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Numatic Universal Tube Set Adaptor to Suit 32 mm Accessories, 38 mm
Numatic Universal Tube Set Adaptor to Suit 32 mm Accessories, 38 mm
Price: £2.56

3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, but it does not seem to be a genuine Numatic part, 15 April 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This was purchased as a replacement for a very worn Numatic adaptor used on a commercial vacuum to attach a soft brush to the vacuum's 38mm metal tubing. At about £2.50, the Amazon supply of this as an 'add-on' item was the cheapest I could find for this as a single item, though if you are after other small accessories, such as a soft or hard brush head this adaptor is sometimes already included in some kits which works out even cheaper.

The only issue with this is whether or not it is a genuine part. It is labelled as 'Numatic...by Numatic' on the item listing, but as I write this review the item sub heading comes up automatically as 'Maddocks', and this part delivered was delivered in 'Maddocks' packaging. Compared to the original Numatic part it replaced this is longer, and the plastic walling is a little thiner. My view is that this is a Maddocks after market item, made to suit Numatic cleaners, and it just needs listing more clearly. Never the less it does the job, even if it may not last as long as the original one did, but I hope this helps others better understand what they will get if they order this.


Gorilla Bottle 115ml
Gorilla Bottle 115ml
Offered by PTA Direct
Price: £6.40

4.0 out of 5 stars The benchmark in glues, but consider the size you need..., 24 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Gorilla Bottle 115ml
This is a fantastic product that has replaced PVA glue in the majority of timber and building uses for me. I have routinely used it on timber to timber, timber to concrete, stone repairs and timber to board.

The best description I have heard of this is as a 'foaming' glue. In contact with moisture (even just from the air) it reacts and expands, filling small voids between the surfaces to be glued - this is why it is so strong - the whole of the two surfaces are effectively joined whereas other glues may only be in part contact.

I even tried this out by pouring it into the loose joints of an old door with no other reinforcing - once dry it was solid as a rock and I was just able to rub back, fill and paint the door with minimal work. A real timesaver.

Pros:
+ Incredibly strong - a direct replacement for mechanical (drill and screw/plug) fixings in many cases
+ Quick drying
+ Economical - a little goes a long way

Cons:
- Do not get it on you, it stains and sticks rather badly (trust me...been there!)
- It can expand more than you expect and run; if it does just let it dry and cut off any excess dried glue DO NOT try to wipe wet glue away, it will go everywhere (again, trust me on that one...)

It is worth considering what size to buy. By far the most economical size if you need it is the 1 litre but that is more than most people will use in a long time. I have bought the 500ml and 115ml, and carefully used both as you are supposed to be used by squeezing the air out of the container when finished in use. After 18 months I have one 500ml bottle that is half full but still completely useable, but I have also just had to throw away a 115ml bottle, with about a third left, as it had gone solid. I suspect that the amount of air in only a small bottle of glue was too much for it. For me that makes the 500ml the better deal, with no wastage.

Recommended, but though the glue deserves a full 5 stars, it gets 4 stars in this size because larger sizes are better value and seem to last longer.


Gorilla Glue Superglue 115ml
Gorilla Glue Superglue 115ml
Offered by PTA Direct
Price: £6.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful of the listing title - this a great product but not 'superglue' as most people use the term, 24 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Gorilla Glue Superglue 115ml
This is not a traditional 'superglue' but it is a fantastic product that has replaced PVA glue in the majority of timber and building uses for me. I have routinely used it on timber to timber, timber to concrete, stone repairs and timber to board.

If you are after conventional superglue then Gorilla do make a version of this - Gorilla Superglue 3g (Pack of 2) or in a larger size - Gorilla Superglue 15g

The best description I have heard of this product on this listing is as a 'foaming' glue. In contact with moisture (even just from the air) it reacts and expands, filling small voids between the surfaces to be glued - this is why it is so strong - the whole of the two surfaces are effectively joined whereas other glues may only be in part contact.

I even tried this out by pouring it into the loose joints of an old door with no other reinforcing - once dry it was solid as a rock and I was just able to rub back, fill and paint the door with minimal work. A real timesaver.

