Saturday, March 29, 2014

Solano County's Best Electrician: Nick's Electric


Solano County's Best Electrician: Nick Indrieri of Nick's Electric laying out outlets on my kitchen remodel -- Pete Valentino, Valentino Construction.

 
 
Phone: (707) 447-4869


 
 
Our mission is to provide excellent service, knowledge and workmanship to our customers regardless of job size. 
 
We want them to know that their project is as important to us as it is to them. We are committed to provide quality, safe and clean workmanship.
 
We are a family owned and operated company. We have been servicing our community for almost three decades.  
 
Nick followed his father and brothers in the electrical trade and has continued to provide a great service to his many customers. Our specialty is custom homes, remodels, tenant improvements, commercial and electrical service.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Memoirs of a Service Call - Inclinator Co. Of California


It seems that lately we have been seeing requests to check out residential elevators that have been installed and not serviced for 20+ years. This is not to say these requests were because the lifts were inoperable but quite the contrary. These customers have been using that lift consistently over the years and eventually they start making a particular new noise or running differently. All of these units needed little to moderate repair after the initial service inspection.

What kind of residential elevators are these? Back in the 1980’s a man by the name of John Corbett began developing the "Roped Hydraulic" elevator system and what developed was the Cemco Lift company brand of elevator. Our company started installing this type of elevator in 1988. Previously we were installing only the winding drum type of elevator system. The birth of the roped hydraulic system introduced to the industry the first smooth riding (2 speed operation) unit. This system also gave us the ability to easily locate the equipment remotely from the elevator shaft.


As a testimonial, there are probably hundreds of thousands of these Cemco Lifts installed worldwide still running flawlessly today. In my 30 years of experience in the elevator industry, it is virtually unheard of to have an elevator operating flawlessly or a shutdown without maintenance service for more than a couple years. The majority of the older units are in need of expensive rework and are sometimes now being replaced with newer equipment.

The only modernization needed for these old Cemco Lifts are a controller replacement as the computers are now finally starting to fail after 30+ years. We have also witnessed the occasional need to rebuild the hydraulic valves, which is a small fix for such an expensive piece of equipment.

An example of this happened to me recently. I was scheduled to check a unit that had been shut down by the customer for about 3 years. When I arrived at the site, I immediately recognized the house. I repaired the non functioning phone line on a trouble call in the late 1990’s. Here it is 2014 and this elevator hasn’t been serviced, inspected, and was even unused for 3 years. I turned on the power and the unit started up like it had just been asleep for a few years. Of course, upon further examination, I determined the unit needed a through servicing and cleaned all the spider webs out. When I was done, the unit ran as good as the day it was first installed. No leaks or major issues whatsoever.

We still have our hands full these days with the other types of elevators needing more frequent attention as they have proven to last only a few years of neglect before they cease to operate.

What has this to do with the elevators today and the increasing modern technology? Of course manufacturers and sales representatives are going to tell you their state of the art equipment is going to give you years of reliable service. Well, time has proven that the correctly assembled roped hydraulic system can and will last several decades, even if it is severely neglected!!


Cemco Lift is not around anymore, but there are systems being built with the same specifications and quality of the original design of the past. No one can predict how long an elevator system will run reliably but as time has proven, the roped hydraulic system seems to outlast the rest, even with neglect. This is not to promote non-servicing of elevators. Every piece of mechanical equipment needs the occasional inspection, cleaning and lubrication. A lot of our customers have regular service contracts and this proves to be an "insurance policy" for the unit remaining to work flawlessly and consistently. I know from personal experience that when we do regular servicing of the roped hydraulic systems vs the winding drum or traction units, it is a difference of just going over there operation of the lift, cleaning the contacts, tightening lag bolts and ensuring it is working properly vs servicing and having parts fail during the service due to the added fatigue of the service being performed. Case in point, we have yet to ever re cable a roped hydraulic but are constantly replacing the wire ropes or shortening the traction cables!!

