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Eley / Rapid Reel Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel Model 1041
Eley / Rapid Reel Wall Mount Garden Hose Reel Model 1041
Offered by Eley Corporation
Price: $141.99

4.0 out of 5 stars About the Knob Handle, June 26, 2014
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Purchased this hose reel in May 2013 for a 100 ft. rubber lawn hose. It delivered a very satisfactory performance up until this weekend when the knob handle fell off because the inside bolt worked its way loose. It requires an Allen wrench set to fix. I added a lock washer to help keep it in place. Now the reel works great. No leaking so far and it can manage a heavy weight rubber hose.


KOHLER K-15171-FL-BN Coralais Single Control Kitchen Sink Faucet, Vibrant Brushed Nickel
KOHLER K-15171-FL-BN Coralais Single Control Kitchen Sink Faucet, Vibrant Brushed Nickel
Price: $192.75
5 used & new from $192.75

5.0 out of 5 stars The Friendly Faucet, April 2, 2014
This sensible Kohler kitchen faucet with a ten inch swing spout is exactly what I needed over my double stainless steel sink. It is so ergonomic that it can be operated without hands by the push of a wrist or arm. The loop handle moves smoothly from hot to cold, on and off. The flow is good. When I want hot water, it is there right where I want it. Filling pots is easy with a 6.25 inch clearance between the spout outlet and the deck. Watch out for those graceful swan necked arcing spouts! Check the spout height. I had trouble getting a large pot under any faucet that has less than 5 inches.

It looks great! The brushed nickel finish blends perfectly with my stainless steel sink, no gold tones, just a cool light grey. The brushed chrome would not have matched. It is easy to clean. I love it.

Choose the water temperature first. The faucet cannot change water temperature when the handle is pushed up into the on position. Swivel left, then up for hot water, swivel right, then up for cold. The center position is lukewarm water. The installation kit comes with easy to follow instructions in French, Spanish and English. This Kohler faucet (K15171-FL) has quality metal parts, built to last. Made in the U.S.A.


Brass Wu Lou Charm with Kuan Yin
Brass Wu Lou Charm with Kuan Yin
Offered by FengShui-Import
Price: $9.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Plastic Wu Lou, February 3, 2014
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This Wu Lou is made of plastic, not brass. It is pretty, but it offers no protection. The paint finish is not holding up.


BFlowerYan Chinese Feng Shui 6 Coin Hanger for Prosperity and Good Fortune
BFlowerYan Chinese Feng Shui 6 Coin Hanger for Prosperity and Good Fortune
Offered by freeflying
Price: $1.99
39 used & new from $0.01

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six Coins for a Bright Future, January 28, 2014
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This is the best looking set of lucky coins I have seen. The red string is silky and full, not skimpy. The metal coins are quarter sized, and half the thickness of the U.S. coin. I will be happy to order again. Product made by Creative Ventures. My supplier was FengShui-Import. Thank you.


Sulfur Suds Combo pack - 2 bars SAL3 Soap & 2 bars Original 10% Sulfur Soap
Sulfur Suds Combo pack - 2 bars SAL3 Soap & 2 bars Original 10% Sulfur Soap
Offered by Braunfels
Price: $20.95
3 used & new from $20.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Fostex Soap and the Sal-3, June 25, 2013
This is the original Fostex soap. I don't know about all this nonsense about "activating" the soap. I just use it on my face with a washrag and warm water. It is excellent for oily type skin and does not clog the pores. It clears up acne and keeps the skin healthy. I have been using it as a facial soap ever since I was a teenager. The ingredients are gentle for sensitive skin. I tried their Sal-3 soap which is a bit stronger and can be irritating to sensitive skin. I will stick with the original because it works. It goes with me wherever I travel.


Traditional Sulfur Soap 10% Sulphur Acne Cleansing Bar, All Natural Fresh Scent. Fragrance Free.
Traditional Sulfur Soap 10% Sulphur Acne Cleansing Bar, All Natural Fresh Scent. Fragrance Free.
Offered by Braunfels
Price: $6.00
3 used & new from $6.00

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fostex Sulphur Soap, April 30, 2013
This is the original Fostex soap. I don't know about all this nonsense about "activating" the soap. I just use it on my face with a washrag and warm water. It is excellent for oily type skin and does not clog the pores. It clears up acne and keeps the skin healthy. I have been using it as a facial soap ever since I was a teenager. The ingredients are gentle for sensitive skin. I tried their Sal-3 soap which is a bit stronger and can be irritating to sensitive skin. I will stick with the original because it works. It goes with me wherever I travel.


Euro-Gourmet Chef's Envy Professional Food Slicer
Euro-Gourmet Chef's Envy Professional Food Slicer
7 used & new from $26.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scary!, April 21, 2013
I purchased a Chef's Envy mandoline after viewing a live demonstration in a grocery store. It has great versatility. It can make a 1/4" slice or 1/16" slice, a 3/8" julienne strip or 1/8" julienne strip, a 3/8" cube or 1/8" cube, a 1/4" shred or 1/16" shred. It chops celery super fast and makes nice julienne slices but it is quite dangerous. The hand guard uses six needle sharp points to impale the vegetable. It resembles an instrument of torture. I cut my finger once just trying to change out the V-Slicer blade while washing it. I should have separated the blade from the platform before emersing it in soapy water. It is NOT dishwasher safe. Made in China.

