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Shane O. Laake "camera nerd" RSS Feed (Columbus, OH)
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Wipe New T6PCRTLKIT Tire Wipe Kit
Wipe New T6PCRTLKIT Tire Wipe Kit
Price: $12.82
2 used & new from $12.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, but it works wonderfully, November 18, 2014
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This is the best solution I've found, but it's not for everyone. First off, it smells something fierce. Second, it's not an easy spray and wait five minutes product--you will need to really clean your tires first, then apply it ones, then again, and maybe again. Keeping your car and tires garaged and dry in between. That being said, the results are second to none. You should be able to do two cars (somewhat dependent on tire and sidewall size) with the small but potent bottle.


Calculated Industries, Inc 6540  Wheel Master Pro Measuring Wheel, 12.5-Inch Diameter Wheel
Calculated Industries, Inc 6540 Wheel Master Pro Measuring Wheel, 12.5-Inch Diameter Wheel
Offered by Hardware Sales Inc.
Price: $89.00
3 used & new from $69.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Even works for tall (though not so much for very tall) people, November 18, 2014
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When I unboxed the unit, it seemed rather well built, though in use it was even better designed. The unit came with a backpack, and after some tire inflating and minor assembly it was ready to go. The controls are basic and intuitive, and the distances easy enough to read. I did miss the ability to measure in metric units, but it was more of a superficial longing, as I really only use imperial units anyway. The wheel traverses most any terrain, making it helpful on a job site or a track. It always felt sturdy, yet it never felt heavy. When it was time to change directions it turned on a dime, and when I was done, it folded for storage and transport. Being 6'7", I wished it were taller, but I'm pretty far beyond the norm, and it worked far better than most tools. When my tall (6'3") friends use it, they found it to work great, as did my 5'4" wife.

Honestly I couldn't ask for more!

Pros
Well built
Wheel traverses most any terrain
Turns on a dime
Suitable for right/left handed use (kickstand designed for righties)
Fits people of most heights
Folds for transport/storage
Backpack

Cons
No metric units
Not height adjustable
Not great for very tall


StriVectinLABS High Performance Booster Oil, 0.5 fl. oz.
StriVectinLABS High Performance Booster Oil, 0.5 fl. oz.
Offered by Planet Beauty
Price: $62.00
2 used & new from $62.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A great moisturizer, at a price, November 14, 2014
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My wife has used this as a part of her morning and evening routine, and despite this being the first week of using the heat in our home, complete with all of the associated dry air, it's a welcome refreshing. She uses this in addition to her usual serum, and the results, while not amazing, are quite nice. In the short term the main benefits are the moisturizing, and we're not expecting much more immediately.

Sadly this all comes at a price, which can quickly add up.


JAPONESQUE Makeup Setting Spray, 3.4 oz.
JAPONESQUE Makeup Setting Spray, 3.4 oz.
Price: $29.00
2 used & new from $29.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good results, but the aerosol feels a bit heavy, November 14, 2014
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My wife enjoys perfecting her makeup, whether it be trial and error, Youtube clips, blogs, etc... she's picked up a few tricks. The one she recommends to many of her friends is to use primer and a setting spray. She tried out this spray, and she's happy with the results. The spray does it's job, and when the day is done, it removes with her face wash. Sadly, it's not perfect, as the aerosol feels a bit heavy compared to some of the pump sprays she prefers. It's also a bit tacky to the touch,


Metrokane 4043 Rabbit Wing Corkscrew, Chrome
Metrokane 4043 Rabbit Wing Corkscrew, Chrome
Offered by Number 1 In Service
Price: $18.00
2 used & new from $18.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth operator that fits in a drawer, November 8, 2014
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Just got this in the post and trying it out is the perfect excuse to open a fancy bottle (not a box) with a cork!

The box has a nice presentation, without too much trouble getting it out. Makes a nice gift!

In practice, it's easy, smooth, and almost effortless. The non-stick coating seems to help, as it glides right in. Rabbit ease of use (in general, as it works more like a traditional corkscrew) with the added benefit of not being too big to fit in the drawer (I've used others that are almost as bulky as the bottles they open).


Mirror Image 23345 Extension Arm Wall Mirror, 7.75-Inch Diameter, 1X and 5X Magnification, Chrome
Mirror Image 23345 Extension Arm Wall Mirror, 7.75-Inch Diameter, 1X and 5X Magnification, Chrome
Price: $172.90
14 used & new from $172.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Handy and sturdy enough, November 7, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
We have a limited amount of counter space in the bathroom, and my wife used to have a magnifying mirror that sat on the counter. It worked well, but it did get in the way. We had plenty of walls, so this seemed like an ideal solution.

