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Akai APD710 Car Entertainment System 2 x 17.8cm (7") display
Akai APD710 Car Entertainment System 2 x 17.8cm (7") display

5.0 out of 5 stars An easy to set-up dual screen DVD Player that's ideal for long car journeys..., 31 Jan. 2015
Length:: 6:04 Mins

The Akai APD710T Dual Screen Portable DVD Player is a portable DVD Player entertainment system principally designed to be used in your car for whilst you're driving.

WHAT YOU GET:
Inside the box you get the two 7" portable screens measuring 17.5cm (W) x 13.5 cm (H) x 4cm/2.5cm (D) - the deeper being the 'master' screen. Alongside this you get a remote control (11.5cm x 5cm x 0.5cm), the various leads to connect-up and power the DVD Players, as well as straps to fix the screens to the reverse side of the front car seats, a handy carrycase which can store everything away in, and an operator's manual.

SET-UP:
Setting up the twin DVD Player screens is very simple. Simply thread the included straps through the reverse-side of the screens and strap them on to the reverse-side of the headrest on the front seats in your car. Then plug in the 'master' screen (i.e. the one with the in-built DVD player) to your car's cigarette lighter input/12V input using the included lead, connect the two screens together using the included double-socket lead, insert a DVD, and turn the power on.

FUNCTIONAILY / EXTRA FEATURES:
Firstly the in-built DVD player allows the user to play most types of DVD and VCD. However, it should be noted that this is NOT a region free DVD player, and will only play Region 2 and Region 0 DVDs (UK, European and Region-free).

The two screens both have a handful of buttons on their face for basic functionality. However, for most of the functions available, you will need to use the included remote control. On this you'll be able to adjust pretty much everything you can on a normal tv, and do all the usual DVD player functions (play, stop, pause, skip, ffwd etc).

The screens also allow the user to use headphones with them. There's a standard 3.5mm input for plugging headphones into both of the screens located on the side of the screens.

For powering the screens when not in the car there's also a USB socket on the side where you can plug them into a power source using a USB lead. This is handy if you're staying in a hotel or B&B and there's no TV available in the rooms. Furthermore, on the reverse side of both screens there's a pop-out stand which allows you to have the screens freestanding on a table etc (see accompanying video).

PICTURE / SOUND QUALITY:
The picture quality on both screens is actually very good. The images are clear without any ghost imagery. The colours are crisp and well-defined. Similarly the sound quality is good and clear. Volume-wise, the screens offer a reasonable volume, but it won't necessarily drown out a loud road surface. Therefore, in our experience we've found that headphones are pretty much essential for long journeys.

SUMMARY:
All in all we've been absolutely delighted with the Dual Screen Portable DVD Player. Like most people, we got this for the kids, so that they had something to entertain them on long journeys. And the screens have proven to be an absolute hit with them. The quality is great, the functionality and range of features it offers is everything you need, and it's nice to be able to easily remove and take them away in the included carrycase.

DISCLAIMER:
Please note this product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


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Offered by PrecisionMobility
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A high-quality in-car charger offering USB charging for your devices..., 31 Jan. 2015
Length:: 1:36 Mins

The Recharga 2-Port Bullet Car Charger is a high-quality in-car adapter which plugs into your car's cigarette lighter socket (or 12V input) and it allows you to power or charge your devices via a USB input.

WHAT YOU GET:
Inside the box you get the USB car charger with no leads etc. The charger itself measures approximately 6.5cm x 3cm and is constructed from what seems to be very high-quality materials.

Looking closely at the charger, the various parts that make it up all fit perfectly together with no noticeable defects, clumsy joining or bad design work. The metal face on the charger feels strong and hard-wearing to the touch, with the high-polished 'gold look' metal adding to this overall look and feel of high-quality.

The body of the charger appears to be made from a rubber-coated metal, utilising a hard-wearing matt black rubber, again achieving that high-quality look.

