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Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
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 went on a Saturday, March 24,I called several times ,got no answer,to my surprise they was closed, I wasted time and gas ,workers was there,no explanation still haven't had crawfish this year 😑
The parts I bought from auto zone for my car was returned to the store for cash and my converters were stolen and my car was filthy with oil everywhere. Also my brand new battery connectors were stolen. But the thing I just could not believe !! Elmer switch my brand new tire & rim with something from a junk yard ( I have pictures ) Elmer lied on the workers and told he was going to put a add in the paper for new mechanics. Elmer even gave me the name of the street where the so called thief live And Elmer promised to order my new tire & rim in four days ??? well it's been over two weeks now and Elmer won't answer the phone or return my calls. Here's a caution for anyone who might trust Elmer with your car, your parts returned for cash or parts kept & stock piled by him to sell to someone else plus labor. And you walk away with junk yard parts on your car. My experience with Elmer has been pure evil ..." the devil himself" and the sad part !! he takes pride in scams but let me encourage any of you who has been a victimized by Elmer's auto repair / E & M Collision at 3210 w 70th Please contact
Very honest and professional for all mechanical needs on my car. They don't do paint and body but will be happy to make a recommendation.
treat yourself right,this place has wonderful food.love the lamb biryani,if you like chinese food you will like biryani 10 times more,try the peshawari nan too.a great little gem of a place.
Took my car in a couple weeks back, another place told me it would cost a little over $2000 to get my car back on the road. So I decided to get a second opinion. Called Joe Rachal Transmissions after a friend told me about a guy named Dale who works there and that's who I needed to talk too. Mr Dale Sims told me to bring my car in and let him look it over, It ONLY cost me $400 and I got my car back THAT DAY. Thank You Mr Dale Sims for not just taking my money. This Shop Is The Very BEST!!!!!!!Sarah B
They are a great shop in Shreveport with professional owners, they take care of the real problem without jacking up their prices. I would highly recommend their shop when you find you are experiencing problems with your car or truck.
DO NOT USE this mechanic. I have a 2006 Suburban. I was staying at KOA next door and took it over for convenience. I was treated rudely and because I was a girl, they thought I was stupid. NO DIAGNOSTICS, NO COMPUTER, and they didn't even pull the rear end pan cover off to check the issue. They only put it on a rack and "looked at" it, then called with a $2400 repair. Calling around and talking with family and other gentlemen, they said if vehicle was driveable, then it could be rebuilt without having to replace everything, with a used rear end that could still have issues. New Cost, $842. They were also over charging me for a pitman arm and upper bearing, which by the way after 2 others looked at, said it was still ok. Oh, for that "look at", I was charged $111.00. Worst off, they said if I drove the vehicle, I could flip and kill myself. Avoid them at all costs. Your pocketbook will appreciate it. Went to Classic. Got it fixed with new parts for 1/3 of the cost.
Hans Gerteis who I've known for over ten years because that's how long he kept my car to restore it is not an honest person. He had to repainted my car THREE times. The last time I asked that he pay for it to repainted again at a reputable body shop, and he refused, lawyers up and won't speak to me anymore. All after I paid him $16,000 to restore.He does a decent job on the mechanicals, but not to be trusted for the body work. Stay away.
This place is a ripoff, I needed a starter replaced for my 2001 Chevy Malibu and he charged me $385.00 and come to find out it wasn't even a brand new one but remanufactured. Please save yourself the trouble and go somewhere
I will never buy any crawfish from this place again more lemon and onion then crawfish I will never go there again
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.