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We've put together a small list to get you started on your journey -- and the first step starts with a single box.
We've put together a small list to get you started on your journey -- and the first step starts with a single box.
Find a 24-hour local locksmith now so you're ready when an emergency happens.
Pricing for locksmiths can vary, so make sure you know the average charge before contacting a professional over the phone.
Lived there 4 months and glad to be out. The management was unresponsive to most needs and did not return calls.My car was broken into, vandalized, and I was left with a $600+ bill to make it operational again, so do not think their courtesy patrol means anything. The paint was so thick in the apartment that the doors stuck. I was scared to have my kids close the bathroom door, because I knew that they would not be able open it without help. The windows and doors provide no hot/cold resistance to the outside, so our electric bill was usually $200/month in the winter for a 1000 square-foot place…that is ridiculous.People rummage through the trash bins almost on the hour throughout the day and night.Furniture is discarded near the dumpsters and often sits there for weeks before being removed.Be aware that they will make you pay for a professional carpet cleaning out of your deposit when you leave. I had to pay that even though the maintenance person who did the walk through agreed that the place was cleaner than when we moved in. Also, they never told us we owed any remaining utility costs when we moved out, and then a little over a month after we moved out, we received a gas bill for $1.98 with a $35.00 collection fee, and the management had no ability to deal with it on my behalf. They often just tell you to deal with it. If the management knew what they were doing, they would have taken the residual out of my despite, BEFORE returning it to me, and saved me the $35 collection fee.I would recommend against living at the Santa Rosa apartments. If you have other options you can consider, it would probably be best to live somewhere else.Good luck.
I love their food. Everything is so delicious! My husband reserved the patio for my birthday for Saturday July 26th. At first the manager said yes but we had to put a $120 deposit to reserve the patio. Then when he went to pay the deposit he was told he didn't have to pay the deposit. This day was supposed to be a digit weather day so the manager called to let him know if he would like to have the event inside in their back banquet room and my husband said yes. We arrived and we were set up outside in the patio and it was obviously hot and humid. I asked to have the misters turned on. We had reservations for a party if 20 and we had one waiter and one busboy helping him. Our waiter was also bar-tending so it took a long time to get our drinks and food. When we all finally got our food (in portions) one of my guest was sitting for without her food for about 10min it took another guest to go remind the waiter/bartender they forgot a plate. Over all we just won't be going back. Food is good but this was not such a good experience. The manager told us he wanted us to have a good experience and we really didn't.
If you've ever had a problem with a lock then you know my pain. It hardly ever happens and when it does its always at the most inopportune time and worse.... you never know who to call that you can trust. Well I know now. After calling down the list and having two of the top ten ended up being one of those scam companies. One guy showed up and tried to raise the price up hundreds of dollars, when he did that I canceled. The next guy quoted a cheap price and never showed up. Then I realized even yp.com has scam companies listed at the top of their locksmith recommendations. That is scary. Especially since you think yp would be a listing service that you could trust not to put scam companies in their directory. They should probably check a little better before listing companies that deal with locks and security things. Finally I got Tumblers on the phone. I wish I had called them first. These guys are going in my speed dial. They were friendly, professional, and they are a legitimate lock and security company. Problem solved...
I have passed this place many times over the years and yet did not go in; the windows etc always made it look closed. Was next door for another reason so went in to look around. Was so surprised to see a REAL Mexican restaurant in Bakersfield. Got the fish taco on suggestion of lovely waitress, and it was huge. One was plenty for $4.50. I went back the next night to get the whole fried fish..delicious and so filling. I will go back, as I have a couple of weeks to eat alone, and I love seafood. This is the best; I eyed other people's plates and will go back tomorrow for the bacon/cheese shrimp, which is highly acclaimed by many. Don't pass this place up. The furniture is old, and it is mainly Hispanics there, and the menu is in Spanish but with English translations. You can always tell a great ethnic restaurant by whom eats there. The staff was so friendly. You can spend little or a lot. Believe me, the taco at $4.50 is unlike any other Fish taco you have had.
Shawn Barton is an extremely ethical and dependable man. Just, forthright and professional. We could not be more pleased with Shawn and our experience of buying his former home from and through him (Shawn being both the Listing Agent as well as the Seller). He is a man with high standards and the integrity he has put us very much at ease, because he is most definitely a man of his word. If he says he's going to do something, you can rest assured that it's going to not only be done.....but done in a timely manner! We highly recommend Shawn Barton for all of your home buying, selling and/or renting needs!Thank you, Shawn & Kara!!! We love our home! Stop by to see us (and your former home) any time!Shawn & Trina White
I wouldn't call anyone else. These guys are licensed, dependable, trustworthy, insured, and they have outstanding customer service on the phone and in person. One of our employees lost the keys to the new company truck out in the oilfields. These guys were there fast and made a key from scratch in less than 30 minutes. We have a business and a fleet of trucks. Tumblers does all types of locks, not just vehicle locks. They work on home and business security too. I know who we will be using from now on.
I worked with Roger Herrick over the past four years on numerous occasions. Whether I am selling a property or purchasing one, Roger is always excellent to work with. Roger is very knowledgeable and experienced in real estate, and I always feel confident going into escrow on a new property knowing that he is my agent. Whenever I know someone is looking for a real estate agent I always recommend Roger, and feel confident they will have the same experience I have had.
I've been a customer of Don Perico's Resteraunt, since it was called "El Barrellito's" in Rosedale by the K-Mart. Those of you who have lived in Bakersfield a number of years will know how long that is! Sunday brunch is my favorite, all you can eat buffett, for about $10 per person. Monday night Fajitas are the best! Try their Chili Verde. My cousins come here so often they are called "The Sister's" and are always able to find a table.
But with waiting 10 minutes to get ignored at the bar, beg for a beer, and when I left my BAR SEAT to ask where I could get a fork, was told they could get me one. Did'nt appear till I asked a different girl and nobody greets anyone here. I have spoken to lots of servers here in Bako n they tell me tips are low here. maybe cuz the service industry here is scheisty. more time spent with each other more than there paying customers
The first day we met roger he already had 5 houses lined up for us to look at I couldn't believe how incredible he was. One of the coolest guys in Bakersfield. Defiantly recommended him to all of my friends and family and to anyone wanting to buy a house so helpful and willing to work he came down to his office on a day they were closed just to meet with us and talk only took two days with roger to find the house of our dreams !
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.