IN USE:
When plugged into your car's cigarette/12V socket and the car's engine is turned on, the two USB inputs on the charger illuminate with a bright turquoise-green colour, showing that the charger is ready for use. The charger offers both a 1.0 Amp charge and a 2.1 Amp charge.

As soon as your device is plugged into the charger it will instantly start charging (see accompanying video). The charge is relatively fast, depending on which Amp you're using and what device it is that you're charging.

SUMMARY:
All in all I've been incredibly impressed with the charger, both with the high-quality build, the materials used, and with its overall performance. It charges our devices well, in a good speed, and looks like it's going to last many years of use.

DISCLAIMER:
Please note this product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


Revell Fireshot
Revell Fireshot
Price: £42.86

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to fly and fun to master. But quite a delicate design which is prone to damage..., 31 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Revell Fireshot (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Revell Fireshot is a medium-sized radio controlled all-terrain plane that offers incredible versatility with take-off and landing, pretty good control, and a very respectable flying range.

WHAT YOU GET:
The Fireshot arrives in a large box, which itself is shipped within a larger cardboard box for added protection. Inside the packaging you get the Fireshot measuring approximately 28cm (W) x 36 cm (L) x 12cm(H), two spare plastic propellers, the remote control, a USB charging lead, and an operating manual.

The Fireshot itself is quite delicate. The main body of the Fireshot is made from moulded polystyrene (no doubt for it lightweight properties). Underneath the Fireshot there’s also two small and quite thin plastic wheels, along with two equally-thin clear plastic stands which it sits on when on the ground. All of these parts, especially the polystyrene body, are really quite fragile and prone to damage if you happen to crash the Fireshot at speed.

SET-UP / PREPARATION:
The initial set-up of the Fireshot is very simple. Simply unclip the plastic covering on the front ‘cockpit’ portion of the Fireshot, plug in the included USB lead and connect it up to a USB input that can supply it with power (the USB end lights up red whilst charging). The charge time of the Fireshot is approximately 50 mins, which will give you around 5-8 mins of flying time (yeah…not great it must be said).

The remote control also requires four AA batteries (not included).

FLYING:
Once set-up, getting to grips with the basic flight of the Fireshot is very simple. You can either take-off from the ground, or by throwing it into the air (like you would with a paper-aeroplane). Once you’ve got to grips with this (might take a couple of attempts), the rest is a doddle. When in the air you can adjust the flight of the plane via the ‘trimming’ commands, which accounts for slight unwanted deviation in the flight. The flying itself is as you would expect. Banking to the left and right are as simple as moving the joystick the way you want it to bank respectively. There’s also a thrust which you can add more or less to depending on the height you want to fly at. Simplicity itself basically!

OVERALL:
All in all I have to say that the Fireshot has proven to be pretty good fun. The control you have over it in flight is good, it goes at a fair old speed to keep you on your toes, and to be able to master tricks and prolonged flying takes some practice…which is fun (no one wants to play with something that not at least a bit of a challenge to master). So all in all it’s pretty good in that respect.

Sadly, the mere 5 – 8 mins of fly-time for a 50 min charge, and the reasonably delicate design of the Fireshot, are two quite considerate drawbacks. Two factors that are definitely worth thinking about before handing over your hard earned cash.


Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder 1.41 kg
Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder 1.41 kg
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Works every time in shifting all those annoying and stubborn stains..., 31 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 0:52 Mins

The 'Vanish Gold Oxi Action' 1410g tub is a large (i.e bulk buying sized) tub of stain removing powder for use on your garments. The stain remover can be used on both coloured and white garments, but shows best results on whites.

WHAT YOU GET:
Basically, you get a large tub of the stain remover, all securely packaged up in your usual Amazon packaging to ensure it's protected during delivery. The tub itself is pretty hefty (see video), making this more of a 'bulk buy' purchase.

Also included is a bright pink measuring scoop which provides the ideal measurement of the stain remover for the various types of washing you can do with it.

IN USE:
There are three main ways of using the stain remover.

(1) Firstly you can use it in conjunction with you usual detergent (merely add one scoop with your detergent into your washing machine). This will remove general stains from all of the clothing in the machine.