The mirror looks nice enough, but to be honest, it doesn't look or feel like a $170 mirror (then again, I'm not sure what does). It mounted easy enough, though some of the screws were tight. Once mounted it was study, though not exceptionally so. The mirror extended and pivoted as you'd expect, providing the greatest benefit of this product--counter space.

It works well, and my wife loves it. It falls short of 5 stars, as it's just not well made or exceptional enough for the price. everything is fine, but I'm not sure how this is better than something costing $50.


Ingenuity InTrust 35 Pro Infant Car Seat, Larson
Ingenuity InTrust 35 Pro Infant Car Seat, Larson
Offered by AAA Bazaar LLC
Price: $214.99
4 used & new from $185.30

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well thought out and executed, November 6, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Child seats can be a little intimidating, both in terms of all of the buckles, latches, and doodads and in terms of their crucial role. This seat helps on both fronts. There's a bit going on, but it all seems intuitive, and you feel a sense of security in how well it's been thought out and executed. Beyond the core mission, there are nice details for comfort such as the well thought out headrest and ventilation. I haven't invested in the available stroller attachment, but given how well this works, I might just do that.

I really can't compare this to similar models from competitors, but I must say I really like this car seat.


Turtle Beach Call of Duty® Advanced Warfare Ear Force® Sentinel Task Force Gaming Headset for Xbox One (TBS-4040-01)
Turtle Beach Call of Duty® Advanced Warfare Ear Force® Sentinel Task Force Gaming Headset for Xbox One (TBS-4040-01)
Price: $99.95
6 used & new from $79.16

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most comfortable headsets I've ever worn, November 5, 2014
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Not just for gamers
I've used plenty of Turtle Beach headsets over the years, and these definitely don't disappoint. They look and feel like $100 headphones, and the removable speaker plates allow you to change the look (plus the COD branding here is subtle). They're large, though not overly so, nor are they too heavy. They fit comfortably and can be worn for hours without any pain or discomfort (including immediately after taking off, where some headsets can cause discomfort). These are among the roomiest and softest over the ear headphones I've worn. The audio is crisp and clear, both going in and going out.

Pros:
Comfort
Fit and finish
Sound quality
Limited use outside of Xbox One

Cons:
Limited use outside of Xbox One


KitchenAid KCH1S10KD 10-Piece Cookware Set
KitchenAid KCH1S10KD 10-Piece Cookware Set
Price: $229.99
6 used & new from $199.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I love these pans!, November 5, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
It abhor hand washing, so I tend to avoid pans that "require" that. Here you have one of the few sets that don't discourage dishwasher use. I've used Circulon and Anolon sets that also are dishwasher safe (both make great pans), but I must say that I love these pans!

Being easier to clean doesn't help if they aren't easy to use, but they are. These are nice and heavy, and I've found that they distribute and hold the heat well on my gas range. The non-stick coating delivers, though I do cook with oil (I've never been a fan of cooking dry on non-stick). As others have noted the rivets are a food magnet. All of my sets are made like this, but it's still a hassle to clean around them. The glass lids seal well and can be placed on the handle when hanging from a pot rack (a huge plus!). Of course they're clear, which has it's advantages.

No real negatives (save for the rivets), but one might want a higher oven temp rating.

Pros:
* retains and evenly distributes heat (heavy)
* highly functional non-stick
* easy to clean (dishwasher safe)
* lids can slide on handles when hanging
* clear lids
* oven safe

Cons:
* those darn rivets attract food (especially eggs) and can be hard to clean
* only oven safe to 350


Electrolux Ergorapido Limited Edition Realtree Xtra Camo Cordless 2-in-1 Stick and Handheld Vacuum EL2003A
Electrolux Ergorapido Limited Edition Realtree Xtra Camo Cordless 2-in-1 Stick and Handheld Vacuum EL2003A
Price: $119.00
3 used & new from $119.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Good enough, versatile, and oddly likable, November 1, 2014
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I don't quite understand the camouflage, but hey why not!

The unit isn't perfect, but in regards t it's limitations are largely consistent with similar vacuums, and honestly none make it a bad product in any way.

Pros:
Includes a dustbuster
Relatively lightweight
Works great in confined spaces
Easy to clean filter
Relatively quiet
Better suction than your expect from the motor or the product category

Cons:
Weak motor (even a smidge weaker than other cordless models)
Small container (a bit of a challenge if this is your primary vacuum, but that's not how I use this)


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