surrealist14
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      • Review count
        73
      • Helpfulness votes
        30
      • Average rating
        4.0
        4 out of 5
      • First Review:
        November 4, 2014
      • Last Review:
        August 7, 2019
       
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          Life is About Using the Whole Box of Crayons Wall Plaque is a great addition to any room. The Plaque is built to hang but could easily be leaned against a wall or set of a large easel. Make a statement by adding positivity to your home or office.
           
          from Nashua, NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          A fun and inspirational addition to any home or office wall! I loved this the moment I saw it, be...
          PostedMarch 15, 2018
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          A fun and inspirational addition to any home or office wall!
          I loved this the moment I saw it, because its saying fits my philosophy to a tee! “Life is about using the whole box of crayons”. The only way it could have been better is if there had also been some reference to “Sometimes it’s good to color outside the lines”!
          The product looks like a weathered wood, but it’s actual some type of plastic or composite, apparently laminated to some type of fiberboard, and seems very well made. It also has a sawtooth hanger pre-attached, something that is often a pain to add to store-bought wall hangings.
          It’s part of the Stonebriar Collection from CKK Industrial Ltd., and the back indicates Read More
          A fun and inspirational addition to any home or office wall!
          I loved this the moment I saw it, because its saying fits my philosophy to a tee! “Life is about using the whole box of crayons”. The only way it could have been better is if there had also been some reference to “Sometimes it’s good to color outside the lines”!
          The product looks like a weathered wood, but it’s actual some type of plastic or composite, apparently laminated to some type of fiberboard, and seems very well made. It also has a sawtooth hanger pre-attached, something that is often a pain to add to store-bought wall hangings.
          It’s part of the Stonebriar Collection from CKK Industrial Ltd., and the back indicates that it’s designed in the USA but made in China. It also indicates that it is California 93120 compliant for Formaldehyde Phase 2. Sounds like a good thing… It seems a bit pricier than something you might find in an outlet store, but the quality also seems better.
          Most of all, I am looking forward to putting this near my desk where I can view it whenever I’m having a challenging day. It’s sure to bring a smile to my face, and I’m very pleased with this 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
          Pros: Excellent Quality, Looks Great, Nice Design, Well Made
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          Wagner's 100% Striped Sunflower Seed is a favorite seed of most wild birds. Striped Sunflower Seeds will attract larger songbirds because they have larger and thicker shells. When you use Wagner's Wild Bird Food you receive the benefit of over 100 years experience in formulating products that Wild Birds love.
           
          from Nashua, NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          A sturdy bag of seed that birds of all types seem to like. We only have positive things to say ab...
          PostedFebruary 25, 2018
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          A sturdy bag of seed that birds of all types seem to like.
          We only have positive things to say about this seed. The bag is sturdier than many similar-sized packages. We fill the feeder, and birds of every color and size flock to it. They seem to completely enjoy it, and come back for more, thoroughly entertaining us and our curious cat in the process.
          Seems like a great product that the birds like much better than the discount seed we often see in job-lot stores or grocery stores. We feel like they are getting a better product, and since we want the birds to stay healthy and happy, I am sure that we will buy this seed again, and recommend it to others.
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          A sturdy bag of seed that birds of all types seem to like.
          We only have positive things to say about this seed. The bag is sturdier than many similar-sized packages. We fill the feeder, and birds of every color and size flock to it. They seem to completely enjoy it, and come back for more, thoroughly entertaining us and our curious cat in the process.
          Seems like a great product that the birds like much better than the discount seed we often see in job-lot stores or grocery stores. We feel like they are getting a better product, and since we want the birds to stay healthy and happy, I am sure that we will buy this seed again, and recommend it to others.
          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: High Quality, birds love it
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          Triple Action. Green and Black. Tensile 6,744 lbs. 30kN. Weighs 3 oz., 7/8 in. gate opening. Length 4.4 in. 2.8 in. W. Key lock gate nose. Meets ANSI Z133; CE EN362:2004/B standards.
           
          from Nashua, NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Large, solid, and extremely well-made carabiner. When we saw this for the first time, my wife and...
          PostedFebruary 25, 2018
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          Large, solid, and extremely well-made carabiner.
          When we saw this for the first time, my wife and I both thought “Wow, that’s big”. I guess we should have read the dimensions a bit more carefully.
          However, we quickly forgot about how large it was after checking out how well it is made. It’s beefy and very sturdy. To open it, you have to push a knurled knob up, give it a quarter turn, and then move the hinged side out of the revealed slot. All of this makes for an incredibly secure closure.
          My wife has used a cheap clip-on carabiner to secure her pocketbook to the shopping cart whenever she is in a store. We’ve heard of too many pocketbooks being stolen while shoppers were looking at Read More
          Large, solid, and extremely well-made carabiner.
          When we saw this for the first time, my wife and I both thought “Wow, that’s big”. I guess we should have read the dimensions a bit more carefully.
          However, we quickly forgot about how large it was after checking out how well it is made. It’s beefy and very sturdy. To open it, you have to push a knurled knob up, give it a quarter turn, and then move the hinged side out of the revealed slot. All of this makes for an incredibly secure closure.
          My wife has used a cheap clip-on carabiner to secure her pocketbook to the shopping cart whenever she is in a store. We’ve heard of too many pocketbooks being stolen while shoppers were looking at an item, and it doesn’t take long for someone to pluck a bag off a cart. The clip-on gave some protection, and we hope it would delay a would-be thief for long enough for them to either give up or be noticed/apprehended.
          She has started using this one instead, and it’s so much better made. If a thief wanted to snatch the pocketbook after it’s clipped on with this carabiner, they’d better be an experienced mountaineer. Once you are used to it, the push-turn-unlatch system is easy to use, but I bet that not many thieves see a carabiner like this. It would probably slow down and confound most thieves out there, and they’d move on for easier pickings. The thing is built so well that there’s no way they could break it unless they were carrying hefty bolt-cutters. They’d be better off just cutting through the straps of the pocketbook instead.
          Obviously, this is a very off-label use for such a cool carabiner, but it does illustrate what a cool, versatile, and well-made device it is. If I had to rig up some ropes for tree trimming or hoisting something, I would not hesitate to use this device. It’s built like a tank and looks like it would hold a significant amount of weight. And, it’s not so big that my wife can’t carry it in her pocketbook!
          We’re both very impressed, and would recommend this carabiner to others!
          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, Multi Use, Strong
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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.
           
          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.
           
          from Nashua, NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          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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          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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          December 23, 2015
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          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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          July 19, 2016
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          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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          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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          October 10, 2016
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          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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          May 15, 2016
          No manual with item.
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          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