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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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BEWARE!!! If you read the bad reviews here, they are for a reason.. My son hired Maaco in Pearland to handle a full body paint job, repair holes in his door and place a new bumper. He met with Robert and was told this would take 5 days...... He took the truck in Oct.31 and didnt hear from Robert for over a week... When he was told the truck was ready for pick up it was almost 1 MONTH later..... My son went to pick up the truck finally, obviously my son checked out the truck before paying, when he got inside he noticed they broke his overhead compartment and left it in the seat!!! He showed Robert (the manager) and was told " it was like that when it was dropped off". I personally dropped off the truck for my son so I know for a fact it was NOT broke... Robert completely disregarded that they broke this and did not want to make the situation right. I told my son to call the police himself since Robert did not want to make this right.... In the end the police came and my son paid for the initial work done, but Robert was highly unprofessional and could have made this right but putting the truck back exactly how it was when it was dropped off, instead Robert chose to show poor quality customer service too lazy to make a the situation right. DO NOT GO HERE! Go elsewhere
I have been to David Auto a few times with my cars and received exemplary care in a most professional and friendly manner. The owner David personally dealt with me, identified the problems and repaired the damages, making my car look better than a new one. He is professional, knowledgeable, prompt, courteous and very reasonably priced. Last time I took my Mercedes ML 350 after it was hit from behind and had extensive damage. David repaired it to my utmost satisfaction. I have been back to him with a few minor problems and each time he took care of it promptly. I would gladly recommend David Auto to anyone needing work on their automobile, and I can assure you that I was never so pleased with such service anywhere else.
Sean was very helpful with helping me pick the perfect color for my car. The staff was very friendly and did a awesome job on my car. I give high recommendation.
Nice job with the work done. My only reason for 4 stars instead of five is, they kept telling me (three times) it would take them one more day to finish my car. I understand that body work and paint take time, and I am fine with over a week to complete a job, however, I would have liked to be prepared for that length of time when I dropped my vehicle off. I would definitely recommend main street again. Great work on the paint and body work. Thanks!
friendly, helpful, and the best international ATM support of any of my 7 banks. Close to my home and business. Dr. Walker
We've had several excellent meals at the Longhorn, especially the T-bone which is consistently good. Service was generally, good but I had the impression that they had a fair amount of turnover in staff since the waiters seemed to almost always be in training mode. Recommended!
I'm taking my car back for the third time to have blatant paint defects redone. If they ever get it right, I'll never use them again. And the owner acts like he doesn't care about how you're treated.
This bank is THE WORST! No one knows what the hell they're doing! Not one person working there is professional and they could care less about their customers. They let the phones ring off the hook even though they're are multiple people working and the loan officers are never there! Basically, if you don't own a very successful business or have multiple accounts with them then they will not value you as a customer. This bank needs new management and some serious restructuring!
Oscar is a good, reasonable and honest man. My daughter had an unfortunate incident with her car and he took care of the problem. Bless Him!
Very unprofessional and sloppy work. It looks like they just threw paint around and never heard of taping!When I got my car back there was damage done to the trunk of my car and my gas tank lid that was not there before. Bumps in bumper as well! I showed it to the manager he lied and said it was already there and they didn't see it.Isn't their job to access the damages and NOT add more?The paint job was super sloppy! They left pain in the interior of my car which I am unable to get off.It looks like a kindergartener painted my car.I absolutely hate it and would never ever suggest that anyone goes to this location.It takes a real lazy low life to take advantage of people. Some people are just raised with no respect or work ethic!If you want your car done right do NOT go to the Pearland Maaco location. They suck big time, they will take your money and return your car to you anyway they want. I look forward to karma catching up with these incompetent clowns!
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.