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JLab Audio JBuds2 Premium in-ear Earbuds Guaranteed Fit, GUARANTEED FOR LIFE - Black
JLab Audio JBuds2 Premium in-ear Earbuds Guaranteed Fit, GUARANTEED FOR LIFE - Black
Offered by JLAB
Price: $6.49
2 used & new from $6.49

4.0 out of 5 stars > GREAT DESIGN---not the best sound quality, June 29, 2016
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CONS
> Voices are muddy. Sounds like you are wearing a bucket on your head. Cheaper Coby CVE52BLK Jammerz High-Performance Isolation Stereo Earphones (Black) have superior sound quality. Very slight more expensive JLab Audio JBuds Hi-Fi Noise-Reducing Ear Buds, GUARANTEED FOR LIFE - Black are even better.
> The large cushions are enormous. The small cushions are tiny. I use the "medium" cushions.
> The "adjustable depth" sounds like a good idea, but I notice no difference in feel or noise isolation.

PROS
> Fit very flat, so you can wear noise suppression ear muffs over them, or you can wear them with a tight fitting helmet.
> Because of the shape, and the very short "handle" they fit "compactly" into your ear, and are very difficult to pull out of your ear by pulling on the cord---that's a GOOD thing---because it means that the earbuds do not pull-out or fall-out by accident.
> Very light weight---which obviously is good if they last. Only time will tell.

WHICH WAY DO THE EARBUDS FIT?
> Since the buds are "bent" 45 degrees, they have a front and a back. But which is the front? There are no instructions on which way they go, nor even closeup photos of them being worn. Surprisingly, the answer is either way. However, I find them a most comfortable with the symbol facing forward. There are "R" (right) and "L" (left) letters recessed in the plastic, but they are hard to see.

FINS?
> The version with a microphone (for use with smartphones etc) JLab PRO Premium in-ear Earbuds with Mic, Guaranteed Fit, Guaranteed for Life - Blue has a funny-looking rubbery extension that Coby calls a "fin", designed to make the earbuds easy to extract from your ear. Fortunately, the "fins" are optional (you can take them off), and are unnecessary.

COMFORT
> Comfort is a very subjective and individual thing. However, for me the secret is to use the smallest cushions which work. For me, the large feel good initially, but my ears hurt after an hour or two. I can wear the medium cushions all day (and often do). I suggest keeping the cushions from other earbuds (e.g., those you get on air flights) when the sets fail for various reasons, so that you have the widest range of cushions to choose from. If your ears hurt, try a smaller cushion.


Strainer Dome Cover, 3" Polished Chrome
Strainer Dome Cover, 3" Polished Chrome
Offered by Life and Home
Price: $5.09
13 used & new from $4.75

2.0 out of 5 stars > A DISAPPOINTMENT, June 29, 2016
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> Smaller (2 3/4") than the original cover (3"), so it exposes the very stained edges which were under the original cover
> Screw (a #10C) much smaller than the original screw (a 1/4"-20), so I had to use the ugly old one
> Very thin metal


Nite Ize DoohicKey Key Tool Keychain Multi-Tool, Stainless, 1-Pack
Nite Ize DoohicKey Key Tool Keychain Multi-Tool, Stainless, 1-Pack
Price: $4.97
152 used & new from $0.60

2.0 out of 5 stars > A DISAPPOINTMENT, June 27, 2016
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> SCREWDRIVER: I wanted the DoohicKey mostly for a wide screwdriver, but it does not work well for that purpose, in part because you don't have enough leverage to tighten/loosen a moderately large screw. Also the bottom edge of the "screwdriver" blade has been ground down (sharpened for the box cutter function), so the blade doesn't fit tightly in a screwhead slot. To my surprise an old Craftsman "4 way screwdriver" Craftsman 4 Way Screwdriver worked better for my purposes.
> RULER: Both the English and Metric rulers are inaccurate by about 1/64"/inch
> BOTTLE OPENER: The "tooth" is rounded and doesn't get a good grip, so although it will open a bottle, usually with several tries, it doesn't work well.
> BOX OPENER: I suppose I could say that it works, but not all that much better than a housekey.
> WRENCH: It is very unlikely that you'd ever be in a situation in which the "wrench" was useful, when you'd have the leverage and clearance for it to work.


