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34" Giant Pink Foil Number 2 Balloon
34" Giant Pink Foil Number 2 Balloon
Offered by House of Party
Price: £2.47

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for air; only buy if you plan to fill with helium, 5 Sept. 2017
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Both the listing and packaging say this is suitable for air or helium use, but there is no valve on this to inflate it with air.

Another reviewer suggests it might be possible to inflate it by somehow feeding a straw in to it but we could see no way of doing this, and as we were trying to inflate this after our little girl had gone to bed on the night before her birthday it was too late to order helium or find a shop to inflate it for us.

Very disappointing and we would advise to look at other options if you are not planning to use helium.


Bemis New York Toilet Seat - White
Bemis New York Toilet Seat - White
Price: £29.87

3.0 out of 5 stars Bog standard, but not the one expected..., 4 Sept. 2017
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As with other reviewers we were caught out by this being listed under the same name -Bemis New York - as B & Q sell, but it not being as good.

We had bought the B&Q one previously (when it was on offer at about £25 from memory - they currently list it at £38) and when we needed another seat for the downstairs loo getting another the same seemed an obvious choice as we particularly thought soft close was a way of protecting little toddler fingers...unfortunately this version does not have it, and it feels much cheaper. Bottom of the range?

There is nothing on the box to say 'New York', or anything else for that matter except a code - 4100CP000 - which is one of two different codes on the Amazon listing.

I suspect this is nothing more than a code mix up, but we do not recommend buying this one.


Silverline Tools 665646 Universal Mobile Base - Black (1-Piece)
Silverline Tools 665646 Universal Mobile Base - Black (1-Piece)
Price: £33.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective mobile base, but not black as advertised..., 4 Sept. 2017
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I use another brand of heavy duty mobile base on a large piece of woodworking machinery which is brilliant, but at three times the price of this I could not justify the price for a smaller machine, and thought it worth trying this.

The key point is that it does the job - it will carry a decent weight (though I would not want to put the 180kg it claims it can take to the test..) and provides a useful function. The alternative would be to fit castors (£10-12) to a sheet of ply (£5) but the advantage of this base is that it does not change the height of the machine significantly as the castors are set to the sides.

So what are the downsides compared to the more expensive heavy duty versions?
- It is fiddly. There are no quick release fittings - just meccano sides and nuts and bolts. This is not really an issue if you are only going to assemble it to one size and leave it, but will take time.
- the swivel castors are set too far out. This weakens the join at the base and is why I would not be confident to put 180kg on it and it makes them easier to catch as you move it around or you move around it. I have attached a photo to try to show the castors.
- Colour! The listing and photos said this would be black, and it is an 'orrible bright blue - not really what I wanted in the workshop, and I have asked Amazon to check their stock and listing.

Overall I would say this is 3 and a half stars.
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Cohesive Bandage - 12 Rolls x 10cm x 4.5m First Aid Sports Wrap Bandages,COBOX Pet Vet Wrap Self Adherent Cohesive Bandages (black)
Cohesive Bandage - 12 Rolls x 10cm x 4.5m First Aid Sports Wrap Bandages,COBOX Pet Vet Wrap Self Adherent Cohesive Bandages (black)
Offered by Horse, Rider and Stable.
Price: £11.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as the branded equivalent, but at a much lower price, 4 Sept. 2017
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We purchased these after our dog injured his paw and was going to need to have this dressed for a couple of weeks. These together with a small sterile dressing, thin bandage to hold the dressing, and then a padding cotton wool type bandage with this on top are perfect. We are redressing every day and get two days worth per roll.

We tried this brand after buying the 3M vet wrap, which at nearly £4 a roll is exactly the same as this - the same elasticity, the same ability to stick to itself but not anything else (fur, or human!) - but at a fraction of the cost per roll. Unless you only need a single roll this is a great choice.

Thoroughly recommended.


Vax V-125A All Terrain Upright Carpet Washer
Vax V-125A All Terrain Upright Carpet Washer
Price: £189.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly engineered, and very cheaply made, 24 April 2017
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We spent a lot of time comparing reviews before deciding on this model as it seemed to be the best option.

