BigMike76
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    110
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    4.3
    4.3 out of 5
  • First Review:
    March 6, 2018
  • Last Review:
    January 24, 2020
 
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      • Review count
        110
      • Helpfulness votes
        33
      • Average rating
        4.3
        4.3 out of 5
      • First Review:
        March 6, 2018
      • Last Review:
        January 24, 2020
       
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          BigMike76's Reviews
           
          The Makita 4-1/2 in. Segmented Rim Diamond Blade is ideal for general purpose cutting applications including block, brick and cured concrete. The segmented slots are engineered to deliver a faster yet cooler cut. Diamond blades are part of Makita's growing line-up of solutions for concrete applications.
           
          from Mesa, AZ
          Age Range:65 or over
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          PostedOctober 7, 2019
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          This is probably the forth diamond saw blade I’ve had. However, this is the first with the segmented rim. A couple items I noticed. This blade is thinner (approximately 0.80” vs. 0.90”) at the cutting rim. I think this is an advantage, similar to the thin kerf table saw blades. The other difference is the height of the cutting rim. This blade has a ½” ring, vs. 0.25” on my older blade. I’m guessing this is to help give additional clearance to the blade when cutting with a hand held 4.5” grinder. However, I suspect there is another advantage. One of my projects I made bull nose edging on tile, where I needed the tile width wider than what is available in the store. I use one of these grinders Read More
          This is probably the forth diamond saw blade I’ve had. However, this is the first with the segmented rim. A couple items I noticed. This blade is thinner (approximately 0.80” vs. 0.90”) at the cutting rim. I think this is an advantage, similar to the thin kerf table saw blades. The other difference is the height of the cutting rim. This blade has a ½” ring, vs. 0.25” on my older blade. I’m guessing this is to help give additional clearance to the blade when cutting with a hand held 4.5” grinder. However, I suspect there is another advantage. One of my projects I made bull nose edging on tile, where I needed the tile width wider than what is available in the store. I use one of these grinders to basically round over the edge, and finish off the edge with a belt sander. Turns out very nice. I suspect this ½” rim would have some advantage for this too. I also like the 4.5” diameter, vs. the 4” diameter of the other blade. There are times when the extra cutting depth has an advantage. It appears the diamond concentration on the blade is the same as the other units I’ve had. Read Less
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          Aura Bluetooth Smart Lock is a keyless entry electronic deadbolt featuring SmartKey. Using the Kwikset App within Bluetooth range, you can lock/unlock the Aura Smart Lock and program up to 250 user access codes that can be scheduled and customized. The crisp, clean appearance of the Satin Nickel finish adds to the overall look of the product and brings a modern feel.
           
          from Mesa, AZ
          Age Range:65 or over
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          PostedSeptember 30, 2019
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          This is a neat unit. Very attractive. However, in my application, I have a little concern. We have glass panels on the doors, and I’m somewhat concerned about someone just breaking the glass, reaching in and opening the dead bolt. In the past, I’ve used dead bolts that require a key on both the inside and outside, and when we are not on vacation, we leave the key in the door. This is actually no less secure than having a knob to open. However, when we go on vacation, we pull the key. I would have liked it better if that was an option on this lock. I also like the feature that it uses Kwikset’s SmartKey feature (easy to have common keys with the other door locks). If your home was a rental Read More
          This is a neat unit. Very attractive. However, in my application, I have a little concern. We have glass panels on the doors, and I’m somewhat concerned about someone just breaking the glass, reaching in and opening the dead bolt. In the past, I’ve used dead bolts that require a key on both the inside and outside, and when we are not on vacation, we leave the key in the door. This is actually no less secure than having a knob to open. However, when we go on vacation, we pull the key. I would have liked it better if that was an option on this lock. I also like the feature that it uses Kwikset’s SmartKey feature (easy to have common keys with the other door locks). If your home was a rental property (which several of the homes in our resort are), this type of lock would be even more inviting. I wish this would also come in a brass color. Read Less
          Pros: Nice Design, Sturdy, Stylish
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          Gorilla Grip Max RhinoFlex® gloves feature proprietary RhinoFlex® impact protection that is flexible and breathable, delivering protection and all day comfort. The new Max all terrain knit shell tread design with our exclusive Gorilla Grip technology delivers maximum grip in gritty, wet and oily conditions. Size: large. Color: Yellow. Gender: unisex. Age Group: adult.
           
