surrealist14
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      • Review count
        75
      • Helpfulness votes
        35
      • Average rating
        4.0
        4 out of 5
      • First Review:
        November 4, 2014
      • Last Review:
        December 10, 2019
       
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          The days of tangled ear buds and electronics cords are over. We have taken our ever-popular Gear Tie and created a slimmer version with a stretchy loop on one end, allowing it to stretch over the end of your cords and live there until the next time you need to wrap them up. The loop on the Cordable stretches to fit over USB cords, and comes in a variety of colors making it easy to identify whose cord is whose. The 3 in. size is ideal for wrapping small cords like ear buds and phone chargers. Color: Assortment.
           
          from NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
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          Every once in a while, someone comes out with a product that just makes you say whoa, I wish I’d ...
          PostedJuly 12, 2017
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          Every once in a while, someone comes out with a product that just makes you say whoa, I wish I’d thought of that. These Nite-Ize Gear Tie Cordables are definitely one of those products.
          I had used a couple of their LED flashlights in the past with good experience, so the Nite-Ize name was already reassuring to me.
          As an engineer, I always have a ton of cords that I have to lug around. USB, power, Ethernet, you name it. And up until now, I have always struggled with either those loopy Velcro straps that end up being way too long and get stuck to themselves at exactly the wrong time, or just using some standard old twist-tie that I got off a package of something at the grocery store. These Read More
          Every once in a while, someone comes out with a product that just makes you say whoa, I wish I’d thought of that. These Nite-Ize Gear Tie Cordables are definitely one of those products.
          I had used a couple of their LED flashlights in the past with good experience, so the Nite-Ize name was already reassuring to me.
          As an engineer, I always have a ton of cords that I have to lug around. USB, power, Ethernet, you name it. And up until now, I have always struggled with either those loopy Velcro straps that end up being way too long and get stuck to themselves at exactly the wrong time, or just using some standard old twist-tie that I got off a package of something at the grocery store. These invariable get kinked, wound up, stab you in the thumb, and eventually break, but they do the job.
          This cool idea has a stretch loop at one end that is designed to stretch and slip over the end of whatever cable you are trying to get under control. Granted, these are small ties, so they won’t handle anything much bigger than a micro or mini-USB cable, but the stretchy part works great at securing the tie to the cord you want to organize. No more lost/misplaced twist tie!
          Then, I just use my normal method, wrapping the cord up around my hand until it’s in a coil, small enough to fit in my backpack or wherever I need to carry it. Now the very cool part: The rest of the tie is a coated wire that can be bent around the cord, and is strong enough to stay put where you bend and form it. Unlike a twist-tie, I didn’t even have to twist two ends together to get it to stay put. The coating is stretchy, too, and doesn’t leave a mark, while gripping onto the cable just right. Brilliant!
          The package I got came in an assortment of 4 colors, black, blue, lime green, and pink. Maybe these aren’t the colors I would have picked, but I noticed that you can also buy packs that are all the same color. Even better, you can by 6”, 12”, or even 18” ties for wrapping up larger cables, all the way up to things like bulky garden hoses. I was so impressed that I immediately ordered a set of 6” ones for some bigger cables I’d like to get under control.
          The color coding could probably come in handy, too. You could organize all of the cables for a specific person by color, or perhaps if you work on several types of projects, use a different color for the cables/cords needed for each project. Again, it’s a small thing, but I think the color coding is a wonderful touch. I would have been happy with basic black, but can definitely see the utility of having a bunch of colors to choose from. The bright colors also make cords easier to see if you happen to have them in a bag or box.
          Overall, I am very favorably impressed with everything except the price. They are a bit steep, but their versatility makes them perfect for my needs, and I just love the new “twist” on an old idea. I also don’t have to worry about getting stabbed by the end of one of those store-bag twist-ties anymore.
          Highly recommended – check them out!
          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: Nice Design
          Cons: cost
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          Commercial Electric 3/4 in. x 33 ft. Vinyl Elect Tape with dispenser, weather resistant, pressure sensitive vinyl tapes for all kinds of mechanical and electrical applications. The tape is flame retardant and can be used as primary insulation for splices up to 600-Volt and provides a protective outer jacket over splices at higher voltages. Can be used for wrapping wire harnesses, insulating degaussing coils and color coding.
           
