914) 241-4500
This 105-year-old full-service jeweler does everything from changing watch batteries to the full servicing of watches. While most repairs consist of changing ring sizes or shortening or lengthening chains, owner Mike Wilson has had a few jobs that made him stand up and take notice. “A number of years ago, a man brought his pet snake—who had slithered into his ring and couldn’t slither out—into the store,” Wilson says. “We cut the ring off, repaired and restored it, and both the snake and the customer were very happy.”
The store doesn’t charge for simple things, like changing a battery, but special repairs are estimated on a case-by-case basis, most falling in the $200 range.
81 Pondfield Rd, #134 Bronxville (914) 509-6101
Who knew you could get a master’s certificate in decorative concrete? Matthew Johnson, for one, who promises to find a concrete solution to any concrete surface problems. The company can transform cracked, discolored, and otherwise unsavory-looking floors into gleaming works of stain-free, dust-free art worthy of a place inside your house (or garage).
Luis Antonio Pichasaca
2986 Navajo St, Yorktown (914) 275-6178
In the restoration business for 10 years, Pichasaca struck out on his own two years ago and quickly found his niche repairing kitchen and bathroom countertops, which accounts for 90 percent of his work. “I try to make everybody happy,” he says. Pichasaca charges either per hour or per job, depending on the type of stone being repaired with most common repairs costing between $45 and $50. There is a $30 minimum for new customers; waived for regulars.
Archadeck of Southern Fairfield & Westchester Counties
144 Selleck St, Stamford, CT (203) 978-9050/(203) 698-0111
Did Mother Nature have an unfortunate encounter with your deck over the winter? Or perhaps it’s just the years that have been unkind to your outdoor aerie, requiring a major intervention. For more than two decades, Archadeck has been repairing, resurfacing, and replacing decks as well as building totally new (and totally striking) structures. They handle all the details including getting building permits and code variations. (Know that all decks in Westchester require an architect’s or engineer’s seal by standards of the Westchester Building Code Enforcement.) The company has a licensed engineer to do the necessary calculations and to handle approvals so you can rest assured that what goes up won’t come down. Projects typically start around $7,000 and go as high as $100,000.
29 Havell St, Ossining (914) 762-1706
Vincent Conte has been doing electrical contracting since 1982, doing a little of everything electrical from replacing an outlet to wiring an entire house. Service calls are $95 for the first half hour, and then $75 each additional hour; larger projects are priced by the job.
PNA Electric inc.
Phil Andrulis (914) 237-5933
Phil Andrulis of PNA Electric has been sorting out sockets for more than 30 years, entering the trade right out of high school before founding his own one-man business 14 years later. He charges $90 an hour for repairs, most of which, he says, don’t exceed $200.
28 N Central Ave, Hartsdale (914) 949-2500
We know how hard it is to resist temptation when you have to walk the gantlet of shiny new flat screens and Blu-ray players on your way to the service department only to get a hard sell that maybe it’s time to trash your old AV gear and trade up. We’ve been there, which is why we trust Nu-Sonic Radio, a service-only business with no sales department or pushy clerks, to fix our TVs, VCRs, DVDs, and stereos. Repairs are guaranteed for 90 days and estimates are free. Delivery from temptation? Priceless.
The digital-doctors at Tele-Sonic TV will come to your house (for a minimum charge of $90); if they can’t fix the problem in your home, they’ll schlelp your broken gear back to the shop themselves for more intensive care. And since electronics is an ever-changing business, co-owners Joseph Bueti and Michael Williams keep up with the times by attending seminars and courses at places like the National Institute of Technology in Washington. They also install home theater systems, satellite televisions, Direct TV, and Dishnet.