Elmer's Washable All-Purpose School Glue Stick, 0.24 oz, Pack of 4 (E542)
Elmer's Washable All-Purpose School Glue Stick, 0.24 oz, Pack of 4 (E542)
Price: $2.10
65 used & new from $1.98

5.0 out of 5 stars > DOES THE JOB, June 26, 2016
Fresh Elmer's Glue Sticks work beautifully, transfering a thin even layer of glue to paper. Even thin paper doesn't wrinkle.

However, the glue sticks do dry out (even with the caps on), and then the glue does not spread in an thin even layer. I store my "virgin" sticks in a ziplock bag. I keep my "current" stick in an reused "spice bottle" (prescription medicine bottles would also work) which is only a little larger than the glue stick itself. In most cases, these smaller glue sticks are a better choice than the big glue sticks because your supply will stay fresher longer (assuming that unused sticks are stored in a plastic bag or bottle).

I use the glue sticks to convert ordinary laser-printer paper to shipping labels. Self-adhesive shipping labels are expensive, at least 25 cents each---so, I use ordinary paper and attach it with the glue-stick glue, and then cover with a transparent shipping tape to protect the label.

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Asian Best Premium Red Rice 5 Pounds
Asian Best Premium Red Rice 5 Pounds
Offered by Wynfair
Price: $17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars > GOOD RICE, June 24, 2016
> Flavorful rice. About half-way in flavor and texture between ordinary white rice and brown rice.
> Cooks as easily as white rice, in about the same time (20--25 minutes)
> Perhaps the reason it cooks relatively fast is that the grains are small, about 1/2--3/4 the length of long-grain white rice.
> I purchased a 5pd bag for $5.95 in a local Asian market.
> Has a lower glycemic index than white rice, about comparable with brown rice, and so is good for diabetics. However, I prefer the more nutty flavor of wild rice Red Lake Nation 100% All Natural Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice, 12-Ounce (Pack of 4), or a smaller portion of (white) basmati rice.
> I like really like the red rice, but I'm not certain I'll purchase a second bag.

BASIC RICE COOKING
> Ideally use a heavy metal pot with a glass cover
> Add 1 cup of rice to 1 1/2 cups of boiling water (most instructions call for more water, but I find that a 2:3 {rice to water} ratio works best)
> You can use broth instead of water with white rice, but not with brown rice, and probably not with red rice.
> Cook on very low boil/high simmer for the requisite time (20--25 minutes for white rice {and this red rice}, 40--50 minutes for brown rice)
> If you have a ceramic top stove, do NOT attempt to cook anything else simultaneous with the rice---the heat sensor for the rice pot will detect the heat from the other burners and simply turn off, leaving the rice undercooked.***
> Do NOT take the lid off the pot to check on the rice before the full time---the pot will loose too much heat and the rice will be undercooked..
> When done, take off the heat and fluff with a fork or a plastic spatula. It is best to let the rice set for 1/2 hour before serving, if you can.
*** If the rice is undercooked (it is still hard and there is water left in the pot), cooking it a little longer will NOT work---the rice will just turn to glop. However, undercooked rice can be salvaged by packing it in a small covered casserole, and microwaving for 5 minutes.

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3M 24300M 4.5 by 2-7/8 by 1-Inch Medium grit Sanding Sponge
3M 24300M 4.5 by 2-7/8 by 1-Inch Medium grit Sanding Sponge
Offered by Jojays
Price: $5.29
8 used & new from $3.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars > DOES THE JOB, June 15, 2016
> Claims to last 5x as long as 3M sandpaper---maybe so. More relevantly, lasts about 3x longer than cheaper sanding sponges
> Since at least new 3M Pro sanding sponges cut so quickly and easily, they can clog up (aka "load") pretty quickly. But they can be easily cleaned with a stiff nylon brush (or old toothbrush), best under running water. If you don't squeeze the sponges while you are washing (so water doesn't get into the sponge itself), they dry pretty quickly.
> Even when the 3M Pro sponges "wear out", they still work for finer sanding. With a project the right size, you can start with a good quality coarse sponge, and by the time you need medium, it's worn down to medium.
> I purchased a 2-pack of 3M Pro medium sanding sponges at Home Depot for $5.97 (~$3 each). Two is good---I usually have one drying (after cleaning) while I'm using the other.

