Steve
  • Review count
    343
  • Helpfulness votes
    1,295
  • Average rating
    4.4
    4.4 out of 5
  • First Review:
    September 6, 2011
  • Last Review:
    January 8, 2020
 
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      Activity Summary
       
      • Review count
        343
      • Helpfulness votes
        1,295
      • Average rating
        4.4
        4.4 out of 5
      • First Review:
        September 6, 2011
      • Last Review:
        January 8, 2020
       
      • Question count
        1
         
        • Answer count
          114
           
           
           
           
          Steve's Reviews
           
          Add a little personality to your home decor with this White Glass Saucer Pendant. Beautifully composed shade accents the included vintage-style Marconi-shaped bulb for a visual contrast. Includes easy-installation manual and contrasting dark-bronze hardware. Requires Phillips and flathead screwdrivers for assembly (not included). UL-listed.
           
          from Los Angeles, CA, USA
          Age Range:25 to 34
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          A nice little lamp, but for a very specific space
          PostedOctober 29, 2012
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          STYLE/DESIGN:
          I chose this lamp because of what i THOUGH it would look like. Once it was installed in place, however, it didn't really satisfy me. I'm not a design expert by any means, and perhaps i just don't have the right type of space for it. But it just seems like it really needs just the right spot to really make it shine . If you have it hanging too low, like over a counter or a bar, i could see it easily break. But if it's too high close to the ceiling, it looks small, and out of place. I'm not sold on the style & design, but this is just a personal preference. It would fit well in an antique or rustic space.
          INSTALLATION:
          The installation was a breeze. Included instructions were
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          STYLE/DESIGN:
          I chose this lamp because of what i THOUGH it would look like. Once it was installed in place, however, it didn't really satisfy me. I'm not a design expert by any means, and perhaps i just don't have the right type of space for it. But it just seems like it really needs just the right spot to really make it shine . If you have it hanging too low, like over a counter or a bar, i could see it easily break. But if it's too high close to the ceiling, it looks small, and out of place. I'm not sold on the style & design, but this is just a personal preference. It would fit well in an antique or rustic space.
          INSTALLATION:
          The installation was a breeze. Included instructions were completely unnecessary. If you've ever replaced any light fixture before, you can do this in the blink of an eye. Took me 5 minutes.
          PACKAGING/EXTRAS:
          The packaging could use improvement. When i opened the box, all of the screws and nuts were strewn around inside the box, instead of being in a bag. The main wire and fixture seemed to be kind of just running loose as well. Other than the AWESOME Marconi-style light bulb, there was nothing special here.
          BUILD:
          The cable for the lamp is a thick weaved shield, which is both durable and aesthetically pleasing. It is plenty long for all but the tallest ceilings. The construction of the actual lamp, however, could use some improvement. The large plastic nut that holds the glass in place has threads which are too big, and hence cause the nut not to sit flush against the bottom of the glass. This results in the glass dome sitting a little bit crooked. It's noticeable up close, but not far away. In addition, the light-bulb socket also was crooked, causing the light-bulb to sit askew as well.
          Overall, i think this lamp has potential. Its oil-rubbed bronze finish is quite nice, but the lamp needs to hang low in order to see this beauty up close. There in lies the rub. The mechanical design seems to be a bit off, causing the glass and the bulb to both sit separately crooked. Its design flaw may be easy to spot with a discerning eye. The light bulb is exceptionally beautiful, and really makes this lamp. It's not a bright bulb, however, as most of the beauty comes from looking directly at the bulb. Don't expect to use this lamp to add a lot of light; it's purely a decorative or accent piece. Without this bulb, the lamp itself is pretty bland and unattractive. In addition, i don't think that Home Depot sells these bulbs, as they don't show up on their website. Read Less
          Pros: Easy to Assemble, Stylish
          +7points
          7out of 7found this review helpful.
           
          hamptonbay Hampton Bay Coach Style Reversible Outdoor Matt Black Wall Lantern with Built-in Electrical Outlet (GFCI)
          hamptonbay Hampton Bay Coach Style Reversible Outdoor Matt Black Wall Lantern with Built-in Electrical Outlet (GFCI)
          The Hampton Bay Coach Style Reversible Exterior Wall Lantern with Built-in Electrical Outlet (GFCI) has a classic coach-lantern design with a built-in electrical outlet. A matt black finish that resembles iron and clear, beveled glass panels provide an elegant appearance that will enhance a variety of exterior styles. This lantern will give your outdoor space light, ambiance and electrical power. Uses one 60 watt bulb (not included).
           
