Posts by Michael Mounce

3 Ways A Professional Locksmith Can Open Your Safe

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Articles, Business

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...

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Animated Voicemails And Other New And Upcoming Advances In Voicemail Services

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Articles, Business

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...

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

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Articles, Business

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...

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4 Tips For Moving Your Art Collection

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Articles, Business

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...

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

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Articles, Business

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...

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