Pros:
+ Incredibly strong - a direct replacement for mechanical (drill and screw/plug) fixings in many cases
+ Quick drying
+ Economical - a little goes a long way

Cons:
- Do not get it on you, it stains and sticks rather badly (trust me...been there!)
- It can expand more than you expect and run; if it does just let it dry and cut off any excess dried glue DO NOT try to wipe wet glue away, it will go everywhere (again, trust me on that one...)

It is worth considering what size to buy. By far the most economical size if you need it is the 1 litre but that is more than most people will use in a long time. I have bought the 500ml and 115ml, and carefully used both as you are supposed to be used by squeezing the air out of the container when finished in use. After 18 months I have one 500ml bottle that is half full but still completely useable, but I have also just had to throw away a 115ml bottle, with about a third left, as it had gone solid. I suspect that the amount of air in only a small bottle of glue was too much for it. For me that makes the 500ml the better deal, with no wastage.

Recommended, but though the glue deserves a full 5 stars, it gets 4 stars in this size because larger sizes are better value and seem to last longer.


2x GORILLA GLUE 115ml WATERPROOF MULTI PURPOSE ADHESIVE
2x GORILLA GLUE 115ml WATERPROOF MULTI PURPOSE ADHESIVE
Offered by M.K.TOOLS LTD
Price: £9.75

4.0 out of 5 stars The benchmark in glues, but consider the size you need..., 24 Mar. 2015
This is a fantastic product that has replaced PVA glue in the majority of timber and building uses for me. I have routinely used it on timber to timber, timber to concrete, stone repairs and timber to board.

The best description I have heard of this is as a 'foaming' glue. In contact with moisture (even just from the air) it reacts and expands, filling small voids between the surfaces to be glued - this is why it is so strong - the whole of the two surfaces are effectively joined whereas other glues may only be in part contact.

I even tried this out by pouring it into the loose joints of an old door with no other reinforcing - once dry it was solid as a rock and I was just able to rub back, fill and paint the door with minimal work. A real timesaver.

Pros:
+ Incredibly strong - a direct replacement for mechanical (drill and screw/plug) fixings in many cases
+ Quick drying
+ Economical - a little goes a long way

Cons:
- Do not get it on you, it stains and sticks rather badly (trust me...been there!)
- It can expand more than you expect and run; if it does just let it dry and cut off any excess dried glue DO NOT try to wipe wet glue away, it will go everywhere (again, trust me on that one...)

It is worth considering what size to buy. By far the most economical size if you need it is the 1 litre but that is more than most people will use in a long time. I have bought the 500ml and 115ml, and carefully used both as you are supposed to be used by squeezing the air out of the container when finished in use. After 18 months I have one 500ml bottle that is half full but still completely useable, but I have also just had to throw away a 115ml bottle, with about a third left, as it had gone solid. I suspect that the amount of air in only a small bottle of glue was too much for it. For me that makes the 500ml the better deal, with no wastage.

Recommended, but though the glue deserves a full 5 stars, it gets 4 stars in this size because larger sizes are better value and seem to last longer.


Great Expectations Mug Orange (Penguin Mug)
Great Expectations Mug Orange (Penguin Mug)
by Charles Dickens
Edition: Misc.
Price: £8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A really nice gift, from a good range of titles, 24 Mar. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is one of an excellent range of mugs based on the classic colours and designs of Penguin paperbacks.

I hesitated slightly before buying this as Amazon did not have a photo of the item on the listing which seemed odd, but this arrived exactly as expected. It comes in a box in the same colours and design as the mug which makes it nice to give as a gift. I have uploaded a photo (not my own, but one found via the internet) which shows the mug and box together and hope this helps others.

The only point I would note is that this mug is slightly smaller than many 'standard' mugs, though perhaps only by 5 or 10% and it still holds a good cup of tea!

Recommended.
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Tacwise A11 (Type 140) Hammer Tacker
Tacwise A11 (Type 140) Hammer Tacker
Price: £21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good additional tool that also accepts Arrow T50 staples, 20 Mar. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
If you are a carpet fitter then you already know all about these and use it day in day out to staple down underlay to timber but it is more useful than this for other DIY tasks.

This makes a great tool for fixing roofing felt or membrane - even when working at height you can easily get a good one handed fix to staple in to the boards or rafters. I have also found it valuable for fixing steel mesh to timber before plastering/rendering.

