Friday, February 12, 2016

Dragon Fountain and Night Light

This is as nice as the photo.  The pump is a touch too powerful for the size of the fountain but that isn't really a drawback.  The led changes color and lights the rolling glass ball on the fountain.  It is pretty and the changing color light is subdued enough to be a nightlight.  This was well received by my grandchild.

From the vendor:
This LED light up fountain is the perfect tabletop sculpture for your castle! A regal red dragon protects his treasure while making your room glow with medieval style, and the gently cascading water and clear orb cast a soothing ambiance. Specification Item weight: 1.8 lbs. 5½" x 5½" x 8¾" high; 77" long power cord. Plastic, polyresin and LED light. Submersible water pump included. UPC: 849179020996. UL Recognized

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Sunbeam Xl Renue Heat Therapy Wrap, Burgundy from Sunbeam

This is NOT me. 
I haven't purchased a hot pad in decades.   This is so much nicer it is probably criminal to call it a hot pad.   It fits around the neck and at low provides a very comfortable heat.  I'm not sure I could stand the high setting very long, it is HOT.   The thing is snuggly.   I put it on my lower back and not around me neck and it worked just as well there.   It says you can dampen it for warm heat.  I did not try that but that is a great feature.  This is a very nice heating pad or heat therapy wrap in marketing terminology.

About the Product
·                 Digital LED controller
·                 4 heat-settings; 2-hour shut-off; 9-foot power cord
·                 Fully machine-washable pad
·                 Snap closure offers adjustable and comfortable fit
·                 2-year limited warranty

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

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ergotron Home Workspace Lift 35 Sit or Stand Adjustable Desk

I have read several studies about the health detriments to sitting most of the day.  Since I am a writer, I find typing much easier while sitting.  I saw this unit on Amazon and received it free for an honest review.  The build quality is exceptional.   It works easily and well.  The down side is that it is big!  49 pounds and dimensions L x W x H     35 x 24 x 20 inches is big.  I measured my desk and thought it would just fit.   I was wrong.  I did not take into consideration that I have pigeon holes and a hutch on the back of my desk.  This unit fit there but I could not access any of the hutch when the unit was extended vertically and could not get to most of the rest even when the unit was down.   

Frankly I was disappointed as I am convinced the concept is sound.  I moved the unit to a table in my garage.  I was pleasantly surprised that it now provides a standing work space in the garage.   I utilized it for several hours yesterday.   My work space in the garage was all table height and consequently led to an aching back whenever I had something that needed fixed.  This worked terrific by bringing he work surface to a comfortable height.  If you want this for  your compute be very generous on your space allocation.  It works great but does take up a lot of space.  For my purposes it is now an invaluable garage tool that demonstrates once again the beauty of flexible re-purposing.                                   

From the vendor:
·                        Improve your energy and productivity by switching between sitting and standing while you work
·                        Extremely stable and solid platform
·                        Simple installation: no tools or adjustments needed
·                        Counterbalancing mechanism facilitates quick height adjustment; no cranks or motors to engage
·                        Use with laptops, all-in-one computers, or multiple monitors
·                        Space-saving design does not protrude beyond tabletop
·                        Provides 15" (38cm) of vertical adjustment
·                        Keyboard tray positioned below work surface to maintain ergonomic spacing between screen height and keyboard.

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

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Graco Auburn 6 Drawer Double Dresser, Espresso

The build quality of this dresser s very nice, much better than many other brands of knocked down furniture I have assembled. (My previous life we sold a fair amount of kd furniture for computers and generally assembled it for the client.)  The finish has some areas that the stain needs touched up.  The openings around the drawer have almost a framed look due to the lack of stain making a lighter color line.   There are a couple of scratches on the finish that appear to have been there when the product was stained.   They are scratched but since they are stained, I have to guess it was done prior to staining.   The drawers insert easily and they move quietly and easily   The finished piece has a good look to it. 

Assembly should have been easier.  Printing part numbers on the sheets the parts were adhered to would helped to avoid errors.   On the plus side there were actually all the screws and pieces there were supposed to be.   I guess that is a commentary on how frequently that isn't the case.   Assembly wasn't difficult but I think the diagrams could be clearer and I  know clear labels on the parts would have saved me some aggravation.  The only place I was able to use a power screw driver was the backing of the dresser.  All the rest of the areas that had screws were angled to the point that only the included Allen wrench could reach. 