OTHER OPTIONS:
> A version has one 45 degree edges, which help in sanding tight places Two 3M Pro Grade Dual Angle Sanding Sponge - One Fine and One Medium
> 3M also has a version with channels (3M Pro Grade Precision Ultra Flexible Block Sanding Sponge, 4.5 x 2.5 x 1-Inch, 220-Grit, X-Fine) which claims to channel the dust away---but I prefer more cutting surface (without the channels).
> 3M All Purpose sanding sponges 3M 909NA-3P-CC 3-3/4 by 2-5/8 by 1-Inch, Medium/Coarse Sanding Sponge, 3-Pack are a waste of money. They wear out quickly, tear easily, and are not as pleasant to use.

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Two 3M Pro Grade Dual Angle Sanding Sponge - One Fine and One Medium
Two 3M Pro Grade Dual Angle Sanding Sponge - One Fine and One Medium
Offered by CMK Intl
Price: $8.42
5 used & new from $7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars > DOES THE JOB, June 15, 2016
> "Dual Angle" means that one edge is cut at 45 degrees, which is handy when you need to sand into deep recesses. If not, another version is available with all 90 degree edges.
> Claims to last 5x as long as 3M sandpaper---maybe so. More relevantly, lasts about 3x longer than cheaper sanding sponges
> They can clog up pretty quickly (aka "load") in some cases. But they can be easily cleaned with a stiff nylon brush (or old toothbrush), best under running water. If you don't squeeze the sponges while you are washing (so water doesn't get into the sponge itself), they dry pretty quickly.
> Even when the 3M Pro sponges "wear out", they still work for finer sanding. With a project the right size, you can start with a good quality coarse sponge, and by the time you need medium, it's worn down to medium.> I purchased a 2-pack of 3M Pro medium sanding sponges at Home Depot for $5.97 (~$3 each). Two is good---I usually have one drying (after cleaning) while I'm using the other.

OTHER OPTIONS:
> 3M also has a version with channels (3M Pro Grade Precision Ultra Flexible Block Sanding Sponge, 4.5 x 2.5 x 1-Inch, 220-Grit, X-Fine) which claims to channel the dust away---but I prefer more cutting surface (without the channels).
> 3M All Purpose sanding sponges 3M 909NA-3P-CC 3-3/4 by 2-5/8 by 1-Inch, Medium/Coarse Sanding Sponge, 3-Pack are a waste of money. They wear out quickly, tear easily, and are not as pleasant to use.

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Scotch Reinforced Strength Shipping Strapping Tape, 3/4 x 1000 Inches (52)
Scotch Reinforced Strength Shipping Strapping Tape, 3/4 x 1000 Inches (52)
Price: $5.93
14 used & new from $4.84

4.0 out of 5 stars > DOES THE JOB, June 15, 2016
COMPARISON
> Duck brand strapping tape Duck Brand General Purpose Strapping Tape, .71 Inches x 60 Yards, 3 Inch Core, Single Roll (394780), has more filaments, which are the whole point of strapping tape, and which makes the tape stronger.
> It is my impression that the "tape" part (as opposed to the filaments) of the Scotch tape is thinner, and therefore not as strong---that has little effect on the strength of tape in use, but it is particularly hard to "restart" Scotch filament tape because it tears very easily parallel to the filaments (see below for more details).

STRAPPING TAPE
Strapping tape is primarily used like metal or plastic straps around boxes with heavy contents to prevent them from bursting open, because the embedded fiberglass prevents the tape from stretching. It is not meant to seal edges or gaps---it will work for such use, but not as well, mostly because it is less flexible.

USE
> A band of strapping tape (even narrow tape) around each side of a box (that adds up to 3 bands for the three dimensions of normal space) is the best insurance that a package will not open in shipment. Use two bands for each side if the contents are heavy. Why not use "packaging" or "shipping" tape?---they will stretch and then let go. Packaging/shipping tape is for sealing boxes, not for preventing them from bursting open.

