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 Toro Electric Power shovel snow blower delivers a 12 in. snow clearance, making this an ideal choice for sidewalks, steps, decks and small driveways. This powerful blower moves up to 300 lb. of snow per minute and blows snow up to 20 ft. away, helping you quickly and easily clear an area. The blower's telescoping handle alters the handle height to fit the user and its adjustable handle controls are easy to use. The blower is rust-resistant for long-lasting use.
           
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          Works really well for clearing our deck. Much easier...
          PostedJanuary 2, 2018
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          Works really well for clearing our deck. Much easier than manual shoveling! You just can't let the snow build up too deeply, or you'll have trouble. It will clear 5-6" pretty well - beyond that you are better off making multiple passes. Very pleased with the construction and performance of this!
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          EcoSmart EcoSmart 60-Watt Equivalent A15 Dimmable LED Light Bulb, Daylight (3-Pack)
          EcoSmart EcoSmart 60-Watt Equivalent A15 Dimmable LED Light Bulb, Daylight (3-Pack)
          The EcoSmart 60-Watt Equivalent A15 LED Flood Light Bulb uses only 6-Watt and lasts up to 20,000 hours. This LED bulb is energy efficient, can last up to 18.3 years and saves you $119.03 in energy costs over its life. The Daylight bulb may be used indoors and is dimmable for customized light.
           
          from NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
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          Make sure you need the A15 size, not A19. First of all, I feel like an idiot. I did not read car...
          PostedDecember 31, 2017
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          Make sure you need the A15 size, not A19.
          First of all, I feel like an idiot. I did not read carefully enough, and did not notice that these are A15 bulbs, not the normal-sized A19 bulbs. Oh well – my mistake. We have a small desk lamp that works well with these smaller bulbs, so we tried them in that, and they seem to work fine, at much less power than old incandescent bulbs.
          I could not try this feature, but they claim to be dimmable, and other products that we have purchased with the EcoSmart label have been dimmable and worked well, but I can’t offer a valid critique of how well these particular bulbs can be dimmed.
          The hue of light produced by these LEDs is a bit harsh to my Read More
          Make sure you need the A15 size, not A19.
          First of all, I feel like an idiot. I did not read carefully enough, and did not notice that these are A15 bulbs, not the normal-sized A19 bulbs. Oh well – my mistake. We have a small desk lamp that works well with these smaller bulbs, so we tried them in that, and they seem to work fine, at much less power than old incandescent bulbs.
          I could not try this feature, but they claim to be dimmable, and other products that we have purchased with the EcoSmart label have been dimmable and worked well, but I can’t offer a valid critique of how well these particular bulbs can be dimmed.
          The hue of light produced by these LEDs is a bit harsh to my eyes. It’s not the pleasant warm glow of most incandescent bulbs. To me, it’s closer to that nasty bluish office fluorescent light that all of us “cube dwellers” have come to despise so much. If you want a nice warm color, look to a different type of bulb.
          There has not been enough time before I needed to submit this review, so I can’t speak to the longevity of these bulbs. We did have some trouble with premature failures of other EcoSmart bulbs, so be forewarned. However, we also had trouble with Cree bulbs, and I frankly expected them to be brand-name rock solid, so your mileage might vary. Sadly, LED bulbs do not last forever, but they shouldn’t burn out as fast as a typical incandescent bulb.
          So, double-check the bulb size you want, decide if you need it to be dimmable, decide if you can live with a bluish-white color, and these might be for you. They are doing the job we need for now, but I would not go out of my way to purchase these again. However there truly is nothing wrong with them, so I can give them a recommendation.
          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: Compact, Eco-Friendly
          Cons: harsh light
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          Sqwincher Qwik Stik zero sugar powder concentrate electrolyte replacement beverage mix is a 0.11 oz. package of powdered sports beverage. The powder concentrate mixes with water to make 20 oz. of electrolyte beverage to help replenish fluids and electrolytes lost during physical work, exercise or illness or following exposure to extreme heat. The concentrate is sugar free low sodium and a great source of potassium.
           
