surrealist14
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      • Review count
        75
      • Helpfulness votes
        35
      • Average rating
        4.0
        4 out of 5
      • First Review:
        November 4, 2014
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        December 10, 2019
       
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          Air dry your utensils while keeping the countertop neat and tidy. The modern and compact design of the Hutzler Cutlery Drainer features knife draining slots which protect blades and fingers. These 10 slots are ideal for both chef's knives as well as dinner knives. Two additional sections fit different sized cutlery. The water collecting base keeps countertops dry. Everything disassembles for easy cleaning. Dishwasher safe and BPA free. Color: Green.
           
          from Nashua, NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          A well-made product that just works great. It holds a lot of silverware, much more than the cad...
          PostedFebruary 25, 2018
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          A well-made product that just works great.
          It holds a lot of silverware, much more than the caddy that came with our dish drainer. It provides excellent drainage for all of the utensils and silverware we’ve put in it. The knife slots have held every knife size we’ve tried securely, and there’s less risk of putting your hand on an exposed blade, a definite hazard if we use the caddy in our dish drainer.
          Overall, This Cutlery Drainer from Hutzler is a winner, and my wife loves it. We hope that you find it well made and useful, too.
          Full disclaimer: I received this product to evaluate for free, but my opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any company in writing this Read More
          A well-made product that just works great.
          It holds a lot of silverware, much more than the caddy that came with our dish drainer. It provides excellent drainage for all of the utensils and silverware we’ve put in it. The knife slots have held every knife size we’ve tried securely, and there’s less risk of putting your hand on an exposed blade, a definite hazard if we use the caddy in our dish drainer.
          Overall, This Cutlery Drainer from Hutzler is a winner, and my wife loves it. We hope that you find it well made and useful, too.
          Full disclaimer: I received this product to evaluate for free, but my opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any company in writing this review. I have no known affiliation with the manufacturer of this product. Your mileage may vary, just as your product preferences may be different than mine. Read Less
          Pros: Easy to Use, High Quality, Nice Design, Sturdy, Stylish
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          ClosetMaid Style+ is a stylish, yet affordable organization solution. The clean, versatile design creates shelving storage in closets and throughout the home. The 3-Shelf Base Unit can be used alone or in combination with other Style+ items, creating a personalized solution. Color: Coastal Teak.
           
