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"Tacwise Duo 50 Electric Staple/Nail Gun "
"Tacwise Duo 50 Electric Staple/Nail Gun "
Price: £114.93

5.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly versatile and powerful nail and staple gun..., 25 Oct 2014
Length:: 3:59 Mins

The Tacwise Duo 50 Master Nailer is a nail gun and staple gun in one (hence the 'Duo') that's an incredibly handy power tool to have around the house for general DIY projects as well as for people who work in the building and carpentry trade.

The nail gun comes in a sturdy hard-plastic carrycase which has been purposefully moulded to carry the nail gun along with a box of nails and/or staples. Due to the size (approx. 12" x 11" x 3") and weight of this reasonably hefty nailer, when packed away in the case the whole thing weighs quite a bit.

Like with most nail guns, loading the nail gun is an absolute doddle. The short instruction manual details how to load the nail strips and staple strips into the nail gun through a few simple steps (see video). The nail strips are placed along the length of the loading cartridge and the staples are placed along the topside. Once loaded and plugged into the mains, the nail gun is basically good to go.

If you've not used a nail gun before it's a good idea to test it out on some scrap wood first so you can familiarise yourself with how to use it. However, in a nutshell it's a simple case of holding the nail gun up against the wood or sheeting that you plan to nail/staple down, apply a light amount of pressure to the topside of the gun to ensure its firmly against the wood, and then pull the trigger.

The nailer can take nails between 20 - 50mm in length, allowing a good flexibility in jobs along with some pretty darn hefty nails at the larger end of the spectrum. Similarly, it can also take staples between 20 - 45mm in length.

After testing the nailer out on a number of different surfaces it should be noted that it has enough power behind it to penetrate (quite old) brick work, hard plaster and all wood types. With this in mind, the nail gun is certainly handy for laying skirting board, putting up panelling, or building solid wood structures. Furthermore, it also allows for some pretty darn hefty staples to be fired into some solid wood beams - making it absolutely ideal for laying roofing felt.

Since receiving the nailer I've tested it out on a whole host of different materials. The simplicity of use, the ease of loading and swapping between nails and staples makes it such a versatile tool to have around.

This is definitely a power tool I'll be turning to time and again for quickly sorting out odd DIY jobs as well as being a key piece of equipment in bigger jobs.

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


Tacwise 180 NAIL ASSORTMENT PACK (4000) 18G
Tacwise 180 NAIL ASSORTMENT PACK (4000) 18G
Price: £9.83

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent set of strong and sturdy nails for use in a Tacwise Nailgun..., 25 Oct 2014
Length:: 1:08 Mins

The Tacwise 180 Nail Selection Pack is a pack containing a total of 4000 strips of nails in three different sizes -15mm (x 2000), 25mm (x 1000), and 30mm (x 1000). All three strips sizes of nails come in strips that are suitable for loading into Tacwise nail guns.

The nails have a reasonable length to them, making them ideal for nailing in place quite substantial pieces of wood etc. Furthermore, having 30mm nails in the pack, you have some reasonably sturdy nails which should be able to support a fair amount of weight.

All in all I've been very happy with the overall quality of the nails. And it's nice to have the three different sizes to choose from for use with general DIY projects around the house. And there's plenty of each size too!

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


Tacwise 91 STAPLE SELECTION PACK
Tacwise 91 STAPLE SELECTION PACK
Price: £8.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Four strong and reliable heavy duty staples for use with large stapling projects..., 25 Oct 2014
Length:: 1:07 Mins

The Tacwise 91 Staple Selection Pack is a pack containing a total of 2800 hardware-strength staples in four different sizes -15mm (x 1000), 20mm (x 400), 25mm (x 800) and 30mm (x 600). All four staples are particularly hefty, with the 30mm ones being ideal for stapling-down thick plastic sheeting or roofing felt etc.

Used in conjunction with a heavy-duty staple gun or the like, the four sizes of staples are handy to have around for large stapling jobs etc.

The staples have a very hard-wearing thickness to them, making them ideal for stapling down surfaces that are likely to suffer from constant contact, rubbing or a reasonable amount of weight. Furthermore, the depth that the staples allow for (especially the 30mm ones) means that it's very unlikely that they will ever be accidentally pulled out.

So, all in all I've been very happy with the overall quality of the staples. And it's nice to have the four different sizes to choose from for use with large stapling projects.

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


Tacwise A54 Heavy Duty Hammer Tacker
Tacwise A54 Heavy Duty Hammer Tacker
Price: £37.51

4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for tacking-down heavy sheeting or thick roofing felt..., 25 Oct 2014
Length:: 1:50 Mins

The Tacwise A54 Heavy Duty Hammer Tacker is a handheld tacker that fires out tacks/staples when the hammer end is compressed into a hard surface. As such, the hammer tacker is an absolutely ideal tool for use when tacking down large areas - such as with laying down carpet, securing roofing felt, or the like.

The first thing you notice about the Hammer Tacker when first handling it is its weight. It's quite a weighty and substantial beast; slightly top-heavy to allow for a good strong whack, although not too much so that it becomes uncomfortable after a while to use due to a lack of overall balance.

