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all Mighty Pacs Free & Clear HE - 84 Loads
all Mighty Pacs Free & Clear HE - 84 Loads
Offered by Nilmee
Price: $22.14
17 used & new from $12.12

5.0 out of 5 stars The people --and the dog-- in our house like these...a lot!, April 19, 2014
The dry air of mid Atlantic winters is tough on the skin of all the humans in our house. We'll do anything we can do to get an edge on the drying, chapping and general calamitous nature of our skin in the wintertime. Switching to a dye/scent free detergent helps relieve some of the harsh effects of winter on our skin.

In addition to helping the two-legged members of the house, our dog has a short coat and chronic issues on his belly with contact dermatitis that is uncomfortable for him to live with (and uncomfortable for us to look at!).

We wash the bedding in his crate with this. Along with care from our vet, his stomach no longer looks like an angry red mess.

Good stuff; select with confidence.


V7 Stylus for Touch Screen Tablets (St2000-Blk-10N)
V7 Stylus for Touch Screen Tablets (St2000-Blk-10N)
Offered by Beach Audio
Price: $7.07
12 used & new from $6.63

5.0 out of 5 stars Good functionality from a commodity item..., April 19, 2014
Length:: 0:38 Mins

The demand for capacitive styluses (styli?) must be very low. Unlike other peripherals --such as a mouse-- they are totally optional and you can entirely duplicate your touchscreen experience with one of your fingers at no cost.

But sometimes you might have to use the screen while wearing gloves (for weather or protection during your other tasks), or sometimes you might get tired of looking at your shiny tablet display all streaked up with the residue of your touching. If these apply to you, then enter the stylus...

This V7 stylus is rather thin and lightweight. It has pocket clip and the capacitive rubber-like surface is very responsive in its interaction with a touch screen (I tested using both a Kindle Fire HD and a Dell laptop).

Note: this item provided for review purposes.


V7 Portable Security Cable with Combo Lock (SLC4000-13NB)
V7 Portable Security Cable with Combo Lock (SLC4000-13NB)
Price: $20.31
13 used & new from $15.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Good fit for standard security slot..., April 18, 2014
Length:: 0:28 Mins

This security cable with combination lock fits well in a standard laptop security slot.

Combination easily set with with a single clockwise turn (and back) of the setscrew.

Orange plastic frame surrounding numbers makes them easier to distinguish when setting or dialing the combination.

Three washers (with single side adhesive) of different thicknesses provide snugger fit of lock to slot.

Overall, compares nicely with other similar cables; select with confidence.

Note: this item provided for review purposes.


Slime 20132 Black Aluminum Valve Stem Cap, (Pack of 4)
Slime 20132 Black Aluminum Valve Stem Cap, (Pack of 4)
Price: $1.99
5 used & new from $1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good replacement for OEM valve stems..., April 15, 2014
I used these for two sets of tires with OEM plastic valve stems that had cracked at the head, exposing the valve tip.

They look nice from a distance, and provide a secure covering for the end of the valve stems.

At two bucks: how can you go wrong ?


Sharpest Survival Pocket Hand Chainsaw with pouch EAT WOOD SUPER FAST! With SUPER Sharp Blade! #1 Chain Saw Gear Built to last! Made of Highest Quality Steel - Trimming trees NEVER BEEN EASIER + SPECIAL Guarantee To You!
Sharpest Survival Pocket Hand Chainsaw with pouch EAT WOOD SUPER FAST! With SUPER Sharp Blade! #1 Chain Saw Gear Built to last! Made of Highest Quality Steel - Trimming trees NEVER BEEN EASIER + SPECIAL Guarantee To You!
Offered by BEAUTY OF MICRO
Price: $29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Packable alternative to fixed blade saws or long-handled shears..., April 13, 2014
Length:: 1:23 Mins

The winter of 2013-2014 was a hard one in the mid Atlantic piedmont. Because I live in a wooded area, one of the things that spring has brought is a ton (literally!) of downed branches to clean up behind my house. While I'm not a survivalist or a doomsday prepper, I still enjoy options in tools when it comes managing the effects of nature adjacent to a reservoir watershed.

This saw compares very well with other handheld chainsaws I've used. The curved plastic handles give it a significant ergonomic and mechanical advantage over other saws that are held with nylon straps or loops.

The cutting points are sharp, and you'll want to both keep track of the case and use gloves when handling or using this saw.

