“It breaks everything” – we were told by the people who fix. almost everything

They don’t care what the broken thing you bring them is for. As long as it has a motor, that means they’ll be able to fix it. We visited one of the last places on the map of Krakow, where they try to breathe life into what is broken. If you believe in the global conspiracy of corporations working on the planned aging of objects – they’ve been trying to thwart those plans for years.

Store shelves are filled to the brim with goods. With the right amount of money, we can take whatever we want from them. Worse situation is when our dream purchase does not work as it should or “by some strange coincidence” refuses to cooperate a few days after the warranty period.

What to do then? The market says “buy new!”, but we tend to lean towards the repair option forgotten in recent years. The problem is that there are fewer places in Polish cities that practice this dying art than there are French banks and German drugstores. We managed to find one of them.

“It won’t do itself”.

Electromechanical Services – these two words appearing above the entrance to the 35 square meter establishment say absolutely everything about it. Here, only the specifics count: you bring the broken equipment and after some time (depending on the difficulty of the order) you take it back to be able to use it again. In spite of the planned obsolescence of the products. These services are certainly a thorn in the side of many of today’s manufacturers.

The factory is drowning in items waiting to be repaired. Drills, vacuum cleaners, fans, pressure washers and many others that we can’t even identify are piled up on racks reaching to the ceiling. We even spotted a long-lost Frania washing machine.

– An engine is an engine, I don’t care about the rest,” explains Aleksander Kulas, who has been working at the Punkt at os. Handlym 5 in Kraków since the early 1970s.

– The only thing that has changed since then is that we are no longer a cooperative “Automat”, but a company. Everything still breaks down and, judging by the number of customers, there is no one to fix it. It was worse only after the transformation of the political system, when Poles were overwhelmed by the goods which flooded Polish stores. But we managed and now we only complain about the lack of manpower – he added.

Mr. Kulas and his two adult sons, Michael and Peter, answering our questions did not leave their posts even for two minutes. We found them converting engines, which, as we found out, is very time-consuming and requires a lot of skill. Piotr Kulas sitting next to his father said that it takes about 2-3 years to enter the profession.

– After some time you become so skilled that you often have no idea what the object you brought is used for, but you know how to repair it.

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