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Interlink Pedestal Pronto 40 x 36 x 65 cm Beech
Interlink Pedestal Pronto 40 x 36 x 65 cm Beech
Price: £72.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Customise the colour and handles if you want..., 19 Dec 2014
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Spent ages looking for something that would comfortably/sensibly fit under my desk. Assembly was slightly fiddly but not a major issue. I particularly like the usefulness of the top tray area.

One thing I really couldn't live with was the plastic handles and that beech finish. Decided to make it match the rest of my painted cupboard surfaces: it's easy to do that (just takes a bit of time) by putting two base coats of this stuff Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer & Sealer 1Ltr to prime the surface and then finish with two top coats of eggshell. No need to sand the surfaces prior to applying the first base coat, but very LIGHT sanding with fine grade abrasive in between coats will give a smooth finish (although I dispensed with that step). The Zinsser base coat paint is touch dry in 30 mins and recoatable 60 mins, and the water based eggshell I used is recoatable in 4-6hrs, so this is all achievable in one day.

The two angled handles on the top/front of the unit can be prised off with a bit of brute force; that will leave you with some double-pointed screws which can be unscrewed by clamping some pliers around them, then fill the holes with filler of choice and sand down prior to painting.

Used these draw handles Traditional Half Moon Shaker Cup Pull Kitchen / Cabinet Handle With Faux Screws 64mm Hole Centres - Antique Brass Finish which have the fixing points at the required 64mm width. You will find that the bolts on these will be too long to leave the handles flush with the drawer front, but I used some spare nuts/washers as spacers on the inside of the draws to get around the problem.

This increased the overall cost of the unit but the end result is absolutely worth it for me as I didn't want to have to hide it out of sight. Very happy with the unit now.


10 Amp Light Dimmer Switch 1 Gang 2 Way 400W - Victorian - Polished Chrome
10 Amp Light Dimmer Switch 1 Gang 2 Way 400W - Victorian - Polished Chrome
Offered by A5 Products Electrical Fittings & Lighting
Price: £8.20

3.0 out of 5 stars Fine for the price, 19 Dec 2014
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Good, progressive dimming available with push on/off and no buzzing. Very flimsy back cover on the internal dimmer unit which kept detaching whilst wiring-up. Has a very high lustre finish, which is great, but this shows the numerous ripples and undulations on a surface which is not completely machined flat. Acceptable quality for a low cost unit. If you want a mirror-like smoothness then you may need to go for a pricier item.


Wall Socket 2 Gang - Polished Chrome Victorian - White Insert - Metal Rocker Switch - 13A Double Plug Socket
Wall Socket 2 Gang - Polished Chrome Victorian - White Insert - Metal Rocker Switch - 13A Double Plug Socket
Offered by A5 Products Electrical Fittings & Lighting
Price: £6.65

4.0 out of 5 stars Great price, 19 Dec 2014
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Screws are flush surface rather than recessed as appears in the photo, but that's no issue for me. High lustre finish and quality look which is great at this price point. Very happy.


Purely Everyday DL 110x220 100gsm Peel and Seal Wallet Envelopes - White (Pack of 500)
Purely Everyday DL 110x220 100gsm Peel and Seal Wallet Envelopes - White (Pack of 500)
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 16 Dec 2014
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Was really not expecting these envelopes to be of such good quality; exceptional weight and grade of fibre. Self seal strip adhesion is equally good. I have a cheap all-in-one inkjet printer and on normal (middle) print settings the results are fantastic. At just over 2p per envelope this is insanely good value.


Pet Remedy Low Voltage Heat Pad for Pets
Pet Remedy Low Voltage Heat Pad for Pets
Price: £33.47

3.0 out of 5 stars No heat adjustment, 8 Dec 2014
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To be honest, at this price I expect something that allows for manual temperature regulation. The pad warms up quickly enough and the heat is transferred more noticeably when weight is placed on it, but my cat jumps off after a while because she just gets too warm.

On the plus side the reinforced cable section is 134cm long, and the remaining portion measures 177cm, so you have a total cable length of 3.1m (almost 10ft) which is a useful distance from wall socket to pad.


Mercury 350.109 DMR-1 Dimmer Switch
Mercury 350.109 DMR-1 Dimmer Switch
Offered by Inta-Audio
Price: £6.19

3.0 out of 5 stars Great... when they work, 8 Dec 2014
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Ordered six of these and one of them does not work. Really annoying because it simply isn't worth the time and effort to return it for a replacement. There are two screws on the back with a head type I have never come across so I can't even open it up to check if it's simply a blown fuse that's caused the problem.

