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Dryrod Damp Proofing Rod Cutter
Dryrod Damp Proofing Rod Cutter
Offered by Safeguard Europe Ltd
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Stanley knife is more versatile for this task, 21 Jan. 2016
This review is from: Dryrod Damp Proofing Rod Cutter
I am a big fan of the Dryzone Dryrod damp proofing system - it is the quickest, cleanest and effective of the various methods we tried during the back to brick renovation of our Victorian house - but you do not need a special cutter for the rods.

Not only do the rods trim to length easily with a simple Stanley knife, which will almost certainly already be in your tool kit, but we found that it was most effective to trim the rods to length after inserting them into the wall, ie slice them off exactly flush with the wall surface. This is because even with accurate drilling and trying to clear the drilled hole as best as possible you will always have slight variation in the length of rod you can put in; trimming off afterwards makes sure of the perfect fit every time, and that is most easily done with a Stanley knife.

Save yourselves a few pounds here and remember the old story about the Americans and Russians trying to find a writing implement that would work in space; NASA spent a huge number of taxpayer dollars and engineering hours inventing a special type of pen and ink. Russia sent pencils. Sometimes it is just the simplest plan that is the best.... 😀


Honeywell ST9400C 7-day Electronic Programmer with 2-channel
Honeywell ST9400C 7-day Electronic Programmer with 2-channel
Price: £65.50

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Third time lucky?, 13 Jan. 2016
We had a Honeywell ST9400c programmer installed together with a new boiler in 2011, but returned home one day in 2013 to find the whole thing shut down and the house freezing cold... The original installers came out and eventually were able to diagnose the problem as a faulty programmer so they replaced it with another identical model....this lasted until December 2015 when the override function stopped working and then once again we came back to a cold home...

After quite a bit of Internet research, it seems that Honeywell had a known bad batch of these, but they have also suffered problems since.

To check if yours is one of the original bad batch, check the serial number on the back - 1037 to 1139 (which means made between week 37 of 2010 and week 39 of 2011) is the known bad batch; that included the original programmer we had.

Our second programmer was not in this batch, but the fault we found has also been shared by others online. We found a stop gap solution on the Internet which is that disabling the backlight means the programmer works again (!). To do this press - and OK buttons at the same time for eight seconds to enter set up mode then set parameter 2 to 0 and switch the programmer back to run.

Programmers should not need stop gap solutions of course, nor should you have to replace them every two years so I contacted Honeywell on 01344 656200 and after sending them proof of purchase and a photo of the second failed programmer they are sending out a free replacement. They were very open that they knew about the problems which is why they are replacing them outside of the normal one year warranty. They also told me they are confident the latest ones do not have the same problems...

Hopefully it will be third time lucky but after having to change two of these I do not feel able to give this more than three stars, but I would rate Honeywell's response more highly than this.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but the case design needs tweaking, 5 Jan. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The choice of cases and screen protectors for the iPhone 6S seems bafflingly large - particularly when many 6S cases are really just iPhone 6 cases sold under a different listing. After trawling through numerous reviews I decided to opt for this combination, figuring that at under £15 if it did not work out it would not be too much of an expensive mistake...

I have had two sets of these; unfortunately the first set had an optical flaw in the screen protector glass so was returned to Amazon for a refund and Anker subsequently - very kindly - sent me a free replacement by way of an apology which was good of them.

Both the Tough Shell case and GlassGuard screen protector are available separately, but buying them packaged together saves five pounds and also increases the confidence that these should work together perfectly...which they nearly do, but not quite...

The Anker picture showing '360 degree' protection is slightly inaccurate - the picture show the lips of the case higher than the screen protector, but it is the other way round. This means if you put the phone down on the screen side it rests on the glass screen protector, not the case edges. The difference is really small, but the case design just needs a tweak to correct this; Anker acknowledged this and will hopefully change this in later versions.

Individually, both these items are good -

The case is a simple rubber and plastic design, it fits well, and unlike other reviewers I found the original Apple power cable to fit through it easily although the second replacement case did seem to be a much stiffer fit for the same power cable - I suspect that that there are tiny manufacturing tolerances between each case and some are just an easier fit; again, something that would benefit from Anker looking at. Without the screen protector fitted, the case edges sit proud of the screen which protects the screen if you place it face down. On its own the case deserves 4 stars.

The screen protector covers the screen completely, and is the curved edge type, so once fitted feels as though it is an original part of the phone. Unfortunately the one I received had a flaw in the glass in the middle of the screen and because this is a 'fulfilled by Amazon' item rather than 'sold by Amazon' the only option is to return it for a refund and then raise a new order to buy it again rather than simply be able to ask for an exchange. To cut a few emails short, Amazon collected and refunded the faulty one and Anker then sent a free of charge replacement via Amazon. That is great customer service, even if it does take a few days to sort out.

