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Fletchers' Mill Tronco Salt Mill, 10-Inch, Mahogany
Fletchers' Mill Tronco Salt Mill, 10-Inch, Mahogany
Offered by BigKitchen
Price: $49.99
2 used & new from $46.77

3.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous style. Mahogany color is excellent. But the knob is far beneath the class of the mill., August 6, 2014
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Very stylish in the kitchen. The mahogany color is a deep red, almost wine tone but not quite. It's a beautiful mill, and the first impression anyone has when they see it is "Wow!" ... but the knobs really take it down. The knob at the top looks cheap in comparison to other brands and on the Salt mill knob there is a sticker with the letter S. Really? A sticker on an otherwise gorgeous mill that costs $55? I suggest to Fletchers Mill they improve the knobs. Take Peugeot for example. The knobs on their Pepper and Salt mills are nicely marked, prettier, larger, and more comfortable to use to adjust the grind. No cheap stickers. I love this mill and the knobs are perhaps not horrible, but not up to the rest of the mill. I will be looking for other knobs that fit the threaded post. Thank goodness I know a tool & die maker.


Fletchers' Mill Tronco Pepper Mill, 10-Inch, Mahogany
Fletchers' Mill Tronco Pepper Mill, 10-Inch, Mahogany
Price: $53.53
2 used & new from $46.22

3.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous style. Mahogany color is excellent. But the knob is far beneath the class of the mill., August 6, 2014
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Very stylish in the kitchen. The mahogany color is a deep red, almost wine tone but not quite. It's a beautiful mill, and the first impression anyone has when they see it is "Wow!" ... but the knobs really take it down. The knob at the top looks cheap in comparison to other brands and on the Salt mill knob there is a sticker with the letter S. Really? A sticker on an otherwise gorgeous mill that costs $55? I suggest to Fletchers Mill they improve the knobs. Take Peugeot for example. The knobs on their Pepper and Salt mills are nicely marked, prettier, larger, and more comfortable to use to adjust the grind. No cheap stickers. I love this mill and the knobs are perhaps not horrible, but not up to the rest of the mill. I will be looking for other knobs that fit the threaded post. Thank goodness I know a tool & die maker.


Blur (Blur Trilogy Book 1)
Blur (Blur Trilogy Book 1)
Price: $3.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT a great read for teens and adults - teens only, June 7, 2014
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While many young adult books are extremely appealing to adults as well, this one is not. The lead character embodies a teen's idea of perfect male, but reality and real people are mostly absent from this book. For teens this is great for escapism I guess, but useless for finding out more about yourself or who you want to be.


Sidetracked
Sidetracked
Price: $4.99

2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I hardly have words to describe it, June 7, 2014
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This review is from: Sidetracked (Kindle Edition)
Appears to be written by a budding author who is trying to prove to her bible study class that stories of trials of faith can be set in the modern murdery/mystery genre. She didn't pull it off. On top of that, it's impossible to have sympathy for the main character, and the author simply discarded widely-understood legal process in favor of her story line. I wish I could get my money back.
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SKS Bottle Cage Adapter Mount for Bicycles
SKS Bottle Cage Adapter Mount for Bicycles
Price: $10.56
25 used & new from $8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Mount is deep and needs clearance - the clearance is great if you need it, otherwise check other products, May 30, 2014
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The depth of this mount from the bicycle tube to the bottle cage mount is a little over 3 inches, so this mount is likely to be in the way if it is used on the frame. If you're looking for a handlebar mount you might be better off with another mount that doesn't stick out so much (such as the M-Wave plastic bicycle bottle cage).

That said, if you have a difficult mounting situation this one is quite solid and might be the only and/or best option. It can be used to mount a bottle on the seat stem (with the bottle cage towards the rear wheel) and it can be mounted on oval shaped bars. I was able to mount this on the handlebar stem. I tried to mount it on the vertical part of the handlebar stem, but my stem is not tall enough on the vertical part to fit this mount. I was able to mount it under the horizontal part of the handlebar stem, and I used the orange button to swivel the bottle cage mount so that the bottle cage is almost vertical.


Fox Men's Machina Velcro Wallet, Black, One Size
Fox Men's Machina Velcro Wallet, Black, One Size

4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive, thin for a tri-fold, easy to use., April 1, 2014
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The fabric seems to be relatively water and dirt resistant. The wallet has a few internal card slots and an ID slot. The zipper close on the coin pocket is really appreciated, but the coin slot could be changed so it's easier to get fingers in.


