surrealist14
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    November 4, 2014
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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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          surrealist14's Reviews
           
          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.
           
          from NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Strong smell but didn't clean well at all
          PostedApril 23, 2017
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          No, I do not recommend this product.
          Having used other Zep products in the past, we had high hopes for this product. Supposedly we would just spray in on a cloth or sponge, wipe it on a painted surface or washable wallpaper, and wipe it off. Well, it foamed. It also smelled very strongly of some sort of strong solvent – don’t use this without being in a well ventilated area.
          We tried it on some painted wainscoting and on an area of older dirty wallpaper. Simple wiping had no effect – it was like we hadn’t done anything at all. Other cleaning products worked far better.
          We even tried using a scrubbing tool after applying it (a rotating brush head like a ScumBuster), but we literally could not tell any difference between Read More
          Having used other Zep products in the past, we had high hopes for this product. Supposedly we would just spray in on a cloth or sponge, wipe it on a painted surface or washable wallpaper, and wipe it off. Well, it foamed. It also smelled very strongly of some sort of strong solvent – don’t use this without being in a well ventilated area.
          We tried it on some painted wainscoting and on an area of older dirty wallpaper. Simple wiping had no effect – it was like we hadn’t done anything at all. Other cleaning products worked far better.
          We even tried using a scrubbing tool after applying it (a rotating brush head like a ScumBuster), but we literally could not tell any difference between the areas that had supposedly just been cleaned and areas we hadn’t touched at all.
          We tried this product on a variety of dirty surfaces with a variety of cleaning applicators/cloths/sponges, and none of them appeared to do anything. It was like we had not done any cleaning at all. Doing the same with something like Lysol cleaner worked far better, and with much less odor/solvent stink.
          Sorry, but we were not impressed. Can’t recommend this product, which is supposed to be a professional grade product, but didn’t work as well as other common household cleaners.
          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 Use, strong odor, poor performance
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          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.
           
          from NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          A big disappointment
          PostedApril 23, 2017
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          No, I do not recommend this product.
          These were a big disappointment. I should be clear and mention that we used them on a competitor’s handle, not on a Bona handle. Maybe that makes a difference, but the packaging seemed to indicate that they were compatible with competitor’s products, too.
          The instructions have you twist and shake the ends to fluff up the padding, presumably to expose more fibers/padding that will later grab onto dust and dirt. However, they only attach to a handle with two Velcro-like strips that are set back quite a way from the edge of the pads. In use, the edges tended to curl under, and in very little time the padding seemed to roll flat, resulting in much less surface area than we started with. The Read More
          These were a big disappointment. I should be clear and mention that we used them on a competitor’s handle, not on a Bona handle. Maybe that makes a difference, but the packaging seemed to indicate that they were compatible with competitor’s products, too.
          The instructions have you twist and shake the ends to fluff up the padding, presumably to expose more fibers/padding that will later grab onto dust and dirt. However, they only attach to a handle with two Velcro-like strips that are set back quite a way from the edge of the pads. In use, the edges tended to curl under, and in very little time the padding seemed to roll flat, resulting in much less surface area than we started with. The padding also seemed to compress down, so not a lot of fibers were exposed to grab dust, dirt, and hair.
          The pads seemed to pick up dust, hair, and dirt well enough around the edges, but not toward the middle of the pad. Competitive dusting pads seem to work across the entire pad surface, but these tended to roll up around the edges, making the center of the pad almost useless. They also did not seem to hold onto the dirt very well – a light shake or jostle resulted in a shower of dust and debris off the pad, unlike a competitive dusting pad system.
          We really did not think very highly of these pads, and would not purchase them again. They may work better using a Bona handle system, but I have overall reservations about the design and the fact that the edges seem to roll up so easily.
          Overall, I can’t honestly recommend these pads as an alternative to competitor’s dusting/dry pickup products.
          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 Install
          Cons: Difficult to Use, Not Durable, poor performance
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          Phthalate, lead and BPA-free and rated for up to 400 psi, the compact, 5/8- flow, kink-resistant vinyl hose features durable PVC and zinc fittings. It also includes a protective sleeve for secure, leak-proof connections. Perfect for watering the flowers, washing the car or connecting to a lawn sprinkler, the AJH58-50 is weather, mildew and abrasion-resistant for reliable, year-round use.
           