          from NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Great tape with a nice dispenser case!
          PostedJune 30, 2017
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          I must have about a zillion rolls of electrical tape around. So why was this one better?
          The biggest reason for me was that it came with a nice but simple dispenser, with an easy-to-use cut-off tool built in. Instead of having to stretch the tape out until it breaks, it was great to just close the cutoff clamp after pulling out the length of tape I wanted, and then a quick pull up, and the tape was cut cleanly with no stretching.
          Another thing that I have noticed with cheaper electrical tape is that the gummy side of the tape ends up leaving residue on the “clean” side of the tape. Not so with this stuff. I did not notice any residue at all as I pulled tape out off the roll.
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          I must have about a zillion rolls of electrical tape around. So why was this one better?
          The biggest reason for me was that it came with a nice but simple dispenser, with an easy-to-use cut-off tool built in. Instead of having to stretch the tape out until it breaks, it was great to just close the cutoff clamp after pulling out the length of tape I wanted, and then a quick pull up, and the tape was cut cleanly with no stretching.
          Another thing that I have noticed with cheaper electrical tape is that the gummy side of the tape ends up leaving residue on the “clean” side of the tape. Not so with this stuff. I did not notice any residue at all as I pulled tape out off the roll.
          I do have to mention the packaging. I’m environmentally conscious, and this tape came in a typical cardboard backing with a glued-on clear plastic cover over the tape and dispenser. Since the tape was already in a container, it seems like it would be much less wasteful to provide a simple cardboard loop around the whole thing to provide an opening to hang it from a store pegboard display. This would shrink the size of the cardboard (easy enough to recycle), and completely eliminate the dumb plastic over plastic cover. Just a thought, Mr./Ms. Manufacturer.
          The dispenser isn’t going to win any awards for being overly beefy, and it’s probably only intended to last through the roll of tape provided, but I bet if I am careful, I can reuse it with other rolls of electrical tape that I have lying around, avoiding the stretch-it-til-it-breaks mess that I usually go through. Not a features that would sway me to buy this tape, but I did like the potential for reuse.
          Overall, I’m very glad to have gotten this tape. It cut cleanly, and adhered exactly where wanted. No sticky residue on my hands or on the “clean” side of the tape. You may want to comparison shop to see how it compares in cost to other electrical tape out there, but for my homeowner uses, this product fit the bill perfectly. Ok, it's made in China, but not everything is made cheaply enough here in the USA, even though I generally prefer to buy locally.
          I also have to mention how well this package was shipped to me. Since the cardboard/plastic enclosure was already overkill, just putting it in a standard shipping envelope would have done the job. Not enough for these folks. They wrapped it in some foam and taped that shut. Then they put it in some bubble wrap and taped that shut. Then they put it in a doubled bubble-pack envelope and taped that shut. I think it could have survived a ride on a Falcon heavy rocket without getting damaged! Overkill, but they made sure that I got a product that was perfectly intact and storeroom fresh.
          I’m very pleased with this tape and the dispenser, and would definitely purchase it again, and recommend it to others. I hope you have the same positive experience.
          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, Nice Design
          Cons: packaging
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          The Dual Outlet Hose Adaptor is made with a rezimar body with metal ergo swivel coupling. The large on/off knobs with soft grip over mold make for extreme ease of use. The knobs control 2 separate large water passages made for high water flow rate through the 2 connecting flex hoses with kink-free coils.
           
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          A little bulky, but seems to be well made. ...
          PostedJune 27, 2017
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          A little bulky, but seems to be well made. Replace a brass dual connect that had split during the wintertime due to freezing. I like the strain reliefs that are built into the hose connections.
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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.
           
