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The Lamp Surgeon: Let There Be Light
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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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About the Author: About the Author: Ruth J. Katz is a well-known shopping and service writer based in New York City. She has written about shopping for 25 years for New York magazine; covered the topic on-air at Fox-TV for several years as the Home Services expert; and had her own show on both the USA and Lifetime Cable networks. Katz wrote extensively for The New York Times as well, and contributed periodically to the New York Daily News. She is a passionate shopper, always looking for not merely a good buy, but the best buy, ferreting out a "steal" or discovering up-and-coming designers. She has written five books and is a former contributing editor to Hearst's Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes; she is currently a Contributing Editor of New York Home, Golf Connoisseur, The Modern Estate, and Promenade magazines. She is also the former Shopping Director for Davler Media's Manhattan Living.

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