Paintless Dent Removal Huntington Beach

At some point, inevitably, your car gets dinged or dented. While it might not seem worthy of an insurance call or a visit to the body shop, it bothers you every time you see it.

Huntington Beach Paintless Dent Repair

If the damage is smaller than a football, you may be able to bypass the body shop and still get the dents fixed. There are a number of services that offer paintless dent repair in Huntington Beach, or PDR which involves using specialized metal rods and tools to push out small dents from the inside. Unlike with a typical body-shop repair, there is no sanding, body filling or repainting needed. It works best on late-model vehicles, which have stronger bodies and more resilient paint.

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Most services charge by the dent, which is still cheaper than full-body work. Since it doesn’t involve heavy machinery or car repainting, technicians will do repairs at customers’ homes. We put paintless dent repair to the test with four cars with dings, using some nationwide franchises as well as independent operations.

Paintless Dent Pro In Orange County

In the Huntington Beach area, we called a mobile dent repair service call paintlessdentpro.com for a free estimate to fix a baseball-size dent and a couple of door dings of a 2013 Ford. The estimator said the price would depend on the location of the dents; it would be cheaper if they were on the same panel. Of the three dents we had, two were on the same panel.

We were surprised when a truck with a different name pulled up for our appointment. Turns out the company subcontracts out its smaller jobs to a small shop in Huntington Beach Dent Repair. With the car in the driveway, they opened up the panels from underneath and inserted golf-club-size rods behind them, using them to gently massage and push out each area. Within a few minutes, the dents started to disappear. He removed a couple of very small dings at the edge of the door panel at no charge. Roughly an hour later, the dents were gone and the panels smooth to the touch

He tried to fix it again, hitting a small rubber tip with a mallet to reshape the metal around the dent. The dent was really gone this time.

In Orange County, a 1999 Jeep had a golf-ball-size dent in the hood. When we called another Paintless dent repair company said he rarely does home repairs these days. Most of his business comes from body shops and car dealers. He was particularly busy when we called because of damage done to cars by a major hailstorm that recently hit the area.

(While none of the cars we used had hail damage, hail storms turned out to be a problem in a number of areas in the country, increasing wait times for appointments and causing some services we called to refuse at-home repair jobs altogether because of the increase in business. Some services charge on a case-by-case basis, rather than per dent; others won’t take on the problem if the dents are too large or too deep.)

Due to the backlog of storm-related work, we decided to take the car to him for repairs. After 20 minutes of a tap here and a push there, the dent was gone. Mr. Adams noticed a few tiny dings on the hood and removed them at no charge. He also waxed and buffed the entire hood. We were delighted with the service and results.

In Garden Grove, there was a door dent on a 1999 Subaru. I called another paintelss dent repair in Huntington Beach and spoke to the owner, Brian. He said the company would do an onsite estimate and would charge us $20 for it if we decided not to do the repair.

We called on a Monday and he came out to do the repair on Thursday. We had a small dent on one of the passenger doors, which turned out to be in a difficult place to repair because the dent was on top of a beam within the door. They explained that with a normal door dent, he would insert a tool through the window, push it down, and rotate it inside the door to push it out. With our dent, he said if he went down through the window, the amount of leverage required to fix the dent could break the window.

Instead, he opened the door and inserted a tool through a small hole near the door latch, leveraging it to push out the dent. After fixing the dent, he covered up the hole with a rubber plug. He cautioned that sometimes the work could slightly crack the paint. We were satisfied with the results. If we look carefully, we can still tell there’s a bit of a flaw in the paint where the dent was. Though no one would know it was there but us.

 

 

 

Smart Kitchen Updates

Wether you’re the type that turns out elaborate, multi-pot creations, or if you primarily use your kitchen for middle-of-the-night fridge raids, the kitchen is truly the hub of the house. After all, it’s where you prepare your sustenance and create delicious memories for your family. A spot this significant deserves an upgrade or two!

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In this episode of Smart, Simple, Solved, I’ve pinpointed some kitchen gadgets that can make food shopping and cooking more fun – and clean up a breeze.

I’ll show you a fridge magnet that will change grocery list-making forever – and if you have kids, it can finally put an end to you being out of milk and not knowing it. Oh, and you can talk to it, too. There’s also a bright way to light your food beautifully (buh-bye, flickering fluorescents). And there are two tools that make sweeping so much easier on your back that spilling a little flour won’t involve a trip to the chiropractor.

With a kitchen this optimized, even non-cooks might feel inspired to break out a pan, which could add up to less take-out and less pounds on you and your family.

Now that’s some high-tech kitchen magic.

6 Tips for Packing the Perfect Cooler

If you are planning to head to the beaches of Orange County, or one of the park or stadiums near Los Angeles, chances are it will involve a cooler packed with ice cold beverages and delicious food. After spending many summer holidays camping, tailgating and boating, I’ve learned how bad cooler etiquette can crash a party. From soggy sandwiches to waterlogged potato salad, I’ve seen and done it all. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up for conquering cooler chaos.

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GET THE RIGHT COOLER.