          from Nashua, NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Received free product:Yes
          Poorly made fiberboard disposable furniture. That’s the best summary I can give you. This arrive...
          PostedFebruary 25, 2018
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          No, I do not recommend this product.
          Poorly made fiberboard disposable furniture. That’s the best summary I can give you.
          This arrived to us in a box that was pretty banged up from handling during shipping. Fortunately, it had been well protected with Styrofoam and the actual package inside the box, and when we opened the inner ClosetMaid carton, the pieces of the shelving unit were intact.
          The description says “4-Shelves”, but this unit only has a top, adjustable middle shelf, and a bottom. Unless they are counting the floor space under the bottom shelf, this doesn’t add up to 4 shelves. Maybe just an error in the description?
          Inspection of the shelving components revealed, in my opinion, cheap fiberboard covered with Read More
          Poorly made fiberboard disposable furniture. That’s the best summary I can give you.
          This arrived to us in a box that was pretty banged up from handling during shipping. Fortunately, it had been well protected with Styrofoam and the actual package inside the box, and when we opened the inner ClosetMaid carton, the pieces of the shelving unit were intact.
          The description says “4-Shelves”, but this unit only has a top, adjustable middle shelf, and a bottom. Unless they are counting the floor space under the bottom shelf, this doesn’t add up to 4 shelves. Maybe just an error in the description?
          Inspection of the shelving components revealed, in my opinion, cheap fiberboard covered with a thin layer (apparently of teak-colored Melamine), with visible defects on nearly every edge, and around every drilled hole in every piece. You can see some of this in the attached photos.
          ClosetMaid seems to favor screw-in dowels and locking cam screws to hold things together. I have yet to see this type of fastening system hold up well in actual use, and have had many previous problems during assembly of other fiberboard furniture. The screw-in dowels went in easily, and the cams fit into their pre-drilled holes correctly. However, after tightening one side and the bottom shelf together by tightening the cams, it was very apparent that this was a flimsy fastening system. When I tried to attach the other side in the same way, a very, VERY slight amount of side pressure caused the screw-in dowels to pull out completely, yanking chunks of fiberboard and Melamine out at the same time. You can also see this in the pictures.
          This was not going to be a piece of heirloom furniture, just a storage shelf, so I carefully drilled and countersunk three #10 1 ½” long wood screws from the side into the bottom shelf to hold the pieces together. I had a pretty strong connection after doing this, and it really made me wonder why ClosetMaid didn’t just drill countersunk holes, and provide wood screws and plugs to cap them off instead of the feeble dowel/cam system. I was not impressed at all, and exercised my vocabulary liberally.
          There are also 4 triangular shaped “gussets” that need to be nailed below the top and bottom shelves, and they apparently help square up and support the unit during use. Closer inspection of these gussets convinced me that they were nothing more than pieces of thick-ish cardboard covered on one side with a similar fake teak finish. At least they came pre-stamped with spots for nailing, so I didn’t have to guess, but the flimsy nature of the gussets again emphasized just how poorly this product is designed. And of course, the nails are being driven into fiberboard anyway, so how much strength can they provide?
          After several more colorful words, I got the entire unit assembled and standing up. It does have adjustable feet on the bottom if you need to place the shelving unit on a floor that isn’t quite level.
          Fair warning, and a final straw for me: the instructions indicate that you must screw this unit to the wall for use. Since we had baseboard molding already in place where this shelving unit was going to go, it did NOT get screwed to the wall with the cheap plastic angle brackets provided. We did not plan to put much weight on it anyway, using it to store birdseed and cat food only. We left it free-standing, and so far, it has shown no signs of falling over.
          ClosetMaid provides wooden dowels if you want to stack another unit on top, or plastic plugs if you only want the single unit. They also provided some plastic plugs to cover four cam locks, but these fit into the holes very loosely. I expect them to fall out during normal use. A little too small for the holes provided.
          Overall, the quality of this product is just plain embarrassing. I would NEVER recommend this product to anyone, and I will not purchase any similar products from ClosetMaid. The slightest sideways load seems to be enough to yank the fasteners right out of the sawdust-based materials provided, and even the coverings over the fiberboard show scuffs, nicks, and poor quality right out of the box.
          Unless you are just going to hide this in a closet somewhere, do yourself a big favor and look for a higher quality product.
          Full disclaimer: I received this product to evaluate for free, but my opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any company in writing this review. I have no known affiliation with the manufacturer of this product. Your mileage may vary, just as your product preferences may be different than mine. Read Less
          Cons: Difficult to Assemble, poor quality materials, weak fastening system
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          Rapid Set multi-purpose self-leveling sealant is a hybrid silane polyether sealant designed for horizontal applications in most climates, to include when it's cold or damp. It is 100% solvent free, contains no isocyanates and will not shrink upon cure. Tack-free in 30 minutes and paintable in 24 hours. It's unique nano-technology promotes superior adhesion to concrete, glass, masonry, metal, block, stone, aged asphalt, asphalt, wood and aluminum galvanized metal. Color: Gray.
           
          from NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Purchase frequency:Yearly
          Received free product:Yes
          A pretty good product that can be used across a wide temperature range. I wanted this product to ...
          PostedJanuary 25, 2018
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          A pretty good product that can be used across a wide temperature range.
          I wanted this product to seal a long-ish crack in our garage floor. It probably varies from 1/8” to 3/8” wide, and approximately the same depth.
          Application is via a caulking gun, with the tip cut to a suitable angle and width. The instructions indicate to insert the tip into the bottom of the crack, and to keep the tip in the sealant as you go. In essence, you need to fill from the bottom, and judge how much to squeeze in to get to a near-level height with the surrounding material. This is a pretty convenient and natural way to work your way across a crack, but sitting on a cold floor and squeezing sealant into a Read More
          A pretty good product that can be used across a wide temperature range.
          I wanted this product to seal a long-ish crack in our garage floor. It probably varies from 1/8” to 3/8” wide, and approximately the same depth.
          Application is via a caulking gun, with the tip cut to a suitable angle and width. The instructions indicate to insert the tip into the bottom of the crack, and to keep the tip in the sealant as you go. In essence, you need to fill from the bottom, and judge how much to squeeze in to get to a near-level height with the surrounding material. This is a pretty convenient and natural way to work your way across a crack, but sitting on a cold floor and squeezing sealant into a crack will be no one’s idea of fun!
          One other thing that I liked was that the product was rated for use from 35F to 100F. As I do this review in the northeastern US, it’s winter, and the temperatures regularly get much colder than this, so it was necessary to wait for a “warm spell” in order to try the product out. Eventually the temperature got up into the 40’s so I was able to use it within specification. Be advised that the instructions indicate additional curing time may be required at lower temperatures. I allowed two full days before trying to drive over it just to be safe, although it seemed to cure well before that.
          It flows into cracks with some effort, so be patient and take your time. It does appear to be self-leveling, but that does not mean that you might not overfill a crack a make a bit of a mess. Depending on the size of the crack you want to fill, you may want to make a shallow pass first, and then come back for a 2nd pass once it has cured and you can see how well it has leveled.
          I found that no matter how careful I was, I made goofs and had some overflows. In the end, I used a combination of a putty knife and a rubber grout tool that I already had on hand to try to clean up my mistakes.
          Per the package instructions, cleanup of surfaces and tools requires the use of acetone, so make sure that you have some on hand, along with a good supply of shop-quality paper towels. Again, you will have to take your time and be patient to get good results, and make sure that you wear gloves (I use two layers of disposable nitrile gloves) to keep your hands from getting covered, and to protect them when you need acetone for cleanup.
          Overall, I think this is a good product, and is one I would purchase again. It would be great if there was an equivalent product with simple soap and water cleanup, but due to the self-leveling nature, perhaps that isn’t possible.
          Full disclaimer: I received this product to evaluate for free, but my opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any company in writing this review. I have no known affiliation with the manufacturer of this product. Your mileage may vary, just as your product preferences may be different than mine. Read Less
          Pros: Performs Well
          Cons: difficult cleanup
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          Versatile light can sit anywhere on its base or be held of hung by its integrated handle. You can turn it off and on manually or use its motion sensor for automatic operations. It functions as a night light and task light, but it easily portable as a lantern for power outages, emergencies or camping trips. It casts a pleasant glow that illuminates a broad area.
           