          from Los Angeles, CA, USA
          Age Range:25 to 34
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Practical & Pretty
          PostedOctober 24, 2012
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          This Hampton Bay Coach style lantern is gorgeous. It is very practical and gives a very nice look to almost any outdoor space that needs a bit of additional lighting. The design and implementation is great with one exception, which i discuss below. Lighting and functionality each deserve 5 out of 5 stars. At this price point, you get a beautiful functional lamp to complement or add to an existing design.
          PROS:
          Superb design. The lamp itself if a beautiful piece of work, and holds true to the coach-style solid black and clear glass genre.
          Outlet is a HUGE bonus. When it comes time to install Christmas lights on the roof, finding a power source is always challenging. Usually, i remove the
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          This Hampton Bay Coach style lantern is gorgeous. It is very practical and gives a very nice look to almost any outdoor space that needs a bit of additional lighting. The design and implementation is great with one exception, which i discuss below. Lighting and functionality each deserve 5 out of 5 stars. At this price point, you get a beautiful functional lamp to complement or add to an existing design.
          PROS:
          Superb design. The lamp itself if a beautiful piece of work, and holds true to the coach-style solid black and clear glass genre.
          Outlet is a HUGE bonus. When it comes time to install Christmas lights on the roof, finding a power source is always challenging. Usually, i remove the light cover off of the existing lamp, and install a socket-to-outlet adapter. This lamp, however, includes a dual GFCI outlet right in the lamp base, giving you an EXCELLENT place to plug in those Christmas decorations. You also won't need any additional switches, as they can be turned on using the existing lamp switch. Genius!
          The waterproof housing is large, and can accommodate large light bulbs, whether the large round & decorative or the energy efficient.
          CONS:
          Only one con: poor bracket design. The as-shipped bracket that holds the lamp base to the wall is extremely flimsy out of the box. The attached image shows why: there is only one small screw holding the entire lamp fixture to the bracket. This screw also happens to be at the weak point of the metal bracket, causing any sort of load on the lamp to immediately stress & bend this connection. After the initial install, the lamp was wobbly and completely insecure. I was extremely concerned, and feared that any force applied to the lamp (such as plugging in or unplugging a power cord into the outlet) would cause the bracket to break at this single-screw junction. Despite the great design of the actual lamp, the installation mount could possibly have been its Archillie's Heel. That is until i though about it a little bit more and realized there is a MUCH better way to implement the exact same bracket and improve the stability 10 fold.
          If you simply switch the bracket around, using the wall mount piece to hold the lamp bracket in place, you can create a much more solid lamp anchor, as it SHOULD have been out of the box. No additional hardware necessary. See attached picture for how this was done.
          This clearly should have been designed this way by default. But without this fix, some might be dismayed by the instability of the lamp.
          Overall, the lamp delivered exactly what one would hope and after the hardware fix, proves to be functional, sturdy, and aesthetically pleasing. 4 out of 5 stars. Read Less
          Pros: Looks Great, Nice Design
          Cons: not stable by default
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          +16points
          17out of 18found this review helpful.
           
          Convenient control of your home's thermostat is now literally at your fingertips. Easily view or control your thermostat from anywhere with Honeywell's RTH8580WF Wi-Fi Thermostat. Be alerted of temperature swings or make temperature adjustments remotely. You can trust Honeywell's reliable secure network and enjoy maximum comfort by the #1 choice of homeowners and contractors. Color: White.
           
