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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.
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?
No matter whether an accident involved a freshly licensed teen or an experienced driver, knowing what to do (or not do) is essential to bouncing back.
Recently my husband passed away, and as hard as that time is... one of the things that I had to do was sell my husband’s prized possession, his classic car. And I needed it towed to it’s new location and Alex came out and he was very professional but of all kind hearted he knew this wasn’t easy, but he made it easy and for that I’m great full! Fairfield Auto Works is A+ in my book!
Recently I was taking a small road trip with my kids and had the unfortunate event of blowing out my rear tire. I was a mess and scared because I had never had anything like that happen to me. I called Alex and he came to tow us. He made feel calm and he explained how and why this happened and what I needed to do. Thank you Alex you’re the Best!
I recently had the my car break down and need a tow, and thankfully I found Alex @ Fairfield Auto Work! As a woman alone and needing a tow it can be a very scary experience but not with Alex... he was very professional, very kind and understanding. He made the experience a lot easier and he charged very fairly! I was impressed and will definitely use him again if I need a tow! Thank you Alex
I am one of the owners of Euro Automotive and have been in business for over 18 years and have come across many people that I’ve worked with, but never have I worked with a more honest, respectful, knowledgeable, hardworking individual! Alex has been towing for us for years now and I wouldn’t trust my business with any other towing company, the way I trust him! If Alex tows your car, then it was done right!
This is regards to Amanda Simpsons rating.She fails to state that, she was towed for illegally parking on private property. And as for paying for a receipt, it's called tax. She refused to pay Ct tax. And also her vehicle was already damaged before being towed as she told the driver at the time of the tow. She had Ample opportunity to pay a release fee at the time of towing and walked away. Shev was always spoken too with respect but she was very nasty. The vehicle was towed on a flatbed, which it's Literally impossible to damage a radiator or tail light in a Spacious lot. Amanda Simpson was not a customer and is obviously a person who's trying to take advantage of a company to fix a vehicle that was already damaged. We at Fairfield AutoWorks LLC , have always stood in front of any issues if any with respect and delt with issues quickly and respectfully. But we will NOT being taken advantage of.
This experience was awful.When Georgie's did not make ETA, I called to inquire.The dispatcher said it would be another 45 minutes. I asked why. The dispatcher raised his voice and would not let me speak. I asked him not to yell and to be courteous.The dispatcher yelled, "You want me to raise my voice? I'll raise my voice! I'm canceling your service!"Honda Roadside Assistance should stop using George's immediately.
Go here to fix all my cars, get an oil change, or fix my paint if needed. Kind owner and can get the work done fast.
A professional staff capable of an unparalleled caliber of work. The cars from this shop come out absolutely impeccable!!!!
Brought my car here driving, but my transmission was slipping, I bought a new transmission and gave it to the owner to install and when he finished installing the transmission, my car doesn't drive at all, and he still charged me the full price and told me it wasn't his fault. So now I have to tow the car to a different mechanic shop because he messed up my new transmission and claims nothing was his fault. STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE ! I learned my lesson not to go to these unprofessional mechanic shops to try and spend less money.
They are the best! I have been bringing my cars to Stop & Go for years. I recommend them to everybody I know. Great service. Great people.
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.