          from NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
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          A very nice motion-activated night light that you can put anywhere. We needed a night light for t...
          PostedJanuary 11, 2018
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          A very nice motion-activated night light that you can put anywhere.
          We needed a night light for those increasingly frequent time when we have to get up in the middle of the night and wander around the house in the dark. The joys of getting older!
          This night light turned out to be ideal. It doesn’t take up an electrical socket, which in our older home is always a plus. However, it didn’t come with batteries, so have a supply on hand if you want to put it to work right away.
          It has the ability to be turned on continuously (like a lantern), off, or run in “auto” mode, where it turns on when it detects motion. This is the mode that we run it in, and it does a fine job of lighting up Read More
          A very nice motion-activated night light that you can put anywhere.
          We needed a night light for those increasingly frequent time when we have to get up in the middle of the night and wander around the house in the dark. The joys of getting older!
          This night light turned out to be ideal. It doesn’t take up an electrical socket, which in our older home is always a plus. However, it didn’t come with batteries, so have a supply on hand if you want to put it to work right away.
          It has the ability to be turned on continuously (like a lantern), off, or run in “auto” mode, where it turns on when it detects motion. This is the mode that we run it in, and it does a fine job of lighting up when we wander by. However, to save batteries, it shuts off after maybe 15 seconds or so, which may leave you in the dark unless you continue to wander in front of it. Not a deal breaker, but an adjustable on time, or maybe a minute of on time, would have been preferable.
          The design is very clever, and it stands up nicely on a counter. There is a built-in loop in the design, so it could easily be hung from a hook, or perhaps even from a shelving bracket or drawer knob.
          This seems like a solid product at a pretty good price, and producing a surprising amount of bright white light for a single LED running on a battery. If you are looking for a night light that you don’t have to plug in, give this one a try!
          Full disclaimer: I received this product to evaluate for free, but my opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any company in writing this review. I have no known affiliation with the manufacturer of this product. Your mileage may vary, just as your product preferences may be different than mine. Read Less
          Pros: Eco-Friendly, Motion-Activated, Nice Design
          Cons: turns off quickly
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          Enjoy an experience of a true wrinkle free luxury and a cool comfortable night's sleep with beautifully breathable bed sheets that have a silky soft feel and a lustrous sheen. These sheets are exceptionally color fast and even after years of regular use will look as vibrant as the first night you enjoyed them. Enjoy restful sleep on sheets that offer a chic, tailored appearance and unparalleled smoothness. Color: Sage.
           
