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GD Iron Grip EXT 80 Adjustable Hand Gripper, 55 to 176 lb with Pinch Grip Set
GD Iron Grip EXT 80 Adjustable Hand Gripper, 55 to 176 lb with Pinch Grip Set
Offered by CrushOn
Price: $76.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The pinch grips add a lot of versatility, February 5, 2016
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This is a excellent gripper. Build quality is as good as I've seen from any fitness device. It comes with both a set of extension ends and a set of extension ends with paddles. The former provides an intermediate weighting or a longer compression stroke for people with large hands. The latter allows for a variety of motions (e.g., pinch squeeze, crimping) more difficult to perform with a conventional gripper.

Compared to Captains of Crush:

* Significantly thinner grips
* Knurling seems about the same, perhaps a bit more aggressive
* Subtle, viscous feel to the compression stroke. Reminds me of the oil-filled RC car suspensions I used to assemble.
* Range of motion ends when the two grips are parallel; the bottom remains separated by 1/4"
* More accurate weight measurements

cannonpowerworks[dot]com /pages/grip-strength-ratings-data

I want to elaborate on accuracy. You'll notice in the link above that all of the Captains of Crush grippers are consistently about 40% less difficult than the weights at which they're rated. Not these GD grips. Cross-referencing the relative difficulty of the CoC and the GD with that chart suggests the measurements printed on the GD are accurate.

Which means you probably don't want the black 90kg GD. The presets on this 80kg red version, in pounds, are: 55, 79, 104, 128, 152, 176. Those correspond to CoC Trainer, #1, #2, #2.5, #3, and #3.5. The top rating on the black version is nearly a CoC #4, of which like a half-dozen people have ever closed. I'm over six feet with large hands and I've been climbing for years. I can just barely close this GD on the 128 setting. At the top setting, I can't get the ends closer than an inch apart.

The CoC grippers are still more difficult at the same (actual) poundage because they're thicker and that last 1/4" to bring the bars together adds a significant challenge. But if you're not chasing an official record, none of that matters. This GD is as much of a challenge as you're likely to ever need, and the shorter increments relative to the black version make for a better progression.


3M Half Facepiece Reusable Respirator 7500, Respiratory Protection
3M Half Facepiece Reusable Respirator 7500, Respiratory Protection
Price: $18.08 - $59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Effective and comfortable, January 28, 2016
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This is 3M's best respirator that isn't a full face shield. If you're looking for more than just particulate filtering from 3M, there are three options:

Disposable rubber (5000 series)
Reusable rubber (6000 series)
Reusable silicone (6500 series, 7500 series)

The first two look the same and cost almost the same. Both are acceptably comfortable and seal well. They vent forward and up though, so they'll fog safety glasses quickly. This model and the 6500 series are more comfortable silicone and vent downward.

Filtering efficiency is determined by the cartridge set. There's no single cartridge for everything, but a few of them get close. They vary in strength; P/N95 filters will remove at least 95% of what they're rated for. P/N100, 99.97%. No disposable mask comes with better than P95; this is reason enough to avoid them.

Search for "3m-cartridge-filter-guide-and-brochure.pdf" for a filter overview.

I opted for the Large version of the respirator and the 3M 60926 P100 filter for painting. I'm a little over six feet with a proportional head and wide jaw. It seals completely and would fit someone bigger easily. My mask offgassed for about an hour after I opened the package. After that, the silicone smell was subtle and forgettable. No other scents, from paint or otherwise, are evident.

The total cost for this comfortable, resusable mask with the best filter available was $35. The disposable mask is $15 or so and the rubber mask is around $30 with an included P95 filter. I see little reason to bother with either when the upgrade cost is so little.


KEO 53512 Cobalt Steel Single-End Countersink, TiN Coated, 82 Degree Point Angle, Round Shank, 5/16" Shank Diameter, 1/2" Body Diameter
KEO 53512 Cobalt Steel Single-End Countersink, TiN Coated, 82 Degree Point Angle, Round Shank, 5/16" Shank Diameter, 1/2" Body Diameter
Offered by Norex Supply - Save up to 70% on everything!
Price: $34.65
3 used & new from $29.38

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for metal, January 26, 2016
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This is the best countersink for metal at this price. The picture isn't right, it's actually the gold TiN-coated version.

