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Ohuhu Foonee 12 in 1 Pedicure Nail Care Personal Manicure & Pedicure Clipper Stainless Manicure Set, Travel & Grooming Kit
Ohuhu Foonee 12 in 1 Pedicure Nail Care Personal Manicure & Pedicure Clipper Stainless Manicure Set, Travel & Grooming Kit
Offered by Ohuhu Direct
Price: $8.99
2 used & new from $8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp blades; good build quality; lots of tools; perfect for RBA work as well as nails, December 15, 2014
This is an impressive set of tools for the price. While some of the smaller tools for cuticle work are just OK in terms of build quality, the main components – the clippers and scissors – are really well made. Far better than I expected at this price point.

The “star” of the show are the clippers. There are a total of four of them: one small standard clipper; one large standard clipper; one clipper with an angled face for getting into tight spots, and a scissor-action clipper. The latter is my favorite – the head is small making it easy to maneuver, the blades are VERY sharp, and the handle has a spring action that can be disengaged to allow the clipper to take up less room in the case.

The small scissors are also very nicely done with sharp blades that meet perfectly at the tip for precision work.

The remaining tools are mostly for cuticle work, plus a small file and tweezers. They are OK – nothing special in terms of build quality, but good enough for decent performance. Everything fits into a nicely made case that snaps shot and has loops that hold all the tools securely.

While the intended use for this kit is manicures, it is without a doubt the best kit I’ve found bar none for RBA building. The clippers can flush cut wire with ease, even in very tight spots. It goes through 28 and 26 gauge like butter, and I had no problems getting through 24 gauge as well. The cuticle tools are perfect for positioning wicking even in the most fussy of builds; the scissors get through cotton cleanly without tugging it out of position.

Considering that this kit is priced (at the time of this review) at $15, it’s a great value. The build quality for the main components is excellent – it equals sets that are priced much higher (or priced about the same with far fewer items).

Highly recommend for nails and RBA work.
[Sample provided for review]


Ohuhu Heavy Duty Belt Leather Round Hole Puncher 2.0mm - 4.5mm
Ohuhu Heavy Duty Belt Leather Round Hole Puncher 2.0mm - 4.5mm
Offered by Ohuhu Direct
Price: $18.99
2 used & new from $18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, durable, cuts with ease; couple of small issues, December 15, 2014
For the price, this is a very good leather punch. It has a rotating wheel to select the hole size (total of six sizes: 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4 and 4.5mm). The wheel has a very solid click-stop to keep it in position. The sizes are marked on the rim of the wheel in large, easy to see numbers (a big plus for those of us with older eyes). No tools are needed to change sizes – just turn the wheel counterclockwise (there’s also an arrow showing which direction to turn the wheel).

The tool is made of metal, making it heavy and solid. That’s a big plus since it helps punch through thick materials without the jaws or body flexing. On the downside, the weight does make this a bit heavy to handle for long periods of time.

The handles are plastic and have textured inserts to help maintain a good grip. The handles are just OK – they work fine, but could use more contours to make it more “hand friendly.” As it is the handles are basically straight which is not all that ergonomic.

The other area that could be improved is the latching tab. It consists of a plastic tab that snaps into the base of the handles to keep them closed when stored. It works, but is not all that heavy-duty. A metal loop, or a thicker plastic tab, would have been a better choice.

Despite these small misses, this remains a good tool for punching leather. The punches are sharp – I made it through some pretty thick leather without much effort at all. Punching through other materials, such as thick canvas, is very smooth and easy. The jaws are spring-loaded and the spring, like everything else, is very beefy and strong.

This is a great choice if you’re looking for a leather punch that won’t punch a hole through your wallet (sorry about that!). While the misses bring my rating to 4.5 stars, I’ll round up since it’s priced very well ($18.99 at the time of this review).
[Sample provided for review]


YG-1 High Speed Steel Gold-P Jobber Drill Bit, TiN Finish, Straight Shank, Slow Spiral, 135 Degree, 1.8mm Diameter x 46mm Length (Pack of 1)
YG-1 High Speed Steel Gold-P Jobber Drill Bit, TiN Finish, Straight Shank, Slow Spiral, 135 Degree, 1.8mm Diameter x 46mm Length (Pack of 1)
Price: $1.83
2 used & new from $1.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Cuts cleanly through brass; retains an sharp edge, December 14, 2014
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I use this in a micro hand drill to go through chrome plated brass parts. Cuts through the brass very easily and has retained a sharp edge after several weeks of use. I have this is a few other sizes, and every one has been an excellent performer.


TabletTail: Lynx
TabletTail: Lynx
Offered by Octa
Price: $99.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secure, versatile, and attractive. All you could want in a clamp-style tablet stand, December 14, 2014
This review is from: TabletTail: Lynx (Electronics)
This is very similar to the Spider Monkey stand offered by Octa except that instead of a “tail” to hold the stand it has a rather unique clamp. Like the Spider Monkey it does take a few minutes to figure out how to use it (I would strongly recommend reading the brief, but well-written user guide before using this) but once mastered, you have a stand that can be positioned on pretty much anything.

