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6020 Belpree RdAmarillo, TX 79106
About a month ago we had a dental emergency related to an accident with one of our children. We were able to contact the doctor on the weekend and he responded immediately to help us with this dire situation. My child was not a current patient with this clinic. Yet we were treated with the utm…
7901 SW 45th AveAmarillo, TX 79119
From Business: Dr. Steven Astuto earned his B.A. and D.D.S. degrees from Creighton University in Omaha before receiving his M.S.D. degree in orthodontics from St. Louis University. Dr. Astuto has been in private practice for 24 years. With four locations in Amarillo, Childress, Dalhart and Hereford, Texas, we provide orthodontic solution…
7200 SW 45th Ave Unit 9Amarillo, TX 79109
I have seen Dr. Pathapati since last year when I was referred by my neurologist for eye pressure. She is so nice and informative. At one point I had to see a retina specialist and she was very comforting and reassuring. when I had a meltdown in her office. This month I wanted lasik done and s…
7460 Golden Pond Pl Ste 300Amarillo, TX 79121
From Business: * Migraines * Neck Aches * Numbness & Tingling * Sports Injuries * Prevention & Wellness * Low Back Pain * Sciatica * Fibromyalgia * Pregnancy Pain * Scoliosis Insurance Cash
7000 SW 9th AveAmarillo, TX 79106
From Business: Dr. Parker is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon practicing in Amarillo, Texas. He treats all orthopedic problems and sports injuries. He specializes in arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery, as well as total joint replacements. He also supervises Joe Perry, PA-C in the Direct Orthopedic Clinic, which allows patients th…
500 S Arthur StAmarillo, TX 79102
From Business: TREX Equipment Co. has been offering the tri-state area with the largest selection of food processing equipment and supplies for over the past 25 years. If you're looking for The Personal Touch, you've come to the right place. If you're looking for an ice machine that can offer you a reliable amount of ice for every single…
1901 Medi Park DrAmarillo, TX 79106
From Business: Personal care by the physician for all types of injuries. Fractures, arthritis, sports medicine, joint replacement, shoulder problems, and carpal tunnel release. ASSOCIATION *Texas Medical Association *Texas Orthopedic Association *American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons
6801 Bell St Ste 1400Amarillo, TX 79109
They are very professional, knowledgeable, comforting, reassuring and most of all extremely helpful and caring. Even the office personnel are friendly, kind, patient and caring. I always say, "How did I get so lucky to find this wonderful place and fabulous lady, Ms. Pitre; to help me?"…
1215 S Coulter St Ste 100Amarillo, TX 79106
From Business: Board Certified Family Practice. New patients are always welcome. We are committed to excellence and quality care for everyone. Urgent Care Hours: (No appointment necessary) Monday-Friday 5:00pm-7:00pm, Saturday 8:30am-4:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm-4:00pm.
1301 S Coulter St Ste 300Amarillo, TX 79106
From Business: Because Life Treats Women Differently, We Treat Women Specially, Only A Mother Could Care More. Women's Healthcare Associates was formed in 1996 by a group of physicians that had been in private practice for several years, consisting of Dr. Rhodesia Castillo, Dr. David Chastain, Dr. Brian Eades and Dr. Clyde Meeks. Dr. Pam…
1900 Medi Park DrAmarillo, TX 79106
Was re-scheduled for an annual appointment twice for their convenience. Chose an 8:15 appointment to avoid any backlog. Arrived early. Waited 40 minutes to be taken back. Another 30 minutes to get two routine specimens taken and hadn't seen the doctor after being there an hour and half. Amar…
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.. staff needs to be more attentive too much talking in horse playing with employees and leaving customers standing for several minutes before asking if they could help him getting purses and other things and taking them to the back for themselves instead of leaving them for the employee I mean the customers to choose from just did not act in a professional way all the way around
Fast, prompt service at a very reasonable price. Definitely would call again for any rekeys, unlocks or new keys
Very prompt and efficient. Very pleased with the service. Will gladly refer others to this business.
Fast, efficient & charges a flat rate! Great service
The locks installed on the doors and windows of every home represent the most common, and perhaps most effective, form of security. That means locks can be taken for granted, until they no longer work properly or the key is lost. Homeowners should work to understand the basics behind these essential household devices, as well as how to address common problems related to them.
The concept behind a lock-and-key mechanism has been around for centuries, so it's no surprise that their basic design hasn't changed much in recent years. At the same time, a number of different types of locks are now available to meet specific needs.