          from NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Tastes decent, but pretty expensive. Upon receiving this product, I have to admit that I got off ...
          PostedDecember 31, 2017
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          No, I do not recommend this product.
          Tastes decent, but pretty expensive.
          Upon receiving this product, I have to admit that I got off on the wrong foot. The description clearly says “120-Stiks per Case”. However, the package that I got to evaluate had only one package of 30 Stiks. Apparently, there are four of these per case, but my evaluation only included one.
          Still, I received this to evaluate, so I thought it important to give the actual product a fair shake. I have a 32 oz water bottle that I usually fill about half full of ice, then the rest with filtered water. I thought this should come close to about 20 ounces of actual fluid.
          The instructions indicate that you should pour the contents of one Stik into a 20 oz Read More
          Tastes decent, but pretty expensive.
          Upon receiving this product, I have to admit that I got off on the wrong foot. The description clearly says “120-Stiks per Case”. However, the package that I got to evaluate had only one package of 30 Stiks. Apparently, there are four of these per case, but my evaluation only included one.
          Still, I received this to evaluate, so I thought it important to give the actual product a fair shake. I have a 32 oz water bottle that I usually fill about half full of ice, then the rest with filtered water. I thought this should come close to about 20 ounces of actual fluid.
          The instructions indicate that you should pour the contents of one Stik into a 20 oz bottle of water, shake well and enjoy. Or, for a more intense flavor, mix with a 16.9 oz bottle. So, I tried a single Stik first, and tried a few sips. The flavor was truly underwhelming. I could barely taste that I had added anything to my water. Maybe my actual fluid content was higher than 20 ounces?
          Giving the benefit of the doubt, I put in a 2nd Stik and shook well. A few more sips, and now the Peach Tea flavor came out, and was quite pleasant. Not quite as good as buying a true Peach iced tea, but pretty darned good, and in a convenient little tube that could be packed into a lunch bag or stored at the office. I guess I’m a fan of the “more intense flavor”.
          I drink a lot of water, and often used water “enhancers” to make regular H2O a bit more interesting. I have to say that this is not the best flavor I’ve tasted, but it’s far from the worst. Sadly, my review is during the winter when I am not sweating profusely, like I was when working on my deck this past summer. Therefore, I can’t really comment on any restorative power of the electrolytes added to these Stix, but at least I can pass on the label content for potential buyers.
          The name is a bit misleading. It’s “Squincher Zero”. This should not be confused with “zero calorie”, because it’s not. Each Stik has 5 calories, but no regular sugar. Sweetness is provided by sucralose, and is well down on the list of ingredients. In addition, there are 0g of Total Fat, 140 mg Sodium, 1g Total Carbohydrate, and 0g of Protein. For electrolytes they add in 109mg of Potassium and 145mg Vitamin C.
          The ingredients are, in order of appearance: Citric Acid, Flavor Blend [Includes Instant Tea, Natural Flavor, Color (Red 40, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Blue 1)], Potassium Citrate, Salt, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodum Citrate, Potassium Phosphate, Sucralose, Sodium Phosphate, Calcium Phosphate. The product is advertised as sold by The Sqwincher Corporation, Columbus MS, www.sqwincher.com.
          Further advertising content on the front indicates that the product is “Sugar Free No Aspartame”, “Low Calorie”, “Low Sodium”, “Gluten Free”, “Excellent Vitamin C Source”, and “Made in USA”. The front also indicates that the contents are “Sugar Free Electrolyte Power Mix”.
          I’d really like to try this product again in the summer, or after a particularly vigorous workout, to see if the extra electrolytes make a different. However, the Peach Ice Tea flavor is good, and is a pleasant addition to my everyday water. A case of 120 Stix goes for almost $39 on homedepot.com. You’d have to decide if this is worth 32-33 cents per Stik. It’s certainly cheaper that soda, and probably a lot better for you, too.
          I do like the product. I think it is a bit expensive, and so I can't really recommend it, but might change my opinion if I was able to try it out after a more extreme heat situation because of the extra electrolytes. Maybe it’s worth a try, and the flavor is pretty good. They have several other flavors, 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: Convenient
          Cons: expensive
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          The subtle water illumination makes the BONECO U200 a real eye-catcher - a unit for every home. The blue illumination can be switched on and off with the sliding switch on the backside of the main body. This handy and compact design fits anywhere and the cleaning is done quickly. Turning the U200 dial control clockwise switches the appliance on and at the same time regulates the mist output from low to high. The U200's high humidification output guarantees optimal humidification with a low energy consumption. The unit is also whisper-quiet, allowing for a restful sleep or an undisturbed working environment. The water level indicator clearly shows how much water is in the appliance. The appliance switches off automatically when the water tank is empty. The water level indicator illuminates red (red illumination cannot be switched off). Finally, scented aromatic substances, such as essential oils, can be added to the fragrance tray on the back of the BONECO U200 to disperse a pleasant aroma while it humidifies your room. Color: Whites.
           