Maytag Maxima XL Front Load Steam Washer and Steam Dryer SET (Electric Dryer) in White
Maytag Maxima XL Front Load Steam Washer and Steam Dryer SET (Electric Dryer) in White

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cleans very well, water and energy efficient, and runs quietly. Not for long-napped natural fabrics., April 1, 2014
We've had this washer model about 6 months. This is our first front-loading washer so we didn't know exactly what to expect, but we wanted to try a front loader for a number of reasons. This washer cleans very well and runs very quiet especially compared to our old top-loading washer. The spin cycle is fast and the machine must be pretty well balanced because it doesn't vibrate much, not even as much as the old top-loader. The fast spin does create a whining sound as it speeds up and then that goes away. This washer cleans everything very well, much better than I expected. The super fast spin is fantastic. Clothes dry in the dryer in 30 minutes! I used to wait for the dryer. Now I wait for the washer.

There are a couple of things to consider if you have not used a front-loader before.
1)Front loaders tumble the clothes and do NOT do a good job with items that have a long nap, such as soft flannel type blankets with a long nap. I never had issues washing long-napped items in a top loader. It only takes one wash in the front-loader to mat the nap permanently and the nap is basically gone after the 2nd wash. Take the long-napped cotton/wool items to a laundromat or dry cleaner. This is not a problem with the man-made fibers, I don't think the man-made fibers mat as much. One thing that Maytag could really improve with this washer is to add a delicate cycle that is for napped natural fabrics.
2) Using bleach in the front-loader is different from top-loaders. For one thing, there is a lot less water in the front-load washer. I use half as much bleach, if that. I use a measuring cup and add water to the bleach to make 2/3 cup and pour the diluted bleach into the dispenser. The Maytag washer seems to add bleach to the load either during the rinse cycle or late in the wash cycle because sometimes there is a strong chlorine smell after the clothes are washed. I use the extra-rinse setting with any bleach load to take care of that.
3) Follow the recommended cleaning schedule. More on that below.

My experience with the unique Maytag washer cycles:
Allergen/Sanitize Cycle:
I tried one of these cycles with colored towels a couple of times, but the towels come out smelling odd. I think perhaps the dye colors or the fibers in the towels break down in the high heat. Now I wash towels with a bit of bleach and extra rinse.
Overnight Wash & Dry Cycle:
I think with a slight change or two, Maytag could make it work better. The overnight wash and dry basically washes the load and then runs Fresh Hold all night which continually removes moisture from the machine with an internal fan. The cycle will dry a few very light clothes reasonably well (such as a couple of poly/nylon running shorts & shirts). Heavier clothes won't dry in the washer but will dry pretty quickly in the dryer. The washer is capable of producing heat and exhausting steam, so I can't understand why Maytag doesn't use a bit of heat during the overnight wash & dry to make the clothes truly dry. In fact, what I really want is an all-in-one washer/dryer with vented heat (not condenser dry) that can wash and dry in one drum. Maytag is almost there. I can't understand why they didn't take it all the way.
Clean Washer cycle:
Seems to do a good job.
Bedding cycle:
For long items. The Maytag washer spin usually balances loads very well but it can fail to balance long heavy blankets. Wash long heavy blankets one at a time on the bedding setting. If the washer attempts to rebalance the load more than a couple of times (the timer will stay at 15 minutes for a long time) OR you open the washer after a couple of hours and find a sopping wet blanket, you just need to reposition the blanket for the spin. First turn off the washer to drain the water and unlock the door. Reposition the long blanket by holding it lengthwise across your arms. Place it in the washer and try to make sure it does not twist around itself, and keep the left end to the left as much as possible and the right end to the right. It's OK if the end of the blanket flops over the middle. Just don't let it get into a wad. Close the door and start the Drain & Spin cycle. I had to reposition items to spin in the top loader too, so this is not a new issue with the front-loaders.

Cleaning a front-loader:
1) All front-loaders have a gasket around the front door that must be hand dried after you've finished your laundry. Be sure to dry under/inside the gasket lip that faces towards the drum, as well as the edge that meets the door. You can flex the gasket a bit to get under the inside lip. Be sure to clean near the drain holes under the gasket lip. That's where hair, lint, and pocket items end up.
2) Leave the door open after step #1. All day, all night. Just leave it open to avoid mildew problems. If you do not have good air circulation near your washer, get a small low-powered fan to blow towards the washer and leave it on 24/7.
3) Use the "Fresh Hold" setting always just in case you can't put the wet items in the dryer right away. It seems to remove a lot of the moisture from the washer which makes it easier to dry the gasket and dry the clothes.
4) Follow the instructions for running the monthly clean cycle religiously. While Maytag recommends the Affresh washer cleaner, I can't stand the smell of it and it is too expensive. I also mistrust Affresh because a clean washer does not have to be perfumed - it would smell clean anyway - and the Affresh is so heavily perfumed it must be designed to cover up problems. The Maytag manual says you can use bleach instead for the cleaning cycle. Bleach can be hard on steel surfaces which is basically the entire interior of the washer. I have been using Borax which I read about on the internet. Borax is available at Target and other stores. I also use some bleach during some towel loads, so that might help clean the washer too.

