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For your fridge, your oven, microwave, AC, and many other appliances, offers an amazing array of parts and accessories, plus lots of help on diagnosing the problem.

"We have seen the future…and we can fix it" is the motto of Soundsmith, 914.739.2885, the single best place for audio repair we have found anywhere. That's why so many people send off their turntables, amps, speakers, receivers, DVD players, and VCRs to this Peekskill company – and have for over 30 years.

Mod Restoration, 347.442.1900, does all kinds of furniture repair, fixing up wood, leather, metal, and upholstery on most any kind of table, chair, sofa, bed, or entertainment center. They do pick-up and delivery as well as home consultations and repair.

Apprenticed in a glass factory at age 15 in Czechoslovakia, Augustine Jochec is considered one of the best glass restorers anywhere. His business, Glass Restorations, 1597 York [84th/85th] 212.517.3287, has been in NYC since 1970. You can have your repair done fast or done right – Mr. Jochec, artisan that he is, will choose the latter every time.

At Rissin's Jewelry Clinic, 10 W. 47th [5th/6th] Suite 902 212.575.1098, Joe Rissin repairs all kinds of jewelry, both fine and costume, as well as eyeglasses. He fabricates intricate clasps, too: "A good clasp is one you can hear click from 10 feet away," he says.

When we wrote about lamp repair recently, a reader sent us this:
"I wanted to suggest an addition: Aladdin Lamp in Jersey City, 201.434.2869. The business has been there for 60 years and the owner Mark Hauptman does museum quality work with many clients in Manhattan (he picks up and delivers.) Repair, restoration and retail—the place is like a museum. He's done several pieces for me and is very reasonable while performing with master craftsman skills. Please consider adding–super nice guy who practices a dying art. FYI: I work for an environmental nonprofit here in NYC and love the idea of fixing versus replacing as the ultimate waste reduction practice!"

With porcelain, there are two kinds of repair: "museum" and "commercial" – "museum" does the least amount of interfering with the piece, so you'll still see the cracks. When things break, wrap each piece separately so there is no grinding of the edges and take them to ARK Restoration, 252 W. 37th [7th/8th] 212.244.1028. Open by appointment only.

With colder weather on the horizon, you might want to get some of your sweaters patched up. Take any clothing with holes, tears, or rips to French-American Reweaving, 119 W. 57th [6th/7th] Room 1406, 212.765.4670. They've been giving new life to old fabric for decades.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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