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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          Modern Masters 1 qt. Satin Fortunate Express Yourself Front Door Paint is a high-quality, durable paint that allows you to change the look of your whole house in just one day. Formulated with never-fade technology, the color withstands the elements to retain a rich and vibrant look as time passes. Quick-dry formula allows easy completion of projects with no mess or heavy lifting. Simply leave your door on its hinges, paint and close the same day with no mess. Color: Fortunate Satin.
           
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Not even close to the "World's Best Front Door Paint"
          PostedApril 1, 2017
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          No, I do not recommend this product.
          My initial reaction to this color, called “Fortunate”, was that the company that makes it would be very, very “Fortunate” to sell any of that particular color. Think of a cross between pea soup and neon green, and it still doesn’t quite capture the awful shade that I was about to apply to a door.
          The exterior door that we chose was at least 18 years old, and had not been painted in some time. To get rid of old grime and make sure that the surface was ready to take paint, I followed the directions, and prepped door with light sanding. I used 3M Pro Grade Precision 3-2/3 in. x 9 in. 150 Grit Medium Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheet, a really nice product that I reviewed elsewhere.
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          My initial reaction to this color, called “Fortunate”, was that the company that makes it would be very, very “Fortunate” to sell any of that particular color. Think of a cross between pea soup and neon green, and it still doesn’t quite capture the awful shade that I was about to apply to a door.
          The exterior door that we chose was at least 18 years old, and had not been painted in some time. To get rid of old grime and make sure that the surface was ready to take paint, I followed the directions, and prepped door with light sanding. I used 3M Pro Grade Precision 3-2/3 in. x 9 in. 150 Grit Medium Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheet, a really nice product that I reviewed elsewhere.
          According to the directions, the existing base color did not require any priming, so I took them at their word. In retrospect, I think that priming would have helped, and perhaps would have eliminated some of the issues I encountered during actual application of the paint.
          Again following the directions on the glass jar, I used a 2 ½” high-quality Purdy brush. After opening the jar, I discovered the first negative (other than the color). There was a pull-off seal on top of jar that was absolutely ridiculous. It took a surprising amount of effort – like a manufacturered, tamper-proof pill bottle, it was extremely hard to pull off, and threatened to drop globs of paint that had adhered to the lid. Somehow I got the film off without a mishap, but still do not understand why such a seal was necessary when they had a perfectly good jar seal on top.
          Did I mention how horrible the color was? How unfortunate… but it was a free sample, and this door was so ugly anyway that any color should have been an improvement.
          Although the instructions called for a 2 or 2 ½ inch brush, after applying some paint, I would have preferred a wider jar opening to allow use of wider brush. This would have resulted in fewer brush strokes and probably less streaking. I could have dumped the paint into another open tray or paint bucket, but I was trying to stick to using the materials as provided.
          While applying the paint to the door, I noticed that there was quite a bit of foaming. In fact, I had not seen this kind of foaming since I used some Olympic stain, probably back in the late 1970’s.
          This paint did not come anywhere close to covering in one coat. The coverage was very disappointing, and brushing left lots of streaks, some paint puddling, and brush marks.
          On the plus side, a second coat for both sides of the door looks easily doable given the amount of paint provided in the jar. So, if you are going to use this, count on doing a second coat. For an exterior door, that’s probably a good idea anyway.
          Overall, I would have to conclude that this paint does not cover as well as other exterior paints, e.g. Benjamin Moore, which is my usual exterior paint of choice.
          I can’t emphasized enough just how un-“Fortunate” the color was… but after all, I wasn’t here to review the color, just the paint. Some people might like that brilliant green, but it just didn’t go well with my home. Oh well, that’s what sandpaper and additional coats of paint are for, right?
          A few changes such as a wider jar for use with wider brush and a less cumbersome jar seal would have been very welcomed and would have made the overall experience much better. I like the idea of the paint being in a conveniently recycleable jar, but since jars can seal extremely well, why was that film seal even there?
          Cleanup was extremely easy - soap and water, and I couldn’t even tell the brush had been in contact with the paint at all.
          On the positive side, this paint did seem to covered even discolored old paint and rust spots fairly well.
          However, due to the streaking, foaming, and other issues described, I would not purchase this paint for my own use. Regardless of the color! Expect brush streaks, foaming, and insufficient first coat coverage, despite meticulous prep and cleaning of surface per the instructions.
          Also on the positive side, this paint stays wet for a while, making it easier to work from a wet edge, but the drawback is that it requires a couple hours before recoating is possible.
          My overall rating – probably 2 ½ stars. It seems like an average paint, and hardly worthy of the title of World’s Greatest Front Door Paint.
          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 Clean, quantity adequate
          Cons: jar seal, streaking, foaming, jar too narrow
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          The Sno-Thro Maintenance Kit is made for Ariens Deluxe, Platinum and Professional models. It includes one 32 oz. 5W-30 oil, two fuel stabilizer packs, 5.25 oz. can of Snow Jet and 3 shear bolts.
           