About the Maytag washer cleaning cycle, the Maytag cleaning cycle takes 1 hour and 4 minutes. The first 5 minutes are spent filling the washer, tumbling a bit, and draining it. So, don't pour Borax in the drum and don't pour it in the dispenser because it'll be flushed out in the first 5 minutes. After the first 5 minutes, the washer clean cycle steams the washer and rotates the drum back and forth for 20 minutes. After that it fills the washer with water and runs a fast cleaning tumble which looks pretty effective. To make sure the Borax is in the washer during the cleaning tumble I wrap 1 cup Borax in a small cotton baby wrap and tie the opposite corners, then tie again, and place the bundle inside the washer before starting the clean cycle. The idea is to make sure the knots last through the first 5 minute tumble and then come apart over the next 20 minutes, so that the Borax is still in the washer when the cleaning tumble begins. It doesn't work to add the Borax to the dispenser during the steaming portion of the cleaning cycle, because most of the Borax stays in the dispenser.

Do not overlook cleaning. A friend did not clean her front-load washer (it isn't a Maytag). She didn't know to dry inside the gasket and she was only drying the door. She couldn't smell the mold so she didn't know it was inside the gasket. We cleaned the entire gasket with a toothbrush & bleach, then ran a warm water cycle with a cup of bleach in the wash and some in the rinse cycle (way more bleach than I ever recommend in any other circumstance) and ran another hot cycle with a washer cleaner like Affresh but a different brand. She got a small fan to circulate air towards the washer and she's been using a washer cleaner once a month. No more mold problems.
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Flapdoodles Little Boys' Vacation Trunk, Multi, 6
Flapdoodles Little Boys' Vacation Trunk, Multi, 6

3.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable tie in front, runs large, March 23, 2014
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The fabric is comfortable and quick-drying and the designs are attractive. That's all the positive news about these swim trunks.. The size runs large. A boy who is almost out of size 6 and into size 7 needs size 5 in these shorts or they are too loose around the waist. The bow tie shown on the front of the short is decorative. It is sewn into place and doesn't do anything. There is an interior string that can be tightened, but you have to put a knot in it to keep it tight. The elastic of the shorts presses the knot into the skin and children complain that it hurts. If you can get the proper size waist you can cut out the awful string on the inside, but if you order too large you are out of luck. Skip this brand until Flapdoodles removes the inner tie and makes the outer tie real so that it works


Flapdoodles Boy's Print Board Shorts Print 6
Flapdoodles Boy's Print Board Shorts Print 6
Offered by The Uber Shop Corp

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable string tie, sizing is much too large, March 23, 2014
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The fabric is comfortable and quick-drying and the designs are attractive. That's all the positive news about these swim trunks.. The size runs large. A boy who is almost out of size 6 and into size 7 needs size 5 in these shorts or they are too loose around the waist. The bow tie shown on the front of the short is decorative. It is sewn into place and doesn't do anything. There is an interior string that can be tightened, but you have to put a knot in it to keep it tight. The elastic of the shorts presses the knot into the skin. Children complain that it hurts. If you can get the proper size waist you can cut out the awful string on the inside, but if you order too large you are out of luck. Skip this brand until Flapdoodles removes the inner tie and makes the outer tie real so that it works.


Clarks Women's Muckers Squall Boot
Clarks Women's Muckers Squall Boot
Price: $74.99 - $119.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great outdoor/gardening boot all around, but not easy on/easy off, November 30, 2013
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This boot fits true-to-size, looks great, and is comfortable for working outside. The insulation is sufficient for spring and fall, and for attending sporting events in the rain. This is not intended to be a "winter" boot.

In the product picture, the boot seems to have a roomy area in front of the ankle, roomy enough for even high arches to fit through when pulling on the boot. Not so. From the bottom of the tongue to just above the ankle, the tongue of the boot is connected to the sides of the boot - as is typical for a waterproof boot - but is not gusseted, so the opening is narrow and doesn't open up larger for easy on/easy off. A medium-high to high arch barely fits through while pulling on the boot. Once on, it is comfortable ... assuming the arch isn't too high or too far forward. If this boot had a properly gusseted tongue it would deserve 5 stars.


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