In use it certainly removes a lot of dirt - the waste water tank is proof of that - and it has a good capacity. This is good for general carpet care, but we found it achieved less with deeper stains, and only lightened these a little. In a house with a dog it did do a good job in lifting hair from the carpet that a normal vacuum cleaner had left behind.

The real problems start in that this feels very cheaply put together - it is a lot of thin wobbly plastic, and it was not long before a key clip simply snapped. The claims of 'heated cleaning' are meaningless - you just put warm or hot water in it; it has no heater of any kind. The machine has a separate section for the cleaning fluid and mixes this when you pull the trigger. Unfortunately this also failed on ours - when we rang Vax it was clear this is a known problem.

Cleaning the machine is also very difficult - cleaning out the tanks and in particular the brush heads takes longer than cleaning the carpets; there are lots of awkward plastic channels and corners for muck to get caught in.

Over the course of two years we suffered a number of failures with this machine to the extent that we finally got fed up and decided to get rid of it. These come with a six year warranty, but frankly having something much better built that you do not have to get repeatedly repaired would be much better.

It is difficult to recommend this.


Little Tikes Classic Cozy Coupe Ride-on (Multi Colored)
Little Tikes Classic Cozy Coupe Ride-on (Multi Colored)
Price: £49.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Old school toy, old school assembly...!, 20 April 2017
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Our 18 month old absolutely loves this, in relatively short but frequent goes.

She first tried one that had seen much better days in a friends garden, and was so keen on it that we decided to buy one for her.

Even with the reviews on here I was surprised at just how difficult the assembly is - frankly the days of putting toys together with hammers and punches should be long gone: it is just not what people expect now. Given how big a seller this is it should have been redesigned - which it would be easy to do - to be push fit, or frankly fully assembled.

As it is, the instructions supplied (April 2017) were slightly out of date as they include mention of steps that are not needed - horn assembly etc- and you still need to be very confident in your hammer skills to assemble the wheels and axles....

I would say that if you can put up with the assembly this is a great toy, and a lovely item for garden play.
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Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Advanced 26inch Anvil Lopper 8160RS/09
Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Advanced 26inch Anvil Lopper 8160RS/09
Price: £29.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Cleared a garden more akin to a forest...., 20 April 2017
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We bought these when faced with clearing a front and back garden which had been untouched for many years, leaving rhododendrons up the house gutters and brambles so well established we wondered if they were enchanted.

This ploughed (well, OK, cut) through everything we turned it to, and for this type of heavy clearing work was a much better option than the narrower cut bypass type.

They are relatively compact, and do not extend - both points in their favour for us, but important to know when selecting what will work best for you. In our case we cut longer sections down and then trimmed these with the loppers repeatedly into bag size pieces.

They give a good clean cut, although we were surprised that the blade picked up a nick quite easily as it was only being used on timber, but not to the extent that we would lower the rating.

Thoroughly recommended, and a really nice addition to the garden tool shed - if we manage to cut back far enough to find it that is...


Curver Pet Dry Food Container, 54 Litre
Curver Pet Dry Food Container, 54 Litre
Price: £39.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the Curver brand, 20 April 2017
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We have wanted to find a good container capable of storing a big 15kg bag of dog food neatly and cleanly for some time, and this looked just the job, but the reality was not up to the expectation.

Although cleverly designed to look like metal (and it looks good in the pictures in particular) it is a very lightweight and cheap feeling plastic. Although well packaged, ours arrived badly scratched to the plastic which is not very robust.

A clever design with air seals and a food scoop clipped in to the underside of the lid is again let down by the material this is made of - the very rigid (and again cheap and flimsy feeling) plastic makes it difficult to clip/unclip and we did not feel this would last long at all in routine daily use.

Overall this feels more like a £10 item not up to the Curver brand name or the £40 cost; as ours arrived already scratched we returned it for a refund and will now look elsewhere. We were very disappointed and would suggest that if you are considering this you shop for it on the high street where you can try before you buy to make sure you are happy with the build quality.


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

4 of 5 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: £66.46

18 of 20 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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