I would rate this product higher if it came with its own collection tray, and the blades slid easily into and out of locked position. I would not want children anywhere near this thing. Imagine 12 upright razor blades on one V-slicer, and another with 22 upright razor blades. There has got to be a better way to julienne.


Joyce Chen 51-0555, Asian Mandoline Plus
Joyce Chen 51-0555, Asian Mandoline Plus

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slice like a Samurai, April 21, 2013
I purchased the Joyce Chen Asian Mandoline Plus as a first mandoline for myself. I have been using it for years with great success! It is great for slicing zucchini and cucumbers so that they look professional without a lot of work. This is much faster than a chef knife, easier on the wrist, and I have not been cut once!

The transparent plastic tray washes up nicely in the upper half of the dishwasher. The grater in the tray was not very effective grating ginger root. Good grief! My poor fingers! I have to use my metal grater instead. It is best to have a grater with holes for the fine grated ginger to pass through instead of the ginger getting lodged among sharp plastic teeth.

I bought the Joyce Chen Asian Mandoline Plus because I wanted julienne sliced carrots without the hazards. It does not julienne well. There is not enough choice on the thickness setting; it is too shallow. Despite this one disappointment, I would not do without it because it makes life in the kitchen so much better. It requires no electricity. The ergonomic hand movement is horizontal front to back, instead of up and down. It is made in Japan by Benriner.


Martial Arts Teaching Tales of Power and Paradox: Freeing the Mind, Focusing Chi, and Mastering the Self
Martial Arts Teaching Tales of Power and Paradox: Freeing the Mind, Focusing Chi, and Mastering the Self
by Pascal Fauliot
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.59
59 used & new from $1.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Inward Journey, April 12, 2013
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Sometimes a book shows up at a crucial moment, the missing piece of the puzzle. This is that book. For those of you that were attracted to the martial arts because of the spiritual and philosophical underpinnings behind them, this book is for you. This is Taoism and Zen through the lens of martial arts.

This is not a collection of morality tales. This is a deep plunge into sobering reality based on real events. The short stories take place in China and Japan. Reminiscent of the book, Zen Flesh, Zen Bones Classic Edition: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings, it can serve as a guidebook on the inward journey. Some of the stories are humorous, others are quite sobering. Many are tales about Samurai. Three stories use an animal as a substitute for the actual student, such as a very talented ape, a fighting rooster and a cat.

It is amazing how the writer, Pascal Fauliot, can take so complex a subject and make it easy to understand. He can write of great mysteries, exposing the bare elements. The narrative is simple and straight forward. In "Confronting the Mountain", the opening pages of this chapter speak eloquently of the human condition. This book is a gem, translated from the French by Jon Graham.


Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks
Sweeping Changes: Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks
by Gary Thorp
Edition: Paperback
45 used & new from $0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Isn't Dirt as Holy as Clean?, April 6, 2013
This book is a collection of short essays written from a Zen perspective on the art of housekeeping. The essays are grouped into six parts:

Part 1: Traveling the Household
Part 2: The Kitchen
Part 3: The Bedroom, Bath, and Washroom
Part 4: Outside Surroundings
Part 5: Living Arrangements
Part 6: Sweeping Sun, Waxing Moon

Parts One and Four are the most inspiring sections. Dust is not seen as an enemy to vanquish, but a reoccurring natural process. This came as a real surprise to me with my allergies. Dust returning to the surfaces of my furniture is a personal affront.

Parts Two and Three were a chore to read. I got the impression that the author has not had much experience cleaning bathrooms. He did not raise my enthusiasm for the chore. There is no regard for feng shui in the bathroom or kitchen areas. Gary Thorp is a creature of modern day California. He does not comprehend the phrase, "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen." Kitchens are dangerous places, great opportunities for serious accidents.

Part Five concentrates on interrelationships and living alone. It devotes only a few pages to the topic so don't expect anything much. Part six is pretty much of a washout. It rambles and wanders off the topic with the keen exception of "A Question of Time".

Overall, I expected more depth, but the author barely brushes the surface. Indirectly, the book reveals a lot about family relationships and ourselves. Three essays are heavily influenced by Taoism in this book: "Form and Emptiness", "On the Many Intricacies of Water" and "The 10,000 Things That Hide within Plain Sight."

The foreword by Edward Espe Brown is a valuable lesson in itself. It gets to the heart of the matter. The monks ask the question "Isn't dirt as holy as clean?" The teachers reply "We don't clean in order to clean. It is a way of practicing respect for things." The book inspired me to thoroughly rake and mow the yard. Perhaps it will have the same effect on others.

*The book includes a bibliography and subject index.


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