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The magic sponge used to be the go to thing to relieve aches and sprains in professional sportsmen up until the late nineties when it was replaced with science , technology and of course the magic spray. This Ibuprofen gel from tesco reminds me much of said spray and sponge. Within seconds of applying the menthollish smelling gel I am raring to go again. Actually I'm not at all and to be honest I'm not quite sure how the quasi-science behind Ibuprofen gel actually works and how much gel equals 1 tablet for example. Given the nature of my work I'm forever suffering from aches and sprains and decided to put some of this into my tool bag to give a try to as and when required. I've used this now as instructed on around half a dozen occasions and can honestly say I have experienced little to no effect from it whatsoever and have ended up popping a couple of supermarket ibuprofen tablets later on. I'm guessing a large part of the effect is psychological as I'm really not sure how much of the anti inflammatory actual enters your bloodstream via skin contact.
Before purchasing this product I did read some reviews of it online and was hopeful of it being beneficial to me but unfortunately it wasn't. I'm sure it will work well for some people given other reviews online but in my case it doesn't. Boots own brand gel also did little/nothing for me and personally I find Ibuprofen in tablet or capsule form works best for me. This review is only my opinion and if you are suffering from chronic pain I would advise seeking a professional medical consultation.
I have quite a few weekends away for work coming up over the summer and my travel bag is certainly past it's best so as it was my birthday last week my other half decided to treat me to this Container 85 travel bag by Eastpak. I was very happy on opening my present as I've had a canvas Eastpak rucksack for nearly 16 years now and it's still going strong ; so I took this as a good indicator of Eastpak's build quality. Eastpak even provide a 30 year warranty with this bag so they are confident to.
The first impression I got from this bag was it felt very well made. The handles are thick and well stitched with padding for your hand. There is also a lock loop for security and sturdy telescopic handle for when you want to wheel it. The wheels also have a quality feel to them and seem solidly made. There is also a good sized zippable pouch on the outside of the bag plus another inside. The bag itself is made from polyester but feels thick and hard wearing (I would have prefered canvas like my rucksack though). The bag is available in a wide range of colours and patterns though my wife chose a khaki green. I have never had a bag with wheels before as I've always found them a bit girly but given the colour and maker this really does feel quite masculine and will make it much easier to lug around my hefty tool bag at the same time.
The bag is spacious and has an internal capacity of a 142 litres (I would have thought 85 given the range name) and measures 33" long , 17" high and 15" wide. An ideal size for a long weekend and ample space for my trainers as well.
Overall I'm very happy with it and if it lasts even half as long as my Eastpak rucksack I will be suitably impressed.
This Rehydrating Moisturiser from Nivea leaves my skin feeling smooth , soft and with a healthy sheen. I find it have wonders on my face specially when I been doing a lot of outdoor work and my skin has been exposed to the elements coupled with the grime and sweat from my job. If I use on a regular basis it really does make a big difference especially when my skin has been exposed to a lot of sun and wind though if I don't use it for a few days I am quick to notice the lack of its effect. I find that this moisturiser works best on my face and neck but as my hands get battered , cracked , cut and split on a daily basis this moisturiser doesn't come close to improving the condition of the skin in this area apart from the initial few minutes after it has been applied. The same goes for my elbows. It smells quite nice with a clean , crisp masculine edge to it. Certainly not feminine at all. A 75ML tube can cost anywhere from £5 to £10 depending on special offers and shopping around. This is dearer than some brands but less than others so I would put it a mid range product level. A tube does go quite far though as a pea sized amount is usually enough to do my face and neck but I find my hands require a fair bit more given the difference in skin types. I'm currently on my second tube and overall I like this product a lot although I have now started using a separate moisturiser on my hands. It really does leave my skin both looking , feeling healthier and the hydrating element definitely helps to battle dry , weather beaten skin.
