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Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Haircut Kit #79602
Wahl Elite Pro High Performance Haircut Kit #79602
Price: $49.97
16 used & new from $47.63

4.0 out of 5 stars This Wahl replaced the cheaper one that failed after four ..., February 16, 2016
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This Wahl replaced the cheaper one that failed after four haircuts.

The clippers work well enough. The cut must be a little jagged because my hair sticks up a little after cutting. After shampooing and a couple of days my hair is back to normal.


Mad Men: The Final Season, Part 2 [DVD]
Mad Men: The Final Season, Part 2 [DVD]
DVD ~ Jon Hamm
Price: $19.99
32 used & new from $19.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it just to find out what happens, February 16, 2016
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Great closure for the season and the show.


Meow Town Thermal Cat Mat - Beige
Meow Town Thermal Cat Mat - Beige
Offered by Sunshine Sells 4 Less
Price: $14.89
3 used & new from $13.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Need cat nip, February 16, 2016
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The cat will discover it once the smell is gone. May I suggest covering it with cat nip so this process doesn't take as long.


Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB5000100)
Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB5000100)
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68 used & new from $119.55

5.0 out of 5 stars 4.6TB, not 5TB, February 16, 2016
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Fast, reliable drive.

You will only get about 4.6TB of space on this drive. This is typical: you never get to use all of the space.


Birchwood Casey Liquid Gun Blue Kit
Birchwood Casey Liquid Gun Blue Kit
Offered by Everything SKS
Price: $13.15
53 used & new from $11.66

2.0 out of 5 stars Won't work!, February 16, 2016
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This cold blue method won't work. This approach consists of a three-stage process: de-greasing, rust removal, cold blueing.

Although I ground down my pistol handle and trigger thoroughly with fine auto sand paper I couldn't control the 2nd step, the rust remover: it removed rust and blue from the sections where the blue was still good. When I applied the cold blueing, the application was thin and poor. The handle-trigger piece immediately began rusting after I completed the process. In the end, I took the pistol to a gunsmith.

By the way, a great way to maintain a pistol that is rusted is by grinding off the rust as best you can with auto sandpaper and rust remover (2nd stage), then spraying down the parts with oil. Put the parts in a polyethylene salad bowl. Add enough oil to the gun parts to keep a layer of oil in the bottom of the bowl. Seal the parts in the salad bowl using the lid. I recommend Rubbermaid bowls. The gunsmith thought this was a wonderful idea. There will be a slight pressure of oil vapor in the bowl that will help keep the water and air out. Drain any rusty oil that collects and spray in more oil as needed for months of storage life.

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Jumbo Heavy Duty Fleece Draft Stopper-Save Energy- Keep the Cold Out- Fits Doors and Windows Up to 36" in Width (Dark Brown)
Jumbo Heavy Duty Fleece Draft Stopper-Save Energy- Keep the Cold Out- Fits Doors and Windows Up to 36" in Width (Dark Brown)

1.0 out of 5 stars Too short!, February 16, 2016
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Poor performance! It does not sit well on a hard floor. It is not the length described in the description.

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Mad Men: The Final Season, Part 1 [DVD + Digital]
Mad Men: The Final Season, Part 1 [DVD + Digital]
DVD ~ Jon Hamm
Price: $12.99
44 used & new from $8.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, August 30, 2015
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Ended too soon for me. I can't wait until the Part 2 release.


Frigidaire 5303321429 Petro-Gel Lubricant for Refrigerator
Frigidaire 5303321429 Petro-Gel Lubricant for Refrigerator

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works, August 30, 2015
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Product works well after several weeks of use.


Mad Men: Season 4
Mad Men: Season 4
DVD ~ Jon Hamm
Price: $10.23
130 used & new from $0.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, July 22, 2015
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This review is from: Mad Men: Season 4 (DVD)
There are so many ideas on managing clients and staff available in this series. As an editor for a technical journal, I think I'll extract a few for my column.

I especially liked the episode where Draper threw out Jansen, a client who wanted to sell bikinis but not show skin. Don called them prudes and idiots! I wish more engineering firms understood that the client-firm relationship is very delicate: it requires patience and honesty on both sides. Many a time, I have wanted to fire the client; instead, we build the process and it was either a nightmare of corrections or a product that limped out the door.

As drama, the series is excellent. Draper and company could have been my father and grandfather. These were tough men who didn't talk about their feelings, at least not in public. It was nobody's business.

Season 4 starts up where Season 3 left off. The only Season that is a little iffy is Season 1, in which the actors were still exploring their roles. We saw the same thing in Breaking Bad and House. By Season 2 Mad Men had a clear message and direction.

You should stack Mad Men in the shelf with Breaking Bad and House, MD and entertain yourself and your family for decades to come.

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Calphalon 32-Inch Straight Wall Pot Rack with 4 Heavy-Duty Single Hooks
Calphalon 32-Inch Straight Wall Pot Rack with 4 Heavy-Duty Single Hooks
Price: $39.99
8 used & new from $27.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great space saver!, June 2, 2015
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Does not come with screws.

I went with four #10 1-1/2" (US standard) premium wood screws with washers for less rattling; #12 screws that would fit; I had #10s handy. If you mount on studs, then you will need a 1/4" drill bit in about 1" for the pilot. Use a stud finder you can trust and check the drill for sawdust. If it comes back with only drywall, then you're on to plan B.

Plan B involves plastic anchors into dry wall. You will want the simple kind since they will support 67 lbs. each. Unless you're using the rack for mountain climbing, 67 lbs. will support all the pots and pans you can hang on the wall. Drill the hole size with 1/4" pilot drill bit; there are different types of bits so makes sure you have a set of pilot bits. Make the hole level, i.e., perpendicular to the wall (right angle). drill one of the top ones first, then swing the rack out of the way and set the next anchors: set by drilling the 1/4" pilot hole and gently pounding the anchor into the hole with a hammer. You have to set the anchors if its into dry wall before you set the screws! I used a level, a head lamp because the rack fits into a very tight space; the drill barely fit. Once you set the anchors, use an electric screw driver to drive the screws once you have the screws in a couple of turns.

Check the level when you drill the holes for the anchors.

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