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Viga Wooden Maths Rods Set (Cuisenaire Rods)
Viga Wooden Maths Rods Set (Cuisenaire Rods)
Offered by net_price_direct
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and great, 6 Aug. 2016
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This is a great set. Having seen the prices of alternative wooden sets with far fewer pieces, I was expecting these to be cheap and cheerful, so I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality. OK, so they're not hand-carved mahogany; they are mass produced from some unspecified light-ish wood, but they are mostly perfect and the stand up well to use. There are 3 or 4 slightly malformed ones in my set (all 1's, of which there are plenty anyway). The storage box is nice, too.

Loctite All Plastics Glue
Loctite All Plastics Glue
Offered by Aretro Ltd
Price: £4.30

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a glue that bonds polyproylene!, 29 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Loctite All Plastics Glue (Misc.)
An internal plastic component in the door release mechanism of my microwave oven had snapped, rendering unusable an otherwise completely functional device. I had the broken piece, and it was very clear how it needed to be stuck together - but no glue would do the job. It was too small and fiddly to fix in any other way, and a replacement part is not available. Grrrr ... I'll be damned if I'm dumping a microwave just because a little bit of plastic broke!

It turns out the component was polypropylene (PP), which is notoriously difficult to bond (as is its chemical neighbour polyethylene, PE). Normal superglue had absolutely no effect - it might as well have been water. The "liquid poly" you assemble Airfix models with, which melts the surfaces together, didn't. Similarly for "pipe weld", which also melts surfaces together (in a more dramatic way), and which has served me well for a variety of applications. Several others failed.

What I now know is that whenever a product says it bonds "most plastics", or "plastics *" (with an asterisk), you can bet your life that it doesn't bond PP or PE. And that the small print mentioning this fact will be very small indeed.

I was sceptical about this product. Tube 2 is just ethyl cyanoacrylate, which is your standard superglue. Could the Applicator Pen 1 - used to apply a thin layer of an innocuous-looking liquid on the surfaces 60 seconds beforehand - really make all the difference?

The answer is a resounding "yes", and I have now bonded polypropylene just as strongly and instantly as superglue bonds any other plastic. Brilliant stuff!

The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works
The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works
by William Shakespeare
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.75

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clarification about the paper thickness, 30 Dec. 2012
This is a mighty and impressive tome. The reviews represent that already, so I won't add any more on that subject!

The purpose of this review is simply to explain the probable reason why some reviewers have found the paper very thin, and with an excessive amount of show-through, while other reviewers have said it is barely noticeable.

I own the hardback version, and have recently examined the paperback version in a bookshop. The paperback version is considerably thinner as a whole than the hardback - 5.5cm versus 7.8cm, according to Amazon's stated dimensions (which seems about right). The difference - 2.3cm - is much more than can be accounted for by the hardback's cover. Therefore, I would suggest that the pages in the hardback are thicker than in the paperback. The paperback was shrink-wrapped so I can't say for absolute certain, but what other explanation is there? It should be noted that the hardback's pages are still thinner than an average book, and do permit some show-through, although it hasn't bothered me in the slightest.

If you're worried about show-through or fragile pages, buy the hardback. Comparing the two versions, the hardback is overall a much higher-quality item with a nice binding, separate from the spine, that lets you open the book wide at any page without the pages flipping over of their own accord (whereas the paperback has a "glue" binding like an enormous paperback novel). For a treasured book like this, I was happy to have paid the extra £10 for the hardback.
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Knitted Wild Animals
Knitted Wild Animals
by Sarah Keen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book - some corrections to apply., 14 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Knitted Wild Animals (Paperback)
Everything about this adorable book has already been said! Very cute.

The purpose of this review is simply to direct users to a set of clarifications and corrections that the publisher has issued. Direct links are not allowed in Amazon reviews, but if you Google for "GMC Publications" you'll be able to get to the publisher's website (it's the Guild of Master Craftsmen one, not the General Medical Council one!). Once there, click the link "GMC Craft Book Errata" at the bottom of the page, and you'll be taken to a page of corrections for this and several other books.