          from NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Flexible, well made, and atractive
          PostedApril 23, 2017
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          We replaced a super heavy-duty ¾” garden hose with this one to use inside a hose reel, because the ¾” one was a real bear to pull out and to reel back in. This one seems much more flexible, and came with solid-looking fittings and a nice strain-relief where it attached to the male threaded end on the hose reel. It cranked back into the hose reel MUCH easier than the bulky (but strong) ¾” hose that it replaced.
          Installation was a snap, and there was no leaking of either the female fitting or male fitting connected to a spray nozzle. The hose washers provided seem to be well made and made a tight seal without having to crank them too tight. Just right.
          It’s hard to say how durable the Read More
          We replaced a super heavy-duty ¾” garden hose with this one to use inside a hose reel, because the ¾” one was a real bear to pull out and to reel back in. This one seems much more flexible, and came with solid-looking fittings and a nice strain-relief where it attached to the male threaded end on the hose reel. It cranked back into the hose reel MUCH easier than the bulky (but strong) ¾” hose that it replaced.
          Installation was a snap, and there was no leaking of either the female fitting or male fitting connected to a spray nozzle. The hose washers provided seem to be well made and made a tight seal without having to crank them too tight. Just right.
          It’s hard to say how durable the hose will be, but it seems to be flexible and well made. It will get a workout this summertime for sure, as we use it for watering plants, washing cars, and watering the lawn on a nearly daily basis.
          I’m hopeful that it will last a while, because it will also get some protection from the housing of the hose reel which will keep some of the hot sun off it.
          Overall, I’d recommend this, and would probably buy another like it if I needed more length or a hose for another spigot.
          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 Install, Strong, flexible
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          Simplicity at its finest. The MB2's modern day design will add a splash of style enhancing ones' curb appeal. With its clean lines and embossed side panels you can personalize it by applying house numbers or any adornment you see fit. Not only is it an attractive mailbox but it is also built to last. Made from galvanized steel then fully powder coated black inside and out for added corrosion resistance. With proper care, the MB2 should stay looking as good as the day you bought it for many years to come. Comes complete with a durable contrasting ABS flag and easy to open thumb latch already attached to front access door requiring no additional assembly. Just pull it out of the box and it is ready to be installed. Installation is made easy by the various options for mounting. The floor is predrilled with mounting holes in a pattern of 10 in. x 4 in. and also 5 in. x 5 in. giving you options if you are replacing an existing mailbox. If you prefer to mount using the body of the mailbox there are four embossed holes on both sides that are 3.8 in. apart. Installation hardware is not included with mailbox. Mounting bracket may be required to mount to post (not included). The MB2 post mount mailbox is USPS Approved by the Postmaster General. Color: White.
           
          from NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Big, but well made
          PostedApril 23, 2017
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          I guess that I should have read the dimensions more carefully when I selected this product, because it’s a big mailbox – about 2x the standard size we used to have. However, since we get a number of small packages, this may help out our mailperson!
          The mailbox itself seems very well made, of sturdy metal that is reinforced with an extra strip to make the door more rigid. No assembly of the box itself was required. The hook, red flag, and door were already installed and good to go. The box was well painted, too, both inside and out.
          I can’t fault the manufacturer for this, but the box arrived with two small dented areas and one spot where the paint seemed to be crinkled after being Read More
          I guess that I should have read the dimensions more carefully when I selected this product, because it’s a big mailbox – about 2x the standard size we used to have. However, since we get a number of small packages, this may help out our mailperson!
          The mailbox itself seems very well made, of sturdy metal that is reinforced with an extra strip to make the door more rigid. No assembly of the box itself was required. The hook, red flag, and door were already installed and good to go. The box was well painted, too, both inside and out.
          I can’t fault the manufacturer for this, but the box arrived with two small dented areas and one spot where the paint seemed to be crinkled after being dropped on that corner of the display box. I fault shipping for this – it seems like the display box is simply not rugged enough to survive the torture of going through a delivery service without some additional protection.
          At any rate, the dings were of little consequence to me. Our old mailbox was rusted badly, and had been whacked by a snowplow again this winter. Almost anything would have looked better than what we had, so I decided to mount it anyway.
          Since this was bigger than a standard size mailbox, I ended up cutting a new piece of plywood to serve as a mounting bracket to hold the box onto our 3” post. I simply removed screws holding an old piece of plywood on, cut a new piece to fit under the new mailbox, and mounted it to the mailbox post cross-beam with some wood screws. Then, I placed the mailbox over this new plywood bracket, and used some shorter wood screws to attach the mailbox to the sides of the plywood bracket. Very easy to do, and probably even easier if you buy a bracket kit, which I understand they also sell.
          The only issue I had was that I initially put the mailbox too far back on our post, so the door would not completely open without hitting the cross-beam on the post. Simple enough to fix – I just move the plywood bracket forward about an inch or so and reattached it.
          It’s a big improvement over our old mailbox. Much nicer looking, larger, and seemingly well made. It will be interesting to see how it fairs through a harsh winter, and how it holds up to the heat of the sun over the summertime.
          Overall, I would certainly recommend this mailbox to others looking for a larger mailbox. I’m very pleased with how well it was made and the ease of installation.
          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 Install, Nice Design, Sturdy
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          3M 3M Pro Grade Precision 3-2/3 in. x 9 in. 150 Grit Medium Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets (4-Pack)
          3M 3M Pro Grade Precision 3-2/3 in. x 9 in. 150 Grit Medium Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets (4-Pack)
          3M Pro Grade Precision Ultra Flexible Sanding sheets feature an innovative film backing so you can FOLD, ROLL or SHAPE into any form you need to get the job done. The tough backing resists puncture, tear and creases, helping the sheet keep its original shape. Use wet or dry. 150 Grit.
           