          from NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Soft and thin, but seem well made. These are a 1500 thread count full sheet set, and seem to be v...
          PostedJanuary 7, 2018
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          Soft and thin, but seem well made.
          These are a 1500 thread count full sheet set, and seem to be very soft and remarkably thin. Sometimes high thread count sheets seem a bit stiff, but these do not. They feel a bit like silk, probably due to the microfiber content of the thread along with Egyptian cotton. Since they are thin and soft, they won’t make you as hot as some other high-thread count sheets might.
          They fit true to size, and the corners of the fitted sheet are plenty deep enough for pretty much any mattress you might find in normal use. We even put them on our sofa bed, which has a very thin mattress, and the fitted sheet stayed nice and snug.
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          Soft and thin, but seem well made.
          These are a 1500 thread count full sheet set, and seem to be very soft and remarkably thin. Sometimes high thread count sheets seem a bit stiff, but these do not. They feel a bit like silk, probably due to the microfiber content of the thread along with Egyptian cotton. Since they are thin and soft, they won’t make you as hot as some other high-thread count sheets might.
          They fit true to size, and the corners of the fitted sheet are plenty deep enough for pretty much any mattress you might find in normal use. We even put them on our sofa bed, which has a very thin mattress, and the fitted sheet stayed nice and snug.
          The sage color is very pleasing and went extremely well with the “bamboo” paint in our room. There are several other colors shown, from one end of the rainbow to the other.
          The price seems competitive with similar sheets that you might find in other home goods/linens stores, and the construction and stitching seem solid throughout. The embroidery on the pillowcases is a nice accent touch.
          Overall, we are pleased with these sheets, and can give them a solid recommendation. I hope your experience is the same.
          Full disclaimer: I received this product to evaluate for free, but my opinions are my own and have not been influenced by any company in writing this review. I have no known affiliation with the manufacturer of this product. Your mileage may vary, just as your product preferences may be different than mine. Read Less
          Pros: Comfortable, Excellent Quality, High Quality of Material, Perfect Size, Well Made
          Cons: thin
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          Deep Woods 6 oz. Insect Repellent Aerosol Spray provides protection against disease-carrying ticks, mosquitoes, black flies, sand flies, chiggers, fleas and other insects. One application repels for up to 6 hours. The non-greasy formula won't stain.
           

          what is the DEET pct in OFF?

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          Oklahoma
          June 16, 2016
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          June 14, 2017
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          Label says 25% DEET, 75% OTHER INGREDIENTS
           
          The Allway 10 in. Painter's Taping Knife is recommended for use in various paint application jobs. This taping knife features a soft grip for comfort.
           

          Is this a stainless steel blade or the blue spring steel?

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          December 15, 2016
          Is this a stainless steel blade or the blue spring steel?
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          May 27, 2017
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          It says blue spring steel on the label. Hope this helps. It seems just springy enough - not too stiff, not too flexible. Hoping it does not rust since it isn't stainless...
           
          ZEP Foaming Wall Cleaner quickly removes scuffs, stains and grimy fingerprints from walls and surfaces. It safely cleans painted walls, woodwork, tile, vinyl and wall coverings. No scrubbing or rinsing.
           

          What do you recommend to use with this product to cleane the wall, for example sponge, washcloth,...

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          April 8, 2017
          What do you recommend to use with this product to cleane the wall, for example sponge, washcloth, microfiber cloth, etc.? Also, should it be wet or dry when I start?
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          April 23, 2017
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          We tried a sponge, cleaning cloth, and even a rotating brush head like a ScumBuster, but it was like we hadn't cleaned anything. Tried both dry and wet to start - no difference. The odor is just awful, too. Hope this helps you!
           
          Bona Disposable Dusting Cloths provide a quick fix clean. They feature a 3D design that utilizes thousands of fluffy fibers to effectively lock away dust, dirt and pet hair. Cleans 1.8X faster than the leading sweeping cloths due to a larger surface area. Color: White.
           

          How do these attach to the head...velcro?

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          September 8, 2016
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          NH
          April 23, 2017
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          They have two long velcro strips that attach to the mating strips on the mop head. However, the velcro is quite a ways inside the edge of the pad, and we found that these pads tended to roll up as we used them. Hope this helps!
           
          The Husky 3/8 in. Drive Extendable Ratchet quickly adjust from 10 in. to 15 in. providing extended reach for hard to reach areas and greater leverage. The head flex's into 6 different positions allowing for the best angle in tight spots. A slim profile reversing lever and recessed quick release button add to the overall low-profile clearance of the drive head.
           

          Howbdo you unlock the flex head? It doesn't have a button to do so.

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          April 2, 2016
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          December 20, 2016
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          There isn't a lock for the flex head. I wish there was. It's always able to flex, unlike some other handles that have a locking lever on the flex head. To extend the handle, just slide down the chrome collar and pull the handle away from the head. To release a socket, just push the button on the back of the flex head. Hope this helps!
           
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