          from NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          This is a very neat looking humidifier. We were excited to compare this product to a pair of rec...
          PostedNovember 1, 2017
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          No, I do not recommend this product.
          This is a very neat looking humidifier. We were excited to compare this product to a pair of recently purchased (Vava) ultrasonic humidifiers in about this same price range. Setup was straightforward, except that there is a “demineralization cartridge” that has to be soaked for 24 hours before use. This cartridge also has to be replaced every 2-6 months. Our other humidifiers did not require such a cartridge, but we don’t know if they are going to scale up with minerals or blow white mineral dust more than this Boneco U200.
          There was also an included “Hydro Cell” filter that needs to be rinsed off before use. It apparently uses some type of carbon or charcoal and is intended to keep the Read More
          This is a very neat looking humidifier. We were excited to compare this product to a pair of recently purchased (Vava) ultrasonic humidifiers in about this same price range. Setup was straightforward, except that there is a “demineralization cartridge” that has to be soaked for 24 hours before use. This cartridge also has to be replaced every 2-6 months. Our other humidifiers did not require such a cartridge, but we don’t know if they are going to scale up with minerals or blow white mineral dust more than this Boneco U200.
          There was also an included “Hydro Cell” filter that needs to be rinsed off before use. It apparently uses some type of carbon or charcoal and is intended to keep the water fresh. It is supposed to be replaced every 1 to 2 months.
          So, right away, there are two disposables that need regular replacements, something not required by the other humidifiers we purchased.
          The tank itself also seems a bit harder to clean. The other humidifiers have a very smooth, rounded water chamber, whereas this one has a more complicated cap, and requires reaching in if you want to wash it out with a cloth or sponge.
          When turned on, I was surprised that the unit actually produces a bit of sound. The others were essentially silent, but this one makes a bit of a background “whooshing” noise. It’s not loud or unpleasant, just unexpected.
          There’s a pleasing blue LED that makes a nice night light, and which can also be turned off. The controls are very simple; just a dial from off to max output. The direction of the mist is controlled with a simple circular nozzle adjustment on the top of the unit. It also has an auto-shutoff if it runs out of water.
          Overall, this seems to be a well-made and well-considered ultrasonic humidifier. I don’t like the idea of having to buy consumables so often, but it may be that these actually improve the air/water quality and extend the overall life of the unit. I don’t have enough run time on either type of humidifier to be able to tell yet, but based on the relative cost and the extra consumables, I can't really recommend this humidifier over others.
          It’s small, has a fragrance tray if you want to use it with essential oils (not available on our other humidifiers, and not something we are likely to use), and very simple to use. I hope that it stands up well over time, and doesn’t cost us a small fortune in replacement consumables. The tank is also small, so expect to refill this about every day. The tank has a handle to make it easy to carry back and forth to the sink. It also has a cover, so it may be a bit less likely to spill as the water sloshes back and for while travelling to and from the sink.
          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: Good Size & Weight, Stylish
          Cons: Difficult to Install, consumables
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          The Milwaukee Fastback Flip Utility Knife and Fastback Compact Flip Utility Knife are designed to improve user productivity. Press and Flip 1-handed opening provides fast access to the blade. A tool free blade change allows for fast and efficient adjustments, while a thin body design makes it easy for a user to store the knife in their pocket. These Milwaukee hand tools are designed to save time and Money. The Milwaukee 48-22-1950 is a 50-pack of General Purpose Utility Blades. Milwaukee General Purpose Utility Blades are designed to maximize cutting performance and durability in most common jobsite materials. Milwaukee utility blades are engineered to fit Milwaukee and most standard utility knives.
           
          from NH
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          This set came with two different utility knives, plus a 50-pack of Milwaukee utility blades. I l...
          PostedNovember 1, 2017
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          This set came with two different utility knives, plus a 50-pack of Milwaukee utility blades. I liked the folding design of both knifes, which stores most of the blade inside the body of the knife. On one of the knives, however, there is a “gut hook”, which does leave a portion of the blade exposed. Someone with small fingers might accidentally get into this area and cut themselves, and I don’t think the hook is a feature that I would be apt to use very often. That knife also has a notched area that can be used as a wire stripper. I’d usually use a different tool for that, but it’s a nice addition to the overall functionality of the knife.
          I liked the locking backs, and with the push of a Read More
          This set came with two different utility knives, plus a 50-pack of Milwaukee utility blades. I liked the folding design of both knifes, which stores most of the blade inside the body of the knife. On one of the knives, however, there is a “gut hook”, which does leave a portion of the blade exposed. Someone with small fingers might accidentally get into this area and cut themselves, and I don’t think the hook is a feature that I would be apt to use very often. That knife also has a notched area that can be used as a wire stripper. I’d usually use a different tool for that, but it’s a nice addition to the overall functionality of the knife.
          I liked the locking backs, and with the push of a button and a flick of your wrist, the blade opens right up for use. Nice!
          These knives do not come with any storage area for extra blades. However, changing blades is a snap. There is a simple push-button that releases the blade and allows you to remove/reverse/replace it.
          Overall the knives seem very well made and durable. Both have a spring hook to allow the knife to be clipped onto something like a pocket, but the spring clip on the knife with the “gut hook” is just a bent piece of wire, and seems a bit flimsy. In fact, you can already see some scratches in the red surface where this spring wire has moved back and forth a few times. Not a deal-breaker at this price, however, but I like the more solid design of the spring clip on the simple knife better. The smaller knife also has a hole that could be used to connect a lanyard or tether – a nice addition if you are always misplacing your knife like I do when I get busy!
          Getting a full 50-pack of blades plus two knives at this price seems like a deal that is hard to beat. Both knives are comfortable to hold and use, and the folding design makes them quite compact compared to a typical utility knife. The classic Milwaukee red coloring makes them easy to spot, too. I’m favoring these over my Irwin and DeWalt knives already!
          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, Light Weight, Strong, Sturdy
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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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          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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          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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          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