BigMike76
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    65
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    22
  • Average rating
    4.2
    4.2 out of 5
  • First Review:
    March 6, 2018
  • Last Review:
    August 20, 2019
 
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      • Review count
        65
      • Helpfulness votes
        22
      • Average rating
        4.2
        4.2 out of 5
      • First Review:
        March 6, 2018
      • Last Review:
        August 20, 2019
       
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          BigMike76's Reviews
           
          This heavy-duty, all-steel, safety glass scraper has plating to ensure smooth operation. The retractable safety scraper with exclusive, intermediate safety blade position keeps the blade from sliding out while in use. Included are 5 replacement single edge blades in a patented plastic dispenser.
           
          from Mesa, AZ
          Age Range:65 or over
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          A decent unit, but the detent feels a little bit crude. I appears to work best by extending the ...
          PostedMarch 29, 2019
          Overall rating 
          4.0 out of 5
          4.0 out of 5
          A decent unit, but the detent feels a little bit crude. I appears to work best by extending the blade all the way, then let it fall back into the detent as you apply pressure to the blade.
          The blade can only be installed from one direction. Not sure why they designed it that way. If you look closely, they have the metal stamped on which way to insert the blade.
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          The Freeman PE4118GF Cordless 20-Volt 4-in-1 18-Gauge 2 in. Flooring Nailer and Stapler with Lithium-Ion Batteries, Case, and Fasteners is the ultimate choice for installing flooring and tackling finish work at the house and job site. Use the 45° nose attachment to install tongue and groove flooring, or remove it for applications such as molding and trim, insulation, plastic sheeting, cabinetry, paneling, and hobbies and crafts. This electric tool is compatible with 18-Gauge brad nails from 3/4 in. to 2 in. and 18-Gauge 1/4 in. narrow crown staples from 3/4 in. to 1-5/8 in. A select fire switch on the side panel toggles between sequential firing for precision or bump firing for speed. The cordless eliminates the need to be tethered to a loud and heavy air compressor. The no mar tip protects your work surface, ensuring professional results for DIYers as well as construction contractors. Upgraded features of this innovative cordless tool include the Freeman F20 Platform (20-Volt instead of 18), battery level indicator lights, a 4 Amp rapid charger up from 1.7 Amp, and a re-engineered nose for less jamming. A 45° flooring attachment, two 20-Volt lithium-ion batteries, a rapid charger, 500 brad nails, 500 staples, adjustment tools, and a blow molded case are included. The Cordless 20-Volt 4-in-1 18-Gauge 2 in. Flooring Nailer and Stapler comes at a fraction of the cost of 4 separate tools, and is covered by Freeman's 1-Year Professional Tool Warranty.
           
          from Mesa, AZ
          Age Range:65 or over
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          PostedMarch 27, 2019
          Overall rating 
          5.0 out of 5
          5.0 out of 5
          A couple key discussion items.
          First, I was questioning if the 18-gauge nails would be sufficient for ¾” oak flooring. My flooring project is still a couple months off at my daughter’s house, but I decided to get gun early, and run some sample pieces. The thinner gauge nails are better for doing less damage which occasionally can split the tongue, which is a definite positive, but I was questioning on the retention power of the thinner nail in the plywood sub-floor. The only ¾” plywood I had was oak veneer, so it may be a little denser that sub-floor, but this is what my tests are based on. I nailed down a couple rows, and used a pry bar to lift them loose. I had no way of measuring the
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          A couple key discussion items.
          First, I was questioning if the 18-gauge nails would be sufficient for ¾” oak flooring. My flooring project is still a couple months off at my daughter’s house, but I decided to get gun early, and run some sample pieces. The thinner gauge nails are better for doing less damage which occasionally can split the tongue, which is a definite positive, but I was questioning on the retention power of the thinner nail in the plywood sub-floor. The only ¾” plywood I had was oak veneer, so it may be a little denser that sub-floor, but this is what my tests are based on. I nailed down a couple rows, and used a pry bar to lift them loose. I had no way of measuring the force, but it seemed ample rigid to me.
          Another discussion item is the decision to buy verses rent. I rented a pneumatic unit about 6 years ago for the hardwood flooring in our previous home. I usually work alone, and the project took longer than I initially thought. A couple factors I wasn’t thinking about. I’m kind of fussy about the wood, and certain boards look better under the kitchen cabinets or in a closet than they do in the middle of the floor. This ate up some extra time sorting boards as I opened the bundles. However, the real kicker was finding some small holes (wood mites). I refused to use these boards. A representive from the mill called me, and explained the kiln temperature is high enough to kill the mites. However, you have no insurance the mites didn’t infect the wood after the kiln. I had a similar problem with wood mites on some regular oak boards. Anyway, my flooring boards were special order, so I needed to order more. (more delays).
          Another discussion item is being cordless. Many times, the hose on pneumatic units can be a pain for snagging on items, so I’m expecting this unit being cordless being a nice blessing.
          The unit has an adaptor to change the 45-degree nailing angle to a straight down nailing position. They suggest you can also use the gun in this capacity for cabinet work and molding with this attachment. While this is true, the gun is kind of heavy, so it won’t be too convenient for those type of applications. Obviously, if you don’t have a lighter gun available, this will work.
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          The X4 Home features a slim and compact charging solution, perfect for keeping your office workspace clutter-free. The X4 Home is accented with a choice of a robust black alloy finish, with an extra-long-6-foot cord for added flexibility. It features 4 USB ports, including 1 Type-C PD port for compatible devices (including laptops) and 3 standard USB-A ports.
           