Whether you have an elevator in need of servicing or interested in a new installation, call Inclinator Co. of Ca. at (800)201-1212.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Acme Glass Company - Residential Glass

2499-C Martin Road
Fairfield, CA 94534
Phone: 707 422-3626

Acme Glass Company is a full service; family owned and operated glass shop. The Robinson family built their business based on providing superior quality products, workmanship, and service at the best value possible. Acme Glass offers an extensive range of glass items and quality-named brands.
We have been serving businesses and residents in Solano County and surrounding areas since 1968. At Acme Glass each job, big or small is completed skillfully and with care. We are proud of our work and know you will be completely satisfied.
Free Estimates on Home Improvement Projects: Energy Efficient Windows, Bay and Garden Windows, Sliding Patio Doors, Commercial Storefront, Retractable Screens, Screen replacement and repair, Solar Screens, Shower Doors, Pet Doors, French Doors, Colored Glass, Custom Mirrors, Picture Frame Glass, Mirrored Wardrobe Doors, Glass Kitchen Cabinets, Desk or Tabletop Glass, Skylights, Custom Glass, Much More!
For all your glass needs call or visit Acme Glass Company Monday-Friday between 8:00am-5:00pm
Residential Glass
We provide a wide variety of quality products for your Residential Glass needs. Call us to schedule a free, no obligation in home estimate. 

Custom Mirrors (vanities, bars, framed)
Pet Doors
Desk and Tabletop Glass
Mirrored Walls
Patio Doors
Glass Shelving
Mirrored Wardrobe Doors
Cabinet Glass
Bay and Garden Windows
Retractable Screens 
  
If you prefer to do it yourself, we can help you select products and get you moving in the right direction.

Want something unique? If you can envision it, we can work together to make it happen. Bring in your ideas!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

How Many Times Shall We Repair It? It's Time To Replace It!


 
Hender Cement was established in 1992 after 10 years union experience. We have done almost every aspect of concrete work, from small backyards, patios, pool decks, etc.; to almost 10 years of commercial flatwork (driveways/walkways for housing tracks) to multi-million dollar homes.
 
We provide quality work, professionalism, competitive pricing, and all required insurance policies (GL ins. Workers Comp incs.).
 
Contact Jeff Hender at 707-451-3714

Monday, March 17, 2014

Vacaville Pools, Inc Has 20 Years of Experience!

Phone: (707) 448-3405
46 Union Way
Vacaville, CA 95687
Lic # 880372-C53/ ASPS IPSSA

Email:
dave@vacavillepools.com 

Energy Efficient upgrades, Pool Remodels. 20 years of experience. We build new pools, remodel and perform all repairs. Weekly pool service, our company is family run, local company with a focus on customer service.


Testimonial:

"Just a quick not and a little something to express how much I appreciate the work you did on building our pool. We absolutely love it and look forward to years of use.

Thank you for watching over every sub-contractor and making sure that the job was done to my satisfaction. I appreciate your attentativeness to detail and desire to build the best possible product. And most importantly, thank you for keeping me posted on the timeline in light of freakish wet weather we had this year. Without the updates I think I would have gone nuts.

Vacaville Pools will always have free word-of-mouth advertising with me!

Thanks again and I hope you have an opportunity to come by and see the backyard when its finished."


~ Lynell

Friday, March 14, 2014

Valentino Construction Kitchen Remodels

360 Chadbourne Road
Fairfield, CA 94534
License # 726741

Phone: 707-425-1751

Services: Design/Build Residential Remodeling Services
Founded in 1991

Certificates:

Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler (CKBR)

Areas of excellence: Kitchen and Bath Specialists

Valentino Construction has been creating beautiful homes and satisfied customers since 1991. Our design-build remodeling service, producing projects from concept to creation, provides customers with the convenience of communicating with one expert source, eliminating some of the stress that naturally accompanies the remodeling process. We would love to translate your remodeling dreams into reality.