(2) You can also add the stain remover to a bowl of water for hand-washing garments. This is particularly good on whites and/or delicates.

(3) Finally you can add a small amount of water to a quarter-of-a-scoop to make a sort of 'concentrated paste'. This is particularly good for stubborn stains, where you need to concentrate on a particular spot.

RESULTS:
First off, my wife swears by Vanish stain remover. She uses it all the time. We've got four year old twins, so we're pretty used to having to wash clothing with various degrees of staining on them. In particular, the school polo shirts (white) often come home with pen, paint, dirt and all sorts of other stains on them. We've used this stuff to shift them all as well as blackcurrent squash, ketchup (there's always ketchup on their clothes!), gravy, blood etc. Works every time without fail.


Chalk
Chalk
Price: £2.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every parent’s worst fear given a child’s inner-perspective. A quiet but ultimately unsettling read..., 28 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Chalk (Kindle Edition)
First published back in November of 2013, US born author Pat Cadigan’s story ‘Chalk’ formed the fifth offering in the ‘This Is Horror’ quarterly chapbook series. The chapbook was limited to just 125 signed and numbered copies.

DLS Synopsis:
What brought Mary and Dee together was that they each had the one thing the other didn't have. Mary’s mother had split with her husband following years of abuse. Ever since, they had been shunned by what was left of their family. And day-after-day Mary would return to their house to be left on her own for hours on end. It was a quiet and lonely place to be.

Whereas Dee came from an incredibly large family. A family that was constantly growing, with more members brought into the already bursting household all the time. But they always found room somehow. And because of this cramped, hectic and boisterous home life, all that Dee craved for was a little time of her own. But she was always being summoned to do chores or babysit for one of the many youngsters in the house.

This difference is what undoubtedly brought them together as best friends. They loved to spend their time together. But it was becoming increasingly hard to with Dee’s bothersome brothers always tracking Dee down to get her to go home for more chores or babysitting. So they set about finding spots in their local neighbourhood where they could safely sit and hopefully not be seen. Not hiding places as such – because if they were found they would be in even more trouble. But spots just out of sight. Spots where they could sit, and hopefully not be seen by those around them.

And so, using a stick of carpenter’s chalk, the two ten-year-olds marked these spots with symbols, stating if the spot was good, possible or no good. Those that were good were given the symbol for infinity.

But as the two young girls were to find out, their hopes with finding a way to be out of sight from everyone else had proven to be too successful. Together they had found a way to hide from everyone else. Together they found a way to sit invisibly in their little infinity chalked spots, and watch as people got on with their everyday lives. But they didn’t once think of the possible repercussions. They didn’t once think how this could all turn so very badly wrong…

DLS Review:
Writing about hazy-days as a youngster, where their close-knit neighbourhoods are given as much life and character as the actual characters in the story itself, is often a winning formula for a heart-wrenching horror tale. It draws us into the story, often reawakening our own personal memories of our childhoods; building bonds with the characters and the hazy-days spent just in the company of your best friend.

The vast majority of the chapbook is spent in building up the backdrop, premise and the characters of Mary and Dee. Here Cadigan interweaves layer upon layer, to construct a wonderfully believable and somehow alluring inner-city American life. And the end result is something closely-akin to an enchanting read – where the reader is sucked into these bygone days of their youth.

With the scene so perfectly set, Cardigan starts heading towards the girls’ miraculous ability to vanish. In a similar way to Stephen King’s ‘The Tommyknockers’ (1987), this strange disappearing sets off an instant feeling of unease, which quickly escalates when things start to go wrong.

The chapbook is a quiet but ultimately unsettling and tragic read. Behind its wistful backdrop and the two young and adventurous friends, is something cold and deeply unnerving. It’s every parent’s worst fear given a child’s inner-perspective. And it chills you to the core.

The chapbook runs for a total of 28 pages.


