Michael
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    90
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  • Average rating
    4.2
    4.2 out of 5
  • First Review:
    December 16, 2011
  • Last Review:
    July 15, 2019
 
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      • Review count
        90
      • Helpfulness votes
        47
      • Average rating
        4.2
        4.2 out of 5
      • First Review:
        December 16, 2011
      • Last Review:
        July 15, 2019
       
      Questions & Answers
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          Michael's Reviews
           
          The B980 Security Bundle combines all of our top security features. The Automatic Garage Door Lock secures the garage door every time it closes, so that you know your home is always protected. Our quietest DC Belt Drive opener has built in Wi-Fi for the easiest way to connect the opener, MyQ for smartphone monitoring and control and Security+ 2.0, our proprietary full encryption technology, to prevent hacking. Set up customized notification and alerts on the MyQ App, so you know in real time when your garage door opens or closes. Battery Backup capability keeps your garage door operational through even the toughest storms. Keep your home guarded with our top security package.
           
          from Farmington, MI
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
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          Received free product:Yes
          Does this REALLY deserve five stars? Abso-freaking-lutely. This is my fifth or sixth garage door ...
          PostedJuly 15, 2019
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          Does this REALLY deserve five stars? Abso-freaking-lutely.
          This is my fifth or sixth garage door opener install. This Chamberlain has the best manual on the face of the earth. Whether this is your first or fifth installation, this manual clearly walks you through every step. There are tons links to online videos to explain a particular step in the process.
          OK, enough with the manual. The actual installation took me 2-3 hours working by myself at a relaxed pace. Unlike the last brand I bought, there was NO modifications needed. Everything just went together well. The only thing that caused me a bit of stress was drilling the holes for the electronic dead bolt. However, Chamberlain Read More
          Does this REALLY deserve five stars? Abso-freaking-lutely.
          This is my fifth or sixth garage door opener install. This Chamberlain has the best manual on the face of the earth. Whether this is your first or fifth installation, this manual clearly walks you through every step. There are tons links to online videos to explain a particular step in the process.
          OK, enough with the manual. The actual installation took me 2-3 hours working by myself at a relaxed pace. Unlike the last brand I bought, there was NO modifications needed. Everything just went together well. The only thing that caused me a bit of stress was drilling the holes for the electronic dead bolt. However, Chamberlain included a self-adhesive template to drill through. Lock bolted on perfectly.
          The belt drive is super quiet and eliminates the need for lubrication of a chain. Having the electronic deadbolt is a nice feature. A steel rod locking the door in place gives you a great feeling of security. My favorite feature is the battery backup. We lose power a couple times a year and it'll be nice not struggling to lift a dead door.
          The Internet connection to the garage door opener was very easy to connect to my home wifi. I ran into a snag when putting the app on my phone. It's a bit confusing when the app asks you what you're connecting to and I answered a ceiling-mounted garage door opener. The app just wouldn't connect. I called Chamberlain and they pointed out I should have selected "hub" instead of the opener. It's now online so I can see if I left the door open when I'm away from home.
          One odd thing was the instruction to use regular or CFL light bulbs, no LEDs. Chamberlain says LEDs may interfere with the wifi signal.
          All in all, a very satisfying installation. Read Less
          Pros: Easy to Install, High Quality, Sturdy, Well Made
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          With the GoWISE USA 2-in-1 Smokeless Indoor Electric Grill, you don't have to wait for nice weather in order to enjoy some grilled food. Prepare tender steaks, flaky fish fillets, juicy hamburgers or grilled vegetables. Cook up your favorite breakfast foods, like a stack of pancakes, scrambled eggs, and a side of bacon smoke-free, right in your kitchen. Included is a recipe book containing ten grill and ten griddle recipes to help you get started. Both the grill and griddle are non-stick, making clean-up effortless and at 21.5 in. x 14 in. the Smokeless Electric Grill can fit in any kitchen.
           
          from Farmington, MI
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Nice idea, but quite underpowered. For example, cooking four 1/3 pound hamburgers took 20 minute...
          PostedJuly 8, 2019
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          No, I do not recommend this product.
          Nice idea, but quite underpowered. For example, cooking four 1/3 pound hamburgers took 20 minutes after I had let it warm up for 15 minutes. Absolutely no smoke or splatter though.
          I tried it the next morning with the included griddle. Hash browns came out OK, but again took forever. When I dumped scrambled eggs onto the surface, they ran for exit and were draining quickly into the drip pan underneath. I was hoping the eggs would start to solidify sooner and I lost a couple before the cooking started.
          Where this grill really excels is its ease of cleaning. It comes completely apart in about 15 seconds. I was able to easily wash off the grease, eggs, etc. with a sponge. It's dishwasher Read More
          Nice idea, but quite underpowered. For example, cooking four 1/3 pound hamburgers took 20 minutes after I had let it warm up for 15 minutes. Absolutely no smoke or splatter though.
          I tried it the next morning with the included griddle. Hash browns came out OK, but again took forever. When I dumped scrambled eggs onto the surface, they ran for exit and were draining quickly into the drip pan underneath. I was hoping the eggs would start to solidify sooner and I lost a couple before the cooking started.
          Where this grill really excels is its ease of cleaning. It comes completely apart in about 15 seconds. I was able to easily wash off the grease, eggs, etc. with a sponge. It's dishwasher safe, but I usually wash the big stuff by hand. Read Less
          Pros: Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, Nice Design
          Cons: Performance
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          The Aquapop Maxi includes a self-extendable hose that conveniently fits within the durable and waterproof container bag. This hose is both practical and easy to use, ideal for washing surfaces and watering plants in gardens or on terraces and balconies. The expandable hose stretches from 32.5 ft. to up to 100 ft. when fully extended, all while maintaining consistent water pressure. After use, the emptied hose retracts and fits within the waterproof bag provided. This kit also includes a 3-jet ergonomic nozzle with an adjustable flow rate.
           
          from Farmington, MI
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          I've never had an Italian-made garden hose before. I guess this is the Ferrari of hoses. At 100 ...
          PostedJuly 6, 2019
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          I've never had an Italian-made garden hose before. I guess this is the Ferrari of hoses.
          At 100 feet in length, I can pretty much reach everywhere in the front yard. No more daisy chaining hoses to get to the back of the car for rinsing. Although this hose does not contract enough to be called "self coiling," its light weight and non-kinking make it cinch to roll up for storage.
          Speaking of storage, I thought the included "hose purse" was a bit gimmicky, but it actually works great for storing. I can stuff the hose in and hang the bag on the wall instead of having a big pile of spaghetti to manage.
          The covering and fittings are much better quality than the as-seen-on-TV hose. I own Read More
          I've never had an Italian-made garden hose before. I guess this is the Ferrari of hoses.
          At 100 feet in length, I can pretty much reach everywhere in the front yard. No more daisy chaining hoses to get to the back of the car for rinsing. Although this hose does not contract enough to be called "self coiling," its light weight and non-kinking make it cinch to roll up for storage.
          Speaking of storage, I thought the included "hose purse" was a bit gimmicky, but it actually works great for storing. I can stuff the hose in and hang the bag on the wall instead of having a big pile of spaghetti to manage.
          The covering and fittings are much better quality than the as-seen-on-TV hose. I own one of the other ones & everything about it is flimsy.
          A couple of things I didn't like: The hard plastic nozzle scratches very easily if you drag it across a paved driveway (see photo). The other is that it takes about a minute for pressure to build up in the hose before anything comes out. You have to close nozzle from time to time to be able to spray at high pressure. Read Less
          Pros: Durable, Great Quality, Stylish
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          GearWrench introduced the original patented 5° ratcheting wrench in 1996 and quickly became a go-to brand for professional automotive technicians. The innovation didn't stop there. Year after year, the GearWrench brand continues to expand its line-in ratcheting tools and beyond-to help automotive and industrial technicians get their jobs done faster and easier. Having the right tool for the job is critical and technicians working in cramped spaces understand better than anyone the power of this simple statement. This wide range is the backbone that gives GearWrench its reputation for unprecedented speed, strength and access. The result is increased productivity for those who keep GearWrench tools in their box.
           
          from Farmington, MI
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Nice useful assortment of the most common hammers. The ones you would most likely damage (ball p...
          PostedJune 26, 2019
          Overall rating 
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          Nice useful assortment of the most common hammers. The ones you would most likely damage (ball peen, drilling, and deadblow) have nice fiberglass handles to prevent decapitation (of the hammer, not you).
          The rubber mallet and non-marring hammer probably won't be used in a "smack the snot out of it" situation so their wood and tubular steel handles should be fine.
          What I really liked was the tray they arrived in. I thought I could use it to hang the set from pegboard (to make myself look just a tiny bit more organized). The molded in tabs on the tray are near the front edge so using those to hang this set would put a lot of pressure on the pegboard (see photo below).
          My storage Read More
          Nice useful assortment of the most common hammers. The ones you would most likely damage (ball peen, drilling, and deadblow) have nice fiberglass handles to prevent decapitation (of the hammer, not you).
          The rubber mallet and non-marring hammer probably won't be used in a "smack the snot out of it" situation so their wood and tubular steel handles should be fine.
          What I really liked was the tray they arrived in. I thought I could use it to hang the set from pegboard (to make myself look just a tiny bit more organized). The molded in tabs on the tray are near the front edge so using those to hang this set would put a lot of pressure on the pegboard (see photo below).
          My storage issues aside, this is a typical well made set of tools from Gearwrench. Read Less
          Pros: Durable, Good Size & Weight, Strong
          Cons: hanging tray on wall would be difficult
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          This is a full-function, easy-to-read digital level. Its 6 dedicated function buttons make it easy to navigate between the level's modes and units. The buttons include on/off, calibration, reference angle, hold, mode and sound. The dedicated calibration button makes calibration straight-forward assuring accuracy. The level has a bright green LED display that you can see in most any lighting condition. This level is IP54 certified to be water and dust resistant. It provides accurate measurements in any weather, from 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C). This is all built into a sturdy milled aluminum frame with built-in magnets for steady use on metal.
           
          from Farmington, MI
          Age Range:55 to 64
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          Gender:Male
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Received free product:Yes
          Not too big, not too small size, good all-around choice to have in your tool bag. It has a bit o...
          PostedJune 23, 2019
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          Not too big, not too small size, good all-around choice to have in your tool bag. It has a bit of heft to it so it doesn't feel like a cheap knock-off.
          I liked the powerful magnets. It's the first level I've had that actually will hold itself to a pipe without feeling like it would fall off at any moment.
          Nice, well-lit display makes it super easy to see what's level for those of us in the over-50 demographic. The display can be inverted so you can use those above-mentioned magnets without having to read the display upside down, too. Nice little beep the goes off when plumb or level, too.
          And the cordura bag is a nice touch to prevent me from getting it all banged up while in the Read More
          Not too big, not too small size, good all-around choice to have in your tool bag. It has a bit of heft to it so it doesn't feel like a cheap knock-off.
          I liked the powerful magnets. It's the first level I've had that actually will hold itself to a pipe without feeling like it would fall off at any moment.
          Nice, well-lit display makes it super easy to see what's level for those of us in the over-50 demographic. The display can be inverted so you can use those above-mentioned magnets without having to read the display upside down, too. Nice little beep the goes off when plumb or level, too.
          And the cordura bag is a nice touch to prevent me from getting it all banged up while in the tool bag/box/bucket.
          I wasn't a big fan of the battery door. Four size 0 Philips screws to get out. I can see those getting lost or damaged quickly. Oh, and the batteries were installed backwards when I first opened the package so you may need to unscrew the door when new to flip those around. Read Less
          Pros: Accurate, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight
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          The Project Series sprayers are designed to easily handle homeowner and handyman projects such as doors, trim, interior walls, ceilings, decks or fences or any project that is 3 gal. or less. Ideal for those painting up to 25 gallons per year. The TrueCoat 360 VSP delivers amazing results with speed and finesse, allowing you to finish your project in half the time it would take using brushes and rollers. With its VacuValve technology, you can spray in any direction - even upside down. Use its variable speed control to determine the pace you need for a given project.
           

          Can you use oil based paint?

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          Mike
          June 29, 2019
          Can you use oil based paint?
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          Michael
          Farmington, MI
          June 30, 2019
          Answer: 
          Yes, it's a bit more of a pain to clean up, but you can use it.
           
          Combining simple functionality and beautiful artistry, the Broan Decorative 70 CFM Exhaust Fan with Light is a must-have for your bathroom. This decorative bath fan features a styled glass globe and a satin nickel finish for an elegant touch. Featuring a durable steel construction, it requires two standard 60-watt maximum incandescent bulbs for bright illumination.
           

          Can the fan and light be operated independantly?

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          rfrx7phx
          Akron, Ohio
          May 6, 2014
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          Michael
          May 13, 2019
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          Yes
           
          This Toro 22 in. Personal Pace Recycler lawnmower gives you a powerful performance and lightweight agility. Powered by a 7.25 ft-lb Gross Torque Briggs & Stratton EXi 163cc w/Ready Start - no need to prime or choke. Includes Just Check & Add feature - no oil changes for the life of the engine. This mower features our exclusive Personal Pace Self-Propel System, which allows you to mow at speeds that are infinitely adjustable to your walking pace up to 4.8 miles per hour. The Quick Wash washout port is standard for easy cleaning.
           

          Does the mower charge the battery when mower is running

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          Bigk
          April 25, 2019
          Does the mower charge the battery when mower is running
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          Michael
          Farmington, MI
          April 25, 2019
          Answer: 
          No, the mower comes with an adapter to plug into a wall outlet. I find that I can go months without charging the battery with 3-4 starts per week.
           
          ClosetMaid Style+ is a stylish, yet affordable organization solution. The clean, versatile design creates shelving storage in closets and throughout the home. The shelving tower can be used alone or in combination with other Style+ items, creating a personalized solution.
           

          Does this come with wall mounting hardware?

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          Jai
          November 8, 2018
          Does this come with wall mounting hardware?
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          Michael
          April 23, 2019
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          Yes
           
          Milwaukee’s 10 ft./3 m Keychain Tape Measure with LED features an LED Light to help users more easily read measurements in low light conditions. 4-point reinforced frame for protection against damage from dropping. For added functionality the tape measure is equipped with a magnetic back for storage. A secure, heavy-duty keychain clip gives it the versatility to clip onto almost anything from belts to key rings. Like all Milwaukee tape measures, its backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
           

          when will this item be available?

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          Mantequilla
          November 2, 2018
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          Michael
          Farmington, MI
          December 23, 2018
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          In stores now!