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Tools of the Trade with Jeff Badzik of Perfection Auto Detail

PEA member Jeff Badzik of Perfection Auto Detail is a long time entrepreneur.  He and a friend started the original car detailing service in the late 1970’s.  The friend went on to work on other things and Jeff eventually started running the business full time.  On March 2nd, Jeff shared with us some of the different tools and products he uses to get the cars he works on squeaky clean!

One tool that gets a lot of use is a special dog hair removal tool (used for a lot of PEA vehicles, apparently!).  Another is a headlight polisher.  Jeff explained that to clean yellowed headlights they sand the headlight with a fine sandpaper, polish with rouge and finish it off with a clear lacquer.  Larry Moore of Larry’s Autoworks commented that compared to $600 to $700 for new headlights, this $60 polishing is a great deal!  Jeff also has special products for removing the hardest stains of all- red stains (like fruit punch).

Jeff uses products that are environmentally friendly, with no perfumes or dyes.  For those especially sensitive to cleaning products, he even has a steam cleaner (also very effective at getting out smoke odors!).  Jeff can also clean tough dirt and industrial fallout with stains and a special fallout remover.  He also recommends Lexal leather conditioner, rather than Armorall, for leather.  Jeff explains that Armorall is fine for tires (which is what it was originally intended for), but shouldn’t be used on dashboards and leather interiors.

Many PEA members attested to the miracles Jeff and Perfection Auto Detail have worked on even disastrously dirty cars!

Member video – How to Pack Wine for Moving

Are you moving your wine collection? Here’s some great tips from Tom Brown and All Reasons Moving on how to pack your wine bottles safely.

Member video – How to Clean Solar Panels

And here’s Randy Mills of Pioneer Services talking about how to clean solar panels.

Member video – Bankruptcy Red Flags

Check out the new video by PEA member Brian Irion, Law Offices of Brian Irion, on trends and red flags in bankruptcy.

Tips for Replacing Your Old Window Screens

by Randy Mills of Pioneer Services

The sun is out and it’s time to open up your home to the great weather and clean air. Once you start opening up the windows you realize that your screen have holes in them and a few screens are bent up or have broken plastic corners and need to be replaced. You can go to the hardware store and make your own or you can call a professional and have them made for you on the spot at your home. Make sure that you have the replacement screens made with mitered corners and metal inserts that will last a lifetime. Many of the original screens that came with the original windows that are available today come with plastic corners that become yellow and brittle over time. Sometimes you barely have to touch them and suddenly your screen folds in  two.  It’s worth your money to have them made correctly so that they will last another 30 years.

You have several choices when it comes to the actual screen mesh you choose. The old metal mesh is available at select dealers but it will eventually oxidize and cause spots to appear on your window glass that requires a mild acid wash to remove. You are better off sticking with fiberglass or pet screen. Fiberglass is now available in charcoal and grey for matching most applications. New fiberglass material is available that are GreenGuard Certified Products.  Both BetterVue and UltraVue fiberglass screen mesh meet these requirements. What is the difference you ask?

BetterVue

10% Better Insect Protection

10% Better Airflow

10 % Clearer View

Same Strength as Standard Fiberglass

Used For Window & Door Screens

UltarVue

20 % Better Insect Protection

15% Better Airflow

15% Clearer View

25% Less Durable Material

Used for Window Screen Only

Those of you who have pets that tear up your screens may want to consider Pet Screen. Pet Screen is 7 times stronger than standard fiberglass screen material. This stuff is as strong as it gets. It is made of strong Vinyl-coated polyester and is available in both black and grey material.

Whatever your needs, we at Pioneer Services can help. We carry all the products discussed above and come to your home to complete the work. Please feel free to give us a call at 650-248-388, fill out a  Request a Bid form or visit our Pioneer Services website for additional information.

Time to Update Your Google Places Page

This week’s tip was contributed by Randy Mills, Pioneer Services.  Randy recently read an article on changes in Google Places pages and how to set up a Google Places page for your business.  It’s a good idea to revisit your Google Places page and update your settings to take advantage of some of these new features.  Randy commented that after reading this article, he updated his Google Places page.  He then took a look at it on Google and realized that Google Places also links to your Yelp reviews. In addition people can leave reviews at Google Places.

The article is available as a hard copy from me if you would like to see the details.

Do you have a tip you would like to pass on to fellow PEA members? Please send it to Executive Director Neal Coogler.

This tip was contributed by Randy Mills, Pioneer Services.  Do you have a tip you would like to pass on to fellow PEA members? Please send it to Executive Director Neal Coogler.

Claim Your Site Today!

PEA member Kim Tucker has a great tip for small business owners looking to improve their Google juice.  Do you have a tip you would like to pass on to fellow PEA members? Please send them to Executive Director Neal Coogler.

Now on to Kim:


Have You Claimed Your Site?

by Kim Tucker, All Reasons Moving

Have you claimed your site?  In most cases your business is already listed on many different sites and all you have to do is “claim” it. It’s FREE!

A good resource is to go to http://getlisted.org. Type in your company name and it will tell you if you have claimed your business on such sites as Google, Bing Yahoo and a few others.  From there you can click on the links and register your business.  Claim your business today!

Back to Neal:

If you are thinking of creating your own blog, check out Kim’s site for a great example of small business blogging. Thanks for the tip, Kim!