Roadkill
Roadkill
Price: £2.32

5.0 out of 5 stars 100 seconds of high-octane madness stretched over 28 adrenaline-pumping pages..., 28 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Roadkill (Kindle Edition)
First published back in June of 2013, British author Joseph D'Lacey's story 'Roadkill' formed the fourth offering in the 'This Is Horror' quarterly chapbook series. The chapbook was limited to just 125 signed and numbered copies.

DLS Synopsis:
Gripping the solid steel steering wheel tightly, he pushed his Vindicator onwards with a rapidly increasing speed. Out of the corner of his eye he could see that sixteen-year-old Dubb was matching his pace alongside him. The two V's tearing down the sacrosanct highway, side-by-side and accelerating rapidly.

As the seconds tick away, so the sacred course changes in the blink of an eye. But they had been preparing all their lives for this one moment. These 100 seconds when they will follow the course to their destiny. He is finally a Seeker on the Final Five. And it's a course that pushes Seekers to the absolute limit. Should they make it to the finish line, should destiny see them ride out the entire length of the course, then they will reach convergence - and the ultimate goal.

The V's were created for one thing only - so Seekers can ride the Final Five. Hand built from steel and joined with the blood of the Gentleborns, these are more than just cars. These are gateways into a higher existence. An existence where the ranks of the Boymen wait for those who succeed.

The race is on...

DLS Review:
To say that this is a high-octane read is perhaps the understatement of the year. The entire story is based around 100 seconds of extreme-paced driving, with two of these Vindicator cars frantically tearing down this sacred race track at astronomically dangerous speeds.

The reader is quite literally flung into the high-speed race from the outset, without any idea of what the hell is going on, who anyone is, or why they are pushing these monstrously-metallic vehicles to such incredibly dangerous degrees. And to be honest, D'Lacey maintains this overriding mystery throughout the length of the short tale - offering only small nuggets of information and titillating snippets of a much bigger story that we're only seeing the very briefest glimpse of. Indeed, the story reads like we're only seeing these agonisingly slowed-down 100 seconds from a 'Death Race 2000' (1975) type of dystopian future.

D'Lacey's writing and prose is stark and punchy, with a taut and intense energy behind every word. Written from the perspective of our unnamed driver, the adrenaline-pumping storyline puts the reader behind the wheel of this speeding beast of a machine, and second-by-second, slams the nerve-snapping mayhem of the Final Five track into the reader's face.

Quite simply, this is a short that needs to be experienced. It's hard to do the tale justice, attempting to describe the chaotic madness of the blistering 100 seconds that are detailed so intensely. It's a zoomed-in glimpse of a much bigger story that's teaming with thousands of dark possibilities. It's a nail-biting snippet of a crazy-ass world where these Vindicator cars are the new gods. And it makes for one hell of a frantic and heart-pounding read.

The chapbook runs for a total of 28 pages.


WickedHD G1W 1080P Car Dashcam / Dashboard Camera & DVR Black Box with Nightvision, Motion Detection, Super Wide 120° Viewing Angle, 1920x1080, H.264, 4X Zoom (Upto 32GB SDHC)
WickedHD G1W 1080P Car Dashcam / Dashboard Camera & DVR Black Box with Nightvision, Motion Detection, Super Wide 120° Viewing Angle, 1920x1080, H.264, 4X Zoom (Upto 32GB SDHC)
Offered by Foscam Digital Tech
Price: £41.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A small and well-designed dashcam that offers superb footage along with plenty of user settings..., 25 Jan. 2015
Length:: 5:56 Mins

The WickedHD G1W 1080p Car Dashcam is a small HD camcorder that's designed to be stuck to the inside of your car windscreen so that you take video footage of what occurs around you whilst driving, should something happen that might warrant such footage (such as for evidence etc).

WHAT YOU GET:
Inside the box you get the WickedHD Dashcam (measuring 11cm (W) x 4cm (H) x 3.5cm (D) approx.), a suction mounted stand for your windscreen, a micro USB-to-cigarette lighter socket plug (i.e. to power the dashcam during use), a micro-USB-to-USB cable (for charging up the device), a HDMI cable (for watching your footage back on your TV etc), and a user manual.

