Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hitachi DS10DFL2 12V Peak Li-Ion Cordless Driver Drill with 2 Batteries and Quick Charger

This drill is very user friendly.  It is substantially smaller and lighter than my current cordless drill.  It came with two lithium batteries and a charger with a nice carrying case for less than $100.00.  That is a pretty good value.  The lightness of the drill enables you to use the handy hook that accompanies it to hang it on your belt without danger of the infamous plumber's butt. (no offense to any of you plumbers, it is merely part of the tool belt culture's humor.)  

A nice set of assorted screw driver bits accompanies the drill.   There may be a difference in performance between the 12 volts of this unit and the 18 volts of my older drill particularly when comparing lithium to lithium.  The old ni-cad 18 volt battery was easily twice the weight of the new 18 volt lithium.   With that said, the 12 volt Hitachi is still much lighter and easier on the wrist and shoulder, particularly on overhead work,  than the older 18 volt unit.   More power is frequently needed but for general purposes, this Hitachi should meet the needs of most people.   Contractors will probably find uses for both and if you have deep pockets by all means, invest in both 12 volt and 18 volt units. 

From the Vendor:

Powerful 300 in-lbs of torque to handle tough jobs in tight spaces
Two-speed gear setting to match the appropriate speed to the application
21+1 stage clutch delivers 21 torque settings and a drill mode for ultimate precision and control
Responsive variable speed trigger provides complete control during operation
Lifetime Lithium Ion Tool Warranty, 2-Year Lithium Ion Battery Warranty

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers, Size 2, 104 Count

I am not a diaper expert, it depends on whether you consider a grandparent sufficiently experienced to rate a diaper.   My appropriately sized grandchild fit into the diaper in the manner expected.  The diapers fit well, were easy to put on and I appreciated the little Mickey Mouse faces. My wife pointed out that the gathered top provides a better fit and should prevent any over the top issues.  The baby could care less and is only concerned about how rapidly you can get the dirty diaper off and the new diaper on.   This diaper costs out at $0.18 each compared to the "step up" diaper from Huggies which is $0.26 each.   I am sure there must be some difference but it is indiscernible to me.  This diaper appears to function well and fit well.  I have no idea if it really offers 12 hours of leak protection as I can't imagine not changing a diaper considerably sooner than that.  (BTW my pun background is a result of a father with a slightly skewed sense of humor, if you don't get it, don't worry, it wasn't that funny.)  I can't bring myself to love a diaper.  If it works I like it, if it doesn't I would hate it, but love does not enter the picture. 

·                           Huggies Snug and Dry Size 2 diapers fit babies 12 to 18 lbs
·                           Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers have all new SureFit Design for up to 12 hours of leakage protection for your baby
·                           Huggies Snug and Dry Size 2 diapers have a conforming, gap-free fit for all-around protection for your baby
·                           Snug and Dry diapers have the trusted Leak Lock System with quick-absorbing layers and long-lasting core to lock in wetness
·                           Snug and Dry diapers have the SnugFit Waistband and a flexible absorbent diaper pad to move with your baby's twists and turns and softer outer diaper cover with adorable Mickey and Friends Disney designs
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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Paylak Watch Case Opener Wrench Tool For Waterproof Watches Caseback

It may be my manual dexterity but I could not make this work.  I could not get the back off of the watch.   I took the watch to the jeweler and it took him 5 seconds, 10 tops to remove the back with a different tool.  The quality of the tool seemed fine, but I could not get it to work.  In fairness to the vendor, when I returned it, within 24 hours they notified Amazon and I got a credit from Amazon for the cost of $12.95.   I was out the $4.80 return postage but they took it back without a quibble.  Btw the jeweler charged $8.50 for changing the battery and that included the battery.  It is obvious you can save money replacing the battery yourself but this didn't work for me.

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Black & Decker TR3500SD Rapid Toast 2-Slice Toaster

I really like this toaster.  The stainless look fits well in a modern kitchen.  The inside racks appear to adjust automatically to the size of the bread.  I tried two dramatically different sizes of bread and they both came out just right.   The slots are plenty wide for any but crazy big bagels.   The bottom hinges out so  you can hold the toaster over the sink and gently pat it to get out the ubiquitous crumbs.   The rack lifts the toast high enough that you don't accidentally touch the hot edge of the toaster.   The frozen button appears to elongate the time due to the bread or bagel being frozen.  Works well.  I can recommend the toaster.  $30.00 at Amazon.

