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There's still one month of summer left. Before those lazy, hazy days come to an end, use our get-things-done list to make the most of this fleeting season in the sun.
I have been going to Signature Nails for a while, mostly for the convenience, 2 weeks ago the owner called me to ask of i could come in 30 minutes later to accommodate another client without hesitation i said yes. Today i had a10:30 appt but do to the weather my children had a delayed opening. I pulled into the salons parking center 9 minutes late. As i pulled in my phone rang, it was Carol the receptionist telling me they were booked solid and could not accommodate me even after i reminded them that i was more then happy to help them when needed. Needless to say that is not how you treat a loyal customer and i will never again use them or recommend them.
This is my first time coming here and heard the receptionist is a nasty person, I figured I'd give it try. I haven't even made it to the chair to get my nails and she couldn't be anymore uninviting. TERRIBLE business ethic. If I didn't have somewhere to be soon, I'd walk out. Would not reccomend.
I've gone there a couple of times to different people to get a gel manicure. A month ago I wanted to try black nail polish on my nails,I liked them. Today I told the woman I wanted to do black again. when I got out of the car in the sunlight I could see they weren't black. When I compared it to anything black I could see it wasn't pure black like the last time. Being annoyed I called back the place and calmly told the lady that the woman who did my nails put the wrong color on . She spoke to me very nicely and said okay come. I go in there and these 2 ladys are saying no no its black. I said inside it looks black but in the sunlight its not pure black. they were very dismissive and acted very rude to me. I didn't yell I was respectful and talked calmly. Then the lady who did my nails was yelling at who I assume is the manager because she must of been annoyed I complained. When I realized that they weren't going to do anything for me I said okay thank you and walked out.
Don't care about their loyal customersMy daughters & I have been going there for awhile now. Last month after having to go back 3xs due to gel peeling off my nails same day I had them done, Kim fixed them & never said a word??? Next time I went in to get gel again I said Kim why did they keep peeling she then says oh that gels always peels "it's no good"!!!! Really u think u would have told me that after the 2nd or 3rd time!!!! Why would they use gel that is KNOWN BY THEM TO PERL OFF!! Then my daughters wanted a design on all her nails with an extra design on only 2 ring fingers, Kim did design on all then told her she was too busy to do the extra design on 2!!! She was paying for it but Kim had no time, never heard of only giving a customer what u " had time to do"! This after I tipped her $20 for Christmas which she barely mumbled I think thank you??? Not sure with her being so miserable & unfriendly!!! Sorry Tony u lose my business kinda a bad move considering i have myself & 3 daughters who will not be using your salon anymore. Funny thing is I don't think he even cares. Kim is the worse stay away!
GET RID OF KIM! she's rude, tries to be the first one done always, leaving the job done half assed. She doesn't review her work nor do her work as needed for her customer. I have gel nails & they're lifting off 2 days after getting them done becuase she barley put gel on the sides of my nail. One broke so I went to her to get it fixed and she didn't fix it properly at all. Mind you, I've been getting gel & acrylic nails for 4 years. She's horrible & she needs to be fired
Been a customer since opening!Friendly Service, great pricesWouldnt think of going anywhere else
Be careful what you are charged. They charged my card an extra $15 without my authorization and when I questioned it they came up with bogus excuses and placed the blame on the girl who provided my services. I will not step foot in there or refer this salon. Unprofessional and unacceptable.
The workers are very nasty and they do an ok job at best. I would go somewhere else because they completely ruined the expierencce.
This is the best place in town. Reasonably priced and courteous staff. Ask for Tony; don't go to Kim.