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Verified Purchase:Yes
          Convenient to get these maintenance items in one box. A bit pricey for the content, however. An...
          PostedDecember 20, 2016
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          Convenient to get these maintenance items in one box. A bit pricey for the content, however. And why doesn't the maintenance kit include a new spark plug, too? Overall value could be better.
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          Manage all your cleaning tasks with a lightweight and easily maneuverable vacuum. The Hoover Air Steerable Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner is your answer to whole-home cleaning. Easily clean from room to room and up and down stairs with its lightweight design. This vacuum cleaner comes equipped with Hoover's exclusive WindTunnel 3 Technology, using three channels of suction that lift and remove deep-down embedded dirt. The steerable design allows you to swivel and turn around objects with a flick of the wrist. The vacuum's body reclines all the way to the floor to clean under furniture easily. The Hoover Air Steerable also has a telescopic handle with built-in wand that detaches with one simple touch. Switch easily from carpet to hardwoods with the multi-floor brushroll on/off option. A clear nozzle displays dirt removal and a no-scuff bumper will vacuum around furniture without leaving marks. And when you're done vacuuming, simply empty the debris with an convenient bottom-release cup. The Air Steerable has Level 3 AllergenBlock Technology blocking* 99% of allergen particles** from re-entering the air. *Based on ASTMF1977 using particle sizes down to 0.5 microns **Pet dander, dirt, dust & pollen particles picked up by your vacuum down to 0.5 microns Color: Metallics.
           
          from New Hampshire
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Usage frequency:Weekly
          Verified Purchase:Yes
          Better than old Dyson canister vacuum
          PostedAugust 2, 2016
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          This vacuum is extremely easy to maneuver, and picks up dust and hair that our previous Dyson canister vacuum has apparently been leaving behind for quite some time. It's very lightweight and easy to move up and down the stairs. Also, the extension hose is pretty easy to pull out, compared to the strong tug that made pulling out a Dyson upright's extension hose a chore. Aside from the canister being a little on the small side, we are very pleased with this vacuum, and the price was about half of what we would have had to pay for a similar Dyson.
          Pros: Easy to Use, Great Value, Nice Design, Performs Well
          Cons: Dust Chamber
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          This durable railing connector can be used with nominal 2 in. x 4 in. rails or most pre-assembled wood rail sections. It is pre-drilled for quick and easy attachment to both the rail and post. Stainless steel attachment screws are included in each pack.
           
          from New Hampshire
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Expensive plastic with chhezy screws
          PostedJuly 9, 2016
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          No, I do not recommend this product.
          Almost 13 bucks for 4 cheap plastic brackets, and the screws provided kept shearing off. A great idea killed by a ridiculous price and super cheap hardware. Big disappointment.
          Cons: cheap screws, expensive
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          6out of 6found this review helpful.
           
          The Lightning rail comes completely folded for ease of transportation and quickly racks for use as a horizontal rail or the custom angle of your stairs for a stair rail. The fast and easy installation of the 6 ft. Pre-assembled lightning rail makes it the perfect product for the do-it-yourselfer and the professional deck builder. Made of quality #1 southern yellow pine treated that is kiln dried after treatment (KDAT) and solid black aluminum balusters, your new stylish treated railing will be the talk of the neighborhood.
           
          from New Hampshire
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Great idea, poor execution
          PostedJuly 9, 2016
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          No, I do not recommend this product.
          These seemed like the perfect replacement for our worn out deck and stair rails. However, the quality was very disappointing. Boards were warped, chipped, dinged, not smooth, and worst of all, the height actually varies from unit to unit. This meant that we could not simply premount all of the brackets, because some would fit correctly and some would not seat fully into the bracket. Miserable. The brackets themselves are very expensive, and the 2" screws kept shearing off when trying to mount to a post. Seriously, they can't even provide a screw that doesn't shear off when driven into a post? I am sure they will look OK once we finish, but the installation is not nearly as simple as the Read More
          These seemed like the perfect replacement for our worn out deck and stair rails. However, the quality was very disappointing. Boards were warped, chipped, dinged, not smooth, and worst of all, the height actually varies from unit to unit. This meant that we could not simply premount all of the brackets, because some would fit correctly and some would not seat fully into the bracket. Miserable. The brackets themselves are very expensive, and the 2" screws kept shearing off when trying to mount to a post. Seriously, they can't even provide a screw that doesn't shear off when driven into a post? I am sure they will look OK once we finish, but the installation is not nearly as simple as the video would lead you to believe. This could be a truly great product with just a little improvement in materials and build quality. Beware of these, and don't even bother with the screws provided with the brackets. Read Less
          Cons: Difficult to Install, warped, size inconsistent, cheap screws
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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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          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