BigMike76
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    92
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    4.2
    4.2 out of 5
  • First Review:
    March 6, 2018
  • Last Review:
    October 8, 2019
 
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      • Review count
        92
      • Helpfulness votes
        25
      • Average rating
        4.2
        4.2 out of 5
      • First Review:
        March 6, 2018
      • Last Review:
        October 8, 2019
       
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          BigMike76's Reviews
           
          The MILWAUKEE® 4 Piece Drywall Screw Setters provide ideal depth control when installing drywall. The adjustable screw depth setters have a collar that automatically stops the tool from overdriving, providing users with consistent screw depths while preventing damage to the drywall. The drywall screw setter bits are insert style featuring a 1/4" hex shank intended for use in Milwaukee Drill Drivers.
           
          from Mesa, AZ
          Age Range:65 or over
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          PostedOctober 8, 2019
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          About 25 years ago, I had a special drywall screw gun. Can’t remember why I didn’t like it, but I got rid of it. It was a corded unit, and that may have been the main objection. Anyway, since then I always just used a standard cordless drill with a Phillips head driver. Yes, occasionally the screw got driven in too deep. I also kept the drill handy when I put the first coat of plaster on, as I could still give the screw another half turn in, so it would be below the surface. A little awkward. One of the big advantages of the bit holder was the sliding sleeve which held the screw in position while I powered the drill. A nice improvement to these drywall screw setters would be to design it so Read More
          About 25 years ago, I had a special drywall screw gun. Can’t remember why I didn’t like it, but I got rid of it. It was a corded unit, and that may have been the main objection. Anyway, since then I always just used a standard cordless drill with a Phillips head driver. Yes, occasionally the screw got driven in too deep. I also kept the drill handy when I put the first coat of plaster on, as I could still give the screw another half turn in, so it would be below the surface. A little awkward. One of the big advantages of the bit holder was the sliding sleeve which held the screw in position while I powered the drill. A nice improvement to these drywall screw setters would be to design it so it had a slideable sleeve, or at least magnetize them to hold the screw better. Still, not a bad tool. Read Less
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          This Orbit 3/4 in. Plastic FPT Automatic Anti-Siphon Zone Valve checks, back-flushes and prevents contaminants from entering your household water supply. The flow control adjustment lever helps reduce sprinkler fogging and overspray.
           
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
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          My older Orbit valve developed a leak out of the Anti-Siphon valve. I couldn't find a seal kit f...
          PostedOctober 8, 2019
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          My older Orbit valve developed a leak out of the Anti-Siphon valve. I couldn't find a seal kit for that model, so had to buy a new unit. Glad they are not too expensive. The initial installation was hard plumbed, so it was a fair amount of work to install this new one. I now have couplers, so any future replacement will be a snap.
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          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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          From light tasks to heavy-duty projects, Gorilla Grip patented gloves are your go-to. These gloves are specialized for maximum durability, dexterity and guarantees a never-slip grip. Gorilla Grip gloves are constructed of nylon and dipped with a specialized coating to keep your hands protected no matter the application wet, dry or oily, we have you covered. 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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          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.
           

          Can you paint this.

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          Toppr
          February 11, 2019
          Can you paint this.
          Asked by
          BigMike76
          August 27, 2019
          Answer: 
          The paint would not be very durable on this surface.
           
          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.
           

          I was told that there is a 4x8' board at Home Depot that can double as a dry erase board and is u...

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          DIYgirl
          February 20, 2019
          I was told that there is a 4x8' board at Home Depot that can double as a dry erase board and is under $20. Is this the one? Thanks!!
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          BigMike76
          August 27, 2019
          Answer: 
          I'm sure it would work fine for this.
           
          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.
           

          Can this be cut easily? I only need 88"x 48"

          Asked by
          gone2dogs
          March 2, 2019
          Can this be cut easily? I only need 88"x 48"
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          BigMike76
          August 27, 2019
          Answer: 
          cuts very easily, best with power tools
           
          Homax 25 oz. Wall orange peel Spray Texture features an oil-based formula with a 5 minute dry time allowing the user to quickly complete a wall repair. The special formulation is designed to patch a variety of Orange Peel wall textures using the patented adjustable nozzle. Provides an invisible repair and matches the exact texture applied without the use of tools, hopper gun and compressor or calling in a sub. Coverage depends on application: heavy orange peel covers up to 50 sq. ft. medium orange peel covers up to 75 sq. ft.; fine orange peel covers up to 110 sq. ft. Ventilate area well and protect surrounding area. See video on Homedepot.com for complete application details. Color: White.
           

          Can this be used on exterior walls to repair cracks in stucco?

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          Ryans
          August 23, 2019
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          BigMike76
          Mesa, AZ
          August 24, 2019
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          Interesting thought. I'm afraid this texture would not match, as the orange peal finish is more of a soft finish, where as the stucco (being made with high content of sand) is a rougher finish. Home Depot does sell stucco patch, but it's not spray on. It would be nice if that was an option. Not sure if the stucco patch is a sand base, but you would want that. Obviously, you can buy a bag of stucco mix, Read More
          Interesting thought. I'm afraid this texture would not match, as the orange peal finish is more of a soft finish, where as the stucco (being made with high content of sand) is a rougher finish. Home Depot does sell stucco patch, but it's not spray on. It would be nice if that was an option. Not sure if the stucco patch is a sand base, but you would want that. Obviously, you can buy a bag of stucco mix, but I'm sure it would be more than you want. If you go this direction, I'd use a sponge to "dap" the finish on, and wash away the excess stucco on either side of the crack before it dries.
          If you decide to use wall texture, I think I'd lean toward the water base instead of the oil base. You will be painting either one, which should make it water resistant, but with the water base, you will be able to wash away the excess plaster on both sides of the repair after it dries, which I think will do a better job of hiding the repair. Also, I'd practice on a piece of scrap material, to see if this indeed is the texture you want. We live in Arizona, with lots of stucco homes, and I've never seen a stucco wall that had this soft orange peel finish. However, if the crack is narrow, and you can successfully wash away the plaster from the sides, then this may be an option. Read Less
           
          A fast-setting, lightweight, polymer-modified, cement-based grout that offers consistent color without mottling or shading, regardless of tile type, temperature or humidity. Creates dense joints that provide more stain resistance than standard cement grouts. Cures quickly and develops high early-strength to accommodate grout joints from 1/16 in. to 1/2 in. Prism may be used for interior or exterior installations, including floors, countertops, walls, ceilings, showers, fountains and pools. Color: Delorean Gray.
           

          Can this be applied over old grout to fill cracks, chips and gaps?

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          emm
          Wyoming
          August 23, 2016
          The old grout job cleared too much grout between the tiles and it should really be refilled or be topped off with new grout. I would never bother to chip out the old grout, but I would consider going to the effort of applying fresh grout on top of the old if I have some chance at sucess.
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          BigMike76
          August 20, 2019
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          I think the chance of success is slim. If you had a minimum depth of about 0.1", or if the spacing is less than this, then perhaps the depth could match the spacing. Keep in mind your old floor will have had a sealer on it, which would also have a negative effect on the bonding. A nice tool for this project is an oscillating saw, with a special blade for grout removal. Easy to use and works pretty Read More
          I think the chance of success is slim. If you had a minimum depth of about 0.1", or if the spacing is less than this, then perhaps the depth could match the spacing. Keep in mind your old floor will have had a sealer on it, which would also have a negative effect on the bonding. A nice tool for this project is an oscillating saw, with a special blade for grout removal. Easy to use and works pretty fast, and then you will have a nice clean joint to work with. Read Less
           
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