|Posted on April 27, 2016 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
It has been said to me by somebody in the click-fraud industry that locksmiths are the worst perpetrators of fraud known in the internet world. Add to that the fact that the Tennessee Locksmith Licensing Program cannot enforce the laws for locksmiths at the present time, then you know you simply cannot go online and hire a locksmith without doing your homework. (You do need references, don't you?)
There is a locksmith working in the Manchester, TN and Tullahoma, TN area that has been cited and fined by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance for operating without a proper license. So, the question is this - wouldn't you want to know why a person would not be licensed by the state? And would you really want someone in your home who may not be elegible to have a license? I do not know the answer. However, operating as a locksmith in Tennessee without a locksmth license is a crime.
Just think about it. Why would the state refuse to license a person for locksmith work? Can you think of anything? Why would the state of Tennessee think an individual should not own locksmith tools? Has the person just never bothered with submitting a license application? Is the persona felon? As a comsumer, I'd want to know.
Before you click on a locksmith advertising with a paid ad on Google or Yahoo, call the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance and ask if the locksmith you want to use is licensed. Here is something you need to pay attention to. Go to the Disciplinary Actions Reports for October, 2015 and look under Locksmith Licensing.
REGULATORY BOARDS DISCIPLINARY ACTION REPORT
Respondent: (Go to Google Adwords and then to the Dept. of Commerce site. See if this business has been licensed yet.)
Violation: Unlicensed activity
Action: $500 Civil Penalty
Fraudulent locksmith activity hurts everyone and accounts for almost 30% of all revenues lost by legitimate, law-abiding locksmiths. Be sure that the locksmith you call does have a valid locksmith license and ask the locksmith to show it to you when he arrives.
|Posted on April 2, 2016 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
If you are an individual looking for a locksmith, and if you do a search for "locksmith" in the search engines, the first things that usually pop up are paid locksmith ads.
(Note: People selling locksmith services pay a hefty price when you click on their ads.)
Most of the ads you see will advertise a low service call rate.
(Note: This is how you are hooked, because you are looking for a cheap locksmith.)
When you click on the ad, a person will tell you that, yes, the service call is minimal. But they will also tell you that there will be a small labor charge. What that charge will be, they refuse to say.
(Note: This is how they set you up for an over-charge.)
When the locksmith shows up and completes the work, he will hand you a bill for $375 when your real job was only an $85 job.
(Note: The locksmith is working for a locksmith reseller and he must share half the charges with the reseller. Do you really think such a locksmith can show up and do your work for $42.50?)
When you see the bill, you will protest. The locksmith will then tell you the bill must be paid or he will take you to court tomorrow. His reseller may even call you and threaten you.
(Note: Stand your ground. Offer the criminal $85 and don;t budge. He'll eventually take it and walk away.)
If this happens to you, get the locksmith's license plate number. Report the name of the locksmith company and all supporting documentation to your states Department of Commerce.
|Posted on March 30, 2016 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
If I were a criminal locksmith working Manchester, TN or Tullahoma, TN, and I wanted to use expensive pay-per-click ads as my sole avenue of income, here's what I would do.
I would advertise a ridiculously low service call price somewhere between $10 and $19, even if I had to pay $30 for the click. This way, I would get the click and the phone call from a prospective customer.
I would tell the customer that the service call was $19 and assure him the labor charge would be small. But I'd also tell him that I wouldn't know what the labor charge would be until I started working on his locks. I would make it my motto to never give a customer a firm, upfront price.
After the job was finished, I would tell the customer that his lock job was more involved than most, and that I not only had to rekey the lock, but I also had to replace it. I would find any and every way I could to double-charge the customer and sell him over-priced products he didn't need.
I would jack up the price of the bill by three hundred to four hundred percent over the standard, going rates charged by ethical, local locksmiths. If the customer showed any hesitancy in paying the bill, I would threaten to sue him. More than likely, he would back down and just pay the bill.
I would never use a pre-printed locksmith invoice that showed my address or phone number.
And this is how criminal locksmiths operate. They are never local, they are never honest, they never commit to an upfront price.
But they will always threaten to sue you when you ask why the bill is too high.
You will not find them in your Chamber of Commerce or as members of the Better Business Bureau. Some of them will not have business licenses, valid addresses, or be traceable to any location.