          from Mesa, AZ
          Age Range:65 or over
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          PostedSeptember 29, 2019
          Overall rating 
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          No, I do not recommend this product.
          Negative issues with the gloves:
          1. The size is off by one size. I usually get by with Large. These gloves are XL, and still marginal in size.
          2. The fit around the fingers is tight. I don’t consider my hands fat, and know several people with hands much bigger than mine, but the fingers are too tight.
          3. I used the gloves when I pruned my lemon tree (for those who don’t know it, lemon trees have some sharp thorns). Anyway, the rubber underside of the gloves was basically worthless against the thorns.
          4. At the end of the job, my hands sweat a little (due to the rubber underside). With the gloves fitting so tight around the fingers, they were very difficult to remove. Kind of
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          Negative issues with the gloves:
          1. The size is off by one size. I usually get by with Large. These gloves are XL, and still marginal in size.
          2. The fit around the fingers is tight. I don’t consider my hands fat, and know several people with hands much bigger than mine, but the fingers are too tight.
          3. I used the gloves when I pruned my lemon tree (for those who don’t know it, lemon trees have some sharp thorns). Anyway, the rubber underside of the gloves was basically worthless against the thorns.
          4. At the end of the job, my hands sweat a little (due to the rubber underside). With the gloves fitting so tight around the fingers, they were very difficult to remove. Kind of reminded me of the “Chinese handcuffs” we had when we were kids. The harder you pull the tip of the glove’s fingers, the tighter then went.
          The appearance of gloves is nice. Read Less
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          Firm Grip ANSI A5 Cut resistant gloves provide serious industrial grade cut protection. The performance fitting and breathable knit shell delivers maximum dexterity with all-day comfort that provides grip in any condition. The high visibility color contrasts for low light safety and makes them easy to find in the toolbox or on the jobsite. Size: large. Color: Multi. Gender: unisex. Age Group: adult.
           
          from Mesa, AZ
          Age Range:65 or over
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          PostedSeptember 29, 2019
          Overall rating 
          3.0 out of 5
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          No, I do not recommend this product.
          Negative issues with the gloves:
          1. Gloves are at least one size too small. I got XL, where I normally use Large, and the XL is still tight.
          2. The rubber coating on the underside is kind of stiff. If you need to bend your fingers much, it will start to wear out your hands. I have another cut resistant glove used for wood carving. It is a woven fabric (the slip says it includes stainless steel fibers, but you can’t see them). Anyway, that style of glove is nice and flexible.
          3. The rubber undercoating also makes the gloves warmer.
          An interesting note. I initially put the gloves on when I was in my shop, and my hands were warm. Today, I put them on again for the picture (after being Read More
          Negative issues with the gloves:
          1. Gloves are at least one size too small. I got XL, where I normally use Large, and the XL is still tight.
          2. The rubber coating on the underside is kind of stiff. If you need to bend your fingers much, it will start to wear out your hands. I have another cut resistant glove used for wood carving. It is a woven fabric (the slip says it includes stainless steel fibers, but you can’t see them). Anyway, that style of glove is nice and flexible.
          3. The rubber undercoating also makes the gloves warmer.
          An interesting note. I initially put the gloves on when I was in my shop, and my hands were warm. Today, I put them on again for the picture (after being inside A/C all day), and the tightness was acceptable. Not sure if it was the temperature, or if they stretched some. Still, for a lot of folks, they would still be very snug. Anyway, this was enough to raise my rating from one star to 3 stars. Read Less
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          Designed to lock securely into place with a simple pull of a cord, the Nite Ize CamJam is an easy, knot-free way to tighten, tension, and secure lighter loads of all kinds. Made of sturdy, durable plastic, it features a carabiner clip with a stainless steel gate on 1 end, and a rotating, ridged cam mechanism on the other. Simply anchor the carabiner to any hook, D-ring, or loop, and feed your cord through the cam until you've reached the desired level of tension. Pull firmly, and the cam locks into place and stays that way until you release it by rotating the cam. Easy to adjust and readjust, the CamJam is made to use and reuse hundreds of times, in hundreds of ways. Color: Black.
           
          from Mesa, AZ
          Age Range:65 or over
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          PostedSeptember 25, 2019
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          This is an interesting device. It’s very easy to tighten your strap. The picture on the display card shows it for tightening ropes on a tent. My main usage it tying down articles in the back of my pickup. The information on the card has no suggestion of the strength of these plastic hooks. The cord size is limited to 3/16” diameter, and I normally use ¼” rope. These hooks feel robust, but I’m not sure. I see Home Depot also sells units of the same design that are made of aluminum. If you are normally holding heavy loads, I’d recommend that.
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          The Thrifty White 32 sq. ft. 96 in. x 48 in. Tile Board Panel can be used to add style to more functional spaces in your home. The acrylic coating resists staining, fading and mildew for long-lasting use. Ideal uses are in utility rooms, laundry area and mud rooms.
           

          Would this work on above grade concrete block walls which will have closed foam insulation glued ...

