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Rentokil PSW97 Wasp Destroy Foam Aerosol 300ml
Rentokil PSW97 Wasp Destroy Foam Aerosol 300ml
Price: £4.50

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked well in a building cavity, 7 July 2011
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Our wasps had made their way inside a cavity in the woodwork on an ancient conservatory extension - so the big ladder had to be deployed and some plant surgery was needed to get a clear shot at the entrance.

I read the instructions twice, prepared the field of battle, and went up the ladder dressed in a Wurzel Gummidge version of a bee-keeper's outfit, complete with improvised veil (fine mesh net curtain) draped over a hat, then put my kagoule hood over the top to hold it there.

Was not sure how the wasps would react to foam - they have been less than welcoming when deep nests in a grassy bank near the house have had to be dealt with using petrol or kerosene, so I was taking no chances. Can't run like I used to....!

So up the ladder at dusk to foam the entrance to the nest, and it all went well. Thick foam over the entrance, and the wasps were seemingly not interested in me, allowing time to descend the ladder safely.

Next day they seemed poorly and activity was reduced - so we did it again that evening. Quieter still the next day, so we were gaining on them, albeit slowly.

We knew which interior panel they were behind, so against my wife's advice I opened a tiny hole to fit the foam nozzle, and put a 2-second burst in there, then plugged it quick-smart. Noisy wasps!

In the morning we could hardly hear anything inside the cavity and no wasp activity outside - another short burst through the hole was administered, and the plug restored.

Next evening all was silent as the grave - but we put another burst in to be sure. Three days later, still silent, no activity.
Success!

So... this might also be made to work inside a brick cavity wall - with a long thin drill and some care. A lot depends on the situation. Our opinion is that daily foaming of the nest entrance would have done the job eventually, but would have needed at least another can of foam. It was working, just more slowly than the direct method.

The foam nozzle is small, and only needs a small hole to squirt through - a suitable bit of tube to extend the shortish nozzle is handy for getting it in more easily and preventing the foam from escaping.

Recommended for nests that are accessible by squirting &/or drilling.

PS we had a go at yet another nest with Westland Eraza Wasp Nest Destroyer Spray (Aerosol), with less than wonderful results, detailed in a review.


Westland Eraza Wasp Nest Destroyer Spray (Aerosol)
Westland Eraza Wasp Nest Destroyer Spray (Aerosol)

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars There was a serious problem with the trigger/valve mechanism on ours, 7 July 2011
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We've been having wasp nests near the house turn up off and on since we moved here 17 years ago. The outdoor ones are usually burned out, with great care to not set the countryside on fire, but when a couple of nests became established in the (elderly) house structure, this was not an option. The insurance company would not be impressed....

So we have tried a couple of these foam spray Nest Destroyers to see if they did the job. The first to arrive was Rentokil PSW97 Wasp Destroy Foam Aerosol 300ml, which did a good job from up a long ladder aiming it under the eaves. All is now silent there.

There was a bit left over, but not enough to kill the other nest, so when the Westland Eraza arrived, I read the instructions, removed the locking tab on the trigger and climbed into our improvised Wasp Suit (head-to-toe clothing with a fine veil made from old net curtain draped from a large hat), put on the gloves and took aim. Unlike the Rentokill which has a simple press button like a paint can, the Westland has a trigger assembly and claims a 3M range vs the Rentokill 2M range. That's a useful improvement, we thought.

The trigger took a lot of pressure - then it started spraying foam from everywhere except the nozzle, a good bit of it on my clothing. Some even hit the veil, and a few drops came through - a couple ended up on my glasses. So I dropped everything and got in the shower immediately, peeling off the clothing under running water, and later washing the clothes thoroughly.

Untidy, but it seems to have worked in that I am still breathing OK and can still see, but there are parts of my face that still feel a little tender - bit like sunburn.

Dread to think what might have happened had I been up that ladder at the time.

So, no, I cannot recommend this product!

Amazon have (as always) been wonderful, the now-repackaged product is to be collected by arrangement tomorrow morning for safe return to them.

Which brings us to the packaging. It was a variation on the standard Amazon corrugated card book wrapper, wrapped around the aerosol cylinder to form a tapering package with the cylinder in the thicker part. Oh yes, with a HAZMAT label too.

