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 VOL. 6, ISSUE 12 - DECEMBER 2013

In This Issue

You Can’t Take It With You!

Diamond Certified Preferred Consumer Card


Where Your Firewood is Stored Matters

Consumer Feedback:
Sure Roofing Systems


New Diamond Certified
Companies


Savvy Tips of the Month

Warming Up a Car

Using Surge Protectors

How to Give the Right Feedback


Diamond Certified Quick Links

SAVVY CONSUMER TIPS

DIAMOND CERTIFIED
PREFERRED CONSUMER


DIAMOND CERTIFIED
COMPANIES


PERFORMANCE
GUARANTEE


DIAMOND CERTIFIED
DIFFERENCE



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You Can’t Take It With You!

 
If you're traveling by airplane this holiday season, make sure you're familiar with the TSA's "3-1-1" rule.

The holiday season is here, and many of us are traveling by plane and bringing along food and gifts. If you’re not sure which liquids, aerosols and gels you can and can’t bring through security checkpoints, the basic rule to remember is the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) “3-1-1” rule. Liquids, aerosols and gels must be in containers no larger than 3.4 ounces. These items should be inside 1 quart-sized clear plastic bag, and 1 bag per passenger is allowed in the screening bin. When you pack these items incorrectly, it slows down the checkpoint lines. One time I had sunscreen in an oversized bottle. Another time I forgot about a large jar of boysenberry jelly my mother had given me. Both were confiscated.

The TSA suggests the following items be packed in checked bags, shipped ahead or left at home if they’re larger than 3.4 ounces: perfume, soup, cranberry sauce, maple syrup, gravy, dips and alcoholic beverages. The TSA website states that pies and cakes are allowed but might be subjected to additional screening. (You might want to do your baking after arriving at your destination rather than have agents pawing over your baked goods!) You also might be happy to know that the TSA has relaxed its ban on snow globes. As long as they don’t exceed 3.4 ounces, they can be carried in your quart bag of liquids.

One final reminder: Ski poles, skis and golf bags always have to be checked, while skates and tennis rackets are allowed as carry-ons. For gifts, it’s best to leave them unwrapped or use gift bags.

Travel safely and happy holidays!

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Chris BjorklundChris Bjorklund
The Savvy Consumer
Email: chrisbjorklund@diamondcertified.org
Twitter: twitter.com/ASavvyConsumer
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Diamond Certified Preferred Consumer Card

Diamond Certified® Preferred Customer Card

Have you signed up to become a Diamond Certified Preferred Consumer? Membership is always free and comes with numerous benefits, including a special member hotline, members-only access to additional tools on diamondcertified.org, a double Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee and more. Join now to get a free copy of the 2013 Diamond Certified Directory! Visit www.diamondcertified.org/user/register to get started.
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Where Your Firewood is Stored Matters

 
Don't make the mistake of storing firewood directly against your house — it can lead to a termite infestation.

Many people make the mistake of storing their firewood directly up against the outside of their house. John Kunkel, owner of Termite Police, a Diamond Certified company, says that’s the worst place to put it. Termites are attracted to any kind of wood and can easily move from the firewood right into your siding or foundation. It’s much better to store your wood away from the house, perhaps in a shed.

Here’s another tip from Mr. Kunkel: If you live in an old house and you set firewood down on the hardwood floors, beetles might move right in with the wood. Once these beetles start feasting on your floors, you’ll need professional help to eliminate them. It’s best to keep all firewood away from direct contact with your hardwood floors by placing the logs in a barrel or holder of some kind.

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Kudos from Diamond Certified Consumers

Re: Sure Roofing Systems


Dear Diamond Certified,

I knew I needed some work done on the roof of my building. I didn’t know who to call, so I went through your Directory. I was fortunate enough to contact Sure Roofing Systems.

I cannot say enough about Richard Choy. He took pictures of the roof and showed me what should be done. He was very professional. His working men were clean and the workmanship was everything I hoped for.

If I had another roof that needed work, I would not hesitate to call Sure Roofing Systems.

Sincerely,
S.P., San Francisco

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Diamond Certified ® Only companies rated Highest in Quality earn Diamond Certified


Companies Recently Earning Diamond Certified


CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
Devengenzo Landscaping & General Engineering Inc.

Lafayette - (925) 405-6912

Dr. Carl Hirsch
Walnut Creek - (925) 405-6916

Optometric Center & Eyewear Galleria
San Ramon - (925) 322-6178

MARIN COUNTY
Bragg Plumbing & Heating
Novato - (415) 702-0907
Thomas A Daly Construction
Mill Valley - (415) 493-8993
InHomeIndependence
Novato - (415) 690-7960

NAPA COUNTY
Turner Moving & Storage
Napa - (707) 533-4965
Turner Records Management Services
Napa - (707) 728-5905

SAN FRANCISCO
Professor Plumb
San Francisco - (415) 702-0910

SAN MATEO COUNTY
Dr. Thomas A. Aller Optometrist, Inc.

San Bruno - (650) 918-6953

T & S Auto Repair
San Carlos - (650) 741-0236

SANTA CLARA COUNTY
A Center for Dental Excellence
San Jose - (408) 837-8655
Peninsula Doors, Inc.
Los Gatos - (408) 827-8975

SONOMA COUNTY
CJ’s Mechanical Services Inc.
Santa Rosa - (707) 502-2959
Greenbelt Pest Control, Inc.
Cotati - (707) 820-7925
Performance Tow & Auto Repair
Santa Rosa - (707) 506-6966
Stanley Wood Products Incorporated
Santa Rosa - (707) 574-8945
Thompson Construction
Healdsburg - (707) 506-6915

 

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