The grip on the Tack Hammer is also quite hefty and sturdy, clearly designed for regular and quite extensive use without deterioration. And that's one particular aspect about the tool that seems consistent throughout its construction. It's been designed to last.

The A54 Hammer Tacker is able to take 6mm - 12mm staples, making it quite a versatile but heavy duty tacker. Indeed, if you load it up with 12mm staples then you'll be able to secure down some pretty hefty sheeting or felt. If you don't need to go quite so heavy duty as 12mm staples, then the Tacwise A11 Hammer Tacker (which is the model down from this one) is probably a more suitable buy for you.

If you've not used a hammer tacker before then it does take a little while to get used to then if you need your tacks to be reasonably well aimed. When putting up some roofing felt, for the first couple of beams, every now and again I'd just catch the edge of the post I was tacking onto. No huge hardship (it's in the attic after all), however should your project require a certain degree of precision to where the staples go then this really isn't the tool for you.

Refilling the hammer with staples is an absolute doddle - just press down the small button on the underside and then slide out the end (located by the handle) and load in your staples like you would with a large stapler. The Hammer Tacker takes 6mm, 8mm, 10mm and 12mm staples - so plenty of choice depending on your project.

Swinging the tacker at different forces (to some degree) controls the power and depth that the staples will be driven into the surface. As such, it's veering towards being a manual tool, which leaves a reasonable amount of the control in the users hands. Because of this it's also an incredibly satisfying tool to use. Quick, simple, effective and delightfully loud.

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


Tacwise 140/10mm. Stainless Steel Staples. Type T50. G11. Staple Gun. 140 Staple.
Tacwise 140/10mm. Stainless Steel Staples. Type T50. G11. Staple Gun. 140 Staple.
Price: £20.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Good, strong and reliable heavy duty staples for your everyday simple DIY jobs..., 25 Oct 2014
Length:: 0:21 Mins

The Tacwise Heavy Duty 140/10mm Staple Selection Pack is a pack containing 5000 hardware-strength staples of a pretty darn hefty 10mm thickness.

Used in conjunction with a Hammer Tacker, heavy-duty staple gun or the like, the staples are handy to have around the house for quickly sorting out super-simple DIY jobs.

The staples have a good and hard-wearing thickness to them, making them ideal for tacking down surfaces that are likely to suffer from constant contact or rubbing. Furthermore, the depth that the staples can penetrate means that it's very unlikely that they will ever be accidentally yanked out.
In fact, for small areas of overhanging carpet or similarly thick coverings, the staples are absolutely ideal.

So, all in all I've been very happy with the overall quality of the staples. Good, strong and reliable heavy duty staples for your everyday simple DIY jobs.

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


2 x OneConcept LED Flower Solar Garden Lights 30cm 4 RGB-L
2 x OneConcept LED Flower Solar Garden Lights 30cm 4 RGB-L
Offered by Elektronik-Star
Price: £47.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Two large and colourful garden lights that add some fun to your garden..., 25 Oct 2014
Length:: 1:34 Mins

The OneConcept LED Garden Lights are a set of large solar-powered garden lights that run through a spectrum of three different colours - Red, Green and Blue.

You can buy the garden lights in a variety of different sizes, however we have reviewed the large 30cm diameter ones. And when I say large I really mean LARGE. At 30cm these really are quite substantial lights for any sized garden.

The lights are incredibly easy to assemble. All you need to do is screw on the base section to the large globe and then slide in the supporting pole. Once this is done, it's just a simple case of pushing the ground-skewer/anchor into the soil and you're done.

The lights are 100% solar-powered, so there's no inserting of batteries or connecting up to the mains. All you need to ensure is that the globe is placed in a position that gets plenty of sunlight during the day so that the internal solar panel can fully recharge itself from the sun.

Once the sun goes down and dusk draws close to night-time, the lights suddenly come on, and if fully charged during the day, seem to last well into the night (the product description states 4 - 6 hours which from our experience seems about right).

The garden lights are made entirely from a tough plastic, including the supporting poles which we have noticed have a tendency to lean to one side just a very little bit. However, if you ensure that he lights are put in a place that doesn't catch the wind excessively, then this doesn't seem to be an issue at all.

If you unscrew the lights, on the inside solar panel that houses the four LEDs (which are surprisingly bright), there's an On/Off switch which is handy if you decide you don't want the lights running into the night.

All in all, if you want to add a little colour and fun to your garden then these will definitely do the job for you. At night they're bright and colourful and make one hell of an impression. However, one final point to make is that if you have more than one of these lights in your garden, it's highly unlikely that the colour changes will not be in sync with each other, so you'll probably want to position them some distance from each other.

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


Klarfit Kettle Bells with Plastic Coating for Balance / Co-ordination / Strength / Endurance Training / 20kg 16kg 12kg 10kg 8kg or 6kg / Black
Klarfit Kettle Bells with Plastic Coating for Balance / Co-ordination / Strength / Endurance Training / 20kg 16kg 12kg 10kg 8kg or 6kg / Black
Price: £27.19 - £74.90

5.0 out of 5 stars A versitile and well-made kettlbell for use in a whole range of different exercises..., 25 Oct 2014
Length:: 1:25 Mins

The 8KG Klarfit KettleBell is a medium-weight kettlebell that's made from hardened vinyl with a weighted material or substance within (I believe it's usually sand - but it's hard to tell with these).