If I could give 0 stars, I would. All I can say is do NOT get your nails done here if you do acrylics, gels, or anything besides a basic manicure. I brought my mother here for an early mother's day present, and all I can say was I'm thoroughly disappointed. I'll start with the very few positives: they were able to accommodate me and my mother as soon as we got there, and the pedicures were nice, albeit very rushed once the technicians notices a line forming at the door. My mother enjoyed her basic manicure. I had asked for an acrylic fill, with regular nail-polish in the fashion of a french manicure, with a clear gel top coat. Because I had 3 broken nails I was charged an extra $15 right off the bat ($5 for each nail). Th gel topcoat would be an extra $5. I was told my total would be $55. First of all, even with the broken nails, I have NEVER in my life paid more than $35 for this service, even at the best salons. I knew right away this was going to be a rip-off, but I didn't say anything because it was a special occasion and we wanted to enjoy ourselves. That didn't happen. It started with my nail technician, LYNN-- the WORST technician-- asking me, "You like having ugly nails?" I thought I misheard her. I asked her to come again, she repeated herself, and then I repeated it back to her, so there was no miscommunication. I said, "Of course I don't like ugly nails, why would you ask me that?" To which Lynn replied, "You shouldn't get this, you should get ..." naming some other more expensive product. However, I had already paid for mine and my mothers services. I asked her to stick with the acrylic nails and gel top coat. Lynn was extremely rough when filing, and two of my nails started bleeding. After the painful manicure was done and it was time for color, I noticed Lynn starting to paint my nail with gel COLOR, which I had not asked for. What's more, she put the pink at the tip of my nail and was about to put the white on the whole nail-- the OPPOSITE of a french manicure. I said that was not what I asked for, to please do a traditional french with the white at the tip. Lynn said I HAD asked her to do it that way, and if I wanted it done the other way, it would be another $10. Really? $10 to reverse the colors? At this point I was frustrated, and so was my mother because Lynn was taking so long. I said "Do me a favor, just do the whole nail pink please." Lynn said, "Okay, then that's only $50." Great, I thought, at least I saved $5 on this ridiculously overpriced manicure. Finally when Lynn was finished, I asked her to tell the front desk to refund my $5 since I changed my service and overpaid, and once Lynn found out that I had already paid, she decided that "No, the total is $55," simply because they didn't want to deal with refunding me. Despite all of this aggravation, being insulted, my nails being sloppily painted and cut too short and rounded instead of square like I asked for, I still left her a tip. I was so upset when I left I was almost in tears-- not only was the manicure overpriced, but it came out ugly and what was supposed to be a fun mother's day experience turned out to be stressful and upsetting. I will NEVER go back here again and either will my mother.
Some people use their garages to keep their cars safe. Others use them to store boxes of books and home decorations. No matter how a garage is used, there is one key factor they all must have in common to protect the precious items within: A functional garage door.
There is no shortage of variety when it comes to choosing a garage door. Options include different materials, styles and lifting or opening methods, each with its own unique pros and cons.
When deciding on the right garage door, the first thing to consider is the style.
Garage Door Styles
The two most common styles of garage door include:
The benefits of swing-out doors are their classic look and the ability to keep the garage ceiling clear for added storage space. The major downside of this style is the amount of time it takes to manually lock, unlock, open, and close them. They can be manual or operated by a remote control.
Perhaps the most common and recognizable style is the roll-up garage door. These features are much easier to automate than their swinging counterparts, making them a preferred choice for many homeowners. However, ceiling space must be sacrificed to make room for the door when open. These are typically automatic, but manual models are also available.
Aside from these popular models, homeowners can choose between:
Once you've determined the style of garage door, you can move on to choosing the material. Some considerations you might keep in mind include:
If you're looking for something that will withstand the test of errant basketballs and driver's education students, a vinyl door might be your best bet. These doors are hard to dent or break and don't need much maintenance to keep up their appearance. They are usually built on steel frames with polyurethane insulation and come in a limited variety of colors.
Wood can stand up to plenty of the abuse a garage door may be subject to from time to time. They are also attractive doors with many color options. They can be painted or stained at the factory or on site. One of the biggest downsides to wood garage doors is the upkeep - they may need to be repainted or restained regularly to maintain the color.
Fiberglass doors can break with a strong impact but in general are pretty sturdy. Like vinyl doors, they are built on steel frames and insulated with polyurethane.
Wood composite doors have the same aesthetic advantages of wood doors but are less expensive. They usually have a wood frame and are filled with polyurethane insulation. Some may have fiberboard skins and are designed to closely mimic wood.
It doesn't take much to dent these doors, but they aren't very expensive and require little maintenance. However, they are subject to rust, especially in damper climates.
These doors can also easily dent but don't rust. They are also lightweight, which is ideal for larger garage doors, as more weight on such a large frame could put added stress on the lifting or opening mechanism.
Five basic designs of garage door openers are available to homeowners. Two are relatively recent developments, while the other three are fairly standard and have been around for decades.
One of the biggest advantages of the direct-drive opener is how silent it is. With the motor being the only moving part of this machine, it's said to be the quietest model available. This is one of the newest designs and was developed in Germany.
