Without attending so much as one post-doctoral seminar, Roy Schneit went from Lamp Doc to Lamp Surgeon. "I gave myself a promotion," he chuckles. Schneit grew up in the lamp and lighting business -- his family imported and distributed chandeliers -- and he owned a shop on Avenue of the Americas and 12th Street for 12 years. When he shuttered it a few years ago, he missed tinkering with lamps so much that he started making house calls (assisted by his wife Lois, whom he calls his "nurse"), becoming known throughout the tri-state area for his work. While he doesn't do installations and won't hang or remove chandeliers, he will tackle almost any other type of repair -- on table lamps, chandeliers, sconces, floor lamps, and oddball fixtures. One common job is the conversion from European to American wiring standards, but any burnt-out socket, frayed wire, or rewiring job is putty in his hands. He'll convert a one-way socket into a three-way, or turn a lovely vase into a lamp. Most jobs range between $55 to $100 (halogen lamps generally cost a little more); a major rewiring of, say, an eight-way chandelier might be as much as $250. (House calls only, by appointment.) 917-414-0426(This
article originally appeared in the 9/05 issue of Manhattan Living.)
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