I could not see it mentioned in other reviews, but as well as Tacwise 140 staples, Arrow T50 staples are a direct fit for this - this is useful as although Tacwise are the best seller in hammer tackers a lot of people have Arrow trigger staplers (like Arrow T50p Staple Gun Tacker) and so if you add either stapler to your tool kit you still only need to buy one type of staple.

Some reviewers have said it is tricky to get the staples exactly where you want them - it is a fair point and if you really need more precision then one of the squeeze trigger staplers (like the Arrow T50p mentioned above) can do this, but this is still essentially as accurate as your own hammering...

Strong, reliable tool. Recommended.


Dryrod Damp Proofing Rods - 10 Pack - Next Generation Rising Damp Treatment From The Makers of Dryzone
Dryrod Damp Proofing Rods - 10 Pack - Next Generation Rising Damp Treatment From The Makers of Dryzone
Offered by Safeguard Europe Ltd
Price: £27.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new alternative to the gun applied version, 16 Mar. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
During a long term renovation of a Victorian house I had previously used the 600ml 'sausages' of DPC cream from the same company and found them to be really effective at creating a good damp proof course and drying out walls, but they had two disadvantages - they need a special applicator gun (which varies in price significantly depending on the supplier from £25 up to over £60) and it is also rather messy. These rods solve both these problems, needing no special tools (just a 12mm masonry drill) and being cut to size with a knife.

The rods, in packs of 10, are designed to be long enough to use one in every hole you drill at 120mm centres in 9" brickwork, but can be easily cut to shorter lengths for 4 1/2" brickwork which makes them economical to use, with one pack being enough for an 8' (2.4m) length of wall in 4 1/2" brick.

There are a couple of bits of advice in use -

1. Check the use by dates on the foil packets when you receive them. The one I was sent only had four months life listed; no problem if using straight away, but if you are not then consider only buying the quantity you need in the short term.

2. Cut the rods to length after putting them in the drilled holes. Even drilling carefully there will always be some variation in depth but more importantly how clear the hole is left. Just putting the rod in and sniping off flush with the wall with a sharp Stanley knife gives the cleanest finish and least waste.

Finally it is also worth noting that as well as the 600ml sausages of DPC cream and these rods the company also make a standard mastic size tube of cream in the same material. This is more expensive by volume, but if you only have a small area to do could be a good solution.

Thoroughly recommended.


Victor M240 Electronic Rat Trap
Victor M240 Electronic Rat Trap
Price: £38.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Effective against mice, though not against rats and the build quality could be improved, 25 Feb. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Living in the countryside we are used to having to control mice and rats outside the house in sheds, but during recent building work the house itself was less 'rodent-proof' than it should have been; with clear evidence of rat and mouse activity we turned to one of these seeking a quick (humane) and clean solution.

Unfortunately our experience with this has not fully lived up to that shared in the most positive reviews.

Having sited this on a suitable run and baited with seed, after several days the only thing that was dead was the unit - despite a fresh set of batteries (it had new ones to begin with) it was clear it had fallen off its perch and was not working. Amazon's typically good service replaced this quickly.

The second one was again baited and sited and...nothing. The unit was working OK this time, but the rats in the house were avoiding it. We had to go back to conventional poison bait which they took from the same location (when placed inside Rat bait station (plastic)) immediately.
Although we had no luck with this unit indoors we decided to try it in a shed where it has been more successful and it has trapped several mice for us; it seems that the mice are much less wary of it than the rats, and so this is where it is staying.

The big advantage with this type of trap is that you get an instant result - unlike poison bait this is not taken off to a nest where if a poor rodent expires there can be smell and flies, and the rodent is unable to do any more damage, chew on cables etc. If you are facing a mice infestation though there is one major limiting factor - this does not automatically reset, so once the first mouse has been caught it is up to you to reset the unit. Even if you are checking this once a day this may not deal with a major problem. In practise we have found that other mice took advantage of the first mouse's misfortune - with the `trap sprung' they went in and cleared the bait.

I have marked this down to 3 stars for three reasons - first that it did not give a solution for rats as we had hoped from other reviews, second that the first one failed so quickly and had to be replaced and thirdly for the build quality - as others have mentioned the battery compartment is rather a poor design and makes inserting batteries slightly awkward. The quality of the switch and wiring also do not fill you with confidence in setting something designed to give a major shock...