I've had this Powerlock tape measure for a few years now and use it on an almost daily basis. It is capable of measuring distances of up to 10 metres ( or 33 feet in old money ) and displays measurements in both imperial and metric. These measurements are clear and easy to read as one is marked in red and the other black. The whole measure is solidly made and is pretty heavy. This is a good thing as the tape is nice and solid which helps to prevent the tape from twisting , kinking when measuring longer distances. This also prevents these things from happening when the tape feeds back in to the reel and provides a smooth action also. Nor is the tape narrow (measures 25mm wide) this to makes it is easier to read the measurements and makes the tape feel far sturdier than many other tapes. The locking switch is also very solidly built and is easy to use even when wearing thick gloves. Unlike many other tapes the end of this one has a strong and firm end with 3 rivets on it which makes it easier to clip onto objects when measuring over long distances. Theis tape measure also has a handyclip on the rear which allows it to be attached to your belt or pocket. The overall quality of the build also makes it a very easy tape to measure long distances alone due to the strength of both the tape itself and locking mechanism. I really can't rate this tape highly enough.
If you shop around this tape can be found for around £15 but if not considerably more
I purchased two of these pretty beastly padlocks from Screwfix earlier this year as I had a credit note that was due to expire and I was after a good quality heavy padlock for my newly finished shed. Well if you call a breezeblock structure with a heavy steel door a shed. These are fitted to two deadbolts on my door as back up to the actual locks. They provide good peace of mind to me and combined with the heavy duty lock on my door help to lower my insurance premium as well. At the time of purchase these cost me £24 each but if you don't shop around they can be as much as nearly £50. Squire padlocks do seem expensive to purchase when compared to other companies but there long lasting good reputation speaks for itself. There products are of the highest quality and are hated by opportunist thieves everywhere.
The padlocks measure 55mm each and are made of solid steel. They came with 2 keys for each lock and the keys themselves are nice , sturdy which unlike other alternatives will not easily bend or snap. The padlocks are also weatherproof so ideal for outdoor usage whether for padlocking your motorbike chain or a shed door. The shackle part itself is thick ( a diameter of 11mm) and I imagine would stand up well to most attempts to cut. Being solid steel it would cut eventually but this is a noisy affair to undertake and an opportunistic thief is most likely to be deterred by these padlocks. The lock part itself features a rekeyable super secure 6 pin tumbler making it damn hard to pick in a hurry. The padlock itself is also has an electrophoretic finish which helps to prevent corrosion when used outdoors.
Overall this is a very well made product which will work as a good deterrent to most thieves. It is nigh on impossible to smash when in place , very difficult to cut the shackle and a real nightmare to pick. Just don't lose your keys !
Or 5 hours in this case. Well at least that is what it claims on the tiny bottle. What really does amaze me about this product is just how the manufacturers managed to make it taste so bad. There may only be 58ml of it (zero sugar and only 4 calories) but it feels like you are drinking a gallon of something unmentionable. This wouldn't be so bad if it actually had any noticeable effect upon me but it didn't. Well apart from some momentary gagging. Usually when something tastes awful (like bronchial cough medicine) it has a positive impact but this just tastes bad and that's about it. Allegedly it is jam packed with amino acids and B - vitamins. My multi vitamins also have these things and they come in non offensive tasting tablet form. This rancid drink doesn't appear to contain anything which provides energy and alertness such as caffeine or anything similar. On the plus side I did score this as a freebie at work and the rest of the guys shared my suffering and were all suitably unimpressed. Think I would rather eat handful of instant coffee granules. At least they would work.
I ended up with this somewhat random device last christmas courtesy of a secret santa deal. If I was a tramp this would probably be the finest creation known to man after super strength lager and park benches. Or maybe the would just buy there drink from a shop with a fridge. I have used it a few times for the sheer novelty but even though it's designed to be mobile (it is powered by 2xAA batteries) I can't really imagine myself carrying it about with me and strangely for it to work properly you need to insert some ice in with the can before the 60 second cooling process begins. Surely if you have ice you would just stick your can in the freezer for a few minutes and who carries ice with them when out and about? In fairness the item does work and your drink is ice cold in 60 seconds though I would leave it for a couple of minutes before opening or the contents of the can will spray everywhere. The Tinchilla only accepts cans of up to 350ml so is actually useless for most beers/lagers though most soft drinks being 330ml they should be fine.
I certainly wouldn't have bought this and I don't recommend that you do either unless you are after something gimmicky and fun to give as a secret santa present or something along those lines.
It can be a bit expensive at around £15 so try to shop around and aim to get it for under a tenner.
I purchased this recently to aid me in my battle against the neighbourhood Staffies and one particular persistent Alsatian who due to some serious poor pet ownership have declared open season on my front garden. Currently I am redesigning my front garden and my drive is dug up and covered in sand and keeps attracting cats as well. Each morning was becoming a major downer dodging an array of animal offerings to the god that is my garden/drive. Sadly not a hell of a lot has changed. Since I have begun using these scatter granules there has been a small reduction with the cats but the dogs ares still going as strong as ever.