If you're countersinking in wood, almost anything will work. For steel, though, you want a cobalt-steel bit. Regular steel will dull immediately, even if coated in titanium or cobalt. Paired with cobalt steel, the titanium nitride coating on this bit ostensibly keeps it sharper, longer. Not necessary for aluminum, but definitely desirable for steel.

The most common screw head angle by far is 82 degrees. The 5/16" shank will fit in both 3/8" and 1/2" drills, which is almost all of them. I had no trouble using this with a handheld drill. It seemed just as sharp on the fifth hole as the first. Highly recommended.


Ridgid R86116 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Brushless 1/2" Hammer Drill (Tool Only - Battery and Charger NOT Included)
Ridgid R86116 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Brushless 1/2" Hammer Drill (Tool Only - Battery and Charger NOT Included)
Offered by LECTROM TOOLS
Price: $77.99
9 used & new from $51.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy, powerful, noisy, and not for delicate work, January 26, 2016
I've only used this drill for a few hours, so this is mostly a first impression.

Balance and ergonomics are good. Not quite as nice in the hand as Milwaukee or DeWalt, but nothing to complain about. Lots of rubber detailing that will prolong the life of the drill and the batteries if they're dropped. Secure battery connection. Weight is middle-of-the-road for a hammer drill. Anything lighter would suggest build compromises.

Power is good, though probably behind the top brushless drills available now (e.g., Milwaukee M18 Fuel, Makita LXT). With the 2.0 Ah battery and a new set of Bosch Daredevil spade bits, I couldn't drive the 1.5" bit on speed 2 into plywood. Maybe with the 4.0 Ah battery, softer wood, or a less aggressive bit, but not as described. Speed 1 did it quickly. This drill is about as powerful on speed 2 as my 12V lithium Porter Cable drill is on speed 1.

Runout (chuck wobble) is hit or miss. I tried eight of these drills and six from the other contractor brands. Four in six of the other brands had minimal runout. For this Ridgid, the number was only three in eight. The rest caused wobble in an arc larger than the diameter of my test bit. Runout can cause excessive strain and vibration with long or thin bits. I recommend trying your drill before you leave the store so you can exchange it if necessary.

Noise is bad. This is a very loud drill. The sound is pitched higher than other brushless models and would be significantly more noticeable in an office environment.

Price is excellent. It's on sale frequently; this model, paired with Ridgid's brushless circular saw and two batteries, was $130 at Home Depot. You can find clearance brushed non-hammer drills from the other contractor brands at this price, but nothing with a similar specification. Be aware that the warranty is 3 years, not the lifetime warranty that applies to certain other Ridgid tools.

The only significant negative is that the drill won't run at very slow speeds. The trigger has a quarter-inch of play where nothing happens, then the power suddenly kicks in at a low-moderate level. Minimum RPM is 150 on speed 1 and 600 on speed 2. Every other drill will do a slow 30 RPM crawl on speed 1. This inability to trickle the juice is usually irrelevant for outdoor projects, but if you're trying to drive small screws on speed 2, the sudden jump in RPM may slip the bit. I find myself dropping into speed 1 more often to counter this. T

Still, if you can find it on sale, it's a very good value. I'd take this drill over anything from Porter Cable and over most of the brushed drills from the other contractor makes. Brushless drills like this one have more power, better battery life, and a longer lifespan.


Bosch Daredevil DSB5013P 13-Piece Spade Bit Set
Bosch Daredevil DSB5013P 13-Piece Spade Bit Set
Offered by stores123
Price: $27.39
27 used & new from $23.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fine for outdoor projects, too aggressive otherwise, January 26, 2016
These are very aggressive bits that make good, but not great, holes. You're better off with a more conventional spade bit for household projects.