Backpackers making "ounce by ounce" decisions about whether to carry this tool may think twice. But if you'll have a vehicle near your campsite, definitely pack it. For household gardening, this offers an alternative approach to trimming in places where fixed blades or long-handled trimmers may not reach.

As the accompanying video will show, it easily dispatched dry wood up to 2.5" in diameter. For larger pieces of green wood, the "cut from below" cutting position will result in some binding. This will be true with any such saw; just be aware and plan your work accordingly.

Note: This product was provided for review purposes.


Titan™ Authentic Military 550 Paracord, 100 FEET - Official "Mil-Spec" (MIL-C-5040-H) Type III, 7 Strand, 100% Nylon 550 Cord. This is the same Parachute Cord used by the U.S. Military.
Titan™ Authentic Military 550 Paracord, 100 FEET - Official "Mil-Spec" (MIL-C-5040-H) Type III, 7 Strand, 100% Nylon 550 Cord. This is the same Parachute Cord used by the U.S. Military.
Offered by Titan™ Paracord
Price: $15.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For your Learjet SWAT team events: this is the real deal...OR..., April 12, 2014
Length:: 0:31 Mins

...100 feet of paracord...and about as many possible uses. Along with duct tape, a good EDC knife and some WD-40, a good supply of paracord is one of the things that should be among the first you place in your bug-out bag (or, if you're not the worrying kind, maybe just stash some in the trunk of your car).

I was first exposed to the many uses of paracord in the late 70s. When I went through the US Navy's aviation survival schools, parachute cord was (and remains) a staple of readiness preps. In addition to serving as the cordage for actual parachutes, it was included in liberal quantities in both our personal survival vests and life rafts. It would fly with me every day during more than 4000 flight hours (when I happily never had to test it in an actual survival situation).

Paracord is wildy useful stuff. It's durable; it has to be to stand up to the stresses of unfurling when the ripcord is pulled (or ejection seat is activated). Outside of just parachuting, it can be used secure loose gear, to rig sails, to tether sea anchors, to build snares, to secure shelter materials, to lace boots, to tie food out of the reach of curious bears. In short, it can be used in any application where you need strong light cordage (and the inner strands are available when you need thinner cords).

The Titan product has the quality construction that shows it meets the rigor of MIL-SPEC construction:
-7 inner cords housed by the outer sheath.
-Inner cords have 3-strand construction.
-One of the inner cords has the telltale colored threads (that go back to identifying the maker in the early days of the specification).
-The inner strands are tightly bound inside the outer sheath.

Even though I was provided this at no cost for review purposes: this is the real deal, and I would happily pay twice the price to make sure I had the right stuff. Select with confidence, because this is the right stuff!


MOTHERS 05924 Foaming Wheel & Tire Cleaner - 24 oz
MOTHERS 05924 Foaming Wheel & Tire Cleaner - 24 oz
Price: $5.97
32 used & new from $4.29

4.0 out of 5 stars As good as any other options..., April 12, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
...in a crowded market of a commodity product.

Does a very good job in loosening (if not completely removing) road grime and brake dust before rinsing and washing with a brush or cloth.

Wheels: you gotta clean 'em if you're washing your car. This cleaner helps take some of the work of that job.


Mothers Wheel Brush
Mothers Wheel Brush
Price: $7.03
4 used & new from $4.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Good wheel brush, but not quite perfect..., April 12, 2014
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Mothers Wheel Brush (Automotive)
Overall, this is a very good wheel brush. The bristles are long and soft, so no worries about scratching or overly harsh treatment of the wheels it cleans.

The brush area is very large, so those who have wheels or rims with intricate openings may need an additional cleaning aid. My wheels are like this, and so I go behind this brush with a washcloth for the deep detailed parts of the wheel.

I also wish the handle of this brush was slightly longer; another 4 to 8 inches would provide better leverage.


Terra Master Private Cloud Storage for Home and Small Business (TM-F2-NAS2)
Terra Master Private Cloud Storage for Home and Small Business (TM-F2-NAS2)
Price: $239.00
2 used & new from $239.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid hardware; like most NAS devices, not for the technical novice...., April 12, 2014
Length:: 1:23 Mins

The Terra Master TM-F2-NAS (F2) networked attached storage (NAS) device offers a strong hardware environment for adding up to 8TB of storage capacity accessible via a variety of physical and services options. Like other NAS devices, this is not for the technically timid. Those already familiar with NAS devices won't find many surprises. Users who are generally comfortable with the basics of multiple disk (especially RAID) management and common network service/data transfer should also be fine. Those who like their SOHO computing to be totally plug and play (or nearly so) can expect to be frustrated without assistance from a reliable alpha geek (which seems to be common among all NAS products).