          from NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          This stuff just plain works!
          PostedJune 14, 2017
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          OK, I got bit by a tick after finally getting outdoors after a whopping two days of decent weather. Don’t ask me how. I had on long pants, shoes, socks, but the sucker somehow got up above my right knee.
          Fortunately, I took a shower that evening and noticed it, and it clearly hadn’t been on for long. Nevertheless, the doctor suggested a one-dose course of doxycycline as recommended by the CDC to prevent Lyme disease.
          Why this story? If I had only put on this product, I am 99.9% certain that I never would have had the incident with the tick. This product simply seems to work, and is also an excellent deterrent for mosquitos as well as our “state bird”, the biting black fly. Some people Read More
          OK, I got bit by a tick after finally getting outdoors after a whopping two days of decent weather. Don’t ask me how. I had on long pants, shoes, socks, but the sucker somehow got up above my right knee.
          Fortunately, I took a shower that evening and noticed it, and it clearly hadn’t been on for long. Nevertheless, the doctor suggested a one-dose course of doxycycline as recommended by the CDC to prevent Lyme disease.
          Why this story? If I had only put on this product, I am 99.9% certain that I never would have had the incident with the tick. This product simply seems to work, and is also an excellent deterrent for mosquitos as well as our “state bird”, the biting black fly. Some people are severely allergic to these bites and end up with large welts and even infections after being bitten. Not to mention that these tiny thing don’t just bite; it feels like they take a core sample.
          The product is not 100% DEET. The label indicates that it’s 25% DEET and 75% OTHER INGREDIENTS. I normally do not like putting OTHER INGREDIENTS on my person if I don’t know what they are, but I do have to admit that they seem to add up to an effective deterrent to biting, flying, irritating bugs of all kinds.
          We love to hike the conservation land trails when we get our 2 weeks of summer, but sometimes the insects make these treks almost unbearable. No more. Apply this product, and it’s like putting on an invisible shield that keeps those pests at bay. Wonderful.
          The scent is pleasant, not too heavy, but it would be better for me if it had no scent at all. It seems to feel a little greasy/slippery when applied, but that sensation subsides quickly. I’d recommend taking a shower before climbing into bed just to prevent any residue from transferring to your bed linens.
          Overall, this is a product that just does what it advertises. I recommend it, and keep a can in my backpack for those hikes in the woods. Keep one in the car, the garage, on the deck – anywhere you are apt to get bothered by flying, biting pests. This is especially important as we hear of new viruses like Zika being carried far and wide by common mosquitos. If they don’t bite you because you applied this product early, no disease. Very cheap insurance in my book.
          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: Functionality, Great Quality
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          Sister Golden Hair Cytisus from Proven Winners has bright gold flowers that cascade down the branches. It has larger, showier flowers than other weepers and grows well in dry, sandy soils. This deer-resistant plant makes for a good accent plant for spring landscapes.
           
          from NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Fantastic color - can't believe this was shipped!
          PostedMay 27, 2017
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          I have to say that I was really conflicted about ordering a plant for delivery by commercial or US package carrier. Was I going to end up with a dead plant? Would it have fallen out of its container, with dirt everywhere? Would it be a brown, shriveled pile of sticks and twigs?
          I shouldn’t have worried. This plant came packed extremely well. The bucket and base of the plant were loosely wrapped in a plastic bag to retain moisture, and the remainder of the plant was carefully protected in a tall, narrow cardboard shipping container with notches to provide ventilation and fresh air.
          After removal from the excellent packaging, I was rewarded with a lively, healthy plant just covered with Read More
          I have to say that I was really conflicted about ordering a plant for delivery by commercial or US package carrier. Was I going to end up with a dead plant? Would it have fallen out of its container, with dirt everywhere? Would it be a brown, shriveled pile of sticks and twigs?
          I shouldn’t have worried. This plant came packed extremely well. The bucket and base of the plant were loosely wrapped in a plastic bag to retain moisture, and the remainder of the plant was carefully protected in a tall, narrow cardboard shipping container with notches to provide ventilation and fresh air.
          After removal from the excellent packaging, I was rewarded with a lively, healthy plant just covered with brilliant yellow blooms. It looked like it could have been taken from a floral show. I really was blown away with how healthy and well cared for this plant look. They greatly exceeded my wildest expectations, especially since the product was shipped.
          Of course, we do not yet know how long the plant will last, or how it will survive the trial of planting in its final location, but it got such a healthy start that I have high expectations. We actually are giving it to my granddaughter to care for, since we often call our blond haired blue eyed heartbreaker “Sister Golden Hair” after the song from the band “America”. I’m hoping that it makes her smile often, just like I did upon receiving this beautiful and obviously well cared for plant.
          Highly recommended. I would not hesitate to order other plants from this company.
          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: Great Quality, Vibrant Color, well packaged
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          ZEP Commercial Quick Clean Disinfectant is the smart way to clean and disinfect. This versatile, all-purpose cleaner is intended for use in households, kitchens and bathrooms but it is also perfect for small businesses, like veterinary clinics, kennels, nurseries, day cares, institutional kitchens, schools, gyms, athletic facilities and more. It is also appropriate to use on multiple surfaces, from floors and cabinets to sealed granite, metal surfaces, glazed porcelain, glass, stainless steel and many more.
           