The repellent is good value though ( well if it had actually worked) as one tub covers 75m square so after shopping around one tub covered the whole garden for only £2.99. The granules/pellets are bio degradable and shouldn't harm your lawn or plants. The granules contain a garlic extract which is supposed to deter animals while causing them no harm. All sounds great in practice but sadly just doesn't work very well. To add insult to injury my neighbours pigeons have taken to eating the pellets. Guess they like garlic.
I really don't rate this product very highly at all but at £2.99 it was well worth a try.
I've owned around 20 plus pairs of vans over the years. I've had everything from outlandish skateboarding monkeys , palm trees , camouflage , checks and a huge range of colours on my Vans. I won't lie to you they are not particularly well made and I average a new pair approximately every 4-6 months. The weather here in Scotland doesn't help and these Vans really don't like heavy rain and are usually soaking through in seconds. Obviously as I keep buying them Vans must be doing something right or I wouldn't keep buying them. I know when I go into a shop or order online to get these in a 10 they will fit perfectly every time. They feel great on my feet and quite simply I love the timeless design of these trainers. The range of design offered is also staggering. There really is something to suit most peoples tastes. They're not built to last but if you shop around they are easily found at around the £20 mark and I would rather enjoy the feel of fresh new trainers on my feet every few months (I usually buy 2 different pairs at the same time) than spend £100 on a pair that the weather will probably ruin in no time and I would get bored looking at day in , day out.
They're fun , fashionable and don't take themselves too seriously. There's no cutting edge technology here just a timeless classic design that will keep you coming back for more. A bit like a classic pair of converse without the hassle of pesky laces.
I have been using this Boots No 7 facial scrub for a good few years now. I keep coming back to it because quite simply it works well for me. It is usually pretty expensive in my opinion anyway at around £7.50 for a 150ml. You're best to pick it up when Boots run the £5 off No 7 products offer on and off throughout the year (usually you are given a voucher when you buy anything in store and if you are going to buy 2 of these just buy 2 of anything really cheap and pay separately to score two vouchers). My skin can be pretty oily at times and prone to blocked pores if I have been doing a lot of manual work. I find that by given my face a good wash / scrub with this every few days improves my skin no end and leaves me feeling really fresh faced and confident. Also I find when scrubbing with this it is good at freeing up any in grown hairs I may have as I'm usually a borderline dog faced boy. Almost forgot to mention that the packaging has also recently changed so look for a black tube with yellow and white writing. Spent ages searching the shop when I hadn't realised the packaging was no longer bronze coloured. Not as keen on the new packaging as it feels cheaper to the touch and looks like a poor haircare product now as does the whole of the mens No 7 range.
Compared to many other scrubs designed for male skin it is very thick which makes it very to work firmly into my skin and just doesn't run off my face like most of the cheaper watery alternatives. It leaves my face looking fresh and weirdly almost glowing like when my wife was pregnant! After using it I also find that I achieve a far closer shave than normal. It also smells good ; a masculine menthol hit though it doesn't linger or over power whatsoever. It can leave your skin feeling a little tight afterwords but this can easily be countered by a good moisturiser. Macho I know.
I have had this shovel from Spear & Jackson for a few years now and it it is still going strong. It is a very well made all round shovel. It has been used for a variety of tasks and always does itself proud. I've used it many a time to mix concrete , it has shifted tonne after tonne of gravel over the years , dug a ditch for my gas mains and a huge variety of other tasks. At around four years old now it is showing very little signs of wear and is generally holding up well to the demands I ask of it.
The shovel itself feels strong , sturdy and familiar in your hands. It is also coated in an epoxy of sorts which helps soil and concrete to slide easily from it (like a non stick frying pan). This also prevents any rusting. The shovel head is made of fully forged carbon and maganese steel. It has also been heat treated which helps improve longevity. At first the wooden handle feels a bit hard in your hands but gradually feels more molded to you with repeated use. This shovel has certainly been built to last.
Overall I find this a great allrounder with no real drawbacks. It is very well made and can easily be found the right side of £20. It will last for years and has been designed with rough and tumble in mind. It will stand up well to most tasks and you really don't need to worry about being too precious with it.
