Slattery's TV & Appliance Company Service Center, 4309 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 537-1483.

For the past thirty-five years or so, Mr. Hunter at Slattery's TV & APpliance Company has been throwing a monkey wrench into planned obsolescence. He has been taking the used appliances traded in at Slattery's retail store down the street, and reconditioning them so that they not only look new, but can be guaranteed for ninety days to a year, depending on the particular appliance. He does washers, dirers, refrigerators, televisions, ranges, and sometimes small appliances like irons and toasters. Usually they are sold as fast as he can repair them - no wonder, with toasters just $3 or $4, twenty-five-inch console color televisions with brand new tubes $200, a like-new washer $140 - bue he keeps a waiting list for people seeking particular appliances. He doesn't bother with off-brands or brands he doesn't consider worth the trouble. And, as he puts it, he gets right in there and cleans and renews the machines: "I don't try to patch anything up. I do it right."

Slattery's TV & Appliance Company Service Center, 4309 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 537-1483.