It seems possible that the trigger/nozzle part (which projects slightly from the cylinder) may have been in contact with part of the card wrapper - hard to tell. But if it was, then it is possible that outside pressure on the package might have misaligned or otherwise distorted the trigger mechanism. There was certainly nothing obvious to me, but it could happen.

The Rentokill aerosol had arrived in a Jiffy-bag - but then it has a plastic cap that entirely covers the spray button.

I'm not saying that this is a bad product - just that the one that arrived here was faulty for whatever reason. It is currently a pound cheaper than the Rentokill, and promises greater range when dealing with wasp nests. So a good one might be excellent.
But please, please do take care if decide you try it!


bash Pocket Reference (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly))
bash Pocket Reference (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly))
by Arnold Robbins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.10

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent pocket reference, very useful indeed., 4 July 2011
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We use Linux these days, and it is useful to understand and be able to use what is 'under the hood' in a terminal shell. The equivalent of the MS Windows 'Command Line', only vastly more powerful. Oh yes. BASH is one of many available 'shells' that offer a selection of commands, and it is arguably the most popular and widely used.

If you are new to this 'shell' business, I would recommend Linux Pocket Guide (Pocket Guide: Essential Commands) for a first text - it is less advanced, very well explained and slightly cheaper. More of a BASH tutorial than a reference.

If you are moving to Linux (and why not, with all the free software and industrial-strength defences against malware?) then it would be good if someone in the family understands how BASH works.

If (like me) you already have the Linux Pocket guide, then this is an ideal adjunct to it - with more and deeper detailed descriptions, less tutorial content. My UNIX involvement started in the early 1980s, but I still find both these nifty pocket books very useful indeed, and interesting to read, too.

Probably not the ideal introduction to BASH, but a perfect companion to a BASH tutorial and a super reference for day-to-day use.

Recommended!


Three Mobile Broadband Ready to Go 1GB Preloaded Data Standard SIM for 3G Tablets
Three Mobile Broadband Ready to Go 1GB Preloaded Data Standard SIM for 3G Tablets
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Just works, no dramas., 4 July 2011
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This was our first attempt at a 3G connection using our shiny new Toshiba AC100-10U Tegra smartbook (Android 2.2), so we were feeling some trepidation as the SIM was inserted.*

No worries, it just went online when we followed the very clear instructions. The '3' website showed our 1GB credit once we had logged on to it.

Sitting in a car park waiting for my wife is now a relaxing experience, and not as expensive as some deals. Playing with the bundled application 'Fring' (like Skype for Android) it makes calls all around the world for similar connection costs.

Recommended!
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* PS Our AC100 has a label near the SIM slot (behind the battery) that shows the WRONG way to insert it - the almost invisible moulded-in image on the case shows the correct way. <sigh>


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked like a charm!, 4 July 2011
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No problems with this, it just worked - in our old Nokia 5140.
The 'phone number was on the card, but in very fine print. If you can't read that you can dial *#100#, and the 'phone tells you its number. Followed the menu entry to top-up, and everything worked first time. Very satisfied with it.
Fast delivery too.... recommended!


Nokia CA-42
Nokia CA-42

5.0 out of 5 stars Works fine, no problems under Win XP on a Nokia 5140, 1 July 2011
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This review is from: Nokia CA-42 (Electronics)
I mislaid our old CA-42 cable, and it was time to back up the 'phone data, so we tried this one.

Using Win XP SP3 and the driver disk supplied (together with a downloaded copy of the Nokia PC Suite which is still a bit weird to set up and use) everything was duly sucked off a Nokia 5140 and backed up safely. Then we edited our contacts on the phone, removed most of the videos (keeping the backup copies) and generally tidied up.

All without any problems.

Then I found our original CA-42 cable.... D'oh!

OK, I'm an idiot, but it gave us a chance to compare this cable with the Genuine Nokia one bought years ago (for something over £25 if I recall rightly). Silly price, but that was the only option then.

The original cable has the word 'Nokia' moulded into the blue USB plug with a small silvery label on it, and it is a couple of inches shorter than this one. Apart from that, they seem to be of identical design and feel to be of a similar quality material. They work identically on our system.

This is probably not a Nokia-made cable, but it is a good deal for Windows XP users at £4.55 inc shipping.

