SORRY!  We are CLOSED for residential handy-work.

Special Projects is OPEN.

Clients of Special Projects click here to login for government, institutional, research, and time-related projects.

We will be reopening shortly for specialty repair services.  Our rates for this work differ greatly from those we formerly had for residential services.  Please review them before making an appointment.

It is unlikely we will be dealing with simple residential repairs.  However, if you have already had five people tell you it can't be fixed, give us a call.

Repair of homes and businesses.

Handymen and women helping with every project you have.
Precise, reliable, creative thinkers.

Jobs of all sizes welcomed.
All calls promptly returned.
Serving the Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts.

Contact: Tim McNerney
(413) 586-1801

Repair Collective (413) 586-1801

How handy are we?

Watch the video:

OK. We were going to add a link to the original of this parody, but the original is so superficial and shallow, it's painful to watch.

What our friends have been up to:

real honest-to-goodness friends, because 

Tim McNerney is NOT on Facebook, but you found me here! 
    Although I don't use it because it is a big life sucker, the link above gives a thousand more reasons not to use Facebook.  It also has a long list of the villainous exploits of Apple and Amazon and their human rights abuses.
     OK, on to friends:

Sticks and Bricks

    Liz, handywoman extraordinaire, and former member of the Repair Collective, continues her great success with her store, Sticks and Bricks.

    Drop in at 9 Market Street, in Northampton, Mass, and see eclectic, funky furniture made from salvaged materials.

    While much of what we haul away goes to Valley Recycling where everything is sorted for recycling, anything that "looks kinda cool" is brought to Sticks and Bricks to be made into funky furniture art.  Click the pictures to see the shower valve lamp and other lamps made from plumbing reclaimed for Sticks and Bricks by the Repair Collective.

All material ©2008-2017


New Quotes:

— We'll fix everything in your house, except your cat.

— The Repair Collective

— I have more tools than God, just not quite as many skills.

— Tim

— Do you think Harbor Freight makes surgical tools?


— Sure, after you've saved money on a Harbor Freight parachute, you can save even more money  by doing the reconstructive surgery yourself.


— People think the Amish are against technology, which isn't true.  They aren't against technology, they just think it isn't worth the hassle.



Serving the Pioneer Valley, MA:

Northampton, Amherst, Hadley, Florence, Haydenville, Williamsburg, South Hadley, Sunderland, Hatfield, Montague, Belchertown, Deerfield, Leeds, and more  of western Massachusetts.  Some availability in CT, VT, NH, ME.

Replacement Windows?!

     Why we get upset when we see replacement windows in older homes:

Lots of good articles here:

  • They won't save you money.  
  • They won't save you energy.
  • They will cost you the same again in 20 years when it's time to replace the replacements.  
  • There are much better ways to protect from lead.
  • They will never, ever, never, ever come anywhere close to paying for themselves.
  • Don't fall for the "lead scare."  There are better, safer fixes, if needed.

Read before you sign or buy!

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No more false alarms!

We have tracked down an alarm that:

  • is the fastest available
  • detects both kinds of fires
  • has almost no false alarms
  • 10 year battery available
  • shut off all alarms from any location 

Safest detector on the planet!  Alarms that don't work, or that get disconnected, cannot protect you.

More at our online store.

We're on TV.

Two new videos.

Mass Appeal on WWLP Channel 22 in Springfield.
New videos and more clips of quick fix it projects on our video page.

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