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Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
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When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
My wife and I were on the Natcher Parkway headed to Sevierville TN on a Sunday morning when our wipers quit in a driving rain storm. Fortunately we were at an exit and was able to pull off. We weren't sure where we were at but the lady at AAA patiently was able to find us. Carl at Jones towing couldn't have been any nicer. Even though he wasn't required to and it was Sunday we followed him to an Autozone where he knew someone and worked 3 hours to at least get the driver side wipers working. He not only saved our vacation he showed us that there are still good caring people and companies in the world. Thank you Carl, Jones Towing and AAA. We won't forget you.
Awesome experience with everyone. I had a blowout while hunting and needed a tire changed on my Polaris ranger. Had called 3 different people who said they couldn’t do it or had to drop it off and come back later. I had people still in the woods! I called B and B and asked if they could handle it and told them I was in hurry. I was told their guys go to lunch at 12 but if I could get there before hand they’d take care of me. I was there at 11:30, pulled the ranger off the changed the tire for me with the new one that I already had within 15 minutes. I asked how much I owed and was told “nothinga at all, good luck in the woods”. Everyone was extremely polite and friendly. Talked with most the service guys about hunting. Being from Georgia, you get use to some rude people around the Atlanta area so, this was a nice change. Over all, it was a great experience and would recommend them to anyone simply on the hospitality of the staff.
I want to personally thank Michael. For all the help he has done. For my Daughter Cody and her Boyfriend Leo. They traveled to Tennessee to visit family and friends. On there way back home there car broke down. They contacted Michael Burtons Towing Service. Michael and his Towing Company not only came and picked there car up. We needed a place to store it for the night until part came in. They stored it for the night. Also took it to the shop for us to have repaired the following day. I highly want to recommend Burtons Towing to anyone that needs assistance with having there vehicle towed. There are Bad people in this world. Then there are good people. Then there is Great caring people and that would be BURTON's TOWING IN BOWLINGGREEN KENTUCKY. THANKS Scott
Bad,bad service, con artist, can't even trouble shoot a simple eng light. Duma a a fucking rock!!!!!!
First of all the receptionist at the front desk is so rude she's almost impossible to communicate with.... this holds true to most of the staff as well. They put the wrong size tire on my car at 511 dollars. After a couple of rotations the people at NTB asked me why I would put smaller tires on my vehicle..... I didn't ask them to. I got a second opinion at the dealership who said that I was looking at buying new tires already citing the tread depth, and the speedometer was wrong as well. To make a long story short Buddy the owner offered to "WORK WITH ME ON BUYING NEW TIRES FROM THEM." I wouldn't give these guys a nickle more after the treatment I have received from this bunch. Steer clear, these guys are overcommitted, obviously lacking in knowledge of their product, and the customer service is abhorable. If you like buying 2 sets of tires in 1 year this is your place
Many thanks to Burton's Towing. Michael was awesome. He took care of us fast and safely! Our car got a flat on an incline; it fell off the jack that came with the vehicle twice. We were stuck. Michael showed up with a 3-ton jack and stand that got us going in no time. Burton's is a class act.
Today, Memorial Day of all days, as we were heading home with our two small children to get to our 8 week old our tire blew. We waited for two hours and not one person stopped. We had given up until a state highway patrol officer called for a tow truck. A man named Dana, was our saving grace! We told him we had $40 to our name and it was for gas to get home and as he lifted our van up he said "we'll work it out". I thought this meant he'd take our $40 after giving us a discount but, I was wrong. He called his boss and said he'd pay for our tow if need be to which his boss said no that he would not charge us and even offered to pay for our new tire. Our tow truck driver drove us to Walmart and the boss bought us a new tire to get home. No other towing company would ever do this!! So thank you Burton's towing for saving us today and being such amazing men!! You are more than appreciated! ❤️
More than disappointed. I wouldn't let them work on my daughter's Barbie jeep. I needed an ignition replaced on my car. Not only is the outside damaged, my dash lights won't turn off, my windshield wipers don't work, and my trunk pops open at will. Electrical problems increase daily! MY CAR IS RUINED! Then, surprise, surprise, I can't reach him on the phone.