We are a family of dedicated professionals, active in our community and industry, committed to providing exceptional service, design and construction to every client. At Valentino Construction, we work hard to create clients for life by delivering a level of quality, customer care and consistency that builds lasting trust. One of the largest remodelers in the area, we proudly continue to gain the majority of our new business from the referrals of previous satisfied clients.
 
Valentino Construction Kitchen Remodel
 
Kitchens are the heart of most of our homes. How well your kitchen fits your needs determines how happy you are with your home. Does your kitchen work for you? Are there cupboards that you cannot reach? Does your kitchen flow? Is it easy to work in? Has your kitchen aged gracefully? Does your kitchen make you feel pride when visitors drop by?

Kitchen remodels are all about transforming a kitchen that is serviceable but is never a source of pride or the center of your home. Valentino Construction understands how your kitchen needs evolve and change overtime. What was once great for a family of five may no longer work for a family of two. Appliances have dramatically changed with more features in recent years.

It is the time to look at how to turn your kitchen into the show place and heart of your home. Whether simply updating those appliances, installing new cabinets, or looking at a full kitchen makeover, Valentino Construction can provide the expert advice and show you how to create that kitchen of your dreams.



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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Why Customers Enjoy Shopping With Gillespie's Abbey Carpet

OUR STAFF - Our showrooms are staffed with flooring experts who go through continuous training to understand consumer needs, recommend the best possible floor choice based on your needs, lifestyle and budget.  
 
SHOP 24-7 - We have a state-of-the art website where you can view flooring options and get information on how to select a new floor when you want, and where you want.  
 
CONVENIENCE - If you cannot come to our showroom, we will bring the store to you. We will bring samples to your home and provide assistance in selecting the right floor for your needs.



Phone: (707) 427-3773
Fax: (707) 427-8312
360 Chadbourne Road
Fairfield, CA 94534


Gillespie's has been family owned & operated in Fairfield, CA since 1934. Ben & Marcy Gillespie were the original owners until 1975, for a total of 41 years. Gillespie's is currently owned & operated by the Hoover family. Russ & Char, Monte, Craig & Steve. We are celebrating 34 years of ownership this year.

In 1934, Bernard and Marcy Gillespie started the business and operated from their home. In 1941 they built what is now the Daily Republic Newspaper and conducted business there until 1963. The original Gillespie’s was a dry cleaning/laundry business.

In 1963 the Gillespie’s moved their operation to 1363 North Texas Street and started area rug, upholstery, wall to wall carpet as well as drapery cleaning.


In 1975 Russ Hoover and John Hardwick bought the business from the Gillespie’s. At first Monte Hoover, son of Russ Hoover, and John Hardwick were the only employees. Russ was a financial partner and worked weekends for the company.


In 1976 Charlene Hoover came to work as the office manager and Russ started to work full time. Next, Craig and Steve Hoover started working and the whole family was involved.


In 1978 Gillespie’s started performing Water & Fire Restoration work.


In 1980 Gillespie’s added floor covering sales to their list of services and goods.


In 1983 John Hardwick was bought out by Russ and Charlene Hoover and they became sole proprietors.
In 1985 Gillespie’s became a corporation with 10 full time employees, several sub-contractors and part-time employees.

In January 1987 Gillespie’s Carpet Center, Inc. was relocated at 416 Union Ave. Gillespie’s also became an Abbey Carpet member. The old building at 1363 North Texas Street had become too small for the growing business and more space was needed to service the growing communities.

In 1996, Gillespie’s Abbey Carpet made its final move to their current location, a 15,000 sq. ft. custom designed building located at 360 Chadbourne Road.


Russ & Charlene retired in Sept. 2004 & relocated to Chiloquin, Oregon.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Croz Custom Metal Fabrication - 22 Years of Experience!