The screen protector on its own would score 5 stars; it really does feel like part of the original phone, and there is simply no comparison with they stick on type protectors, or the glass ones which do not go all the way to the edge of the phone. This sets the standard, and I was so pleased with it I have also now purchased the equivalent iPad version to replace a stick on protector that was starting to bubble.

Anker have said they will look again at the design of the case and adjust the upstand so that the protection matches their picture. In the meantime this is still a good combination if you do not mind the screen protector being ever so slightly proud of the case.


SolarCentre Helios Solar Spotlight
SolarCentre Helios Solar Spotlight
Offered by SolarCentre®
Price: £24.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Initially fantastic, but not so sure 6 months on..., 3 Jan. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
We purchased one of these earlier this year, together with some other solar centre lights, to help illuminate a garden path after dusk for safety.

As with most of the reviewers we were initially delighted with this - the solid weight of the whole unit just makes it feel in a different league to the more typical cheap solar garden lights. Coming with the option of both ground spike and wall fixings also helps the flexible use for this. We found it charged well, gave an excellent amount of light for the path and lasted long after dusk, in fact we were so pleased we quickly decided to buy another identical one.

Six months on, we are not quite so convinced.

Short winter days will never charge solar lights perfectly, but both of these are in an open south facing spot and even after a bright day we now find both of these to be quite dim, and they do not last very long at all after dark. It seems the rechargeable batteries in these may not be fully up to the mark - they should not need changing after only six months. For safety, we have now added an additional couple of battery powered motion activated Mr Beams lights to the path to make up for this and fitted these with rechargeable batteries.

We have also noted that the light casings have both faded from black to light grey which suggests that the materials used are not perhaps as stable and substantial as our first impressions suggested.

Because of the reduced performance after only six months I can only grade these as 3 stars.


EzyDog Zero Shock Dog Lead, 48 inch, Black
EzyDog Zero Shock Dog Lead, 48 inch, Black
Price: £19.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent product from EzyDog, 3 Jan. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is the fourth EzyDog item we have now bought and we have been very pleased with all of them.

This is well made, the neoprene lining to the handle is a real plus, especially in cold and wet weather, and the length is good. The main selling point though is the elasticated section in the lead which benefits both dog and owner in reducing neck/arm pull.

We purchased this to walk our large Labrador alongside a pram - the length works well for this, and the elasticated section really does help to limit sudden shocks from jerking the pram.

So why not five stars? Only because of two very minor points -
1. The 'traffic control' loop is a handy idea, but even with our tall Labrador I find this too low - I have to stoop to use it which is not ideal for proper control.
2. The lead clip feels less substantial than the lead - not flimsy exactly, but a heavier duty item would be an improvement.

If EzyDog could move the traffic loop further up (or even better add a second one to suit different height dogs and owners) and put a better clip on this I would happily give this 5 stars.

Thoroughly recommended.


Shabby Chic Framed Vintage Paper Art Hearts Mini Picture in White Frame - great gift for engagement, wedding, first anniversary
Shabby Chic Framed Vintage Paper Art Hearts Mini Picture in White Frame - great gift for engagement, wedding, first anniversary
Offered by nineteenoatcake
Price: £10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the thing for a first anniversary, 30 Nov. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
As 'paper' is the item of choice for the first anniversary (a nice way of breaking you in gently to the cost of gifts - building up to rubys, diamonds etc!) I was delighted to be able to give this as a special token.

It is well made and nicely presented and now takes pride of place on a shelf, which shows it off well; we thought it too small to hang on the wall, but that is simply personal preference.

Highly recommended.


JVL 3-Drawer Wood Maize Storage Cabinet, White
JVL 3-Drawer Wood Maize Storage Cabinet, White
Price: £44.10

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, but should be much more cheerful., 16 July 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This was purchased as a quick solution to house all of those bits and pieces that find themselves needing storage in the bathroom.

It is a useful size that tucks against and under the sink.

Impressions before taking it out of the box were positive - it was very well packed and fully assembled. Unfortunately it was downhill from there... Although the baskets are absolutely fine, the frame is very badly made (I have added a picture of an example joint) covered in nasty splinters and the paint is a strange white powder finish which comes off on your hands and clothes, and is very inconsistently applied. It is not shabby chic, just shabby.

Because the baskets were OK I am going to spend the time to fill, finish and paint the frame properly, but that is not something that should need doing to a new item.

At £20 as a lightning deal, I have given this 2 stars. At the full price of over £30 I would struggle to recommend it.
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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.
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Gorilla Bottle 115ml
Gorilla Bottle 115ml
Offered by PTA Direct
Price: £5.99

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: £5.55

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.


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