While driving south on I-65 to reunite with family over the Christmas holidays, my 1990 Cadillac broke down. My auto club contacted Payne's A-1 Towing. They were extremely busy but their driver Patrick felt sorry for me. It was almost 5 pm -- too late in the afternoon to find a mechanic willing to look at my car at that moment. So Patrick checked under the hood. He immediately saw that my alternator had frozen up, snapping a belt. Then he not only recommended a good hotel, he towed me there and stopped at an auto parts store along the way to pick up a rebuilt alternator and a new belt so that I could hit the ground running the next day.The following morning Patrick arrived at my hotel a little late. Given everything else he'd done for me, I was not about to complain. Even though I'd started calling around at 8 am, I hadn't been able to find a mechanic who could replace the alternator that day. Patrick called in a favor and found me a guy who did the job for $50, roughly a third of what other mechanics had quoted me. Then he towed me over to the guy's private garage and stuck around until he arrived.I got the impression that Payne's was extremely busy, so it's possible that they might not always be prompt. But they got me back on the road ASAP, and probably saved me several hundred dollars in the bargain. I can't thank Payne's A-1 Towing enough.
They got to my location in less than 20 minutes and dropped me off at my home after bringing the car to the shop. A very professional and courteous company.
Painting can be a significant undertaking, whether you're painting just one room or an entire home. While some people like to take on this project themselves, many choose to hire professionals to ensure the task is completed correctly.
Matte paint doesn't have a shiny quality when it dries, which many homeowners prefer for their interior walls. This is the most popular style of paint for homes. It covers up irregularities in the wall well but is also easily blemished.
Matte Enamel Paint
Matte enamel paint has all the positive qualities of matte paint but will last longer and isn't scuffed as easily.
Gloss paint will dry with a shine to it and is the second-most popular choice for interior wall paint. The shiny quality highlights imperfections in a surface, so people tend to stay away from it when painting wood.
Semi-gloss is also shiny but less so than gloss paint. It's more commonly used on trim than on walls.
Satin falls somewhere between gloss and matte in terms of shininess. It will highlight imperfections well, like gloss, but is easy to clean.
Eggshell is also between gloss and matte on the shininess scale, but it won't highlight imperfections quite as much as satin, semi-gloss, or gloss.
Exterior paints have similar choices for finishes as interior paints, but the pros and cons can be different for outdoor use.
Though gloss paint will make imperfections easily seen, it will also hold up to the elements the best. This paint is best suited for areas of a home or building that are frequently used, like door frames.
Semi-gloss paint is similarly long-lasting but isn't as shiny as gloss.
Satin paint is commonly used for siding but will display irregularities underneath if the siding isn't in good shape.
Flat paint is the best choice if painting over siding that has many dents, scrapes, or other imperfections.
If you're repainting a home that has been previously painted with oil-based paint, your best bet is to stick with this option. Water-based paint layered over old oil-based paint will peel easily.
Water-based paint, or latex paint, dries quickly and cleans up easily, making it the preferred paint for a home's exterior. It will also expand when warm and contract when cool, which means it will hold up in all types of weather.
When embarking on a project as big as painting your home, it's important to know ahead of time what kind of quality you can expect from the painters you hire. Don't settle for the first one you find or the cheapest option. Instead, do your homework to be sure that you hire a trustworthy professional who knows how to paint a house well.
The first thing you'll do when hiring a painter is request quotes from three or four in your area. If you reach out to too many, you'll wind up wasting time narrowing down your list; too few and you may not end up with the best quality or right price.
The typical price range for an interior paint job is between $400 and $4,120, with the average falling around $1,670, depending on the scope of the project and paint requests. It will typically cost around $380 to $790 to paint a typical 10-by-12 foot room.
