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Decide if a traditional water heater is right for you, and how to find the right one.
Decide if a traditional water heater is right for you, and how to find the right one.
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Great breakfast. Service was fast and efficient and the restaurant seemed very clean. Employees are very happy.
I gave this place 1 star because I never received my food. Was there for hour and a half and no food. Ordered a friends food for him because he was not there yet and he got his before mine Finally walked out and went to McDonald's. 1st and last time I go there. Linda & Melissa French are Jokes!
I met my husband here today, after my doctors appt at SJMH, for a quick brunch. He had been hunting all week so we made plans for a quick date before he headed back to the woods.I suggested "Big Boy's" because it's extremely close to St. Joe's and their prices are reasonable.I eat here once or twice every 6 months with my mother when she comes into town.Our waitress today was very pleasant and accommodating. The cashier was also very nice. The food was great. We both had Omelets and coffee and all the sides to-boot. Coffee was refilled before our cups got low. The food proportions were huge!, we both had to ask for "to-go" boxes.I had a chance to talk with the Owner about this YP application and the recent post. It was nice to hear that she was going to try to contact that lady and talk with her about her experience. In my opinion; "Everyone is entitled to a bad day" and I do hope that the owner will be able to get in contact with the previous customer and persuade her to try again in the future.Big Boy's has been around forever; that I can remember. I grew up in Alpena where my grandmother used to go to Big Boy's every Sunday after church to eat.And I do believe that we actually had Easter brunch 1 year with our Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles.Big Boy's has always been a down home nice quiet place to go for any meal.We never have a problem with parking and they do have handicap parking available.I hope you will enjoy your next visit as much as I did.P.S. They have great Banana Cream Pie there too.Kerry Billings
Absolutely rude phone or in person . Disguisting--the 1st person you encounter will be the way u will see the business on all levels! (phyllis semrow - just now) rude bitch should be fired .so, u dont hv gyros? ---find a better way to say that to a potential customer!
The previous 2 times I was there the waitresses took customers who came in after me. The manager was informed the first time. I left the second. Today I gave another chance. I wished to talk to the manager first, he was not there so we ate. When my cousin ordered an additional coney he was served the most disgusting looking coney. They had watered down the chili, the consistency was not the same as the first. It made the bun soggy and was so watered down barely any clung to the hot dog. I had seen the manager come in so I asked to talk him-previously been introduced to him as the manager. The waitress came back and said they have no manager she would handle the problem. She did not hear our issue correctly and kept trying to change our complaint. After 40 years working in food service industry I understand service. I tip 20% sometimes more. They don't need my business.
All these other reviews are five stars but I had the exact opposite experience. Mark came to reroute some pipes in my house and a few weeks later it had burst. So I had Mark come back out and he fixed it. Then it burst again so I called a different plumber and he had to replace the entire thing because Mark's job was so lousy. Do not go to Mark Tait!! He acts like he knows what he's doing but he doesn't.
Love that server Issac!! He is the best!!! Service with him makes you feel like ROYALTY!
I called mark because my water pipe to the bathroom in my mobile home was leaking profusely and having to shut the water off to stop the leak, it quickly became an emergency. Although he had to finish another job first, he kept in contact with me by phone to let me know exactly when he'd be here. He did a very nice job and put all siding back on so it was nice and neat when he left. He's very polite and quite knowledgeable. I am going to have him return to do my ceiling and floor repairs.
I called Mark because I had multiple plumbing issues and I believed that my garbage disposal needed to be replaced. He came right after work that day and addressed all of the things I needed to have done. the garbage disposal just needed a minor adjustment.. He charged a nominal fee and he also offered to fix my front step which had been a hazard since I moved in 10 months ago. I have had quite a few people come out to do work and I have to say that Mark takes great Pride in what he does and it shows in the quality of his work.
Very impressed with Mark's ability to diagnose and fix our plumbing problems. After recently purchasing our home, we discovered issues with pipes freezing to our kitchen sink and bathtub. Although attempts had been made by previous owners to remedy this problem (electric heat, which caught on fire, insulated tape, etc.), the issue had never been properly resolved. Mark came up with a solution that allowed the heat from our furnace/bathroom register to warm the pipes behind the wall. No more freezing pipes. In addition to his ability to diagnose and fix our plumbing problems, we were also impressed with his level of integrity and professionalism. He treated us and the issues in our home like it was his family and his home. We would hire him again in a heartbeat, not just for plumbing, but for any other construction job, which we have a list.
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.