 
 

Don Crossley

Phone: (707) 580-4727

Fax: (707) 435-WELD (9353)
2903 Banyan Ct.
Fairfield, Ca. 94533

Email: the_croz@hotmail.com

Lic# 920000
C13, C23, C51, C60 - Welding Contractor
Contractors State License Board
Contractor's Bnd #10143914
AMERICAN CONTRACTORS INDEMNITY COMPANY
General Liability Insurance Polity: #39CGL04016-00
Arch Specialty Insurance Co.
Member of the Better Business Bureau

In Business Since 2005: Croz Custom Metal Fabrication has 22-years of experience in the fabrication and metal repair industry. If you have onsite metal crafting or repairs that need immediate assistance. C.c. accepted

Expertise:
  • Commercial Work , Classic restorations, Custom Exhaust, Frames, Structural welding
  • Small to large scale piping jobs that operate under high pressure and temperature service, sanitary welding
  • Platform construction and repairs including redesigning and or replacement
  • Custom fabrication of guards, handrails, safety covers and shields to comply with OSHA and Cal OSHA regulations.
  • Overlay and weld build up using stiletto and other hard facing alloy

  • Testimonials:

    "The level of service and professionalism I received was far beyond anything I had expected. Somehow, I don't think a rating of 'Very Good' is high enough. 'Exceptional' is more like it. Thank you."
    ~ Bradley M., Napa

    "Very quick to respond,and we agreed to have a wrought iron railing made for my home entry. Totally satisfied with the professional results, and have already contacted my neighbors who have similar homes needing railing repair work."~ Janet L., Martinez

    "He was prompt and i was very happy to get my bed fixed. He did a good job."~ Len J., American Canyon

    "What a welder! Don is top notch all the way. He is a master with the TIG gun. I wish I could include a picture of his welds. In addition to his expertise in welding, Don's was very expedient with my time sensitive project, very professional, tidy and efficient. I am glad to have meet Don and will use him in the for all my fabrication needs."~ Mike Peery MK Marine Services Vallejo, Ca.

    "Very professional service from the bidding process to the fabrication and installation. Reasonably priced and completed in the time frame as promised."~ John, Walnut Creek, Ca.

    "Very polite, professional gentleman. Did an exceptional job and I would highly recommend him."~ Alexander, Pleasant Hill, Ca.

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Alpha Alarm & Audio Inc - We Are Dedicated to Our Customers Service and Satisfaction!


    Since 2001 Alpha Alarm & Audio Inc. has been specializing in protecting and simplifying your life. We install and service security systems, fire alarms, surveillance systems, IP surveillance systems and access control in residential, commercial, and municipal settings. Competitive monitoring rates for all of our security and fire alarm systems are always offered as well as many different types of monitoring to fit every customer’s needs.

    From standard monitoring to video verified monitoring, open/close monitoring even taking over the monitoring of many existing alarm panels is available.

    Alpha Alarm & Audio Inc. also specializes in custom installations of home theater, whole home audio, commercial audio/video, lighting control and more!

    With over 20 Yrs. of experience, Alpha Alarm is dedicated to its customers service and satisfaction! Treating every customer like they are our only customer.

    Call Us:

    707-452-8334
    (Solano, Napa, Yolo Counties)

    877-487-6863
    (All other areas)


    Sunday, March 2, 2014

    ABC Plumbing - After You Have Called the Rest, Call the Best

    7699 Hartley Road
    Vacaville, CA 95688
     
    Phone: (707) 452-1364
    Cell: (707) 689-0520


    ABC Plumbing is a family-owned and -operated company. We specialize in all commercial, residential and industrial plumbing maintenance and repair. We proudly serve the following counties and cities with quality plumbing; Solano and Yolo counties, Napa, Fairfield, Dixon, Vacaville, Suisun City, Winters and Woodland. With our knowledge and experience in the plumbing industry, we are confident we will meet and exceed all of your expectations.

    Why Choose Us?
    • We have over 30 years of experience.
    • We have been in business for over 13 years.
    • We explain all of your plumbing problems and go over all of the possible solutions.
    • Our main priority is customer satisfaction.
    • All of our workmanship is guaranteed.
    • There are no overtime charges when doing business with us.