Perhaps the most common type of lock is the pin tumbler lock. Enclosed in a doorknob, these devices contain spring-loaded pins of varying sizes, which must be pushed upward before the knob can be turned to open the door. When the correct key is inserted into a pin tumbler lock, the grooves on the key's blade push the pins up to the precise height needed to allow the inner chamber to turn. Pin tumbler locks are popular because they are relatively secure for most residential applications and generally inexpensive. Since the entire locking mechanism in this device is contained in a single cylinder, pin tumbler locks are also very easy to swap in and out. This comes in handy in apartment buildings, for example, where locks may need to be changed frequently as tenants come and go.
Pin tumbler locks come in a number of configurations. In residential environments, they are the primary mechanism for operating knob locks and deadbolts. Most exterior doors on homes and apartment buildings will have at least one of each of these locks. Knob locks are quick to open and can be convenient when minimal security is acceptable, but they are very easily forced open. When paired with a deadbolt, the door becomes much harder to open. Deadbolts work by driving a thick metal rod into the door frame, which prevents most quick methods of defeating locks, like using a shim or brute force. Still, deadbolts aren't impenetrable, as they can be lockpicked or defeated with much stronger ramming force.
Other common types of residential locks include mortise locks, which combine the action of a doorknob and deadbolt in one. Mortise locks engage a deadbolt with the turn of the key, just as normal. But upon unlocking, the doorknob will open in tandem with the deadbolt. These locks tend to be much stronger than traditional deadbolt designs, but are often harder to install and thus more expensive.
Finally, there's the "jimmy-proof" deadbolt, a type of lock often found in older residences. These locks engage a metal rod that fits into a separate chamber outside of the door frame, rather than through the frame. While its design is simple, it has many advantages over traditional deadbolts or mortise locks. It is impervious to being pried open like many deadbolt systems could be, hence the "jimmy-proof" name. It is also typically harder to pick, and is very inexpensive.
When a lock stops working, no matter where it is in your home or office, it's likely to be a source of frustration. However, it's rare for a lock to suddenly fail to open without exhibiting some signs beforehand.
Common lock problems include issues opening or engaging the lock, or difficulty securing a door in the proper position to lock it.
Since locks are essential security devices that might be used multiple times per day, they are bound to wear out eventually. Rekeying or replacing locks can be done on your own in some cases, but may require a professional locksmith.
When a lock is rekeyed, the cylinder containing the tumbler and pins is removed from its enclosure and replaced with a new cylinder. This is often done when a new tenant moves into an apartment that was previously occupied, but it may also be necessary if a lock needs to be replaced.
Replacing all components of a cylinder lock, or working with locks that don't use a pin tumbler system, requires a different procedure for replacement. Installing a new lock of the same type will be the most straightforward option.
If you want a new lock that is different from your old set, more advanced installation is required, and you may want to consider hiring a professional for the job.
The term locksmith traditionally referred to people who designed and built locks, but today is generally used for those who repair and replace locks. Locksmiths can be available on-call to help people if they're locked out of their home or apartment.
If you've lost your keys or are otherwise unable to enter a locked building that you normally have access to, you will need to call your local locksmith. To save money and ensure you're hiring a reputable contractor, it may help to do some research on locksmiths in your area ahead of time, so you can be prepared if you need to call one.
Upon arrival to your home, a locksmith should ask you to prove that it is in fact your residence. They should also be able to unlock most common locks without requiring them to be drilled or completely replaced. Be sure to obtain an invoice that lists all charges before agreeing to pay.
Locks are ubiquitous around the world, which means the skills to service them are always in demand. Becoming a locksmith could be a rewarding career opportunity, but like any other job, will require a bit of preparation.
Locksmiths do not generally require formal education, but need to undergo extensive hands-on training and possibly certification. Locksmiths-in-training can receive foundational knowledge and skills through programs offered at technical colleges or vocational schools. These would include basic courses on lock mechanics and manipulation, along with general skills like business management.
From there, most trainees seek an apprenticeship, where they work alongside a professional locksmith. This allows them to gain experience in the field. It can also put them on a course toward certification, which involves a standardized procedure that, once completed, allows locksmiths to legally conduct business in their state.
Successful locksmiths need to be skilled with their hands and in the use of tools. While these skills are essential for the day-to-day tasks that a locksmith performs, they also benefit immensely from being personable and able to work with people to solve problems.
There are a number of trade associations and organizations for locksmiths that may help them find work, receive training and connect with like-minded business partners. These organizations may also help consumers find a reputable locksmith. Locksmith trade associations in the U.S. include:
Contact these organizations to learn more about how to become a locksmith, or how to go about choosing the right professional for your needs.