          from Los Angeles, CA, USA
          Age Range:25 to 34
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          For modern HVAC systems ONLY!
          PostedOctober 22, 2012
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          No, I do not recommend this product.
          I consider myself a bit of a techie, and love DIY projects. I've got WiFi at home, and the though of adding my thermostat to my wireless network, and being able to control it through my Android phone was extremely enticing! Unfortunately, it simply didn't play out that way.
          I've got an older house that was built in 1947. I don't have AC, but i do have the original gas floor heater/furnace that is used to heat the house in winter. It works great, and is quite efficient. It is currently hooked up to a standard electric thermostat that runs off of AA batteries. Buying this product, i figured would be a quick install. Boy was i wrong. When i removed the old thermostat, i noticed there were only Read More
          I consider myself a bit of a techie, and love DIY projects. I've got WiFi at home, and the though of adding my thermostat to my wireless network, and being able to control it through my Android phone was extremely enticing! Unfortunately, it simply didn't play out that way.
          I've got an older house that was built in 1947. I don't have AC, but i do have the original gas floor heater/furnace that is used to heat the house in winter. It works great, and is quite efficient. It is currently hooked up to a standard electric thermostat that runs off of AA batteries. Buying this product, i figured would be a quick install. Boy was i wrong. When i removed the old thermostat, i noticed there were only two wires. This was an immediate red flag, as the manual stated i needed three or more.
          The manual also stated that if i didn't have the "C" wire, that one could be installed by a professional. I actually wanted to use this product so much that i called a HVAC expert to come and assess the situation. He came out and inspected the wires, and then even crawled underneath the house. Two wires come out of the wall, and two wires are underneath the house. They are not, however, the same two wires. The transformer was no where to be found. This meant that somewhere, inside one of the walls, hidden away, is the transformer that powers the electric switch on the gas valve. The only way to actually get this third "C" wire was to essentially punch massive holes in the walls until the transformer was located, and then bring a wire up to the control panel area.
          This was simply too much, and i unfortunately had to call it quits. I wish the box had been more clear on what exactly a "C" wire was, and possible barriers to installation.
          For modern HVAC units, this is probably a super quick and easy installation that can be done by anyone. However, if you don't have a modern HVAC system, it's probably better to skip this as even handy DIYers won't have the necessary HVAC experience or skill level for this install. Read Less
          Cons: Difficult to Install
          -2points
          6out of 14found this review helpful.
           
          This MDF Bender Board product has a wide variety of applications. It can be used for curving concrete sidewalk forms as well as temporary landscape applications. It is made of 1/4 in. MDF material and is approximately 8 ft. in length.
           
          from Los Angeles, CA, USA
          Age Range:25 to 34
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Really bendy!
          PostedOctober 10, 2012
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          I used one of these as a form to set the exterior radius for a half-round concrete patio step in our back lawn. Very simple to use, and easy to work with. The board has plenty of 'give' to form into any shape you could possibly need.
          The concrete turned out great!
          Pros: Light Weight
          +16points
          16out of 16found this review helpful.
           
          Rapid Set Stucco Mix is a pre-mixed stucco material blended with Rapid Set Cement, high quality plaster sand, and high performance additives. Stucco Mix is used on exterior plastering applications where faster set times, higher strength, superior durability, minimal shrinkage, and reduced cracking are desired. Stucco Mix can be scratched, browned (or applied in one coat to 3/4 in.), and color coated in one day. Color can be applied in 3 hours. It is similar in appearance to Portland cement plaster and may be applied using similar methods. Color: Brown-Gray.
           
          from Los Angeles, CA, USA
          Age Range:25 to 34
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Purchase frequency:Yearly
          Good stuff, but a bit pricey
          PostedOctober 10, 2012
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          Most stucco is quite inexpensive. This product is a premium version of basic stucco. Just like the previous reviewers stated, it does setup quite quickly. I find this to be a positive for small to medium sized projects. As the bag advertises, due to it's speed, you really can do all three coats in one day, if not sooner.
          I've used this on numerous outdoor wall repairs, patches, framing coverings, etc, and i couldn't be happier with the quality. Once dry, it's super solid and durable and withstands the toughest abuse. It really is great stuff.
          I do wish it came in smaller bags, however, as if you only use half, the rest seems to harden into a rock and is totally unusable after just a matter
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          Most stucco is quite inexpensive. This product is a premium version of basic stucco. Just like the previous reviewers stated, it does setup quite quickly. I find this to be a positive for small to medium sized projects. As the bag advertises, due to it's speed, you really can do all three coats in one day, if not sooner.
          I've used this on numerous outdoor wall repairs, patches, framing coverings, etc, and i couldn't be happier with the quality. Once dry, it's super solid and durable and withstands the toughest abuse. It really is great stuff.
          I do wish it came in smaller bags, however, as if you only use half, the rest seems to harden into a rock and is totally unusable after just a matter of weeks.
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          +17points
          18out of 19found this review helpful.
           
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          Steve's Questions
           
          Century 90 Amp Inverter Arc 120 Stick Welder, Single Phase, 120V
          Century 90 Amp Inverter Arc 120 Stick Welder, Single Phase, 120V
          Designed for portability with a convenient shoulder strap, the Century Inverter Arc 120 Stick Welder outputs 10 - 90-Amp for versatility in a range of applications. This DC stick welder can weld materials up to 1/8 in. thick and includes a 10 ft. work cable, electrode holder and work clamp for added value.
           

          Does this product have the striker and ground lead with it

          Asked by
          Steve
          Lucasville. Ohio
          May 19, 2015
          I was interested in buying one but I seen they are not pictured with it. Did not now if I needed to order them seperate. Also can you order the sticker and ground lead by it self even if it does come with it?
           