          Use on hardwood floor?

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          Carolmoore
          December 23, 2015
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          NH
          October 3, 2017
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          It doesn't say that it can be used in as a floor cleaner specifically. There are many cleaners for that use, so I'd stick with one intended for that purpose, or contact Zep directly.
           
          ZEP Commercial Quick Clean Disinfectant is the smart way to clean and disinfect. This versatile, all-purpose cleaner is intended for use in households, kitchens and bathrooms but it is also perfect for small businesses, like veterinary clinics, kennels, nurseries, day cares, institutional kitchens, schools, gyms, athletic facilities and more. It is also appropriate to use on multiple surfaces, from floors and cabinets to sealed granite, metal surfaces, glazed porcelain, glass, stainless steel and many more.
           

          can this product be used in a Rug Doctor?

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          peachtree
          atlanta, ga
          July 19, 2016
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          NH
          October 3, 2017
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          It doesn't say that it can be used in a rug cleaner. Zep and other manufacturers make cleaners specific for that use, so I'd stick with one intended for that purpose.
           
          The Milescraft Drill 90 PLUS is a versatile drill attachment and a must have for your next remodeling or construction project. The Drill 90 PLUS right angle drilling attachment is perfect for drilling those hard to reach wall studs and floor joists, as well as a host of other applications. Ideal for plumbers, electricians, HVAC installers and homeowners needing to navigate tight spaces. With a head size of only 4 in., it is compact and lightweight for prolonged use giving you increased productivity and versatility.
           

          IS IT A HALF INCH CHUCK?

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          POPEYE
          April 23, 2017
          IS IT A HALF INCH CHUCK?
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          NH
          October 3, 2017
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          No, as far as I can tell it's a 3/8" chuck.
           
          Traction Wash is the ultimate green cleaning solution for tile and grout. Perfect for use in your kitchen, bathroom or locker room. Traction Wash is effective on most hard surfaces, particularly as a tile, stone and grout revitalizer. It is completely safe for use on plastics, metals, decals, painted and non-painted surfaces, wood, rubber and hard mineral surfaces. Non-corrosive and non-flammable.
           

          How many applications has to be done to clean grout on bath room wall as well as the floor

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          Stephanr
          October 10, 2016
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          NH
          August 1, 2017
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          Hi, we just cleaned our kitchen floor, which had some nasty dirty grout. It only took one application, but we used it full-strength, and also used a battery-operated spinning brush. It isn't exactly a "no-work" cleaner. It cleaned very well, though.
          Hope this helps!
           
          Commercial Electric 3/4 in. x 33 ft. Vinyl Elect Tape with dispenser, weather resistant, pressure sensitive vinyl tapes for all kinds of mechanical and electrical applications. The tape is flame retardant and can be used as primary insulation for splices up to 600-Volt and provides a protective outer jacket over splices at higher voltages. Can be used for wrapping wire harnesses, insulating degaussing coils and color coding.
           

          How to use this dispenser. Which side up.

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          Mom
          May 15, 2016
          No manual with item.
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          surrealist14
          NH
          June 30, 2017
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          Open the dispenser, and pull out a couple of inches of tape. Then, feed the tape through the slot so that the gummy side of the tape ends up facing down, underneath the plastic cutoff "flap". Then put the back of the dispenser on again. Pull out the length of tape you need, hold the plastic cutoff flap down, and simply pull up to cut the tape to length. Since the gummy side of the tape is down, the end Read More
          Open the dispenser, and pull out a couple of inches of tape. Then, feed the tape through the slot so that the gummy side of the tape ends up facing down, underneath the plastic cutoff "flap". Then put the back of the dispenser on again. Pull out the length of tape you need, hold the plastic cutoff flap down, and simply pull up to cut the tape to length. Since the gummy side of the tape is down, the end of the tape will stick to the outside of the dispenser, ready for your next use. It's pretty simple, and a very convenient design that also keeps the tape clean when not in use. Hope this helps! Read Less