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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?
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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?
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Not a single second was I confident with these people. Specifically Ray Ray, a family friend of many people we know. This man is a horrible business owner, DIDNT EVEN CALL ME FOR QUESTIONS OR TO TELL ME MY CAR WAS READY. I'm not making a single thing up. DISGUSTED at this Man and his 'business'. AND he was very respected from family friends, even my Father and grandparents... Here is why:I took my car in, he charged 2200 for headgaskets, didnt complete the job (mind you his workers had beers in their hand as I walked up to get my keys) Even Ray Ray was offering other people a beer as he described to me what he had done to 'fix' my car. I have to take my car back 3 more times after this still having the same exact issue I came with... (he also had some teenage kid driving. They stopped at dunkin donuts and left receipts in my car as I was waiting for 10 minutes when he said he was already there. ) The 4th time i take it to Ray Ray he finally does the work he was supposed to the FIRST time and I tell him I am still having the same exact issue and this is an exact quote of what he said to me. "I knew you were going to say this. You know what man, i don't want your money." I only said "OK" and left. This guy did the same thing to my Mother and the fact that my Father trusted him and all of our friends and family take their company vehicles to this man, and he still treated my family like this.. It disgust me. I believe he sabotaged my car as I am now having to fix the timing chain only a few months after seeing him - previously NEVER having any issues... His own Nephew could not believe my experience with him.
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Came down to MB for a weekend getaway and unfortunately ended up having some car trouble. After going to a mainstream auto shop and them quoting me for the repair work ($1800+) I had to find another option! Found Kip and gave him a call and he assured me he could do the work for less than half the price I was quoted, called Saturday and he was there the next morning! (Needed an AC Compressor replaced btw.) He came and fixed it and everything is working great now and most importantly he helped me get back home safely! Great guy and I’d recommend him to everyone!
Paid $6493.47 for an engine with a one year warranty. The engine blew up in a couple of days, they have had my vehicle for 5 months now and are offering me $5352.50 to scrap my entire vehicle. We have paid out mileage to employees for using their own vehicle and have rented vehicles to cover the shortage of this van being out. They are basically asking me to give them over $1100 and drive my van off of a cliff. Honor your warranty or give me a full refund with mileage reimbursement and vehicle rental it's that simple. Spoke with the store manager Jerry, the district manager Mike and now their insurance company. Absolutely ridiculous. Take your broken engine out and just give me what I deserve, a full refund. After 2 months of it being at an NTB store they towed it to Ford, here is Fords statement: "The van was towed to our dealership on 10/13/2017. We were authorized to perform the initial diagnosis by tire kingdom. We had to replace the battery to start the diagnosis and perform a compression test. Found loss of internal compression, internal engine failure. Found cause was the upper radiator hose was not p[roperly installed, it was too long and kinked preventing coolant flow from the radiator to engine causing engine to overheat. Also has a hole in the valve cover, and needs intake manifold replaced. Estimate for repair is $8,800 plus sales tax. If no repairs are performed, the initial diagnosis fee, partial teardown, and new battery is $1058.64. in addition, there is a $30 per day storage fee starting on 10/15/2017."
Kipp came out and did motor mounts and valve cover gaskets on my 2003 vw Passat, he took his time and did a great job all while saving me hundreds of dollars, even over the other local Moblie mechanics, and I got to sit at home and do the things I needed to get done while my car was being fixed! I will definitely be using Kipp for all my auto repair and maintenance needs!
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We needed a new lock for the front gate. I called around and nobody was able to come by for a couple of days...until I called My Locksmith PRO. These guys were able to come by in under an hour and replaced the lock under 5 minutes. Great service, great attitude and great price. Can't ask for anything more. Thank you guys!
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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.