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3 Ways A Professional Locksmith Can Open Your Safe

Posted by Michael Mounce on Sep 9, 2014

Whether you inherited your safe from a late relative, a newly-purchased property, or even from a friend, it’s likely that you have no way of opening it. You’ve spent hours researching DIY safe-cracking methods online, but you’re still unable to open your safe—just like the internet user who recently found himself in a similar situation. Instead of trying to guess your safe’s password, hire a professional locksmith. Your locksmith is likely to use one of these three methods to crack your safe: Lock Drilling Although television shows may have taught you that the best way to open a safe is by holding a stethoscope to its combination lock, your locksmith will tell you that drilling your safe is likely the easiest way to unlock it (aside from knowing the combination or possessing the key). For most modern safes, locksmiths will drill an area of the safe that allows them to peer inside the locking mechanism with a borescope—a thin camera or lens that can be used to see inside small areas. Once a locksmith can see the locking mechanisms inside your safe, they can manipulate them into the unlocked position. In most cases, locksmiths won’t drill directly into the locking bolt due to the presence of a hardplate. Hardplates are designed to destroy nearly every conventional drill bit and are commonly made of tungsten carbide and cobalt alloys. However, if the safe that you own is on the lower end of the quality spectrum, then your locksmith may be...

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Animated Voicemails And Other New And Upcoming Advances In Voicemail Services

Posted by Michael Mounce on Sep 4, 2014

Voicemail answering services can make your small home office look like a large operation, they can help you keep in touch with clients as you travel, and they can help keep your office organized. To improve these functions, developers are constantly working on new ways to improve business answering services. Here is a look at four of the advancements that have recently been released or that are about to hit the market: Voicemail-to-Text Services As a busy professional, you don’t always have the time to dial into your voicemail and listen to your messages, and in some cases, picking up your smartphone to check your auditory messages could even be considered rude. Luckily, a new voicemail-to-text service means that you can get your voicemails while just discretely glancing at your phone. With this service, you don’t even have to call into an answering service to check your messages. Instead, your messages are dispatched straight to your phone. If you want to hear the messages later to pick up on nuance and tone, you can dial into your voicemail service and listen when you have extra time. Visual Voicemail Services Visual voicemails were originally rolled out for personal use, but they have creative business applications as well. To use visual voicemail, you record your message as normal using your voicemail service. Then, you choose a cartoon character and a background theme, and you send the message to the desired recipient. When they receive the message, it shows up like a...

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Are You Naturally Reserved? Here’s How To Hail A Taxi Without Making A Scene

Posted by Michael Mounce on Aug 8, 2014

It might seem impossible to hail a taxi if you are naturally reserved. While other people enjoy whistling and barking like a lunatic, that method of calling a cab doesn’t appeal to you. So, what can you do to get the driver’s attention? Here are a few suggestions that won’t leave you jumping up and down, out of breath, and slightly embarrassed. There’s an App for That Believe it or not, there are a few phone apps available that will help you hail a taxi. They are especially useful if you regularly need assistance because you have to purchase the app. Both passengers and drivers can benefit from this app. Here’s how: Passengers – The passenger – you – use the app to signal your location to taxi drivers. You get a notification when a taxi is on its way to pick you up. You don’t have to wait long for the taxi. And when the taxi nears, you don’t have to exert yourself to catch the driver’s notice, either. Drivers – Taxi drivers who use the app receive notifications when someone is in need of a ride. They then choose whether or not to accept the request. If accepted, a notification is sent to the passenger. Drivers get the benefit of work, even during slow times of the day. Only Hail an Empty Taxi Cab Silly as this bit of advice may seem, a major reason for unsuccessful hailing is that people don’t know when a cab is...

