BigMike76
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    4.2
    4.2 out of 5
  • First Review:
    March 6, 2018
  • Last Review:
    August 22, 2019
 
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      • Review count
        68
      • Helpfulness votes
        22
      • Average rating
        4.2
        4.2 out of 5
      • First Review:
        March 6, 2018
      • Last Review:
        August 22, 2019
       
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          BigMike76's Reviews
           
          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.
           
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          I'm giving it a low rating based on the quality vs cost. When I bought it, it had a slight bow t...
          PostedJune 25, 2019
          Overall rating 
          2.0 out of 5
          2.0 out of 5
          No, I do not recommend this product.
          I'm giving it a low rating based on the quality vs cost. When I bought it, it had a slight bow to it, but not too bad. I ripped the board to have trim around some windows, and wanted to paint it. Otherwise, I would have used oak. Anyway, when cut, the board really bowed like crazy. I had a hard time rounding the edges on the router table, since you have to press down very hard to flatten it out enough for it to make a consistent cut. I have a power nailer, so when installing it, I had to use long nails to grip the stud, in order to flatten it out on the wall. I took a picture of one before I nailed it on. The picture looks fairly bad, but it's really much worse when seeing it live. I've done Read More
          I'm giving it a low rating based on the quality vs cost. When I bought it, it had a slight bow to it, but not too bad. I ripped the board to have trim around some windows, and wanted to paint it. Otherwise, I would have used oak. Anyway, when cut, the board really bowed like crazy. I had a hard time rounding the edges on the router table, since you have to press down very hard to flatten it out enough for it to make a consistent cut. I have a power nailer, so when installing it, I had to use long nails to grip the stud, in order to flatten it out on the wall. I took a picture of one before I nailed it on. The picture looks fairly bad, but it's really much worse when seeing it live. I've done projects similar to this in the past, but on those, I bought cheap boards, and managed to get a decent pieces out of them without any noticeable knots, and throw the rest away. I thought this time I'd go first class, and was I ever surprised. I would have been much happier (and less expensive) to use a lower grade of lumber. Read Less
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          The MILWAUKEE M18 FUEL 4-1/2” - 6” Braking Grinder, Slide Switch, Lock-On two battery kit is the highest performing small angle grinder. It generates the power of a 13A corded grinder, brakes all accessories under 3 seconds, and has 6” grinding capacity. The POWERSTATE Brushless Motor provides users with 9,000 RPM and the power equivalent of a 13A corded grinder, delivering industry-leading performance. REDLINK PLUS Intelligence ensures maximum performance and protects the angle grinder from overload, overheating and over discharge. The Rapid Stop Brake feature stops all accessories in under 3 seconds. Providing users high performance, advanced ergonomics and legendary durability, the M18 FUEL 4-1/2” - 6” Braking Grinder is designed to complete the toughest grinding, surface preparation and cutting applications with all 4-1/2” – 6” accessories. The M18 REDLITHIUM HIGH OUTPUT XC6.0 Battery delivers users with more material removed per charge and unmatched run-time in all applications. Tool-free accessory changes using the FIXTEC nut and tool-free guard adjustments mean users will experience less downtime as they work. The cordless angle grinder's grinding wheel is sold separately. The kit includes two M18 REDLITHIUM HIGH OUTPUT XC6.0 Batteries.
           