As with the Spider Monkey version, the look and feel of the stand is excellent. Very solid build quality, and looks nice as well.

There are three parts: the jaws that hold the tablet; the clamp; and a short (about 4 inch) bendable bar that joins the two together.

The jaws are very well padded, which give it a good grip plus ensures the tablet they are gripping doesn’t get scratched. It’s a ratchet design – you press the release button which opens up the jaws, then ratchet them down so they close on to the tablet and hold it tight. It’s a universal design, so you can position the jaws so they don’t interfere with ports/buttons/etc. regardless of the brand of tablet you have.

My favorite feature is the clamp. It is also a ratchet-type design. That has a lot of advantages over the traditional spring clamp, most notably a very secure grasp of whatever you attach it to. I was able to clamp it on a table, a shelf edge, a pole – pretty much anything I tried to attach it to. It holds tight – I couldn’t get it to budge even when pulling on it with a decent amount of force. It only releases when you press the release tab. The grip surfaces have a thick pad to give it lots of grip without damaging the surface to which it is clamped.

The bar that joins the jaws to the clamp is thick, but bendy so you can position the tablet easily. It holds its position when bent without any wobble or drooping.

I tried this with the 7 inch Fire, the 8.9 inch Fire and a Nexus tablet. Each fit very well and secure. The max the jaws will open is about 7.5 inches but, since it rotates, you can grip pretty much any tablet either lengthwise (which is how I held the 7 inch Fire) or width wise (which is how I held the 8.9 inch Fire). There’s a locking ring on the collar so you can lock the tablet from rotating should you want to.

The downsides are the same as with the Spider Monkey. There is a brief learning curve to get the hang of it. The ratchet teeth for the clamp are made of plastic, which give me a bit of concern about longevity. It’s working fine now, but metal teeth would have been nice to have. Lastly, the release button for the jaws can be hard to find since it’s a monochrome black color scheme.

This easily is a 5-star mount. It works great, looks great, and can be used in so many different ways that it’s hard to imagine a situation where it would not work. Highly recommend.
[Sample provided for review]


Hot Shot Ultra Liquid Ant Bait, 4 Count
Hot Shot Ultra Liquid Ant Bait, 4 Count
Price: $4.97
17 used & new from $4.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use; good effectivness, December 14, 2014
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These are very easy to use ant baits. Just peel open the container and set it where the ants can get to it. The liquid bait has worked much better than the solid bait traps I've tried so far (various brands). This liquid bait made a noticeable difference in a couple of days versus weeks (if at all) for the other ones I've tried.

The only negative is that the bait is toxic to pets, so you need to make sure the containers are in a spot where pets can't get to them. That can be a challenge if you have curious cats that like to stick their noses everywhere -- finding a spot the cats could not access but a place where ants congregated was tough in some spots in the house.

Easy and effective -- can't ask for more out of an ant trap.


TabletTail: Spider Monkey
TabletTail: Spider Monkey
Offered by Octa
Price: $79.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt, the most versatile tablet stand out there; some usability quirks, December 13, 2014
This is a fantastic stand. It combines a typical “jaw” grip (like many car dashboard cell phone cradles) with a “tail” that can be shaped and bent in pretty much any configuration. The upside is that you can position a tablet so you can watch a movie while reclining without having to rest it on your chest. It’s also great when used on a table or desk since the tail allows you to adjust the height of the tablet to the exact position you want.

The downside to all this is that it takes a few minutes to figure out how to use it. This is something that you really do want to read the manual (which is very brief and well-written) before strapping in an expensive tablet.

The packaging it comes in is worth a mention since it’s so impressive. Really attractive, upscale packaging that shows off the product while holding everything secure. Very nicely done.

The upscale look and feel are not only for the packaging, but what’s inside as well. This looks and feels great. Everything feels solid and well-made. The tail in particular is well done – it’s coated with a rubbery material that’s non-slip, and it holds its shape no matter how it’s bent.

The “jaws” have ample silicon (or what I believe is silicon) pads that give it an excellent grip provided that you deploy them properly. It’s a ratchet design – you press the release button which opens up the jaws, then ratchet them down so they close on to the tablet and hold it tight. The pads are more than thick enough to prevent any damage to the tablet casing. It’s a universal design, so you can position the jaws so they don’t interfere with ports/buttons/etc. regardless of the brand of tablet you have.

I tried this with the 7 inch Fire, the 8.9 inch Fire and a couple of Nexus tablets. Each fit very well and secure. The max the jaws will open is about 7.5 inches but, since it rotates, you can grip pretty much any tablet either lengthwise (which is how I held the 7 inch Fire) or width wise (which is how I held the 8.9 inch Fire). There’s a locking ring on the collar so you can lock the tablet from rotating should you want to.

The downsides are few. As mentioned before, it does take a few minutes to get the hang of it. You also have to be careful with how the tail is bent/coiled when using it on a desk or it can topple over. Lastly, the release button for the jaws can be hard to find since it’s a monochrome black color scheme.

