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Monument 450p D.I.Y. Tap Reseating Tool by Monument
After buying this, it took a while for me to pluck up the courage to actually do the job since it's a one-way process and I wanted to be sure there were no tricks I should be aware of. There are plenty of cheerful guides to the process on Youtube that encouraged me to have a go and I eventually got it done. The hardest part may actually be disassembling the tap if it has been left to its own devices for too long and everything is scaled up or it was overtightened in the past, but once the mechanism is out it's a doddle to do the grinding down part. The red collars have varying size threads that fit various tap types, and the three grinding faces also suit varying sizes of valve seats, and… Read more
Airline - The Complete Series [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Roy Marsden
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut off in its prime, 21 July 2014
Always interested in aviation, I remember this series when I was a kid, hanging onto every flying sequence as though my life depended on it.

Watching it years later I filled in the rest of the story that life experience tells us is also important, and could also appreciate the characterisation and the less obvious conflicts that are well portrayed. For its era I thought I'd find aspects of it (perhaps acting styles or editing) to feel a bit dated, but there was pretty much nothing getting between me and the story which, for a TV serial, I found quite a surprise. Instead I was dropped into those post-war years when grafters could make their mark provided they were quick *off* the… Read more
Gardman Solar Wind Chime Garden Light by Gardman
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-silent night light, 21 July 2014
We've had this light nearly 2 years now, and it's time for a review. It's great!

I've always looked askance at gardens filled with colour-changing lights, and pretty much surprised myself when I bought this one. It isn't that we have no lights at all there, but I've always been wary about their durability and their effectiveness, however if you spend more than a few summer evenings sitting outdoors waiting for the night, then this is quite a nice addition to the ambiance in your garden. The chimes are not like the tuned "Woodstock" ones (we have several of those indoors, for when the windows or loft-lights are opened) in that they're not melodic, however their longish… Read more

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