If you have a stray mouse looking for a new home indoors, this could be a good, tidy and clean solution, but for bigger infestations, where traps cannot be checked everyday, or to tackle rats rather than mice the most effective option we have found is Pest-stop Double Bait Station (single).

It is still recommended, but please do not expect a complete rodent solution.


Gorilla Glue 1Litre
Gorilla Glue 1Litre
Price: £19.57

5.0 out of 5 stars The benchmark in glues, but consider the size you need..., 11 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Gorilla Glue 1Litre (DIY & Tools)
This is a fantastic product that has replaced PVA glue in the majority of timber and building uses for me. I have routinely used it on timber to timber, timber to concrete, stone repairs and timber to board.

The best description I have heard of this is as a 'foaming' glue. In contact with moisture (even just from the air) it reacts and expands, filling small voids between the surfaces to be glued - this is why it is so strong - the whole of the two surfaces are effectively joined whereas other glues may only be in part contact.

I even tried this out by pouring it into the loose joints of an old door with no other reinforcing - once dry it was solid as a rock and I was just able to rub back, fill and paint the door with minimal work. A real timesaver.

Pros:
+ Incredibly strong - a direct replacement for mechanical (drill and screw/plug) fixings in many cases
+ Quick drying
+ Economical - a little goes a long way

Cons:
- Do not get it on you, it stains and sticks rather badly (trust me...been there!)
- It can expand more than you expect and run; if it does just let it dry and cut off any excess dried glue DO NOT try to wipe wet glue away, it will go everywhere (again, trust me on that one...)

It is worth considering what size to buy. By far the most economical size if you need it is this 1 litre at just under £20 but that is more than most people will use in a long time. I have bought the 500ml (half this size, but about £15) and 115ml, and carefully used both as you are supposed to be used by squeezing the air out of the container when finished in use. After 18 months I have one 500ml bottle that is half full but still completely useable, but I have also just had to throw away a 115ml bottle, with about a third left, as it had gone solid. I suspect that the amount of air in only a small bottle of glue was too much for it. For me that makes the 500ml the best compromise, with no wastage, but if you are going to use a lot then go for this 1 litre size.

Thoroughly recommended.


Gorilla Glue 115ml
Gorilla Glue 115ml
Price: £5.16

4.0 out of 5 stars The benchmark in glues, but carefully consider the size you need..., 4 Feb. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Gorilla Glue 115ml (DIY & Tools)
This is a fantastic product that has replaced PVA glue in the majority of timber and building uses for me. I have routinely used it on timber to timber, timber to concrete, stone repairs and timber to board.

The best description I have heard of this is as a 'foaming' glue. In contact with moisture (even just from the air) it reacts and expands, filling small voids between the surfaces to be glued - this is why it is so strong - the whole of the two surfaces are effectively joined whereas other glues may only be in part contact.

I even tried this out by pouring it into the loose joints of an old door with no other reinforcing - once dry it was solid as a rock and I was just able to rub back, fill and paint the door with minimal work. A real timesaver.

Pros:
+ Incredibly strong - a direct replacement for mechanical (drill and screw/plug) fixings in many cases
+ Quick drying
+ Economical - a little goes a long way

Cons:
- Do not get it on you, it stains and sticks rather badly (trust me...been there!)
- It can expand more than you expect and run; if it does just let it dry and cut off any excess dried glue DO NOT try to wipe wet glue away, it will go everywhere (again, trust me on that one...)

It is worth considering what size to buy. By far the most economical size if you need it is the 1 litre but that is more than most people will use in a long time. I have bought the 500ml and 115ml, and carefully used both as you are supposed to be used by squeezing the air out of the container when finished in use. After 18 months I have one 500ml bottle that is half full but still completely useable, but I have also just had to throw away a 115ml bottle, with about a third left, as it had gone solid. I suspect that the amount of air in only a small bottle of glue was too much for it. For me that makes the 500ml the better deal, with no wastage.

Recommended, but though the glue deserves a full 5 stars, it gets 4 stars in this size because larger sizes are better value and seem to last longer.


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