It doesn’t have to be fancy, but make sure your cooler has either a handle that secures the lid, a latch or a zipper. The last thing you want is your cooler tipping and everything spilling out. That could be a party foul. This 28-quart cooler packs enough food and beverages for four people. Plus, it doubles as an extra seat.

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 START WITH YOUR BEVERAGES.

Whatever you decide to sip on for the day, add it first. Beverages at the bottom of your cooler will stay colder for longer, and won’t smash your food items. Try to refrigerate or buy beverages that are already cold.

ADD ICE.

You’ll want to ice down your beverages before stacking food on top. I bought one bag of ice for this cooler and it was plenty. If you’re working with warm drinks, add a little water and a dash of rock salt to chill beverages quickly.

TOP IT OFF AND ENJOY YOUR DAY.

Pack your cooler with the remaining ice, but allow enough room for breads, chips and any items that squash easily. You don’t have to add these items, but I like to have everything in one place.

Here is another great use for Ice Coolers… Make a solar powered air conditioner.

 

How to Hire a Restaurant Designer

Hiring an restaurant designer for a new restaurant remodeling project is like a job interview and a date rolled into one. Past experience and expertise are key, but so is vision and overall chemistry between the hiring restaurant and the designer.

However, restaurants aren’t especially prepared for the process of hiring a designer to bring their brands to life and create the type of guest experience they seek. That preparation has a lot to do with having a clear vision and being armed up-front with all of the information that a designer would need to be able to achieve the desired results.

In order to give designers the best direction and insights, restaurant clients need to be able to clearly express what they want, or what they want to change, and why, suggests Brian Singer, owner at a restaurant design and consulting firm in Orange County, CA.

“Restaurants should know all the fundamentals like budget, location, spirit, atmosphere, what’s unique about their restaurant, and what their brand stands for,” adds Tom Mortenson, design architect and senior project manager, in Rockford, Ill.

I asked executives from three diverse restaurant concepts that work with outside designers — for their takes on the hiring process. Read on to learn what works for them.

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“We don’t want to hire who everyone else is hiring,” says Peter Karpinski, Sage’s COO and co-founder. “Younger firms have fresh thinking because they are not pigeonholed, don’t have a templated style and have a lot of flexibility. It’s a trade-off because sometimes they don’t have the maturity and the know-how of a more experienced firm.”

When looking for a new designer for a project, Karpinski interviews up to five firms. “I have them walk us through who they are and what they do and the projects they’ve done in the past,” he says.

He doesn’t prepare much in advance for those initial meetings and doesn’t expect the designers to, either. “I want to meet with people before I really have a specific project in mind,” he says. “My decision-making is not crowded, in that way. It’s more important that we both resonate during this get-to-know-you, and the rest of it comes from there. I want to know if they’ll be able to work with us when we have some difficult challenges or if they will become stubborn. It’s all about a feeling — like going on a date.”

 

Essential to the project was proximity and Faires lived nearby. Many meetings needed to be face-to-face at that point, Smart says, so the two could read each other’s verbal and non-verbal feedback. They could also sit together and look at sketches and really collaborate.

Faires has since moved to New York City, but at this point it doesn’t matter as much, says Smart, since they understand each other and ongoing design work is mostly about fine tuning. But he does need to know they can get hold of each other quickly, he says, as sometimes decisions need to be made on the fly.

Top Restaurant Remodeling in Orange County

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Singer Construction Co. is the premier builder and commercial contractor, specializing in restaurant remodeling in Orange County. We understand the importance of giving your customers a world-class dining experience. Whether you own a fine restaurant, a diner or fast-food franchise, our design team will work with you to create the ideal environment that will keep your customers coming back.

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Singer Construction Co. has helped restaurateurs revitalize their businesses by overseeing full-scale restaurant remodels in Orange County for years. We are one of California’s leading commercial general contractors. Our team of architects, construction professionals, and interior designers work with every one of our clients to execute a restaurant remodeling plan that will facilitate the re-creation of their restaurant. In doing so, we will present an inviting atmosphere, and an unforgettable dining experience for customers while optimizing the efficiency of the operation.

Complete Restaurant Remodeling Experts

Whether you are in the market for a kitchen upgrade, a facelift or a complete redesign, Singer Construction can help you. We offer a variety services to meet any need, including complete restaurant remodels, tenant improvements, appliance installation, and dining area design. We can help with every aspect of a restaurant remodeling project including a storefront, custom features, parking options, and easy access for patrons. We can help to create an ambiance that matches your desired theme and menu offerings. We even assist with the design and installation process from lighting and sound systems to sign boards and decor. Our client portfolio includes fine dining establishments, commercial chains, family dining, cafes, coffee shops, and fast food restaurants throughout Las Vegas.

Experienced Restaurant Remodeling

Singer Construction Co. specializes in phasing restaurant remodels as not to create loss of use or revenue. We offer convenient weekend and after hours scheduling, and are committed to meeting construction deadlines and budgets. We intimately understand ADA and Orange County code requirements, which helps to ensure that each project is completed to specs without unnecessary delays and cost overruns. Let us help improve the look and feel of your establishment and create a pleasurable dining experience for your customers. Call Singer Construction Co. today for a no obligation restaurant remodeling consultation.