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4 Tips For Moving Your Art Collection

Posted by Michael Mounce on Jul 3, 2014

When you’re planning a move, especially a long distance move, figuring out how best to pack and transport valuable items can be challenging. Collections of paintings and sculptures can pose special problems of their own. Many works of art are delicate and easy to damage. Here are a few tips for getting your art collection safely packed and loaded onto the moving truck, so that it arrives at your new home in the same great shape that it was in at your old home. Arrange an Appraisal When you’re moving a valuable art collection, you should always insure it in case of damage. You never know what might happen while you’re in transit, even if you’re very careful. You can purchase a rider on your homeowner’s insurance policy that will protect your artwork while you’re moving it, but first you need to know the exact value of your collection. You can find this out by hiring an appraiser. Even if you’ve had your art appraised in the past, if it’s been a while, it’s a good idea to have it done again. You should be certain that you’re collection is insured for its full value, which can change over time. You can find an appraiser in the local area through a local art gallery or art dealer. Consider Climate Control Whether you’re hiring movers or renting a truck from a company such as Elite Truck Rental to do the moving yourself, you should consider requesting a moving truck with...

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Turning Trash Into A Tool: Great Everyday Uses For Shredded Paper

Posted by Michael Mounce on Jul 2, 2014

A paper shredder is one the best ways to deal with the unwanted flyers and credit card offers that consistently plague your mailbox. However, when your paper shredder is full, don’t just empty it in the trash! You may not realize it, but you can use shredded paper in many useful ways. Some of these ways even save you money and time. For The Garden Shredded paper has a number of great application for your landscape and plant health. You can: mix shredded paper in with your compost. The paper will decompose with everything else and help better distribute oxygen throughout your pile, improving the quality of the final product. use the paper as a weed barrier in your flower beds. The next time you plant your flowers, lay a thick layer of shredded paper down before filling in the soil. The paper allows the root of your plants to grow well, but as the paper becomes wet, it prevents weed seeds from taking root, or growing up from existing roots. as a growth starter for seeds. Beans, peas, and watermelon will benefit from paper’s ability to hold moisture. You can mix it with potting soil to help give seeds a good start, or forgo the soil altogether when you start your seeds indoors before planting them outside.  use the shredded material in place of sawdust for keeping your strawberries and squash in good health. Strawberries tend to rot if they touch the ground, so a layer of paper...

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Move To The Music: 3 Tips For Moving Your Piano To Your New Home

Posted by Michael Mounce on Jun 11, 2014

Moving is always a chore, but most of the household goods that you’re going to need to pack up and deliver to the new place are at least easy to manage. Packing clothes, dishes, and tchotchkes into boxes is tedious, but not difficult. The problem comes when it’s time to move larger items, like furniture.  Figuring out how to get heavy and awkwardly shaped items from an old residence to a new one is difficult. And the piano has always been one of the most difficult items to move. They’re heavy, awkwardly shaped, and prone to scratches and other damage. If you’re stumped by trying to figure out how you’re going to move your piano, here are some tips that can help. Understand Your Piano If the piano is an heirloom or decoration piece, you may not know exactly what kind of piano it is. Pianos come in all kinds of sizes and shapes, and different pianos require different moving techniques, so it’s important to know what you’re dealing with before you begin the moving process. Most pianos that are found in homes can be divided into one of two different categories: vertical pianos or grand pianos. Within the vertical category, you can find spinet pianos and console, studio, or full size pianos. The spinet pianos are the smallest of the bunch, at a height of only 35 to 37 inches. These are the easiest pianos to move. The other vertical pianos range from 40 inches to 60 inches...

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Learn about the BBB

Learn about the BBB

The BBB, or Better Business Bureau, has been an organization since 1912. They help companies with customer complaints and overall ratings. Learn about the mission of the BBB.

How the BBB Works

How the BBB Works

Many companies are registered with the BBB. They are assigned ratings based on customer feedback, including complaints. The BBB can help mediate with the customer and the business.

Help the Company

Help the Company

When a company is registered with the BBB, that company can get a lot of help. The company can better ratings and take care of complaints through the site.