Another relatively recent design, this model is ideal for a homeowner who wants to keep the ceiling clear for storage. It is set up on the wall closest to the garage door as opposed to on the ceiling, like most garage door openers.
This opener is powered by a motor that rotates a threaded-steel rod on which a trolley rides. It is a relatively quick garage door opener, though most garage doors close at the same rate for safety reasons. Additionally, they are said to be the easiest to maintain, given that they don't involve many moving parts. However, these doors have a history of problems when the temperature quickly changes, and they are noisy. If there is an apartment or office above a garage, screw-driven openers may not be the best option.
These use a chain similar to that of a bicycle. The chain pulls a trolley connected to a bar that lifts the garage door. It can be noisy and cause vibrations, given the metal-to-metal contact, though more recent models are said to be a little bit better about this.
The function of belt-driven openers is the same as chain-driven openers. The only major difference is that instead of metal chains, these door openers are built with a belt made of fiberglass, steel-reinforced rubber, or polyurethane. This brings down the noise level but increases the price.
As with most things mechanical, garage doors may begin to develop problems after a few years of use. Many typical problems are easily identified and, with the right knowledge or help from a professional, aren't too difficult to fix.
Transmitter or Remote Won't Work
The first thing you should check in this instance is the transmitter battery. Dead batteries are often the culprit, though there are other causes seen as well. If the batteries are in good shape, take a look at the cables and tracks to make sure they are clear, clean, and sturdy.
Door Doesn't Close All the Way
If you notice a gap at the bottom of your garage door after closing it, try resetting the close limit. Your door might be set to close at a higher point than the ground. It might also be set too low, and when the door reaches the ground, the sensor reacts in the same way it would if an object was obstructing its path: by retreating upward.
Door Shakes When Opening
This could be caused by debris on the tracks or wheels. Clean these first to see if this is the problem. If not, the springs might be stretched unevenly or worn out.
Door Squeaks When Opening
The rollers are most likely dry and need to be lubricated.
Door Closes Faster Than Usual
A quickly closing garage door could easily become a safety hazard. The problem is usually springs that are too stretched out. They should be replaced by a professional. Working with these large springs can be difficult, and they can quickly turn into dangerous, fast-moving metal whips.
Door Makes a Strange Sound at the Same Point Every Time It's Used
This might mean your tracks are either dented, falling, or otherwise misaligned. This is not just annoying; it's dangerous. Misaligned or damaged tracks can cause the door to cease working or to fall off its tracks. If your door seems to be working fine overall, feel free to inspect the issue further. But if your door is stuck, slanted, or looks unstable, call a professional who will have the right tools to fix the problem.
Door Sticks When Opening or Closing
If you begin to notice this around a change in seasons, check the lubricant on the tracks. Weather patterns will affect lubricant's effectiveness. Dirt or debris on the tracks could also be the cause; make sure they're clear and clean. If the tracks look fine, make sure the doors are hung evenly.
It's not uncommon for a garage door to have a problem or two every once in awhile. But, if the same issue keeps coming up or one cause has led to a variety of problems, it might be time to consider replacing your door altogether.
For someone who's familiar with tackling tough home improvement projects, installing a garage door might be a viable do-it-yourself project. It'll likely take the better part of a Saturday, and it's not a bad idea to ask for help, especially when taking off the old door.
But if you're even a little bit wary of taking on such a large task, reaching out to a professional would probably be a smart move. On average, a new garage door installation will cost around $1,000. Most homeowners end up paying somewhere between $740 and $1,400, including the installation and the door itself.
Likewise, a custom garage door could be a project that an experienced wood or metal worker can take on with the right materials, tools, and knowledge. However, for the amateur DIY-er, contacting a professional might be the best way to go. If you are unfamiliar with the project, the weight alone could prove to be an issue. Depending on the size, it could weigh as much as 200 pounds, though some smaller or uninsulated ones could be less than 100 pounds.
To keep your garage door functional for as long as possible, try to inspect it every so often to ensure everything is working properly. A problem that goes too long without attention can only get worse and wind up costing you more to repair or replace the door.
About once a month, carefully observe the door as you open and close it. If you hear or see anything unusual, take a closer look at it. The regular motion could easily loosen up some of the hardware, so take a few minutes to tighten everything up. Also, be sure that tracks, tires, and other moving parts are properly lubricated.
If your door is painted, make sure it isn't chipped or peeling. Deteriorating paint on a wooden door could let moisture in, which leads to warped doors, while a steel door could rust if water gets in.