These are fantastic for toning down the brightness of table lamps and completely changing the mood in a room. Of the ones that work, there is no hint of buzzing and the units do not seem to get warm, let alone hot.

I have no idea of how reliable they will be, but I am wary of other reviewers' comments and one out of six being a dud doesn't inspire confidence. Strangely I can't seem to find many alternatives out there and I would have been happier to pay extra for better quality. Look at the price of these and then factor in production + shipping costs + wholesaler mark up + delivery + vendor mark up + final delivery... it's no wonder the failure rate is so high because the external casing and packaging is good quality, so the internal components must be truly awful.


8 inch Empire in Gold Silk with knife edge pleating
8 inch Empire in Gold Silk with knife edge pleating
Offered by Creative Lighting of Wimborne
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, 8 Dec 2014
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The colour is not quite as dark as the picture suggests. Lets quite a bit of light through the body as the material and lining thickness is not very dense, and this shows up the vertical wire framework the material is laid onto. For the price these are fine, though. I used a socket dimmer to turn the brightness down and the lighting mood it creates is great Mercury 350.109 DMR-1 Dimmer Switch.


Opus uplighter Floor Light - satin brass
Opus uplighter Floor Light - satin brass

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1.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and annoying, 30 Nov 2014
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My wife uses two of these as she needs plenty of light when working with clients.

At the time I got these, these 'torchiere' style lamps were becoming difficult to get hold of, and these were the only ones I could find. Argos used to sell 300W variants at under £20 but no longer stock them. I researched the issue and noted that there were increased reports of house fires in the UK and US because people tended to leave them at full brightness next to curtains, etc., so I assume suppliers didn't want to take the risk any more. Supply vs demand = overpriced units, and as far as I'm concerned these are not good value.

Most annoyingly, the poor quality picture in the description makes it difficult to spot that there is a circular piece of opaque glass (7cm diameter) in the head which means that these are not true uplighters as a ton of light projects downwards. Horrible lighting effect which not only defeats the object, but means that hard shadow can be cast - which is exactly what we wanted to avoid by using uplighters.

Appreciation of the look/design of theses units is a subjective thing but I think the satin brass finish we have is ghastly, bordering on tacky. I dislike the style intensely and the metal seems to have a plasticised coating, making it even worse.

I haven't got a clue what the product description dimensions relate to, but my measurements show they are 179cm tall and the head diameter is 29cm

However, the worst aspect of these is that they use the same cheap dimmer units that plague the market. Not good enough. At this price point I fully demand a dimmer that feeds power through progressively so that you get a 'soft start'. In the absence of this, what you may find is that you'll either blow the bulbs quite often, or worse still blow the small 1A fuse in the dimmer unit itself. To avoid this, my advice is to slide the brightness setting right down whenever you switch the unit of at the wall socket. That way, when you next switch it on, you can slowly turn the brightness up and avoid blown lamps or fuses.

If I had of known about the additional downlight feature of these I would have avoided buying them.


SWT Silver Aluminum Wall Mounted Bathroom Double Towel Shelf Rail Rack Holder
SWT Silver Aluminum Wall Mounted Bathroom Double Towel Shelf Rail Rack Holder
Offered by SWT
Price: £10.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Fine, 30 Nov 2014
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It's not worth more than £15 because it is the thinnest grade steel I've seen in some time. That's not a problem though because on the plus side it keeps the weight down and it's more than strong enough to take the weight of towels. Finish feels slightly plasticky because I think it has a surface lacquer treatment to prevent pitting or corrosion (likely it is actually polished steel rather than stainless steel at this price).

Fixing plates were slightly off in terms of angles but that's what you get at this price point. A big plus is that you get screw covers in the fittings, although you may have to slacken the screws off slightly if you find that they don't manage to slip over the rubber screw cups provided.

From past experience, if you are drilling into solid walls for fixing rather than plasterboard, don't use the screws provided as they are poor quality and you may see the heads shearing off under pressure.

Quality is not great but it looks fine when it's up. I would buy again as a low cost solution without any problem.


ZIN Primer - Sealer Bulls Eye 123 500ml ZINBE123500
ZIN Primer - Sealer Bulls Eye 123 500ml ZINBE123500
Offered by paint2u
Price: £10.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed results, 30 Nov 2014
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Very easy to work with and you can just wash brushes/rollers out with water. Quick drying times: touch dry in 30 mins and re-coatable in 1 hour.

Used it to overpaint a pedestal draw unit of the beech-laminate-effect variety without any prior surface preparation other than removing dust. Two coats of this and two of the top coat, job done.


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