Tip & How-To about Miscellaneous

Need a roofing repair/replacement, plumber, auto, etc.

For all repairs, get a minimum of three estimates. Make sure they are FREE estimates. Sometimes plumbers, and electricians will charge for the estimate and then tell you the cost will be taken off the bill if you hire them. Show them the door. They usually are the most expensive. Also try Angie's List or Home Adviser. Look not only at the price but number of reviews that have been verified. I know Home Advisor does this - they call the individual that had the work done and verify that it was indeed their review of the work performed prior to publishing it online.The ratings are form one to five stars. I've used them in several states and have no vested interest in Home Advisor. If you see five stars, make sure it is based upon more than one review. You'll usually get a call back within an hour or less. The other option I like is do it yourself but that can be tricky depending upon the job and scope, and if you don't know what you're doing it will look unprofessional.

Posted by on

Miscellaneous Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Pride TSS 300 Mobility Chair: Batteries are fully charged, but chair will not turn on.

Where did you get this Model? I would take it back to that place, and have them look at it for FREE! See what estimate it would cost to get it fixed. Sometimes this is a glitch in the Circuit Board that doesn't respond right because the wires are loose. See whether you can get that place to take care of it, or you should find a refurbished Medical Place that can do the right job for you who knows how to do this type of fixing. Do not just accept the first one that gives an estimate. Get three estimates, and also if you don't know where to go. The City should have an Information line some place in the telephone Book and a Phone # that will be attached to being able to help you. Try that first, and don't forget to get those three estimates.Good Luck to you.

May 06, 2017 | Pride Health & Beauty

1 Answer

Is it worth repairing my Samsung UP-D371Wi PAl digital camcorder. When I turn it on the screen is just blue and you cant get any picture. Even when I try and replay the tape it won't do anything either.

It depends on what you spent on it.I will at least give you some cost information.Ship to them...probably $10-$14,free return ship.Parts,minimum 20% markup on parts cost which they will charge.$90 part will cost almost $110.tax $7 min.Labor,$40-$60/hour.Probably minimum 1 hour just from take apart put together,part install,maybe a little more.If you want to,you can send it somewhere and they will give you a free repair estimate but you could waste the shipping if you do not fix.To get a more accurate labor cost,call United Radio Service in Syracuse,NY.I used to work there and I am sure labor has changed since then.They are online and have a toll free #.Anyhow,if you paid like $300-$400 for it,it would probably be best to replace.New warranty and all that too.
Good luck! Greg

Sep 17, 2010 | Samsung Cameras

1 Answer

yes i have an ONKYO TX-SV70PRO that i think just blew the amp.i need to know if it's fixable{i mean parts available} and a guess as to what the cost might be.

Yes it is fixable, the parts are available. The cost can vary, depending on the rates of the shop you take it to and the actual amount of damage that it has.

On average, a blown channel in a receiver will cost anywhere between $120 and $200, most of which are around the middle of that amount. I would expect to pay about $150. This is a very good receiver and is well worth the repair cost in most cases. Almost all service centers will give you an estimate before you commit to paying for a repair. If it is a free estimate, it is usually just a free guess. A paid estimate is always more accurate and will normally save you money in the long run. The reason for that is, if a shop owner gives a free estimate he is not going to have one of his technicians look at it and troubleshoot it. If you refuse the estimate he still must pay his technician if the technician has looked at it. A paid estimate will ensure the lowest cost because it will be more accurate. Free estimates are almost always a higher estimate to make sure they can cover the cost no matter what is wrong. Even if they find something small, they will usually charge you the full estimate that you have approved already. With a paid estimate they do not want to loose the job after committing the technicians time to find out what is wrong. Figuring out what is wrong is more than half the battle. Sometimes a technician must actually fix the problem completely just to be sure there is nothing else wrong and that the estimate will be good. Nobody likes to get an estimate and approve it, then a day or two later get a new estimate because they found something else wrong that they could not detect until the other part of the problem was fixed. It happens all the time, I have been a technician for over 18 years and have seen just about everything. The bottom line is, a paid estimate is better than a free estimate. Plus, when you pay for an estimate the shop will apply that payment towards the total repair cost, so in the end it is a free estimate if you get the unit fixed.


Nov 11, 2008 | Onkyo Audio Players & Recorders

Not finding what you are looking for?

58 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Miscellaneous Experts

Joey Gammon

Level 2 Expert

98 Answers

joe bombardier

Level 1 Expert

13 Answers

Doug Davis

Level 1 Expert

23 Answers

Are you a Miscellaneous Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions