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KINGSO 6Pcs Stainless Steel Self Adhesive Stick Wall Hook Hanger Holder
KINGSO 6Pcs Stainless Steel Self Adhesive Stick Wall Hook Hanger Holder
Offered by Oxelaz
Price: £2.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Hooks from the other side of the world......, 9 July 2016
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Self adhesive metal hooks. Appear to be thin stainless steel. Nice small size and look good. Adhesive pad is suspect though, so don't be too ambitious with what you hang on it as it will come away. Read suppliers details carefully - mine took ages to arrive and when it did it had spent a few weeks travelling from the other side of the world. My fault, should have read the small print.


20L Litre Backpack Knapsack Pressure Sprayer Crop Garden Weed Killer Chemicals
20L Litre Backpack Knapsack Pressure Sprayer Crop Garden Weed Killer Chemicals
Offered by KD & Jay
Price: £15.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good sprayer for the large garden - but it is heavy., 9 July 2016
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Initially I wasn't impressed with this sprayer. The design is similar to other branded sprayers, though it comes in cheaper. It does required some assembly, but this only takes a few minutes once you've worked out where everything goes, particularly the pumping arm. The instructions aren't that clear but the picture on the box helps a lot.

Now I don't know how many of use will be able to carry this full on their backs. 20L of water with weed killer in it is heavy (it would be the same weight without the weed killer, but wouldn't work as well!). I now fill it about 2/3rds full maximum, which makes it manageable, and use the carry handle rather than attempting to get it on my back. This can make pumping slightly awkward, but it works.

Talking about pumping - this is a large container and suited for large gardens. It certainly isn't an aerosol can and you can expect a few pumps to last only for less than half a minute spraying before you pump again. This does make you use the weed killer carefully and target your weeds carefully. Nevertheless I find that having such a large reservoir is handy if you have a large garden, as I do. In fact I store the sprayer (carefully and out of reach of children, etc) with some killer ready mixed, so I can grab it and spray without any fuss.

It works, it's good value at the price, it comes with a selection of spray nozzles and lance, and it's ideal for liquid weedkillers. So after getting used to the thing, I've no complaints at all.


1 Litre Carpet Moth Killer (SAFE AND AFFECTIVE ON ALL CARPETS AND RUGS)
1 Litre Carpet Moth Killer (SAFE AND AFFECTIVE ON ALL CARPETS AND RUGS)
Offered by Sales Direct Online
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Defective packaging - but otherwise probably a good fix., 25 May 2016
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Finding some larvae that looked like rice grains on our carpet led to some detective work to find what they were. Carpet Moth was the verdict - and they are not good news as they munch through the underside when you're not looking and ruin the carpet. As they have in one room.

We bought this product as a quick fix on the strength of other reviews. You get a decent size bottle for your money. It has a trigger squeeze top with either spray or stream settings. I used it on the worst affected part of our carpet and time will tell if it's effective - a few months probably. Not so good was the trigger spray which squirts the chemicals out of its' base and all over your hands. I'm sure this is not intended but despite an immediate rinse I got a strange blister like feeling in my hand some time later - it lasted about an hour. As one of the warnings given in microscopic type on the bottle is "avoid skin contact", I will be avoiding any contact at all until I have sourced a new trigger spray to fit.......
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Philips myBathroom Fit LED Wall Lamp, 2 x 2.5 W Integrated LED - Chrome
Philips myBathroom Fit LED Wall Lamp, 2 x 2.5 W Integrated LED - Chrome
Price: £52.07

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic bathroom LED wall lights, 25 May 2016
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I bought these LED lights for a bathroom we were having refitted. Now they are in place they display a very nice warm white and look just the part. I'll let you judge by the picture.......
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Minger LED Strip Light 16.4ft 300leds RGB SMD 3528 Color Changing Full Kit with 24-keys IR Remote Controller & 2A Power Supply for Home Lighting, Kitchen, Christmas, Indoor Decoration
Minger LED Strip Light 16.4ft 300leds RGB SMD 3528 Color Changing Full Kit with 24-keys IR Remote Controller & 2A Power Supply for Home Lighting, Kitchen, Christmas, Indoor Decoration
Offered by AlierKin Uk
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb colour lighting effects - highly recommended., 25 May 2016
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This product is excellent. A complete "ready to install" kit with everything that you need for use indoors (the LEDs are not waterproof). Does everything it says on the tin. Saw these in Dunholm Mill for £29.99 and I haven't been able to tell the difference, so at this price it's something of a bargain.

The mains transformer unit plugs into any normal power socket. From there a 12v cable extends to the control box - a small unit measuring about 35mm x 20mm x 10mm deep - which has a plug in 4 pin output to the LED string and a further lead which ins the sensor for the supplied remote control. This sensor has to be kept in line of sight with the supplied remote controller, so positioning needs a bit of thought. The supplied flat LED string is around 5m long but can be cut to a shorter length if you require - the cut marks are indicated on the back of the string and are easily cut with a pair of scissors - obviously cut from the end furthest from the power supply and turn the power off first! The LED string is backed with peel off self adhesive strip, so installation onto a flat dry surface is simple. The instructions supplied are basic but in practice these are simplicity itself to install provide you use the tips here.

So how do they look? In a word great. Don't forget that the strength of this kind of display is to have the actual LEDs out of sight and use them to illuminate a surface - a wall comes to mind. If you install with the LEDs facing you then all you get is a string of very small pretty lights rather like a second rate Blackpool; this is not the best way to use these! By washing a wall or similar surface then the Red Green and Blue LEDs combine to offer a vast array of colours, including white when all the LEDs are illuminated.

In my case I was offering perhaps the most favourable of surfaces to reflect from - my home cinema screen. This measures 3 metres across by nearly 2m high and is set behind a simple staging with wings. A cut length of the LEDs across the base of the screen washes upwards in a very convincing and smooth manner, giving the effect of curtains when a film is not actually being projected. I have added a picture to this review so that you can appreciate the wash effect (a movie was too large to upload on my speeds!) on a fixed blue - the remote allows fade, brightness, and either sudden colour changes or a smooth fade effect through either 3 or 7 shades - the speed of the fade can be adjusted.

This is a remarkable package for the right environment. Very highly recommended.
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1x Drum for Brother DR-2300 DCP-L 2500 D / 2500 Series / 2520 DW / 2540 DN / DW 2560/2700 DW / L HL-2300 D / 2300 Series / 2320 D / D 2321/2340 DW / 2360 DN / 2360 DW / 2361 DN / 2365 DW / DW 2380 / MFC-L 2701/2700 DW / 2700 Series / 2701 DW / 2703 DW / DW 2720/2740 CW / DW 2740 - 12,000 pages
1x Drum for Brother DR-2300 DCP-L 2500 D / 2500 Series / 2520 DW / 2540 DN / DW 2560/2700 DW / L HL-2300 D / 2300 Series / 2320 D / D 2321/2340 DW / 2360 DN / 2360 DW / 2361 DN / 2365 DW / DW 2380 / MFC-L 2701/2700 DW / 2700 Series / 2701 DW / 2703 DW / DW 2720/2740 CW / DW 2740 - 12,000 pages
Offered by Silver Trade GmbH_1
Price: £30.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good buy - may need a couple of print runs to settle in., 5 April 2016
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Bought a pair of these lookalikes after the starter cartridge on my Brother 2340 expired very quickly. How come Brother make such a superb printer for a price half that of a few years ago, economise on toner powder (the cartridge "hardware" must cost the same surely?), and then expect users to fork out over half the cost of the printer itself on a genuine toner cartridge. Does anyone - except corporate customers possibly - actually do that?

Yes I am a little wary of "compatible" products. I had one of the first budget laser printers some years ago and when I installed a lookalike cartridge in it I found that the toner powder was lumpy - and left splodges all over my printed pages (and the office carpet). Not what you want at all, and so I migrated to inkjets for a while...... But the cost of printing by laser is so cheap (like almost for free) that I soon returned to laser printing and since then have used a succession of Brother printers which I replace when the drum unit reaches the end of its' life (it's cheaper that way).

I do read the reviews on here carefully before I buy. One lookalike toner is very much like the rest I find. But any review that mentions any compromise of printing quality or life of the cartridge (or any other reported issues that are clearly down to the print cartridge) then I move on - there really is plenty of choice in this field. Just watch out for reviews that indicate misuse or a very old drum, as they may paint a false picture if surrounding reviews are positive.

I was a little disappointed with these cartridges when first installed. Installation is as simple as it could be, but initially printing was decidedly grey, rather than black. I checked both the printer settings and my installation (had I forgotten to remove a seal?). I also removed and gently shook the cartridge (as per instructions) once again to ensure the toner was evenly distributed. But after about 20 sheets of A4 had passed through, the printing was back to top quality jet black. I guess that since the previous starter cartridge had become completely exhausted, the drum needed time to pick up the toner again properly.

All fine now. Other reviews indicate that these cartridges have a decent lifespan. So at less than a tenner a go, a good buy in my book.


[2 Pack] InaRock 2nd Outdoor Semi Circle Solar Guardrail 6 LED Lamp Step Lights IP65 Waterproof Wireless Solar Powered Wall Fence Light Black
[2 Pack] InaRock 2nd Outdoor Semi Circle Solar Guardrail 6 LED Lamp Step Lights IP65 Waterproof Wireless Solar Powered Wall Fence Light Black
Offered by EU XMALL

2.0 out of 5 stars Good looking product - poor performance - don't buy it until they fit a bigger battery, 18 Mar. 2016
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This is a twin pack of LED battery operated garden lights, good for marking a garden path or gateway. It's a neat design comprising of a back plate (which can be screwed to a wall or post - screws and plugs are included - with a downward acting set of white LEDs and an upward facing solar charge panel - once you have switched the unit on so that the battery charges you simply clip the clear acrylic front cover in place which results in a very neat looking unit measuring about 800mm wide. I have mine mounted on a shade-free brick wall with the solar panel fully exposed to the sun.

To take the description as published:

• Bulit (sic)-in Super Bright Powerful 16 LED solar outdoor light; Waterproof & heatproof ABS Construction,fade resistant.

Comment –it’s 6 LEDs. And with a clip on acrylic cover and two holes in the back plate it’s unlikely to be waterproof. Others have commented that it can turn into an mini-aquarium such is the volume of water admitted.

• Automated switch - Auto on/off: Dim light when no Light Ray / Bright light when Light Ray sensor activating.

Comment - Switches on when it detects darkness. It switches off about 2 hours later on an average British day. Seems to vary for no good reason (hours of sunlight would count as a good reason). Has a mind of its' own....

• Solar panel life span 5 years - LED Life Span - 50,000 hours; charging type; 3.7V 600mAh Li-ion Battery

Comment – Battery is NOT a 3.7v Li-ion. It’s a 1.2v NmH AA cell. It needs to have a larger capacity to be useful. 50,000 hours is just less than 6 years continuous use - how they know this? In any event, if it only lights up for 2 hours a day, the LEDs should last 68 years - are you going to be around to check?

In summary, the battery fitted appears incapable of supporting illumination of the LEDs for any useful period of time. Until/unless this is rectified and the capacity of the battery increased significantly, I would not recommend this item.


Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner, Red
Rug Doctor Deep Carpet Cleaner, Red
Price: £239.00

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Restores stained carpets to "as new" condition - this is for real!, 3 Mar. 2016
Most people will recognise the name of Rug Doctor - you can hire their machines from hundreds of locations in the UK for a quick carpet clean. Given a very badly stained and soiled cream carpet after a member of the family had a nasty "accident", we considered doing this, but read of the possibility of renting a machine that has seen better days, that has just cleaned a load of nasties from someone's carpet that you don't know, or that hasn't been properly maintained or cleaned after each use. It seems that all these events are out of the customer's control and that they do happen - reading rental machine reviews they happen quite a lot (although the fact that the experience was not good may actually have prompted the writing of the review).

We decided to use Rug Doctor, but to buy the machine so that we had it for future use, could share with our family, and know that the machine was clean prior to each use. The domestic Rug Doctor isn't cheap - but it worked out at around the same price as replacement of the carpet that we were trying to save. And we found it to be very effective - we would guess that it is no less effective than the full professional machine judging by results.

The machine arrives ready for use - no assembly is required. Dead easy to use - water and shampoo in and suction out in one pass. The difference between this and our previous (much smaller) carpet cleaning machine was the amount of agitation between "in and out" - high speed moving brushes - the prewash facility, and the amount of suction "out" which results in a much dryer carpet. It does literally lift stains out - and the colour of the water which ends up in the waste tank (which you then lift up and pour down the toilet) is testament to the amount of dirt removed.

Cleaning chemicals are also reasonably priced and can be easily bought locally - each of those hundreds of rental outlets sell them for the same price as online. We found the Urine Eliminator spray to be particularly effective - it lifts stains and kills odours (it can be used as a pre or post treatment - or simply on its own with a damp cloth).

This machine works really well and the cleaning is extremely effective. If you have a Dyson Vacuum you may remember the Dyson effect the first time that you used it? This is similar. It saved our damaged carpet - but on an otherwise clean carpet it pulled out so much dirt the waste water was also a filthy grey colour when it had finished. Very impressive. The carpet was also noticeably bouncier underfoot as well.

The machine also has a handheld attachment for spot spills or small areas - plugs into the front of the machine and offers full cleaning or just moisture extraction. Haven't yet tried that but very useful to know that it's there.

I realise that I am waxing perhaps a little too lyrical on this one! But we were genuinely so very impressed. The machine solved a bad problem for us (and I can supply "before" and "after" pictures if anyone's interested - the "before" were taken in anticipation of a possible insurance claim) and compared to the replacement cost of the carpet we regard it as having cost us nothing. By comparison with nearby carpets - we had the same stuff put down throughout our house 8 years ago - that which has been cleaned now looks, and feels, better than that which escaped damage. But buy new, and have your own machine, rather than rent used and have someone else's.


LEGO Juniors 10667: Construction
LEGO Juniors 10667: Construction
Price: £11.25

5.0 out of 5 stars A toy for life., 20 Feb. 2016
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Classic Lego - a million toys in one. I grew up with it as a favourite toy, our kids grew up on it and now the grandchildren. As simple or as complicated as you want to make it and teaches so many skills along the way.
The nice thing about these starter sets is that they avoid the complicated models with special pieces that will probably come later. As in the old days, you have a choice of a number of simple constructions to make - and you are actively encouraged to then take them apart so that you can build the next project. Lego as it used to be!

The more specialised models (that will probably follow) use dedicated pieces and can become very complicated (and expensive) - my son built a sports car with working steering, engine and transmission. It took him weeks, he learnt a lot in the process, and the thing was so complex that after he had gained a great deal of satisfaction from its' completion, we preserved it very carefully indeed as we were scared of breaking it! It still resides in the loft, despite son having left home some years ago......

A toy for life. Cannot recommend highly enough.


Apple Smart Cover for iPad Air 1/2 - Pink
Apple Smart Cover for iPad Air 1/2 - Pink
Offered by sotel-electronics
Price: £28.13

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slick design but not really up to the job., 20 Feb. 2016
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This cover provides protection for the face of the iPad Air when it's not in use. As a bonus, it will shut the machine down when you cover the face, and it folds back into a neat desk stand. The downsides are that it offers no protection to the body of the iPad should you drop it on a hard surface - a tiled floor for example - as it doesn't fully enclose the iPad, just sticks magnetically to a part of the back and covers the front. It's also horrendously expensive for what you get, though I concede that the design is neat. My advice would be to buy a rather less trendy leather cover which fully encases the iPad and provides good protection - these are available from some supermarkets for rather less than the cost of this item. That's what we did anyway, so if anyone wants one of these cheap........?


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