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Great product, just a little slippery
          PostedApril 1, 2017
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          The first thing I noticed about this sandpaper is that it’s NOT paper. Instead, it appears to be a thin film of plastic coated with abrasive. It’s definitely flexible, and the plastic backing seems to make it very rugged indeed. It was pretty easy to flex and shape it to work into corners while sanding edges in the panels of an exterior steel door we were prepping to repaint.
          However, the same film that makes it durable and flexible also makes it very hard to hold onto. So, be prepared to either wear rubber gloves or wrap it around a sanding block to keep it from slipping out of your grip. For detail work, I found that if I wrapped it so that part of the abrasive was on my fingers/palms, Read More
          The first thing I noticed about this sandpaper is that it’s NOT paper. Instead, it appears to be a thin film of plastic coated with abrasive. It’s definitely flexible, and the plastic backing seems to make it very rugged indeed. It was pretty easy to flex and shape it to work into corners while sanding edges in the panels of an exterior steel door we were prepping to repaint.
          However, the same film that makes it durable and flexible also makes it very hard to hold onto. So, be prepared to either wear rubber gloves or wrap it around a sanding block to keep it from slipping out of your grip. For detail work, I found that if I wrapped it so that part of the abrasive was on my fingers/palms, I could hold onto it well enough to work the sandpaper into tighter corners.
          The exterior steel door we were prepping had not seen any love in a very long time. It had a sheen to it, and there were spots of spray foam that a former resident had allowed to spray onto the metal surface of the door, and it’s probably been stuck on there for about 18 years. So, I thought, they said rugged and durable, this should be a good test.
          We weren’t trying to take the thing all the way down to bare metal, but I can tell you that this stuff easily cut through the top layer of sheen and grime, and easily took off that old spray-on foam too. It did not clog, and never even came close to tearing. After going over the entire door, the sheet still looked like it was almost new, and definitely had a lot more sanding power left in it.
          I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the abrasive and the durability of this sandpaper. It really worked great on what I would consider to be a pretty nasty, old, beat-up, and dirty surface, and I would certainly consider purchasing it for routine use.
          Just be forewarned that it’s slippery stuff, so you’ll want a sanding block or some gloves that have a grippy texture, maybe even just disposable nitrile or vinyl gloves to get a bit of grip. Once that is done, I think you will be very pleasantly surprised by its performance. Just don’t expect to tear a sheet to a smaller size – it’s not going to tear with that plastic backing! Use a pair of shears or a utility knife it you need to cut it down to something smaller, and you should be fine.
          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.
          Overall rating: 4.5 stars – just a little deduction because I wish they included something to help you hold onto the backing a bit better, but it’s really a minor point. Good stuff, and I hope you also like it! Read Less
          Pros: Easy to Use, High Quality of Material, Durable, flexible
          Cons: slippery
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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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          surrealist14
          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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          surrealist14
          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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          surrealist14
          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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          surrealist14
          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