          Steve's Answers
           
          The Samsung 1.9 cu. ft. large capacity Over-the-Range Microwave has sensor cooking technology and a ceramic enamel interior that is durable and easy to clean. This Samsung Over-the-Range Microwave makes preparing multiple dishes effortless with the large 1.9 cu. ft. capacity, accommodating even your biggest dishes. Sensor Cook technology automatically adjusts your cooking time for optimal results. Additionally, the Fingerprint Resistant finish helps reduce smudges and minimizes cleaning. Color: Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel.
           

          How do you set the clock with o’clock button?

          Asked by
          George
          October 31, 2019
          Asked by
          Steve
          Los Angeles, CA
          November 8, 2019
          Answer: 
          Hold it. You hold the button. Seriously. It's got a clock picture on it. You just hold it until the display clears. Once done and you've entered the time, press the same button again. Then press OK, and you're done.
           
          The Samsung 1.9 cu. ft. large capacity Over-the-Range Microwave has sensor cooking technology and a ceramic enamel interior that is durable and easy to clean. This Samsung Over-the-Range Microwave makes preparing multiple dishes effortless with the large 1.9 cu. ft. capacity, accommodating even your biggest dishes. Sensor Cook technology automatically adjusts your cooking time for optimal results. Additionally, the Fingerprint Resistant finish helps reduce smudges and minimizes cleaning. Color: Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel.
           

          Can I set this in a built in shelf not over a stove top?

          Asked by
          Baker
          November 6, 2019
          Asked by
          Steve
          Lucasville. Ohio
          November 8, 2019
          Answer: 
          No. This is specifically an under-the-counter unit.
           
          The HOMZ forward facing over-the-door ironing board is the ultimate in convenience. The steel mesh top is designed for improved steam flow measuring at 49 in. x 14.25 in., slightly smaller than the typical floor standing ironing board, but large enough for most garments. The included metal hooks allow quick installation on a standard 1-3/8 in. door (no tools required). The board easily glides into position and locks into place. Compared to other over-the-door ironing boards which fold up for storage exposing the backside of the board, this one slides back into position showing the cover. Folds away to just a 2 in. depth so it won't interfere with the door operation. Color: White.
           

          We have a solid wood closet door. Is there an option where this product can be screwed onto door...

          Asked by
          GG
          August 29, 2019
          We have a solid wood closet door. Is there an option where this product can be screwed onto door surface without looping over the top of the door?
          Asked by
          Steve
          Lucasville. Ohio
          October 9, 2019
          Answer: 
          The top clamps have holes in them, presumably for screws. I'd imagine that you could break the hooks in half, before they go over the top of the door, and just screw in the holes on the board side.
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          This electric fireplace is sure to create a warm and welcoming environment in your home. Double doors with beautiful decorative mullions open 270° to reveal the 19 in. infrared quartz electric fireplace with Spectrafire flame effect technology. Infrared heating technology keeps your home comfortable by maintaining natural humidity in the air, all while providing you with supplemental zone heating for up to 1,000 sq. ft. Brilliant Spectrafire flames showcase 3 blue and 3 amber effect options to create your ideal fire, displayed on a realistic log set and ember bed. Since you can enjoy your electric fireplace with or without heat, it can be used all year long for beautiful ambiance and optional warmth. Change the settings easily using the control panel on the unit or with the included remote control.
           

          Can the drawer be installed at the bottom to raise the fireplace box to a more visual level? Also...

          Asked by
          Nezzie
          August 29, 2019
          Can the drawer be installed at the bottom to raise the fireplace box to a more visual level?

          Also, strange colour... any others?
          Asked by
          Steve
          Los Angeles, CA
          September 27, 2019
          Answer: 
          No. The holes for the shelf, along with the drawer rails, are all on the top.
           
          Turn you backyard into the great outdoors and safely recreate the experience of sitting around the campfire with this natural stone fire pit. Perfect for telling ghost stories, enjoying a summer night, or just warming yourself as the sun goes down. Easy to maintain, and made from strong materials, this fire pit will allow you and your family to safely enjoy the wonders of open flame in your own backyard.
           

          Can this fire pit work with natural gas instead of a propane tank?

          Asked by
          Jen
          June 12, 2018
          Can this fire pit work with natural gas instead of a propane tank?
          Asked by
          Steve
          Los Angeles, California
          November 6, 2018
          Answer: 
          This would require a conversion kit. No ability to do this with the included parts.
           
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