Recommended!


Navigator Office Premium Card High Quality 160gsm A4 Bright White - Ref PCO160F1 [250 Sheets]
Navigator Office Premium Card High Quality 160gsm A4 Bright White - Ref PCO160F1 [250 Sheets]
Price: £12.50

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good light card, 28 Jun 2011
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Excellent card, but is it the thickness you need?
.... 160 gsm is only twice the weight of ordinary 80 gsm copy/printer paper.

For greetings cards my wife uses paper/card stocks similar to the excellent 300 gsm paper that we found
here : Navigator Office Premium Card High Quality 160gsm A4 Bright White - Ref PCO160F1 [250 Sheets]

It would be unfair to blame this 'Navigator' card because it is 160 gsm when something thicker is needed.

The 160 gsm weight makes this card useful (eg) for the inner leaf of a larger (A5) greetings card (or a party invitation or gift tag) rather than using it to make the A5 greetings card itself. Smaller items like gift tags can sensibly use a lighter (thinner) material than bigger ones.
Four-folding this weight of card to make a small greetings card results in an A6 size. Small, yes, but still a reasonable size, and it works well.

I use this for model making as well as printing out the front pages of reports or important letters. It's good quality and feeds well in an Epson CX6600; print quality is good, too. The surface is smooth and very fine (unlike some card which can be dusty or 'fluffy'), it takes pen and pencil well too.

The card was delivered in two days and is exactly as described.
We're very pleased with it, so it gets five stars.

Recommended for people who need a bright white smooth finished 160 gsm card.


Color Copy A4 Paper - 300gsm (Pack of 125)
Color Copy A4 Paper - 300gsm (Pack of 125)
Offered by stick-und-filz
Price: £13.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, prompt delivery, 28 Jun 2011
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This is exactly as described - a heavy (300 gsm) white paper with a very smooth fine finish to it.

My wife remarks that it is not quite as thick as 300 gsm craft card, but it looks to be fine for making greetings cards. Presumably the craft card is a bit less dense than this very fine heavy weight paper.
Anyway, a thick sheaf of this has disappeared in the direction of her card-making facility!
;)

It fits my printer and feeds smoothly without hesitation in an Epson CX6600. There seems to be less dust with this than with some of the craft cards, which will hopefully be kind to the print heads.

We both like it and consider it to be fair value.
Delivery was only a couple of days for a heavy item.
So it rates the full 5 stars.

Recommended!


Cork washer to suit 75mm cap - L&S Engineers
Cork washer to suit 75mm cap - L&S Engineers

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice quality cork washer, but..., 28 Jun 2011
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This is a well made washer in what looks like a pretty standard rubberised cork. It probably does fit a "75mm cap", but it is nothing like 75mm in diameter.

We'll find a use for it somewhere, but it does not fit our original requirement for a 3" OD (outside diameter) washer for a 3" (75mm nominal) water pipe flange. Took a punt on this, because it said 75 mm. Found another solution for that, thank goodness.

So, what size is it really?

Our washer is near enough to:

OD :- 2.36" or 60 mm
ID :- 1.53" or 39 mm
Thickness is 0.08" or 2 mm (approx). ........ E&OE - your mileage may vary!

So, no 75mm dimension anywhere

Only four stars since dimensions are not given in the Product Description.

Recommended - if this is the size of washer you need.


Rubber Washer for 3" Hose Couplings - L&S Engineers
Rubber Washer for 3" Hose Couplings - L&S Engineers

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fair quality rubber, but not three inches ID or OD., 28 Jun 2011
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This is a well made washer, in what seems to be a more traditional (rather than synthetic) black rubber. So probably best with moderate pressure (say 5 psi) water at near room temperature. Don't think it would like boiling oil or (maybe) boiling water. Could be wrong about that, of course.

We'll find a use for it somewhere - but it does not fit our original requirement for a washer for a 3" (75mm nominal) water pipe flange. Found another solution for that, fortunately.

So, what size is it?

Our washer is near enough to:

OD:- 3.46" or 88 mm
ID:- 2.72" or 69 mm
Thickness:- 0.2" or 5 mm

E&OE - your mileage may vary!

Only four stars since full dimensions are not given in the Product Description.

Recommended - if that is the size of washer you need.


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