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Ortho Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Insect Killer Concentrate, 32-Ounce (Garden Insecticide)
Ortho Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Insect Killer Concentrate, 32-Ounce (Garden Insecticide)
Price: $12.99
16 used & new from $11.77

5.0 out of 5 stars About Acetamiprid, April 29, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I usually use malathion on fruit trees. Acetamiprid is a relatively new insecticide, and it has longer persistence (keeps killing longer) compared to malathion.

I like to check the safety profile before I start using an unfamiliar chemical on fruit trees and vegetable plants. According to the experts, Acetamiprid has not shown to have any harmful effects on people or pets.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, March 2002:

"Acetamiprid has relatively low acute and chronic toxicity in mammals and there was no evidence of carcinogenicity, neurotoxicity, mutagenicity and/or endocrine disruption."

A more recent research article "A critical review of neonicotinoid insecticides for developmental neurotoxicity" in the journal Critical Reviews in Toxicology, February 2016, found that:

"..the collective evidence indicates the neonicotinoid insecticides are not developmental neurotoxicants. This outcome is consistent with the relatively low activity of neonicotinoid insecticides toward nAChR subtypes that are expressed in mammals and other vertebrates and the absence of any other effect to suggest these compounds would be developmental neurotoxicants."

(Malathion is an organophosphate insecticide, while the acetamiprid in this product is a neonicotinoid insecticide.)

There is active research about whether neonicotinoid insecticides are harmful to bee colonies. A recent study (April 2016) found that not all neonicotinoids are the same, so it would be unfair to put this entire insecticide group in the blame category. For example, "while imidacloprid and thiamethoxam had the negative effects seen in previous research, clothianidin did not pose the same threat for bumblebees." More research needs to be done to find out whether acetamiprid (specifically) might be harmful to bee population or not.


First Alert P1010 10-Year Photoelectric Smoke and Fire Alarm
First Alert P1010 10-Year Photoelectric Smoke and Fire Alarm
Price: $36.75
49 used & new from $31.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Same specs as the large model, April 29, 2016
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I have the replaceable battery version of this (previous model) and so far I've had zero false alarms in the dining room (somewhat near the kitchen).

The specifications are identical to the standard size smoke detectors such as the PR700 model, for example the loudness is 85db at 10 feet, 40F to 100F operational temperature range, can tolerate 10% to 95% relative humidity, same flashing LED and low battery indication, etc. The only difference is the size and the battery.

I put this new one above the kitchen cabinet (away from the stove area) because many fires start in the kitchen, and this is small enough it is hardly noticeable.


Ortho Bed Bug and Flea Killer, 16 oz
Ortho Bed Bug and Flea Killer, 16 oz
Price: $12.10
8 used & new from $5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars About the ingredients, April 28, 2016
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Ortho decided to use the long chemical names on the label, so the chemical family is not obvious at first glance.

This contains Phenothrin, a synthetic pyrethroid (the most common insecticide on the shelves today) and MGK 264 synergist. (A synergist is a chemical doesn't have insecticidal activity on its own, but helps to make the other active ingredient more powerful when they act in combination.)

Since Phenothrin is one of the pyrethroid formulas that are even more toxic to insects than the typical pyrethroid, it works against tough bed bugs, especially in the presence of a synergist. There is nothing unusual or revolutionary about the ingredients, it's just a slight variation of pyrethroid that is much more potent and has a similar safety/environment profile as other pyrethroids.


Belkin MIXIT 6-Foot Metallic USB-C to USB-C (USB Type C) Charge Cable (Black)
Belkin MIXIT 6-Foot Metallic USB-C to USB-C (USB Type C) Charge Cable (Black)
Price: $24.99
2 used & new from $24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A closer view, April 28, 2016
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Here's a photo for a better view. This cable is beautifully constructed with a silky braided cable.

The new USB-C standard cables can handle up to 60W, so it is important to purchase only certified cables such as this one. 60W is enough power to light an incandescent light bulb and there is a risk of fire with those generic Chinese cables (imagine if the wire is too thin in a generic copycat cable, it could burn just like the glowing filament in a light bulb).
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Fractal Design Define S Gaming Case  with Window FD-CA-DEF-S-BK-W
Fractal Design Define S Gaming Case  with Window FD-CA-DEF-S-BK-W
Offered by J-Electronics
Price: $78.49
39 used & new from $78.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Great airflow - yet quiet, April 23, 2016
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I just finished building a PC for a friend, now I want one of these cases for myself. This is one of the best designed cases I have seen in a long time. The major difference from the typical case is that the back side compartment (other side of the motherboard) has more space for routing the cables and mounting the hard drives. This has very flexible cooling options and you can go crazy with the number of fans and still make the case super quiet with lots of large diameter low RPM fans, or easily install water cooling in this case.

The large window is nice because more motherboards and PCIe cards (including RAID cards etc.) have status LEDs right on the hardware. Since I started using an Antec case with a side window several years ago, I will never go back to a case without one.

