We lived in a disposable world—until the economy tanked. Suddenly it seemed smarter than ever to repair instead of replace. Herein, craftsmen and techies who can reupholster that Empire settee, remake your Maytag, rev up an old turntable, save your sole and more.
by Maria Hess
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Delaware does not require locksmiths to be certified, so a legit smith should drive a lettered vehicle with company logo, flash his insurance card, carry his business license, and belong to or be affiliated with the Associated Locksmiths of America. The technicians listed offer comprehensive security services and respond well in emergencies. Major Locksmith offers a lockout service 24/seven, and will charge nothing if a child is locked inside a home. Allied Lock & Safe Co. 709 Shipley St., Wilmington, 658-3172; Donovan’s Locksmith 1900 Conrad St., Wilmington, 658-7511; Major Locksmith 22855 Milton-Ellendale Hwy., Milton, 684-8824; Pop-A-Lock Various locations in New Castle County, 658-6736; R J Lock & Security Bethany Beach, 537-1111; Milton, 422-3991; Rehoboth Beach, 227-3200
The certified techs at Accent Music (5810-A Kirkwood Hwy., Wilmington; 4120 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 999-9939) repair all instruments, including guitars, drums and horns, in-house, and make every effort to restore old parts before replacing them. Accent will provide a loaner till the job is done. The repair shop is open Monday through Friday. Also try: B&B Music and Sound 213 S. Dupont Hwy., Camden-Wyoming, 697-2155; 17903 Willie Road, Lewes, 645-0601; Audionics 10 Country Lane, Newark, 455-0411; Ds Music 1112 Ogletown Road, Newark, 292-1054; Thompson Electronics & Speaker Repair 22876 Sussex Hwy., Seaford, 245-8026; Thompson Music Center 1420 Highway One, Lewes, 645-0601
Most staffers do minor repairs, restore photos and recover memory cards, replace screws and batteries, and un-jam jammed lenses, but most manufacturers now require shops to send malfunctioning gear to factories. Don’t bother getting your inexpensive digital camera repaired. “A basic repair for a small digital costs anywhere from $130 to $170,” says Al Romagnoli, owner of Newark Camera Shop (63 E. Main St., Newark, 368-3500). “You can replace the camera for the same price, and probably get something better.” Do pay to repair your high-end, single lens reflex camera. Also see: Al’s TV Services Center 1200 Wheatleys Pond Road, Smyrna, 653-3711; Cameras Etc. 165 E. Main St., Newark, 453-9400; 4101 N. Market St., Wilmington, 764-9400; Colourworks 1902 Superfine Lane, Wilmington, 428-0222; Ritz Camera 1321 Churchmans Road, Newark, 738-4606; 108 W. Ninth St., Wilmington, 655-4459