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          needswarmerroom
          December 30, 2019
          Would this work on above grade concrete block walls which will have closed foam insulation glued to the walls and can I glue this to the insulation, which that make the pieces stable or will they bend? I am thinking doing horizontal, wall is 63" x 94" so two horiztonal pieces I can add a chair rail to cover the seam
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          BigMike76
          Mesa, AZ
          December 31, 2019
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          I wouldn't recommend it. I glued some to the back side of some sheetrock (made a cabinet between two studs). I used construction adhesive. I managed to "clamp" it in place, but when I removed the clamp, the material pulled away from the wall, I found out the back side of this material just pulled away from the board. I did a second piece, and this time painted the back side first, to give it some Read More
          I wouldn't recommend it. I glued some to the back side of some sheetrock (made a cabinet between two studs). I used construction adhesive. I managed to "clamp" it in place, but when I removed the clamp, the material pulled away from the wall, I found out the back side of this material just pulled away from the board. I did a second piece, and this time painted the back side first, to give it some strength. This worked. On the front side, I applied some blue painter's tape to one of the side pieces, and when I pulled to tape off, some of the while finish came off also. Had to buy some special paint to match this color, and touch it up. Read Less
           
          Replace your gas grill's damaged hose and regulator with the Universal Parts Regulator with Hose. This regulator features a weather-resistant 23 in. Low-pressure rubber hose and brass fittings for convenient use. Easily attaches to tank without any tools.
           

          What is the btu maximum capacity? The manufacturer must list the maximum flow of the regultor. ...

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          Bug99
          December 16, 2019
          What is the btu maximum capacity? The manufacturer must list the maximum flow of the regultor. Note, it also has a minimum, but many dont list that. Many singe stage are limited to 60,000 BTU
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          BigMike76
          Mesa, AZ
          December 16, 2019
          Answer: 
          These questions usually come to customers and not the manufacturer. I checked mine, and there are no capacity specs like you suggest.
           
          Claymark uses only the finest timber, leading-edge manufacturing processes and the most skilled people to produce our line of clear solid pine boards. Don't settle for anything less than a flawless finish. Because when it comes to quality, there is no compromise.
           

          From one of the pictures, I noticed that some people stain this wood. Does it hold a stain withou...

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          manlystanley
          December 1, 2019
          From one of the pictures, I noticed that some people stain this wood. Does it hold a stain without blotching (like normal pine)?? What stain is best to use.?
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          BigMike76
          Mesa, AZ
          December 9, 2019
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          The proper way to stain pine is to first put on a "stain sealer". Multiple suppliers make this, and it really works great. Without it, you are really taking a chance on staining any pine (as you note, it will probably be blotchy). . MiniWax makes a stain sealer which works nice, but I really don't like their stains. I like an oil base wiping stain. The easiest stain I found for perfect results is Old Read More
          The proper way to stain pine is to first put on a "stain sealer". Multiple suppliers make this, and it really works great. Without it, you are really taking a chance on staining any pine (as you note, it will probably be blotchy). . MiniWax makes a stain sealer which works nice, but I really don't like their stains. I like an oil base wiping stain. The easiest stain I found for perfect results is Old Masters. Read Less
           
          Make a grand statement this season with our 7.5 ft. Pre-Lit LED Swiss Mountain Spruce Artificial Christmas Tree. This stunningly realistic masterpiece boasts 3,404 PVC and PE branch tips, ready to showcase all of your ornaments and holiday decor. It is pre-strung with 600 Twinkly App Controlled RGB LED lights. The power of Twinkly technology lies behind its innovative Computer Vision feature. The app is able to detect the exact position of every single LED through your smartphone camera. After you are done decorating, simply snap a photo in the app to map your environment and create breathtaking effects with perfection and ease. Choose from a huge gallery of eye-catching effects and light up your Christmas with unique animations. Each effect can be easily customized by changing the speed, colors and other key parameters of the animation. You can easily create your own custom effects as well. Choose the color you like and draw whatever your imagination desires. Made with an easy setup, this tree can be assembled in less than 10 minutes. To make the tree look as full as possible, you will need to shape, or fluff, its branches. Fluffing a typical 7.5 ft. tree may take a couple hours the first time, but the results are well worth the time and effort.
           

          Can this tree be set to all red lights? And be fixed

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          Backyardcolo
          November 29, 2019
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          BigMike76
          Mesa, AZ
          December 2, 2019
          Answer: 
          I'm sure it can, but I found the App kind of confusing. They have some built-in programs on the control box. One I thought was super cool was snowflake (white lights cascade down the tree). Real cute, so I didn't spend anymore time studying the App.
           
          Aura Bluetooth Smart Lock is a keyless entry electronic deadbolt featuring SmartKey. Using the Kwikset App within Bluetooth range, you can lock/unlock the Aura Smart Lock and program up to 250 user access codes that can be scheduled and customized. The crisp, clean appearance of the Satin Nickel finish adds to the overall look of the product and brings a modern feel.
           

          How far is the Bluetooth range? I want to get this as a gift, but the recipient works 30 miles f...

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          cmf
          November 24, 2019
          How far is the Bluetooth range? I want to get this as a gift, but the recipient works 30 miles from home - would he be able to unlock the door while at work?
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          BigMike76
          Mesa, AZ
          November 25, 2019
          Answer: 
          No. Bluetooth range is much shorter.
           
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