The only minor thing I miss is that this doesn't have a lot of 3.5" hard drive slots in the back side compartment (3x 3.5"/2.5" and 2x 2.5"), so if you have a lot of 3.5" drives in a super large capacity multimedia RAID setup, you might have to get creative with mounting locations.
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Down To Earth Cottonseed Meal Fertilizer, 50 lb.
Down To Earth Cottonseed Meal Fertilizer, 50 lb.
Price: $82.72
2 used & new from $80.24

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for Australian natives, April 23, 2016
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I found out about cottonseed meal while researching the best fertilizers for rare Australian native plants in the Proteaceae family, including grevilleas and banksias. Most of the experts recommend cottonseed meal because it is low in phosphorous (which these plants are sensitive to) and acidic (Proteaceae like a lower soil pH). Other fertilizers that are sometimes mentioned for Proteaceae include alfalfa meal, fish emulsion, and kelp meal. But cottonseed meal is the best because it helps reduce the soil pH.

This is also a good choice for other acid loving plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, and camellias.

Cottonseed meal is a slow release fertilizer so you don't have to worry about the exact amount to apply, it won't burn the plants.

This has a texture similar to coffee grinds and it doesn't have any noticeable smell. Here is a picture of what the ground up seeds look like.
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Avery UltraDuty GHS Chemical Labels for Pigment Inkjet Printers, Waterproof, UV Resistant, 2"x4",500Pk (60525)
Avery UltraDuty GHS Chemical Labels for Pigment Inkjet Printers, Waterproof, UV Resistant, 2"x4",500Pk (60525)
Price: $41.69
4 used & new from $32.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Durable even when exposed to the outdoor environment, April 23, 2016
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To get an idea of this size option, 2" x 4" is roughly the size of a smaller iPhone. This is just big enough to easily read the title and a brief description, but I like the larger labels if there is a lot of detailed information to print on the same label.

It is exciting that Avery introduced the inkjet version of these labels. Previously I was using the laser version of the Ultra Duty GHS labels. After about a year on plastic pressure sprayers, the labels are standing up nicely to the outdoor weather and spills (the old labels shown in the photos here). I figured that after a year some of the labels would start peeling a little bit (since I put them on an uneven textured plastic surface), but the adhesive is very durable and the labels remain strongly attached. I highly recommend these labels for harsh environments.
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Avery Ultra Duty GHS Chemical Labels for Pigment Inkjet Printers, Waterproof, UV Resistant, 3.5" x 5" (60523)
Avery Ultra Duty GHS Chemical Labels for Pigment Inkjet Printers, Waterproof, UV Resistant, 3.5" x 5" (60523)
Price: $54.03
4 used & new from $45.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Durable even when exposed to the outdoor environment, April 23, 2016
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3.5" x 5" is the perfect size for a plastic spray bottle. I measured one of my plastic spray bottles and the flat region measures exactly 5" from top to bottom.

It is exciting that Avery introduced the inkjet version of these labels. Previously I was using the laser version of the Ultra Duty GHS labels. After about a year on plastic pressure sprayers, the labels are standing up nicely to the outdoor weather and spills (the old labels shown in the photos here). I figured that after a year some of the labels would start peeling a little bit (since I put them on an uneven textured plastic surface), but the adhesive is very durable and the labels remain strongly attached. I highly recommend these labels for harsh environments.
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Scotts Snap Pac Tall Fescue Grass Seed
Scotts Snap Pac Tall Fescue Grass Seed
Price: $28.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Tall Fescue seed contents, April 22, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I have two bags of this seed. My Snap Pacs of Tall Fescue contains the following varieties:

Bag 1 -

14% Faith Tall Fescue
14% WolfPack II Tall Fescue
9% Gazelle II Tall Fescue
9% Endeavor II Tall Fescue

Bag 2 -

17% Gazelle II Tall Fescue
14% Faith Tall Fescue
9% Dynamic II Tall Fescue
7% Endeavor II Tall Fescue

Another nice convenience about the Snap Pac is that the spreading rate is adjusted for each item's application rate. So you don't need to tinker with the spreader's adjustment knob each time switching between the types of Snap Pacs. Just plug it and and go. Great for the busy person.


Viva Labs High Absorption CoQ10 with BioPerine, 200mg, 60 Softgels
Viva Labs High Absorption CoQ10 with BioPerine, 200mg, 60 Softgels

5.0 out of 5 stars What is BioPerine?, April 19, 2016
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The BioPerine ingredient in this CoQ10 supplement is simply a fancy trade name for Piperine, the ingredient in black pepper. Studies have found that Piperine enhances the bioavailability of certain compounds such as CoQ10. According to the article "A Comprehensive Review on Pharmacotherapeutics of Herbal Bioenhancers" in Scientific World Journal:

"There are two possible explanations for the role of piperine in drug bioavailability: (a) nonspecific mechanisms mainly promoting rapid absorption of drugs and nutrients, for example, increased blood supply to the gastrointestinal tract, decreased hydrochloric acid secretion which prevents breakdown of some drugs, increased emulsifying content of the gut, and increased enzymes like γ-glutamyl transpeptidase which participate in active and passive transport of nutrients to the intestinal cells, and (b) nonspecific mechanisms inhibiting enzymes participating in biotransformation of drugs, preventing their inactivation and elimination."

BioPerine is a safe ingredient because black pepper is the most widely traded spice in the world, and the effects of black pepper are well known.


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