Size-wise, the 8KG Kettlebell isn't too bad. From tip-to-tip the length of the handle measures 21.5cm and from the very base of the weight to the very top of the handle it measures 25.5cm. The diameter of the kettlebell's base is approximately 17cm - so altogether the entire thing isn't too large and cumbersome to become difficult to use.

My wife and I have used the kettlebell quite a bit over the last couple of weeks, finding this particular size and weight (8KG) quite versatile and accommodating for a number of different exercises.

In particular, when used for a deadlift, a seated-twist (aka Russian Twist), or a goblet squat, the size and weight of the kettlebell is absolutely ideal. However, for exercises such as lunge presses or single-arm lifting whilst on your back, the kettlebell can feel a tad too bulky against the outer wrist.

That said, it's still a highly versatile weight to have for a whole multitude of different exercises - but it's definitely worth giving some thought to what you want out of the kettlebell before choosing the weight.

The overall manufacture of the weight seems very good, with only a faint seam running down the side of the kettlebell and the plug for the weighted substance in the inside of the weight feels very secure.

All in all my wife and I are very happy with the kettlebell.

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


Bang Long Sport Goggles Protection Eyewear for basketball, football, tennis, rock-climbing, cross-country and so on. (Black)
Bang Long Sport Goggles Protection Eyewear for basketball, football, tennis, rock-climbing, cross-country and so on. (Black)
Offered by ptyukmall
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent set of strong and sturdy protective sports goggles..., 25 Oct 2014
Length:: 1:58 Mins

The Bang Long Sports Goggles are a set of sports goggles that are designed to stay firmly attached to the wearers head during all types of sporting activities.

Made from a high-impact shock resistant hardened plastic, the goggles offer hard-wearing and highly durable protection for your eyes.

The goggles include a fully adjustable elasticated headband to keep the goggles firmly strapped to your head. Attaching the elastic headband to the hard plastic of the goggles are two flexible clear-rubber fixings which enable the goggles to remain tight and flush with the wearers face, no matter what size head you have.

Similarly, over the nose-line, the goggles include a ridged flexible spacer made of the same clear rubber. This enables the goggles to remain firmly 'gripped' to the wearers face without any slipping, whilst simultaneously allowing air to escape from underneath the google line so that the lenses don't steam up whilst in use.

Because of the adjustable sizing and overall versatility of the goggles, my wife has been able to borrow them for going out jogging in the rain (she looks hilarious in them), whilst I have been using them as eye protection when trimming back the trees around our garden etc.

Comfort-wise I really can't fault them. They feel snug and secure, without becoming uncomfortably tight or causing any areas where sweat can pool (which would eventually lead to irritation etc).

The goggles also come with a hard carrycase and cleaning cloth making for a particularly nice overall package.

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


Philips B22 6 Watt LED 40W WW 230V A60 FR ND/4, Warm White
Philips B22 6 Watt LED 40W WW 230V A60 FR ND/4, Warm White
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent energy efficient bulb that provides a perfect light for reading with..., 25 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 0:51 Mins

The Philips B22 Warm White 6W LED Bulb with bayonet fittings is a well-priced efficient energy saving bulb that delivers a warm 'homely' white glow.

Look-wise the LED bulb looks like your run-of-the-mill bayonet light bulb. Okay, so the upper glass section of the bulb is opaque, which is what undoubtedly orchestrates the 'warm white' effect of the bulb. Nevertheless, when slotted into a lamp or light fitting, the bulb doesn't look out of place or draw attention to itself in any unusual way.

When you turn the light on it illuminates to its full glow immediately, unlike the old-style of energy efficient bulbs that seemed to take an age to illuminate.

Furthermore, I've found that for reading the bulb gives an almost perfect light - providing a nice full light without making the pages on a book glare in an otherwise darkened room.

All in all, I really can't fault the bulb. It'll save us money. It provides an excellent warm light. And we shouldn't need to change it for quite some time.


Philips E27 6 Watt LED Edison Screw, Warm White
Philips E27 6 Watt LED Edison Screw, Warm White
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent energy efficient bulb that provides a very effective light for illuminating a room..., 25 Oct 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 1:18 Mins

The Philips E27 Warm White 6W LED Bulb is a well-priced efficient energy saving bulb that delivers a warm 'homely' white glow.

Look-wise, at first glance the LED bulb looks like your everyday Edison screw-in light bulb. However, on close inspection you'll see the funky inner-glass design that provides the clean and long-lasting light.

When you turn the light on it illuminates to its full glow immediately, unlike the old-style of energy efficient bulbs that seemed to take an age to illuminate.

The light that the bulb gives off is really quite bright, but still with that slightly yellow-ish warm glow to it.

All in all, I really can't fault the bulb. It'll save us money. It provides an excellent warm light. And we shouldn't need to change it for quite some time.


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