          from Mesa, AZ
          Age Range:65 or over
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          PostedMarch 24, 2019
          Overall rating 
          5.0 out of 5
          5.0 out of 5
          Actually, I have a “built-in” charging station in a cabinet I made a few years ago, and it works well. However, it is bulky and kind of ugly, but the charging unit itself remains hid. This unit is fairly attractive, and more compact. It will be used when traveling for our cell phones. Like the factory supplied individual chargers, it can handle input voltages 100 to 240 volts, so it’s handy for international travel. I’m going to guess the maximum output power is based on the 240-volt input. For our use, our phones have overnight to charge up, and charging speed has not been an issue.
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          Protect the warranty on KOHLER products, always look for the KOHLER Genuine Parts logo. This flush valve was designed by KOHLER engineers to maintain original product performance and promote product longevity. Replace your old or leaky flush valve with an OEM KOHLER part.
           
          Age Range:65 or over
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Verified Purchase:Yes
          Actually, I have the Santa Rosa toilet, and this is made for the two piece toilet. However, the ...
          PostedMarch 5, 2019
          Overall rating 
          5.0 out of 5
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          Actually, I have the Santa Rosa toilet, and this is made for the two piece toilet. However, the center section is the same, and it fixed my problem. Before I made any changes, I did the test Kohler recommend: mark the water level in the tank, and turn off the supply line and see how fast the water leaks out. In my case, there were times when I had no leakage, then sometimes it would refill in a few hours, and occasionally, it would not shut off at all. I was pretty sure from that info, I had an alignment issue, and the center components should fix it, and it did. I like the looks of the toilet, and the high seat and good flushing power, but I have had multiple issues with the flushing Read More
          Actually, I have the Santa Rosa toilet, and this is made for the two piece toilet. However, the center section is the same, and it fixed my problem. Before I made any changes, I did the test Kohler recommend: mark the water level in the tank, and turn off the supply line and see how fast the water leaks out. In my case, there were times when I had no leakage, then sometimes it would refill in a few hours, and occasionally, it would not shut off at all. I was pretty sure from that info, I had an alignment issue, and the center components should fix it, and it did. I like the looks of the toilet, and the high seat and good flushing power, but I have had multiple issues with the flushing (I have two of these toilets). I'm glad to see Home Depot carry these Kohler parts. They didn't have them about a year ago (at least not my store). Read Less
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          A knife for every job. The stainless steel blades of this Whetstone cutlery set are colored with a food safe, stick resistant coating. Not only do the vivid colors add life to your kitchen, they also help remember which knife was used on meats and vegetables, helping prevent cross contamination. Set includes a chef's knife, bread knife, santoku knife and more. The Magnetic Knife Bar keeps knives safely organized and lets you easily and quickly select the appropriate knife.
           
          from Mesa, AZ
          Age Range:65 or over
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          PostedFebruary 26, 2019
          Overall rating 
          4.0 out of 5
          4.0 out of 5
          We actually have two different “sets” of knives in our house. One is an expensive set which uses steel for the blades, and they have instructions to wash and dry the knives by hand immediately after use. As a result, we don’t use them on a day to day basis. The other “set” is a miss-mash of cheap knives which see the dishwasher. Some of these do rust, and get tossed. We wanted a decent set of knives for everyday use. These are stainless steel, so they should fill that bill nicely.
          I wish the blades had a protective storage cover for them. These knives have a cardboard cover, which won’t last long. The kit does contain a nice magnetic holder for the knives. However, we have a very expensive
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          We actually have two different “sets” of knives in our house. One is an expensive set which uses steel for the blades, and they have instructions to wash and dry the knives by hand immediately after use. As a result, we don’t use them on a day to day basis. The other “set” is a miss-mash of cheap knives which see the dishwasher. Some of these do rust, and get tossed. We wanted a decent set of knives for everyday use. These are stainless steel, so they should fill that bill nicely.
          I wish the blades had a protective storage cover for them. These knives have a cardboard cover, which won’t last long. The kit does contain a nice magnetic holder for the knives. However, we have a very expensive backsplash, and I feel the kitchen looks neater without displaying the knives, so the magnetic holder got transferred out to my work shop.
          The knives are sharp. The colored coating stops about 1/16” from the blade edge, so only bare steel would be involved when sharpening.
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          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?

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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
          Answer: 
          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?

          Asked by
          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
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          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
           
          The Sarasota dining set is a beautiful addition for your outdoor decor. Made from cast aluminum, the set includes 4 dining chairs and 1 mesh table. The features include a mesh back and seat rest and the table also features a patio umbrella opening. The antique bronze finish is neutral to match any outdoor furniture and will hold up in any weather condition. Whether in your backyard, patio, deck or even your restaurant outdoor dining space, you'll enjoy this set for years to come.
           

          Does this set get hot while sitting in the sun?

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          ML
          June 6, 2019
          Does this set get hot while sitting in the sun?
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          BigMike76
          Mesa, AZ
          August 2, 2019
          Answer: 
          We have ours under our pergola so it gets half sun (living down here in hot Phoenix area), and I haven't noticed it being uncomfortable. I suppose it depends on how sensitive you are to heat.
           
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