Toast Shade Selector
Extra Lift-The extended lever provides extra lift, making it easy to retrieve your toasty treats without burning your fingers
Extra-Wide Toasting Slots
Bagel and Frozen Function
2 Year Limited Warranty

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Centon Electronics 32GB Memory Card (S1-MSDHU1-32G)

This is a micro SD card with a SD adapter included.   It was immediately recognized when I popped it into my desktop and laptop.  I copied and deleted files.   It seemed quick but I don't have a standardized test for these so it is just an impression.   Having been around when these were introduced, it is still amazing that you can get 32gb for $18.00.   Seems like a great bang for the buck.

·                        Memory for phone, tablets, and digital cameras/camcorders
·                        R/W: 80/20
·                        5 Year Warranty

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Westcott 8" Titanium Non-Stick Bent Scissor - Pink

I'm not sure why titanium was used but these are no doubt the strongest scissors I own.  I took them out of their packaging and immediately used them to cut the bubble envelope and pasteboard the scissors came mounted on.  They cut threw the envelope and cardboard with no difficulty whatsoever.   I don't have any fabric I can cut, at least without annoying someone.  Paper and cardboard cut well, the pink is not a color that I personally would choose to put in my tackle box or on my work bench, but it isn't offensive, just not terribly masculine.  These are now the nicest scissors I own.  Now if they could only cut my taxes! LOL
From the vendor: 
·                        5x harder than stainless steel
·                        Superior adhesive resistance from tapes and glues
·                        Perfect for cutting paper and fabric

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Perky-Pet 349 K-Feeder Window Wild Bird Feeder

I'm not a birder!  At least I don't think I am, but I do enjoy watching the birds at my feeder.   This little feeder adheres to a window.  I put it at a window that hopefully will allow me to see the birds close up and personal.   The feeder assembled easily.  It has accessories that make it either a sunflower seed dispenser or thistle dispenser.   It sticks to the window with suction cups.  Frankly I was somewhat amazed that it actually stuck.  My experience with suction cups has been less than stellar.   However we have had some surprisingly wide temperature variations, a down pour, a thunderstorm and wind and it is still sticking to the window.  That's all the good news.  The bad is that so far the birds have shown no interest in the feeder.  Hopefully that will change.  
Later: I moved this to about six feet from the stand alone feeder.  I have yet to see a bird on it after six weeks.  

From the vendor:
Mother Nature offers a wonderful way to relax and be present in the moment. From the melodic sounds of songbirds to spectacular close-up sightings of a variety of wild birds, this window-mounted K-Feeders bird feeder by Perky-Pet brings the fascinating display right to your window.

Attract everything from chickadees, finches, goldfinches, grosbeaks, juncos, and kinglets to nuthatches, redpolls, siskins, sparrows, titmice, woodpeckers, and wrens.

Pick Your Favorite Place
Choose a window where you'll enjoy watching the birds flock to your feeder the most, whether it's a window in the kitchen or one in the living room that you can gaze out while relaxing in a recliner. From identifying the different types of birds to simply watch them perch and feast, the K-Feeders window bird feeder offers bird lovers of all ages a wonderful way to watch wild birds.

.75 lb. seed capacity and 2 feeding stations
Dispenses either sunflower/mixed seed or thistle seed
Suction cups stick directly to window for strong hold
Durable polycarbonate components
Slide-out seed barrel for easy filling and cleaning
Designed and constructed to last a lifetime

2 Dispensing Options
Depending on the type of birds you want to attract, assemble your feeder to dispense either sunflower seed or thistle seed. You'll use the sunflower ports when dispensing sunflower seed, including safflower seed, sunflower hearts, and black oil sunflower seed, and the thistle ports with the wooden perch when dispensing thistle. Simple step-by-step instructions are included for both dispensing options.

Simple Window-Mounted Set Up
After cleaning the window thoroughly, attach the mounting roof to the window using the built-in suction cups. Then fill the seed barrel with up to 0.75 pounds of seed and slide it onto the tracks on the lower side of the roof. For convenience, the seed barrel can be easily removed to fill or clean while the roof remains mounted to the window.

A feeding port and perch on either side of the feeder means double the action when it comes to birds feeding right on the other side of your window.

Durably Built for Life-Long Use
Constructed with durable polycarbonate components, the K-Feeders bird feeder resists squirrel damage, corrosion, and breakage. In addition, the feeder's strong suction cups ensure a secure hold, while its transparent seed barrel makes it simple to monitor seed levels at a glance. Perky-Pet recommends cleaning the feeder every two weeks to ensure the birds are receiving the freshest seed supply.

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