Despite those few issues, this is easily a 5-star mount for my needs. It looks great, works well, holds a lot of different tablets, and is far more versatile in how it can be positioned and used than any other stand I’ve come across. It’s not cheap, but the build quality and functionality make for a good value.
[Sample provided for review]


SOYJOY Snack Bar, Cranberry, 1.05 Ounce, 12 Count
SOYJOY Snack Bar, Cranberry, 1.05 Ounce, 12 Count
Price: $15.99
3 used & new from $15.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Inoffensive, but not all that enjoyable, December 13, 2014
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The cranberries are the highlight of this bar. They taste great and are not over-sweetened, as is the case with many bars with cranberries. I wish there were more of them, but other than that, no complaints regarding the cranberries.

The overall bar, however, is not all that tasty. It has a very dry texture that is crumbly and rather tasteless (other than the cranberries). It's not offensive, but just dry, crumbly and tasteless.

It's edible -- I'll certainly finish off the rest of the 12-pack (have had 4 so far) it's it's not something I'd get again. I'll rate it as average (3 stars) since the cranberries are well-done, but otherwise it's not something I'd recommend.


VIVE Bamboo Ankle Support (Large / X-Large)
VIVE Bamboo Ankle Support (Large / X-Large)
Offered by HEALTH SOURCE
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very comfortable; good support for sore ankles, December 10, 2014
This is a very comfortable ankle support. It provides firm, but not highly restrictive support -- it's something that can be worn while walking. As such, it's not an immobilizing brace that provides the ultimate amount of support, but rather helps with sore/strained ankles that are not so badly damaged that you have to stay off your feet.

The material is very soft and comfortable. It is a breathable fabric that, according to the specs, is made of bamboo that is antimicrobial and anti-odor. It can be washed (hand wash only and air dry). I didn't have any problem at all in terms of heat/sweat retention after using it for a full day.

This is a lot more comfortable than the spandex-type supports I've used. Highly recommend if you're looking for ankle support that doesn't constrain walking.
[Sample provided for review]


La Florentine Torrone 18 pc Assortment Box, Pack of 2
La Florentine Torrone 18 pc Assortment Box, Pack of 2
Offered by Deals for Foodies
Price: $11.49
4 used & new from $11.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Would not be Christmas without this, December 10, 2014
Arrived in great shape -- very fresh. The individual boxes make it easy to use these as stocking stuffers or as a gift bag add-in (and, of course, a few get "sampled" while preparing gift bags". I've tried a few different brands and the La Florentine is the closest I've found to the torrone bought in Italy, and very similar to what I grew up with. A wonderful Christmas treat!


GROHE 26126000  Retro-Fit Bundle Power&Soul Shower head and Hand Shower
GROHE 26126000 Retro-Fit Bundle Power&Soul Shower head and Hand Shower
Offered by SMART HOME
Price: $611.10
2 used & new from $510.63

4.0 out of 5 stars Very attractive; a couple of irritating misses, December 9, 2014
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I love the look of this shower set. Stylish and clean, as most Grohe items are. The build quality and functionality is also at usual Grohe standards, which is to say excellent. However, there are a couple of misses that I find irksome.

I had initially intended to install this myself. I’m not a plumber, but I have installed a number of faucets, toilets, and done general repairs. But, when I saw the number of parts and pieces, I opted to go with a professional plumber. Watching him install it confirmed that I made the right decision – it’s not a simple install. Now, if you have better plumbing skills than I it probably would be a fine DIY project, but it’s not an install for those of us with limited plumbing skills.

The build quality of most of the parts is excellent. Solid and durable, especially regarding the supports and the valve. My plumber said he is both a fan and a foe of Grohe. A fan since the innards rarely break or malfunction. A foe since, if it does break, getting parts can be time consuming and expensive. In other words, a typical German product.

It comes well-packed, so you don’t have to worry about scratches in transit. All the parts are fitted into a large cardboard box, and then shrink-wrapped to stay in place. A bit of a pain to unpack, but every part was 100% scratch-free.

There are a number of nice usability touches, such as the ability to move the hand shower up and down very easily, and a 4-button selector for the spray pattern on both the hand shower and the overhead shower. According to the manufacturer specs, the shower has a 2.5gpm water flow rating.

I have to say I’m not all that fond of the overhead shower. No matter what setting I select the water flow/pattern is either too much or too little. Plus it doesn’t have much of a range of adjustability. There’s a ball and socket joint but it has a limited travel range.

Others in the household disagree, and find the overhead shower head to be wonderful. I like the handheld shower much better – more pleasant and convenient to use.

What I dislike about this is the feel of the shower heads, especially the hand held shower. It feels really cheap – about the same as the shower setup this replaces, which cost a fraction of the price of the Grohe. It has what appears to be a chrome casing, but it feels far more like plastic. Very lightweight with little heft.

On the plus side, both the upper and hand-held showers have the easy-clean surface (rubber nubs that can be flexed to clean them of hard water deposits). It’s just that the feel of the shower heads is at odds with the feel of most of the other parts. Given that the shower heads are the items that will be handled the most, it seems odd that Grohe would cut corners on those.

It remains a good system due to the overall look and functionality However, the shower head build quality is a big miss, and brings my rating to 3.5 stars. I’ll round up to 4 stars since it has such a unique look. Recommended, but with reservations.


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