SET-UP:
Set-up is a hell of a lot easier than you would probably expect. First of all you'll need to pop a micro SD card in the side of the dashcam (not included - so make sure you have one). Then simply clip the dashcam into its mount, plug the cable into your car's cigarette lighter socket / 12V socket, turn on your car engine, and press the `on' button...and you're good to go!

IN USE:
Basically the dashcam is like a basic digital camcorder. Press record to start recording. You can zoom in, zoom out, change the screen ratio, change what you view on the screen, etc.

If you leave the dashcam recording when you switch off your engine it will turn off the camera until you start up the engine again. This way you don't need to keep remembering to turn the dashcam on and off all the time.

THE FOOTAGE:
To be honest, after trying the dashcam out for the first time, neither my wife nor I could believe the quality of the footage when we watched it back afterwards. On a clear day the footage is clear, crisp and incredibly detailed. On an overcast day it's a tad harder to make out number plates at a distance, but not impossible. And at night the footage is still clear enough to be able to decipher everything going on around you. In the accompanying video I've tried to show the quality of the footage - however the video is of course limited to the size and pixel requirements set down by Amazon's server. As such, the footage in the accompanying video has been massively reduced for its upload, and so really doesn't do the dashcam justice. However, it should nevertheless still give you some idea of what to expect.

SUMMARY:
All in all I've been very happy with the WickedHD Dashcam. The footage is superb, the variety of options and settings it offers is excellent (such as recording in bursts, being able to keep overlaying old footage when your Micro SD card is full, date & time stamping the footage, motion detector setting for security purposes etc). The only slightly annoying aspect of the dashcam is with their being a cable running from the camera all the way down to your cigarette lighter socket to power it. But this is hardly the end of the world!

DISCLAIMER:
Please note this product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


Cole & Mason 140 mm Stainless Steel and Glass Kingsley Herb and Spice Mill, Silver
Cole & Mason 140 mm Stainless Steel and Glass Kingsley Herb and Spice Mill, Silver
Price: £24.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent little herb & spice mill that looks stylish and does the job well..., 25 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 2:01 Mins

The 'Cole & Mason Herb & Spice Mill' is a stylish and elegant looking manual mill for grinding herbs and spices to make your own seasoning.

WHAT YOU GET:
The mill comes in a small cardboard box with very little additional packaging. Other than the mill itself, the box contains pretty much nothing else. However, the mill is so simple to use you really shouldn't need an instruction manual to figure out how to use it!

The mill measures approximately 13.5cm (H) x 5cm (W) with a thick glass base and brushed stainless steel top.

FILLING & REFILLING:
Filling up the mill is a doddle. Just unscrew the glass jar section of the mill and pour in your blend of herbs & spices. The jar compartment has a reasonably good capacity, meaning that you'll be able to make good-sized batches of your mix each time, should you wish to.

IN USE:
Once you've filled the mill with your herbs and spices, it's a simple case of popping off the lid and then twisting the upper steel section of the mill to grind your blend of herbs and spices out. What's nice is that you can also adjust the grinding mechanism to change the coarseness of your finished blend.

SUMMARY:
All in all both my wife and I are absolutely delighted with the mill. It looks good in our kitchen. It's incredibly easy to refill, simple to use, and very easy to clean & maintain. And it produces an excellent spice powder.


Klarfit 'Heyerdahl 204' Trek Backpack Travel Rucksack (85L+10 Capacity, Rain Cover & Aluminium Frame) - Blue
Klarfit 'Heyerdahl 204' Trek Backpack Travel Rucksack (85L+10 Capacity, Rain Cover & Aluminium Frame) - Blue
Offered by Electronic-Star-UK
Price: £123.90

5.0 out of 5 stars A very high-quality and well-made backpack that offers an impressive amount of storage..., 25 Jan. 2015
Length:: 5:09 Mins

The Klarfit 'Heyerdahl 204' Trek Backpack is a large backpack offering an impressively spacious 85L + 10L (i.e. a total of 95 litres) storage capacity.