          from Mesa, AZ
          Age Range:65 or over
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Over the years, I’ve had four different 4.5” grinders (actually 2 were the corded Milwaukee with ...
          PostedJune 18, 2019
          Overall rating 
          5.0 out of 5
          5.0 out of 5
          Over the years, I’ve had four different 4.5” grinders (actually 2 were the corded Milwaukee with the paddle switch). I had multiple homes, and kept a unit at each house, and I had a couple units wear out. Anyway, this grinder is a nice unit. Some of the positive features.
          1. It’ a powerful unit
          2. Being cordless gives you more freedom
          3. The wheel guard is easily adjustable without tools. Pushing a lever allows you to rotate it and a detent holds in in that position. You still have the option to operate without the guard on those unique operations where you need room in that area. Again, this can be done without tools. In the past, I seldom used the guard, as it seemed it was always in
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          Over the years, I’ve had four different 4.5” grinders (actually 2 were the corded Milwaukee with the paddle switch). I had multiple homes, and kept a unit at each house, and I had a couple units wear out. Anyway, this grinder is a nice unit. Some of the positive features.
          1. It’ a powerful unit
          2. Being cordless gives you more freedom
          3. The wheel guard is easily adjustable without tools. Pushing a lever allows you to rotate it and a detent holds in in that position. You still have the option to operate without the guard on those unique operations where you need room in that area. Again, this can be done without tools. In the past, I seldom used the guard, as it seemed it was always in the wrong position.
          4. Unit has a braking system, so the wheel stops fairly quickly when you turn it off. Years ago, I had an accident with one grinder in which I had a chain saw attachment on it. I made the initial cut, turned it off, and was transferring the tool between hands when the spinning wheel trimmed the tip of my finger. Trip to the Emergency Room.
          5. The slide switch give you the option to be “momentary on”, or lock into the on position, and allows an easy touch to turn it off.
          6. A common wheel I use is the 1/16” cut-off wheel, and I had one grinder which would not grip this well. I had to add a spacer under the nut. This unit has no issues with this.
          7. I really like the “power meter” on the battery. Also, all battery tools warn against storing the batteries in a hot environment, but Milwaukee is the only one actually giving the critical temperature, which they list at 120 degrees. We live in the Phoenix area, so we can get 115-degree days. I like this information, as I hate to store batteries inside the house.
          8. The carrying bag is super deluxe. I really like carrying bags when using this type of tools, as you have multiple accessories which you want to have with you.
          9. The retaining nut has a flip up lever to by hand. I have pretty strong fingers, but have not applied high torque to this lever. Not sure it will take lots of torque without distortion. They do have a typical tool for loosening the nut also.
          Possible negative issues:
          1. Unit is obviously heavier than the corded units, but it is well balanced.
          2. This unit is also longer than the corded counterparts. I’ve been thinking back over the
          multiple applications I had over the years, and can’t remember of a time when this would have
          been an issue, but I guess it could be.
          3. The threaded shaft which holds the cutter sticks up 5/8” (above the 1/16” wheel I have
          installed), whereas I have an older corded unit that is only 3/8”. There are times when you like
          to make a deep cut, flush to the blade. Obviously, you can’t do this with any unit, but this is
          somewhat more angled than most. You could stack washers, but then the wheel won’t self
          center. I wish Milwaukee would make an adopter to space the wheel further out. I suppose
          they figure there is an advantage of possibly installing a thicker wheel.

          I’d recommend getting one. I’m sure you will like it.
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          The Milwaukee Hole Dozer Hole Saw features Rip Guard, the strongest tooth form in the industry, backed by the Rip Guard Limited Lifetime Tooth Break Warranty. Each tooth is built with more steel behind the cutting edge for added strength. The Rip Guard warranty on tooth breaks is a first for the hole saw industry. The added tooth strength along with 8% cobalt give added life to the teeth, allowing for increased productivity on the jobsite, as well as continued hole quality. The Hole Dozer includes Plug Jack, an all access slot design that allows for full access during plug removal. The Plug Jack gives access lower into the cup for thick material and higher towards the teeth for thin material. With multiple positions to apply leverage and better plug access, Plug Jack increases productivity and eliminates wasted downtime between holes. For fast, tool-free change-outs, use Milwaukee's universal Quick-Change Arbors 49-56-7240, 49-56-7250 and 49-56-9100.
           