Overall it is a nice piece of furniture that should provide good service but the instructions could use some work.  

·   Features 6 spacious drawers to store clothes, toys and other belongings
·   Universal dresser coordinates with Graco or any other children's furniture
·    Made with high quality pine wood and composites, features durable steel hardware
·    Euro-glide drawers with built-in safety stops. Solid pine wood drawer sides and backs
·     Available in multiple safe, non-toxic finishes; Anti-tipping kit included

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

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Itty Bitty Micro Dusting Kit, 8 Piece Tool Kit with Adapter

f you have ever tried to clean a motherboard with a standard vac and it's attachments you will truly appreciate this little kit.
  The adapter worked just fine on my Dirt Devil.  The itty bitty little crevice tool was small enough to go between the vanes on the cpu fan.   The heat sink is often where dust collects and normally all you can do is blow out the dirt which  generally means you are just pushing it elsewhere in your computer case.  There are two sizes of brushes and they too are ideal for cleaning in tight computer spaces.   This is a handy little item and after 25 years in the micro computer business I learned that dirt is a great insulator and dirt on your computer parts can dramatically increase the operating temperature of your computer.  This little kit allows you to get  into those hard to reach spaces and pull the dirt out rather than just blowing it around. 

Digression:Never use your laptop (a true misnomer) on a soft surface as that too will increase the operating temperature if it can't circulate air.  This isn't as much of an issue with newer equipment but was a major issue in the past.   If possible use your laptop on a cooling surface, that will prolong it's life. 

·                        Pet for small spaces in your home, office and car
·                        8 pieces allows for reach into tight spaces
·                        Fits most vacuum brands
·                        Adapter included

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Swiss Legend Men's 21848P-YG-33-GB Neptune Force Analog Display Swiss Quartz Gold Watch

I have been reviewing a few watches lately.  I really like this one primarily because it has a band that is easy to put on and off.  It also offered no challenges as to how to utilize it.  I know that sounds ludicrous but I have looked at a couple of watches from two different manufactures that had mystifying connections with no documentation on how to use them.   Now that I have seen a couple, I can figure it out but the first one took 15 minutes to figure out the clasp. 

This is a vey good looking watch.  It has a band that is thick and heavy and appears like it would take significant abuse.   The watch itself is heavy and as I am not a diver I was wondering about that.  My diver daughter-in-law told me that she has had several diving watches and they were all very heavy due to the need to make them waterproof.   This watch says it is water resistant not water proof.   My pool is currently closed for the season so I can't testify to the water resistant factor and oddly enough my pool is far to shallow to truly test the water resistant factor. 

Overall I really like this watch.   Although the band will need significant reduction as it appears to be sized to fit a behemoth.  

·                     Date window at 4:00
·                     Blue dial with gold tone and white hands, yellow hour markers and Arabic numerals; luminous; gold tone ion-plated stainless steel unidirectional bezel with gold tone top ring; screw-down gold tone ion-plated stainless steel crown; mineral crystal; gold tone ion-plated stainless steel case with blue silicone cover; gold tone ion-plated stainless steel bracelet
·                     Swiss-quartz Movement
·                     Case Diameter: 48mm
·                     Water Resistant To 330 Feet


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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Visol Stainless Steel Wine Vacustopper, Silver

This is significantly easier to use than my vacuum pump stopper.  This uses the same principal but does not involve a separate cork and pump.  I tried it on both screw cap and normal wine bottles and it worked well.  $8.00 at Amazon. 

·                        Simply plug it on half empty wine bottle, keep pressing the top of the pump until the air inside the bottle is vacuumed out
·                        This Vacustopper by Visol does both tasks: Vacuums the air out and works as the bottle stopper. Keeps wine from oxidation
·                        Wine can be preserved for up to 2 weeks after pumping air out with this Vacustopper. Dimensions: 1.81" diameter x 3" height. Weight: 2 oz
·                        Stainless steel body on the exterior, plastic and silicone interior
·                        Works on all standard sized wine bottles

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