Pros:
-Hardware. The F2 has a self-contained 1.6GHZ processor and 512 MB of RAM.
-Storage capacity: accommodates up to 8 GB total storage (via 2x 3.5" SATA drive bays).
-Abundant network service options: all the usual suspects, plus a few that were new to me (see "Cons" discussion below!)
-Powerful configuration options through a detailed browser-based user interface.
-Large data storage capacity (up to 4 GB redundant and 8 GB non-redundant)
-Multiple connectivity options (ethernet, eSATA and USB 3.0 ports are all available). I have not tested connecting either a USB or eSATA device to the F2.

Cons:
-"China-centric" defaults (including Shanghai as the default time zone, and a great possibility of content on the Terra Max website appearing in Chinese. I don't have an automatic bias against "made in China", but since these are being marketed in North America, defaults to this region would be better.
-Similarly, the quick start guide, user guide and user interface could benefit from additional work by editors with stronger English language skills. The contents aren't profoundly bad, but are often non-informative due to their awkward usage.
-Even though a more current firmware version was available on the Terra Master website, the only firmware upgrade instructions I found were in Chinese. I'm pretty confident in figuring out computer tasks like this, but would *not* risk attempting something that could brick my system without the assistance of instructions in English that I confidently understood.
-Bumpy integration with Windows: I got there, but had to do some digging (who knew that Samba services had to be enabled for Windows networking integration...not me, until I dug into the user guide).
-Fan sound levels: the F2's fan can be manually set to either low (500-900 rpm), medium (900-1600 rpm), high (1600-2000 rpm) speed or to an automatic "smart mode". At the medium or high speeds (and when the auto places it in this range), fan noise is very noticeable.

None of these are show-stoppers for users already comfortable with the concepts addressed at the the start of this review. Just be aware they could present problems for those with reduced levels of networking, disk management and general SOHO computing kung fu.

I used two WD Red 1TB 3.5" SATAIII hard drives --specifically designed for the "always on" 24/7 demands of NAS-- as the storage hardware for the F2. I set these up in a RAID 1 (mirrored) configuration, resulting in slightly less than 1 TB of fully redundant storage. The F2 also offers "JBOD" (just a bunch of disks) and RAID 0. These two options do not include any redundancy: lose one drive and lose all your data. Users whose overriding needs are sheer volume or slight gains in performance (and who have another backup strategy) will want to consider the JBOD and RAID 0 choices.

Initial set-up took about 15 minutes as the browser interface walked me through basic configuration options. After that, it took about 2 hours for the F2 to have the disks prepared for RAID 1 service.

The browser-based interface for the F2 is generally very good. Options are deep, and similar ones are managed categorically (some via a tabbed interface, some on their own pages).

I was able to rapidly integrate this into my existing backup software via both Windows file management and FTP options. Windows integration is slightly awkward as the F2 inconsistently displays as both its device name and IP address; I'm continuing to work through understanding this behavior.

Overall, this is a strong NAS device. It would be stronger if it assumed less about users' overall technical expertise (common among all NAS units I've worked with) and with stronger attention to the language needs of North American customers (on the website, in the user guide and --occasionally-- within the user interface options).

Note: this item was provided for review purposes.


Black Flag Wasp and Hornet Aerosol Spray, 14-Ounce
Black Flag Wasp and Hornet Aerosol Spray, 14-Ounce
Offered by TheSaleBox
Price: $5.03
4 used & new from $4.86

5.0 out of 5 stars High volume, long distance, lethal results..., April 11, 2014
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Read the instructions on this before using.

Then prepare yourself. The product exits the can at high speed, in a large volume, and does fly a long way. The label claims 29 feet; I didn't measure, but easily reached a nest at the top corner of s 2nd story window.

The victims mostly drop immediately. If the nest has a large population, some may draw a bead on the operator, so be prepared to get out of dodge.

With a member of our household severely allergic to stings, this is a must have for us to keep the stinger deliver vehicles at bay.

Select with confidence...use with care.


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