Hopefully this will help those who find themselves struggling on one or two of the patterns. Good luck!


8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, but of questionable legality, 13 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Proporta (Electronics)
There is no doubt that this product does exactly what it says on the tin, as many successful users have confirmed.

However, potential users should be aware that under the provisions of the Large Animals (Visibility) Act 1954, as amended, it is an offence to camouflage, or attempt to camouflage, or to knowingly permit, aid, or abet the camouflage of, pachyderms without a licence from the Home Office. As a result of a campaign by the Daily Mail following a particularly nasty case of elephant invisibility in 1989, the offence carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years imprisonment.

Personally, I found the currant bun to be in perfectly fresh condition. A different batch, perhaps?

Renata 377 SR626SW 1.55v Silver Oxide Watch battery
Renata 377 SR626SW 1.55v Silver Oxide Watch battery
Offered by tictocwatches
Price: £0.91

5.0 out of 5 stars How do they do that?, 23 Sept. 2010
This does the job very well, at a fraction of the price a jeweller would charge. If you don't mind popping the back off your watch, then go for it. It is usually a trouble-free substitution.

How - or why - do they sell a watch battery including postage and packing, for less than the price of a stamp? Amazing. At this price, I don't expect it will necessarily be the longest-lasting of batteries, but it's so cheap you can buy 2 or 3 ...

Faringdon Plastic 2 Pint Measuring Jug
Faringdon Plastic 2 Pint Measuring Jug

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for hot!, 16 Aug. 2010
This does what you expect - it's a jug, it is plastic, it contains 2 pints, and it measures. The measurements are not especially accurate - about 10% out by my calibrated calculations, which could be the difference between making and breaking some recipes! It is quite brittle plastic and might shatter if dropped, and I've learned you have to keep hot liquids (as in boiling water) away from it because they result in hairline cracks which eventually go all the way through the material. I would not buy a jug made of this type of plastic again, but would look for one made of that softer, flexible and more heat-resistant plastic (whose name I also do not know).

T&G Mill Rest in Hevea to Hold 2 Mills
T&G Mill Rest in Hevea to Hold 2 Mills
Price: £4.02

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and effective, 16 Aug. 2010
This item is a simple wooden stand on which to place 2 T&G mills, to prevent salt and pepper particles from spreading out over your table or work surface. It matches their beech mills perfectly for size and colour, and does the intended job well (could it fail to?!). I'm happy to have bought it - 5 our of 5 for the product itself - but it's vexing that the postage is such a high proportion of the total cost. I wish Amazon sold it directly - it would make more sense, since they already sell the mills.

Rustins 1L Danish Oil
Rustins 1L Danish Oil
Price: £13.68

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably quick and easy matt finish for oak, 3 July 2010
The title above sums up Danish Oil. It is used on oak, applied every six months or so (if you can be bothered) using a soft cloth to rub on a generous coating (it spreads well), followed by another cloth to take off the excess. It gives a lovely rich matt finish - not gloss, as many other oils will give (who wants reflective furniture?). A litre goes quite a long way: 12 square metres according to the tin, but I reckon I average quite a bit more than that.

AA Driver's Atlas Britain 2010 (AA Atlases and Maps)
AA Driver's Atlas Britain 2010 (AA Atlases and Maps)
by AA Publishing
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent solid road atlas, 1 July 2010
This is a neat A5 atlas which fits easily into even a small car glovebox (no more bent-in-half atlas flapping around in the door storage bin, hurrah!). Crucially for me, it does not sacrifice scale in the way many A5 atlases do. Other A5 atlases tend to be under 100 pages, limiting them to a scale of 9 or 10 miles to the inch. I find that unacceptable, because many useful roads are omitted. However, this little AA atlas has many more map pages, and can therefore use a scale of 4 miles to the inch, which one normally associates with A4 or even larger formats. It has most of the standard road atlas features, but one notable omission is that it lacks town streetmaps. The book is quite solidly bound, in a flexible but tough cover which should cope with normal use.

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