WHAT YOU GET:
The backpack is shipped in a reasonably large & thick cardboard box, with the backpack itself also packaged inside clear plastic bagging.

The backpack measures approximately 44cm (W) x 82cm (H) x 24cm (D). However please note these measurements are subject to movement dependent on what you have inside the backpack etc. As such, they're only very rough.

The backpack also comes with an orange fold-out rain cover which comes stored away in the upper pocket. The rain cover is quick and easy to put over the backpack, with elasticated lining making it easy to stretch over the pack so that it clings in place.

QUALITY:
Being designed and manufactured by the German based company Karfit, you know to expect a high quality product with particular attention to materials and the manufacture of the product. The Heyerdahl 204 backpack is no exception to this. The backpack is made from a 600D polyester (your guess is as good as mine!) with an aluminium support frame within the back section of the bag.

Looking closely at the stitching and joins you can see a real attention to the quality, with strong & tight stitching holding the bag together and offering a good degree of protection against the elements.

STORAGE:
Storage-wise the backpack really excels. The main chamber offers a massive 85 litres of space, which can be extended to 95 litres by extending the upper pocket to allow for the full capacity. Furthermore, you can divide the main storage space into two by pulling tight the lower-section pull-cord (located within the backpack), so that the lower-opening becomes a second compartment.

Alongside this you have two large zip-fastened side-pockets, the upper pocket where the rain cover is stored, and two open-mouthed pockets for holding bottles/drinks etc.

Many of these pockets and compartments can be tightened and/or secured with a combination of fasteners, zips, elastic or straps. To be honest, this really has been designed with ease of storage in mind.

COMFORT:
The reverse side of the backpack incorporates a spongy covering which not only covers the entire reverse side but also the insides of the shoulder straps and chest strap. When wearing it, even with some weight inside it, the backpack feels incredibly comfortable, without digging into your shoulders or rubbing at your waistline or along your shoulder blades or back.

OVERALL:
All in all I have to say that the Klarfit 'Heyerdahl 204' is a very well-made, well-designed and high-quality backpack. It offers an impressive amount of storage. Allows the user to decide how they want to utilise aspects of this storage. It's very comfortable to wear, and looks stylish in a 'functional' sort of way. Very highly recommended.

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


Tacwise 18G 50mm Brad Electric Nail Gun
Tacwise 18G 50mm Brad Electric Nail Gun
Price: £116.69

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful and dependable dedicated nailer that can accommodate an excellent range in nail sizes..., 24 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 3:17 Mins

The Tacwise 18G/50mm Master Nailer is a mid-priced semi-professional nail gun that's a handy tool to have around the house for large 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. 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 it is an absolute doddle. The short instruction manual details how to load the nail strips into the nail gun through a few simple steps. 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 you plan to nail down, apply a light amount of pressure to the topside of the gun to ensure its firmly against the wood, and then just pull the trigger.

The nail gun 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. It comes with a pack of 180/35mm galvanised nails (1,000 of the beasts). These are pretty substantial nails which offer plenty of strength and penetration.

After testing the nail gun out on a number of different surfaces it should be noted that it has enough power behind it to penetrate (quite old) brick work, plaster & plasterboard and all wood types, as well as some thin (approx. 1.5mm) steel sheeting I've been using to test out nail guns and the like with (I've tested a fair number over the last few months). With this in mind, the nail gun would be handy for laying skirting board, putting up panelling, or building solid wood structures.

I've had the nail gun for a number of weeks now and have found it a handy tool to be able to turn to if I need to quickly nail something into place etc. Being a dedicated nailing tool (rather than a duo nailer and stapler), the nail gun offers reliability it its task, as well as an excellent nail size range.

We're currently spending a lot of our free time doing up the house we recently moved to, so having the nail gun to hand has saved me a heck of a lot of time. The wife's also talking about putting down some decking in the back garden sometime in the not-too-distant-future. If this does materialise, then I'm sure this sturdy and dependable nail gun will really come into its own for a project of that nature.

And thus far it hasn't jammed once!


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