If I wanted to find a criminal locksmith, the first place I would look would be in the pay-per-click section of the search engines. But that doesn't mean all pay-per-click locksmiths are engaging in criminal activity. But still -- I wouldn't hire one!
|Posted on March 19, 2016 at 11:10 PM||comments (0)|
I got a call from a woman in Tullahoma, TN. She wanted me to open her car. She called me after she had taken a crow bar to the top of the door. Luckily, she stoppped using it when she saw the paint get scratched and then notices a small dent in the roof of the car. I would guess that little ding cost her around $400 in repairs. She called me, and I opened her car for a very reasonable price. Now she wishes she had never taken the crow bar to her car door!
|Posted on March 19, 2016 at 11:10 PM||comments (0)|
If you have stripped-out screw holes in your wooden doors or jambs, try inserting a wooden golf tee. Hammer it gently unti lit fits snugly and then break it off flush with the wood. You now will be able to insert the screw and it will hold perfectly! Just remember not to make the golf tee too tight, otherwise, you may split the wood in the jamb.
|Posted on January 16, 2016 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
If you see oil on the floor near your business door, or if you see it dripping down the door frame or down the jamb, you have a bad door closer. The oil you see is called hydraulic fluid, and that fluid is the lifeblood of your closer. If the closer is leaking, forget about repairing it. It's time for a new one. Also, if an inexperienced person has tried to adjust the settings on the closer, and has removed one of the adjustment screws too far, or if he has removed it completely, fluid will shoot out and the closer will be ruined.
Another sign that your closer is going bad is dust and dirt sticking to the closer. That means the fluid is leaking out slowly and creeping along the surface of the closer, thereby attracting dust.
If you see fluid dripping from the closer, or see thick, damp dust, it is time to replace it. If you don't the door will begin to slam; and when commercial doors slam, people can be hurt or maimed. Call David if you need to have your closer adjusted or replaced.
|Posted on January 16, 2016 at 9:15 AM||comments (0)|
The best way to thaw a frozen caf door lock is to spray warm WD-40, or other liquid penetrant of lube, into the lock then quickly nsert your key and open the lock. You can set the can of WD-40 into a sink of hot water to get it warm - but do not put it on the stove or in the microwave! Using a pair of Vice Grips to hold the key whiel you heat it up with a match is just plain stupid. The key will get soft and it will bend easier or break off in the lock. When you use warm WD-40, be sure to spray it enough so that the WD-40 displaces the moisture in the lock.
Your car door locks freeze up when it rains one day and freezes thenext. So, keep the warm WD-40 handy!
|Posted on January 14, 2016 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
I received a call from a business on South Rutherford Boulevard who wanted me to change his locks. When I arrived, he told me he just paid a locksmith $375 to change two locks. He also told me he found the locksmith in a paid ad on a search engine. When the business owner called the number in the ad, the person on the phone would not give him a firm price for the service he needed. When he got the bill from the locksmith, and said he thought it was too high, the locksmith threatnened him with a lawsuit.
If you call a locksmith and he refuses to give you a firm, upfront price for his services, do not request his services. Why? Because there is a chance you will be taken to the cleaners.
Why would a locksmith overcharge a customer? Besides being greedy, a pay-per-click locksmith is someone who has been hired by a person who owns the pay-per-click ad. He splits the cost of the lock job with the person, whoever he is, who owns the ad. Many times, the pay-per-click ads have poorly-educated people working for them and, sometimes, they have to drive vast distances. This isn't always true, however.
Be careful. Never sign an invoice before a job is done, and demand an upfront quote before any work is begun. You'll be glad you did!
|Posted on January 14, 2016 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
A woman in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, called me saying she came home and found her front door open. When I arrived, I saw that the door had sagged and that the knob latch was barely engaging the strike plate on the jamb. All it took to open the door was a stiff, summer breeze. Her door needed to be serviced. I put longer screws into the top hinge and pulled the door back, and then I repositioned the strike. I also sold her a deadbolt lock for the door.
You can test your doors by closing them and jerking on them. If they hold fast, you are in good shape. Loook at the strikes in the jamb. Do the deadboltlocks and strikes line up? If not, you need to adjust them before the door sags more. Call David at A-Best Locksmith for a fair, upfront quote if you need all of your doors and locks adjusted.