I bought this set specifically to create 1.5" holes for plastic wire grommets. My 12V lithium Porter Cable couldn't drive the largest bit through half-inch plywood at any speed. The 12V impact driver could at about 10 RPM. I upgraded to an 18V Ridgid brushless hammer drill. It gives up on the higher speed setting, but powers through with some audible strain on the lower.

The Ridgid is a contractor-grade drill. A home-brand (e.g., Black and Decker, Craftsman) 18V drill may work, but if the battery packs have seen some wear, probably not. If I were buying this again for a similar project, I'd probably choose the Irwin set or similar to make slower and cleaner holes.


FLR118923ER - Floortex Cleartex Ultimat Polycarbonate Chair Mat for Carpet
FLR118923ER - Floortex Cleartex Ultimat Polycarbonate Chair Mat for Carpet
Offered by BisonOffice
Price: $57.11
14 used & new from $55.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Slowly moves and has to be repositioned, January 19, 2016
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Same objection as the other reviewers: it slowly migrates in whatever direction opposes the one from which you step on it. Abutting anything solid (e.g., a desk leg), it'd be fine. I generally reposition it every few days. No quality complaints. It doesn't seem unduly stressed from 170 lbs on five wheels.


Columbia Men's Vulc N Vent Lace Sneaker
Columbia Men's Vulc N Vent Lace Sneaker
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Collegiate Navy' works best with colder colors, January 19, 2016
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Fits as expected in all directions. No quality objections. About twice the padding of my Sperry canvas boat shoes. Much more arch support. The 'Collegiate Navy' color is a colder blue than I was expecting with almost a hint of purple in some lighting. They look nice with shorts or cold-colored jeans (e.g., grays, blacks, deeper navy, some fashion-forward blues), but most jeans tend to use warmer, earthy blues that don't quite match. Still, a good value for the price.


SainSonic SS-630 5.8GHZ AV Wireless Audio Video Transmitter & Receiver 200M
SainSonic SS-630 5.8GHZ AV Wireless Audio Video Transmitter & Receiver 200M
Offered by Sain Store
Price: $47.99
2 used & new from $40.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad analog audio, a nonstarter for digital, January 19, 2016
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I bought these to transmit a digital SPDIF signal over the analog composite input. Didn't work. Or more accurately, it worked fine, but would cut out and reconnect every three seconds or so from any distance. Analog transmissions worked fairly well up to my fifteen-foot same-room test distance. The noise floor is-50db or better; low enough that you're not likely to hear static unless you have the volume cranked with music recorded at low levels.


Handy Laundry Fold Away Clothes Hamper with Lid Hamper
Handy Laundry Fold Away Clothes Hamper with Lid Hamper

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the price, December 22, 2015
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I had the same hamper with rope handles for seven years. The hinge cloth for the cover started to fray toward the edges a few years in, around the same time the sides started to bow out. Still quite usable. It doesn't take well to wet things, but I couldn't find better durability or style anywhere near this price.


CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder
CH Hanson 03040 Magnetic Stud Finder
Price: $8.99
44 used & new from $4.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the electronics, December 6, 2015
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This thing is awesome.

Wall projects always filled me with dread because I knew I'd have to use the "guess and hope" method of finding studs. It's like being a water diviner. Slowly move the fancy studfinder. Watch it find a "stud" four times, error twice, and show nothing thrice more in the same place. Tap on the wall. Pretend that you can differentiate between 'thud' and 'thump.' Give up and drill holes in a line until the bit hits something hard you hope isn't a pipe.

Yeah. Forget all that. This thing homes in on nails like James Bond on women with ridiculous names. It doesn't even have to touch the surface, so you don't need to sheer all the points off your popcorn ceiling. And it'll stick to the same ceiling when it finds something, auto-centering itself. If it drops, it'll bounce off the floor and be fine.

Seriously, just buy this. Even if you don't need it now. It'll give you a warm fuzzy the next time you have to hang a picture.


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