TIPS ON USE
> The tape sticks well to most cardboard (of shipping boxes), but sticks much better to itself. So, overlap by at least 3" on a small box, more on large boxes.
> The tape sticks so well to itself, that it may be hard to "start" pealing off if the end has stuck to the roll. The best strategy is prevention---fold over a tab every time you cut a length of tape from the roll.
> The tape absolutely will not tear laterally (because of the filaments), but tears easily parallel to the filaments. To "start" a roll when the tape is stuck on the roll, it is best to use a flat knife to scrape/pull up a short length.
> When sealing a package with strapping tape that you want to open at a later date, leave tabs (1/2" of tape folded over on itself)

HOW WIDE?
Of course, it depends on weight, but for "average heavy" boxes:
3/8" is good for up to say 10" wide boxes
1/2" is good for up to say 12" wide boxes
3/4" is good for up to 15" wide boxes
1" is good for up to 20" wide boxes---but two 1/2" bands (equally spaced from each other and the box edge) on each side are usually better than one 1" band
2" is good for or big or very heavy boxes---but multiple thinner bands (equally spaced from each other and the box edge) are usually better than one 2" band

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3M 909NA-3P-CC 3-3/4 by 2-5/8 by 1-Inch, Medium/Coarse Sanding Sponge, 3-Pack
3M 909NA-3P-CC 3-3/4 by 2-5/8 by 1-Inch, Medium/Coarse Sanding Sponge, 3-Pack
Price: $6.39
4 used & new from $0.50

3.0 out of 5 stars > I SHOULDA BELIEVED THE BAD REVIEWS, June 15, 2016
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IN SHORT: I read the bad reviews and thought they were exaggerated. This is 3M, right? Always top quality, right? Well, not in this case.

CONS
> The 3-packs sound economical, but aren't. One 3M Pro sanding sponge (such as Two 3M Pro Grade Dual Angle Sanding Sponge - One Fine and One Medium) will last longer than 3 of these "cheapies" and will cut quicker and be more satisfying to work with. I purchased a 2-pack of 3M Pro medium sanding sponges at Home Depot for $5.97 (~$3 each).
> Two of three sponges just tore and the grit pealed off---just like other customers complained---when used on only a moderately rough surface.
> Losses cutting ability fairly quickly---you'd need all three for a reasonably small project.

PROS
> These don't seem to clog up as fast as better quality sanding sponges---but they wear out so quick that it becomes a moot point.

BETTER QUALITY SANDING SPONGES
> In contrast, you can wash good quality sanding sponges (such as 3M Pro sponges) under running water and reuse them at least several times. Even when good sanding sponges "wear out", they still work for finer sanding. With a project the right size, you can start with a good quality coarse sponge, and by the time you need medium, it's worn down to medium. That doesn't apply to these cheap sanding sponges---when they are worn out, they are worn out.

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JW Pet Company Mini Hol-ee Roller Dog Toy, Colors Vary
JW Pet Company Mini Hol-ee Roller Dog Toy, Colors Vary
Price: $3.97
21 used & new from $2.78

5.0 out of 5 stars DOES THE JOB--but the "mini" is really tiny, June 14, 2016
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> The "Mini" is 2" in diameter, but looks smaller. Another review correctly said that it is just a little bigger than a ping-pong ball. However, the holes are the perfect size for stashing shelled hazel nuts for birds and other small animals. The 4" are a good size for stashing unshelled peanuts.
> I wash my Hol-ee balls in the dishwasher---albeit, my washer does not have a drying cycle---the dishes just dry by the heat used in the wash which saves a lot of electricity, and plastics dishes last much longer.. If your dishwasher has a drying cycle, then place the balls as far as you can get them from the heating coils---or maybe wash the balls in your clothes washer.
> Despite the complaints of other reviews, I did NOT find a quality issue.
> I bought the larger (~4" diameter) Hol-ee balls, years ago to fill with unshelled peanuts for my parrots. To my surprise, the parrots enjoy(?) taking out their frustrations on the balls. My Senegal hates my wife, and attackes his Hol-ee ball when he sees her. My Amazon attacks his ball when he is mad with me over something

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