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When I first went to Cullum I went in knowing that I needed at least a flipper for a missing tooth and knew my insurance would cover it. He then said he should take out two of my healthy teeth and shave down two more to for a bridge instead and was sure that my insurance would cover it. It did seem like he knew what he was talking about so we took some Xrays and he told me that I would have to come back to finish because he didn't have time, there was no one else waiting. This next visit took all of 2 minutes,I got the feeling he was just trying to charge my insurance for another visit. He told me he would send this all in to my insurance and that I would get a call when it went through.5 months later I call the number and got a lady that obviously answers the phone for several different offices and asked where I was in the process of getting my bridge and she said that she would check on the insurance and call me back.6 months later and I call and it goes to voicemail so I leave a voicemail asking about my bridge again,stating that I never received a call back. I waited a week,never got a call back so I called again, it went straight to voicemail. Two more calls, the last voicemail stating I would take my business elsewhere if I didn't receive a call back. Two weeks later I finally get a call back. Rene, who answers the phone (who is usually quite friendly) goes on to blame me for not calling me back because she got confused that I used the word "bridge" and that my insurance would not cover that and that Cullum knows the insurance very well(obviously not) and would have not told me that. She goes on to say to me, what would you know on the wording you're not in the dental business. All of which I was repeating back what Cullum told me. I told her I would not be taking out extra teeth for a flipper and she said that's fine and so I asked again where we were at with my insurance and she said they didn't send anything in so I told her I was going elsewhere.
We were locked out of our home called this company for help. Received fast response and good communications. The company and the locksmith gave the impression they were fully competent and I felt in safe hands. Totally satisfied that the lock was working properly. Highly recommended.
Impeccably clean office and a unique highly trained yet loving staff. I had very little hope my teeth would look great again without spending overwhelming dollars. Well I am happy my wedding will go on because this project didn't break the bank. Thank the entire staff from Cindy and Kim to Julian the assistants and especially the finest Dentist I have had in my 51 years on earth Dr. Ardavan Karami... Get there, you'll be happy you did.
Be very careful, and document everything this man does. He permanently injured my jaw, then refused to see me to help me find a specialist who could help me. Because he wasted my "window" in which my jaw had a chance to heal, I will never be able to fully open my mouth again, that joint is quickly becoming arthritic, and it cost me $5,000 out of my own pocket to find a specialist who could help. He's dangerous. I tried to sue but the CDA protected their own. It's criminal.
I travel quite a distance to see Dr. Kreider. This office is like no other I have ever been to - they make me feel incredibly comfortable and I know they are taking top notch care of me and my family. Dr. Kreider graduated at the top of her class in dental school and is very knowledgeable, thorough, professional and gentle. Dr. Kreider and staff take their time to explain procedures, what's happening in my mouth, insurance, billing and are very accommodating with scheduling. The dental assistants went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable during my last filling appointment and the front desk went the extra mile to make sure my insurance company processed and paid the claim.
In the beginning it was Dr Worley, I loved Dr Worley, when he retired, I thought, oh no where do I go now! It turned out ok, Dr Karami and his wife are wonderful and Terri, my dental hygienist, who sees me for my cleanings is great and the office staff is helpful with insurance and stuff.
First of all, I would like to thank Danelle Anderson, the Regional Manager for Perfect Teeth for solving the problem I had with my upper dentures. She recommended Dr. Venuto who is a fantastic dentist. He remade my upper dentures and I am completely satisfied with them. His dental assistant, Juan, is also great. If you are looking for a dentist, I highly recommend Dr. Venuto. As a matter of fact, I give him, his assistant and the office staff five stars. Again, thanks Danelle.
Worst dental Practice out there. Both my wife and I have gone here and had the worst service. My wife had a cavity and Dr. Rice could fix the issue the first 2 times and on the third time after getting a baby sitter to watch our kids they called while she was in the car and half way there to let her know that Dr. Rice could not be bothered to come in that day and that they would need to reschedule. I had a root canal done here and I scheduled my follow-up appointment to get my crown put in. They never called to confirm appointment and then said that I never scheduled one. Blame put on me for their mistake. We took this as a sign to leave and find a new Dentist. Karen at the front desk is a joke and when I complained about these issues she said well come back in and we'll fix it. Yeah right not going to come back to Hack Dr. Told them that we were not going to pay the bill. Was sent to collections. When we showed them proof that we were having to get all the work redone they claimed they never received the emails from my new dentist and then they took us to court. They ignored my phone calls and told me to talk to the collection agency. When I went that route it took them 2 weeks to get any kind of answer. The Dr. was out of the office or on vacation or just plain lazy. Not a way to treat your customers. Not worth the time. Their facilities are out dated and you kind of feel gross sitting in their chairs. Small little rooms that can barely fit a chair let alone a Dentist and assistant. We had to wait most times in the office for an obscene amount of time to see the dentist or hygienist. Dr. Rice seemed like a nice guy just old and out of it. On one of my wife's visits Dr. Rice had just shown up to the office and seems flustered and out of it and in a rush. Not a great way to make you feel confident in his ability to complete the work.
I've been going to Dr. Venuto at Perfect Teeth for over 10 years. He is fantastic. Everywhere I go I get comments on my white smile. And his hygienist and dental assistants are great. So gentle. I've sent all my friends and co-workers to his office.
I was traveling w/ family on vacation and we had a problem w/ locking the keys in the car. I called several locksmiths that night but RML is the only one that answered the phone and they came right out and helped me out. Very grateful.
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.