          from Mesa, AZ
          Age Range:65 or over
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          I have a pretty good assortment of hole saws, most of them smaller size. Several of them I inheri...
          PostedMay 30, 2019
          Overall rating 
          5.0 out of 5
          5.0 out of 5
          I have a pretty good assortment of hole saws, most of them smaller size. Several of them I inherited from my father (already a mixed lot), and several I bought, so there are multiple manufactures. The biggest benefit on these saws are the much larger cleanout slot. Cleaning out the plug is often a pain. This is a very nice feature. I was surprised that the kit contained two arbors. The larger arbor has the usual two pins that slide down into the back of the cutter to accept the torque. The pin attachment is held in place with another nut, with an O-ring between it and the saw. I have another brand unit with is kind of nice, as the pin assembly slides down with a detent to hold it in place. Read More
          I have a pretty good assortment of hole saws, most of them smaller size. Several of them I inherited from my father (already a mixed lot), and several I bought, so there are multiple manufactures. The biggest benefit on these saws are the much larger cleanout slot. Cleaning out the plug is often a pain. This is a very nice feature. I was surprised that the kit contained two arbors. The larger arbor has the usual two pins that slide down into the back of the cutter to accept the torque. The pin attachment is held in place with another nut, with an O-ring between it and the saw. I have another brand unit with is kind of nice, as the pin assembly slides down with a detent to hold it in place. This unit is okay, and only takes about 5 seconds longer to secure, so no big deal. A second arbor is included in this kit (this has the smaller thread used on the smaller hole saws). What is surprising is that these hole saws only accept the larger arbor, so this smaller arbor is a spare for your other hole saws. Hole sizes for this kit are 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3 5/8, & 4 ¼ . The backing plate is 0.20” thick, which is good. I have some where they use much lighter material, so the holes used to carry the torque are more prone to mushing.
          The case is a heavy-duty plastic unit, which is lockable, and appears to be water-proof. Apparently, it is also designed to mount on some sort of special holder, and the box has a spring-loaded latch to hold it on that. We live in the Phoenix area, which is dry. Not sure if the sealed compartment is a good idea in a high humidity area. However, my main concern with the case is its bulk. On my other hole saws, I “nest” them in a drawer, and they don’t take up much room. This is what I’ll be doing with my new hole saws. I’ll use the case for another application where the space is better utilized.
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          Aluminum Wireless Speaker has a sleek and sophisticated design. This portable speaker with metallic accents has built-in Bluetooth, aux in, a micro-SD card slot and microphone. The Rechargeable battery keeps you on the go. All of this in a compact design.
           
          from Mesa, AZ
          Age Range:65 or over
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          PostedMay 25, 2019
          Overall rating 
          4.0 out of 5
          4.0 out of 5
          I’m planning on using this speaker in my work shop in the garage. Obviously, don’t expect High Fidelity sound from such a small speaker, but for my application, it is satisfactory.
          Positive features:
          1. It connected via Bluetooth to my I-phone very quickly
          2. I was glad that the speaker sounds about the same when it is upside down. This is desirable for me, as I didn’t want the speaker to fill up with dust. I plan to leave it on a garage shelf all the time.
          Negative issues:
          1. Disappointed the charging unit only has a USB cable. I was hoping I could plug directly into an electrical receptacle. I’ll have to get a charging transformer to plug the USB cable into.
          2. The controls are
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          I’m planning on using this speaker in my work shop in the garage. Obviously, don’t expect High Fidelity sound from such a small speaker, but for my application, it is satisfactory.
          Positive features:
          1. It connected via Bluetooth to my I-phone very quickly
          2. I was glad that the speaker sounds about the same when it is upside down. This is desirable for me, as I didn’t want the speaker to fill up with dust. I plan to leave it on a garage shelf all the time.
          Negative issues:
          1. Disappointed the charging unit only has a USB cable. I was hoping I could plug directly into an electrical receptacle. I’ll have to get a charging transformer to plug the USB cable into.
          2. The controls are “black on black” and about 1/16” tall, so they are difficult to see. I’m sure their main goal was to make it more stylish, which this does, but makes it awkward to use.
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          Meet Oco Motion - Simple Pan-Tilt-Zoom Home Monitoring Security Camera with SD Card and Cloud Storage. Pan-tilt your camera remotely with our App. Monitor everything you care about: your home, children, pets, elderly, business, etc. Setup Oco Motion in less than 60-seconds and access high-definition video remotely with our App. No Monthly Fees required to activate all camera features including motion and sound detection, two-way talk and night vision. Use both Cloud and local SD Card storage and never worry about your internet connection going down.
           
          from Mesa, AZ
          Age Range:65 or over
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          PostedMay 25, 2019
          Overall rating 
          4.0 out of 5
          4.0 out of 5
          I’ve been debating about getting security cameras for some time, and thought this would be a nice, fairly low cost introduction to the experience. Picture quality is pretty good. I have it in the office, and even with the blinds pulled, it still gives good quality picture. It’s best to have it mounted about head high. They include a bracket to install on the wall or ceiling, but that would look kind of crude with the cable hanging down. I have a bookcase which works well, as the camera remains fairly hidden. Their advertising that it takes less a minute to set up is a joke. I guess I spent about an hour on the installation. You have to download an App, and it wasn’t clear which app you need Read More
          I’ve been debating about getting security cameras for some time, and thought this would be a nice, fairly low cost introduction to the experience. Picture quality is pretty good. I have it in the office, and even with the blinds pulled, it still gives good quality picture. It’s best to have it mounted about head high. They include a bracket to install on the wall or ceiling, but that would look kind of crude with the cable hanging down. I have a bookcase which works well, as the camera remains fairly hidden. Their advertising that it takes less a minute to set up is a joke. I guess I spent about an hour on the installation. You have to download an App, and it wasn’t clear which app you need to get. You can turn the camera on and off with your I-phone. It sends e-mails each time it takes a picture, so you definitely need to turn the camera off (with your phone) when you are home, or your e-mail account will fill up fast. They include a decal for the window, alerting people the property has surveillance camera with 24/7 coverage. The decal would have been better if it were designed to install inside the window instead of outside. I’m giving it a 4 star, only because the silly installation time given on the literature, indicating it takes only one minute. It took me that long just to open the box. Otherwise, appears to be a nice unit. Read Less
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          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.
           

