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H.L Dow Hwy Eliot ME 03903Exeter, NH 03833
I erge you not to take a step into this store. This place is AWFUL with expensive and crappy service. The people in there swear and yell at me all…
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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.
I have been going to Rabih for thirty plus years! It shocks me to read some of these bad reviews. It seems as if other business have been posting on here for their own agenda because out of all the years i've been with Rabih he as never treated me badly in any way.
Mike, the owner of this business is a scam artist at best or the most expensive tiny shop in America at worst. I told him to look over my truck before I drove cross country and he said the oil cooler hose and power steering hose could use changing, but gave no estimate for the work. I dropped the truck off for an hour and a half and got a bill for $629 along with an admission that he damaged my aftermarket Fuel wheel on the lift, but would replace it. I researched the avg dealer cost for this work and it was $300. After multiple trips back he was unable to change out the wheel and had no good reason for why it was more than double the going rate for the work. Never again... take notice the only positive fb reviews are anonymous or just initials. buyer beware!
I have had my Jeep serviced by Rob for more than three years and have never had any problems with anything they have ever done or with what they charged! I was a mechanic for most of my early life and worked as a counter parts salesman for Towers Motor Parts in Nashua NH, a store manager for Auto Electric of Manchester ( now no longer ), a Store Manager for Sanel Auto Parts in Milford NH and for 3 years at VIP in Nashua before becoming a licensed electrician later on. I can't help but feel that these bad reports are not telling the whole story! I will say at the very least they sound malicious!
We purchased a vehicle from the owner of this dealership last December. Our son who is friends with this man's daughter lied straight to our faces when he promised us this car was safe and in good condition. In less than a year we have replaced the tires and brakes (which he claimed to have changed prior to selling it to us), coil pack, battery, wheel barings, alternator and starter. We had to bring the car back to him within two weeks of buying it because it was going through oil like water. Six months after we bought we were told by another mechanic that the car was unable to be aligned because it needed a tie rod. We brought it back to "Al" the owner and he said they were lying to us that there was nothing wrong with it. Well what do you know when we went to register the car guess what happened, it failed inspection for a long list of reasons one of them being its needs a tie road. When we again took it back to Al we were told he is too busy to help us. This man is a liar, a crook and will gladly take your money and place your child in an unsafe vehicle. Stay far away and save yourself the dissapointment, repair bills and quite possibly the devastation of you or someone you care about being hurt in the pieces of crap he will sell you with a smile on his face.
HIGWAY ROBBERY!!! I had my transmission built exactly two years ago in Portsmouth, NH at AAMCO. A few days ago, I started having issues on the highway in Stratham and pulled off and unfortunately ended up at Herb and Rob's to have my car looked at and fixed. They charged me $576.99 for two transmission sensors and an oil change which I didn't need or ask for--he later said it was a mistake and would take it off my bill. Rob charged me $87 for two sensors, $180 for computer diagnostics, $255 for 3 hours of labor and $25 for fluid. I called Paul at AAMCO and he said it is unheard of for two sensors to go at the same time. Only one would have gone. AAMCO's diagnostic fee is FREE, I should have only needed one sensor, and it would have taken AAMCO less than one hour to fix. The only thing that sounded right to him was the $25 fluid charge. I asked him how much he would have charged if he had done the work and he said less than $100 because I was a repeat customer. If I were a new customer, it would have been closer to $200. I WAS TOTALLY RIPPED OFF!! Plus Rob tells me I need a tune up. I think I'll go somewhere else for that, IF I even need it!! Plus he tells me I need a new water pump........mine was replaced less than 1.5 years ago.......I'm glad to see it's people like me that donate to his Benz and Porche fund!!
It is sort of a hole in the wall mechanic shop, but if you know what amount you're willing to spend and your car is not your prized possession (read: you are not the type of driver who buys new cars or vintage models)- I'd recommend it. I have a fairly old car that would have failed inspection at other shops but passed here for a reasonable amount of work/money. That said, if you car still runs, but has a minor hiccup that causes you to fail an inspection- this is the place to bring it.
If I could give Herb & Rob's less than one star, I would. A lot of fast-talking about how much they know followed by a big bill and no results. They failed in violation of state law to give me an estimate and then charged me $250 to diagnose an engine problem and couldn't even tell me what was wrong with it. Then I took it across the street to Ford and for $89 they did a complete diagnostic and came up with the right answer (two cracked valve heads, exhaust gases in the coolant, possible head gasket problem but not likely because the two cylinders with low compression were on opposite sides). Herb and Rob screwed around with my truck for more than four hours and all they could say was one cylinder had low compression (and they didn't even note which one). Their fix was to change the spark plugs (which wasn't a fix at all). I found these guys to be rip-offs. Many times dealerships can give you more accurate answers and even if they charge more, they are going to be there to stand behind their work and they'll do it with the right parts. Steer clear of Herb & Rob's Auto Clinic--- they screwed me and could do the same to you.!
Steve is very knowledgeable about cars and trucks and is an excellent all-around mechanic. He's also personable and takes time to explain things so you don't feel like you're getting a lot of tech talk that you don't understand. He stands behind his work 100%, his prices are very reasonable and his two Yorkies are friendly. He's a one-man shop and so he may not be as fast as a dealership but that's the only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5--not because of his workmanship.
STAY FAR FAR AWAY FROM THIS PLACE! AL WILL STEAL YOUR MONEY AND SPEND IT ON IS DRUG PROBLEMS! ALL OF AL BAILEY'S CARS ARE JUNK HE PICKS UP A ACTION CHEAP AND DUMPS ON HONEST HARDWORKING CONSUMERS. HIS AUTO MECHANIC IS A FELLOW DRUG ADDICT AND WILL RUIN WHAT EVER YOU BUY FROM THIS MAN! BEWARE! BEWARE !BEWARE! WHAT A NIGHTMARE! I AM FILLING A POLICE REPORT!
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.