The cost to paint a home's exterior is a little higher: between $730 and $5,600, with an average of $2,624. The typical home of between 500 and 1,500 square feet will generally cost between $1,000 and $3,000, but this will change depending on the number of stories and home location.
If a quote seems high, ask the contractor what is increasing the price point. Perhaps it's something that can be negotiated, or maybe this business is just overpricing their services. On the other hand, be skeptical of any price points that seem unfathomably low. There could be a reason their prices are below the industry norm - perhaps their quality standards are uncommonly low, too.
Once you have quotes, conduct an over-the-phone interview with your prospects. Some important questions to ask your painter include:
1. Do you have insurance?
It's never a good idea to hire a contractor whose business isn't properly insured. Ask both about comprehensive business liability insurance and workers' compensation, and don't be hesitant to ask for proof. If you are unsure of the validity of the insurance, you can also call the insurance company to double-check that it is an active policy.
2. Do you have a warranty?
Not offering a warranty is a red flag, and you may want to be cautious about hiring a company that doesn't provide one. If they have a warranty, ask how long it lasts, and what it covers. Additionally, you'll want to get the warranty in writing should you need to refer to it later.
3. Who, specifically, will be in my house, and can I trust them?
You always have a right to know who will be entering your home. If the person you are speaking with says he or she will not be personally supervising the project, ask who will be, what their role is, and how long they've been with the company.
Also, don't be afraid to ask if the painters are trustworthy people. Unfortunately, there are plenty of cases where a painter has stolen items from a home or caused damage to the house or injury to the homeowner. Subcontractors may not be as skilled as employees, and the contractor you're hiring may not have much experience working with them, making them more of a risk. Additionally, ask if the painters are employees or subcontractors, and what the screening or hiring process is like. If the company conducts background checks, that's a good sign.
4. What kind of training do your employees receive?
If the contractor makes a point to train new hires on safety techniques as well as quality standards on the job, you're probably in good hands.
5. What kind of paint will you use?
The quality of the paint will affect how good the walls look when the project is completed. If your contractor says they plan on using a paint you don't like, feel free to request an alternative.
6. How long have you been in business, and do you have references?
A well-established company will have more experience and likely more references for you to reach out to than a new company that's just getting off the ground. Be sure to ask for references so you can speak to former customers about their experience working with the painter. When speaking to these people, ask about:
7. How much wall prep is included in the price?
For a long-lasting paint job, a clean wall is crucial. Ask how they plan to clean your walls, if at all, before getting started. A high-quality company will thoroughly prepare a wall so that the paint will lay smoothly and last a long time.
8. Are you active in the community and are you involved in any trade organizations?
Community involvement shows the company:
Additionally, being active in trade organizations indicates it is likely up to date on the latest industry best practices and that the company is dedicated to its trade. Also, a Better Bureau Business membership demonstrates the company is stable, confident, and willing to let potential customers check them out before hiring them.
If the company you hire is involved in a trade organization, it shows they take pride in their work, and are dedicated to providing quality service. Some top trade organizations painters might be a part of include:
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
PDCA connects painters and home decorators through local chapters and councils. The organization also provides webinars, educational videos, and podcasts so members can stay up to date on the latest best practices and news.
American Coatings Association
The ACA doesn't focus on best practices so much as it does on best products. The nonprofit is dedicated to research and development of high-quality paint products as well as sustainability issues.
Finishing Contractors Association
The FCA has members that are painters as well as professionals who focus on flooring, drywall, and other elements to home construction and renovation.
Better Business Bureau
The BBB isn't a painter-specific group but rather an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that consumers can access information about anyone they do business with. The BBB also rates companies based on a Standards of Trust scale, which goes from A+ to F. A company doesn't have to be a member to get a grade, and it's a good idea to check to see how your contractor is scored as well as its membership status.