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

          Asked by
          Ryans
          August 23, 2019
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          BigMike76
          Mesa, AZ
          August 24, 2019
          Answer: 
          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.
           

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

          Asked by
          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.
          Asked by
          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
           
          The 3-1/2 in. Vertical Spare Parts Kit includes everything you need to replace the components for your vertical blinds, including vane savers, metal-vane carrier clips, valance-return corners and clear valance clips. All parts feature durable construction and provide easy installation.
           

          Where can I buy just the vane clips? Not the vane header. Just the clip that fits into the track ...

          Asked by
          Olucy
          August 17, 2019
          Where can I buy just the vane clips? Not the vane header. Just the clip that fits into the track that the vane slides/hooks on to. Movers pulled a vane off and of course the gripper side of the clip broke off with it! Only need one. Thanks!
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          BigMike76
          Mesa, AZ
          August 19, 2019
          Answer: 
          I spent some time looking for same thing. Actually, this isn't a bad price if they work, just throw away what you don't need. The blinds we had came with the house, and were an odd brand, and these clips would not work for us. I suspect the clips get more brittle with age, and you will probably be failing more in the future. My wife wanted new blinds anyway, so that is the way we finally went (fairly Read More
          I spent some time looking for same thing. Actually, this isn't a bad price if they work, just throw away what you don't need. The blinds we had came with the house, and were an odd brand, and these clips would not work for us. I suspect the clips get more brittle with age, and you will probably be failing more in the future. My wife wanted new blinds anyway, so that is the way we finally went (fairly expensive). You might see if hot melt glue will hold the vane. Read Less
           
          The Lithonia Lighting 8 ft. White Linear Track Lighting Section, allows you to customize your track lighting design. Cut the 120-Volt track to any size you need. This track lighting section is compatible with all Lithonia Lighting and Hampton Bay Linear Track sections, accessories and components.
           

          What are the max number LED heads on an eight foot strip?

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          Jim
          June 2, 2019
          What are the max number LED heads on an eight foot strip?
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          BigMike76
          Mesa, AZ
          August 8, 2019
          Answer: 
          I'm sure this strip would not be the limiting factor. If the amperage of the circuit is near capacity already, the you would be limited. However, with LED drawing such a small amount of electricity, I'd really be surprised. I have two these end to end (16'), and have 8 fixtures on it.
           
          The Lithonia Lighting 8 ft. White Linear Track Lighting Section, allows you to customize your track lighting design. Cut the 120-Volt track to any size you need. This track lighting section is compatible with all Lithonia Lighting and Hampton Bay Linear Track sections, accessories and components.
           

          Can these units be suspended using cables, t bar clips, and live end feed for wiring on a drop ceiling?

          Asked by
          JONATHAN
          August 7, 2019
          Asked by
          BigMike76
          Mesa, AZ
          August 8, 2019
          Answer: 
          Should be okay if the clip is using a small machine screw for the stud. If so, I'd recommend making the stud short (an electrical plyer works nice for this). I don't think you will be able to mount a light fixture directly under the stud, but that shouldn't be an issue. I think an easier approach would be to pre-drill this fixture to match up to your grid work (2' on center?), and then drill a small hole Read More
          Should be okay if the clip is using a small machine screw for the stud. If so, I'd recommend making the stud short (an electrical plyer works nice for this). I don't think you will be able to mount a light fixture directly under the stud, but that shouldn't be an issue. I think an easier approach would be to pre-drill this fixture to match up to your grid work (2' on center?), and then drill a small hole into the grid in order to install a #8 machine screw (Ideally about 3/8" long). I think drilling slightly off center of the grid would yield the strongest result. You will probably need 3 screws for each 8' section. Read Less
           
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