I upgraded to this 12lb monster from Roughneck after somebody went walkabout with my non brand old style one while I was working on a house renovation. At the time it was on offer at Screwfix for a bargain £25.
It really is a fantastic piece of kit. The head of the hammer weighs in at a hefty 12lb and is made from tempered and hardened drop forged alloy steel. This helps to increase the life span of the hammer , helps it to withstand constant heavy use. The shaft is made from solid fibreglass which is covered in a rubber like material which offers excellent levels of grip. The fibreglass shaft also helps to keep the overall weight down which makes swinging this hammer far easier than alternatives with either steel or wooden shafts. Although the grip is excellent I do find it pretty hard to find a good rhythm while driving fence posts as it is far harder to slide your hands over the handle compared to a standard wooden shaft. But this is offset by the increased level of grip while using for demolition type tasks. The head is attached and moulded to the shaft by an high strength industrial epoxy which holds the two together far more securely than a standard wooden shaft with removable head. It really is a very easy sledgehammer to swing with force. The shaft is very comfortable to grip and the overall balance feels very good. With the shaft being made of fibreglass vibrations are also hugely reduced compared with a standard sledge. This makes the hammer far less tiring to use and coupled with the great balance far less strenuous on your body.
A well made , solid and dependable tool. Certainly won't be going back to a wooded shaft sledge hammer again.
I treated myself to this Podger back in November. The main selling point for me was the orange high visibility powder coated finish. I already had two of these (a main and a back up) but they are very dark grey/black in colour and are not easy to find during the dark winter months if you put them down outside. The high vis finish also makes it far easier to use the podger end to line up holes in poor light conditions.
Priory make top quality scaffolding tool s and this reversible ratcheting spanner with podger is no exception. It has 19mm fitting on one side and 21mm on the other. There is also a whole so you can attach it to a lanyard but I prefer to stick it in my tool belt along with my scaff hammer. Although the lanyard option is used while working at height (doing scaffolding as opposed to stage building on the ground). The lever to reverse the drive of the ratchet is nice and chunky and easy to feel and switch even while wearing gloves. The ratchet has a smooth , powerful drive and makes easy work of most bolts and scaffolding clamps. The spike on the podger end isn't overly sharp so unlike some won't stab holes in your tool bag. The whole thing is made from high quality steel and feels incredibly solid in your hand and doesn't give at all while using it as a podger.The overall length is around 12'' which affords plenty of leverage for aligning holes or shifting the most stubborn of rusty bolts. There is also a small hole above the socket box for lubricant to keep your ratchet running smoothly. I add some wd40 around once a fortnight and do so with my other podgers. My oldest version of this podger is nearly 13 years old and still works well treating it this way.
Priory are the premier company when it comes to specialist scaffolding tools and this tool shows why.
I purchased a full set of these Wera VDE screwdrivers around 6 years ago and they are still going strong today. Wera make high quality tools and this VDE screwdriver confidently demonstrates this. Everything here is made to the highest standard at a fair price. My screwdrivers see usage on an almost daily basis and Wera certainly haven't let me down.
The 1.2 x 8.0 x 175mm flat tip screwdriver firstly looks good and with its distinctive red and gold colouring it is easy to spot in your tool bag. Being a VDE screwdriver the tip is insulated which allows you to work safely and confidently to 1000v. It conforms to EU safety standards and is certified to EN 60900 meaning you're pretty safe in terms of risk of electrocution. The screwdriver also has a standard,trusty multi-component Kraftform handle which sits comfortably in my hand and affords a fantastic level of grip. The tip of the screwdriver is also lasercut which gives far better bite when turning screws in turn leading to a higher rate of torque transfer (minimum effort for maximum return). This also helps to stop the screwdriver slipping as much as non lasercut alternatives while in use and decreases the damage done to screwheads which nowadays (especially in new electrical products) seem to be made of very soft, cheap metal.
Overall a great item that is certainly built to last. A must have item for anyone working with live power.
Firstly I don't like this product at all and really regret ever purchasing it. A couple of summers ago I had a contract to put in nearly 350 fence posts around a music festival site for use as sign posts. Foolishly I purchased this thinking it would make the job easier. Believe me it didn't and after around 30 or so posts it was resigned to the van. If your are physically capable of swinging a 10 or 14lb sledge hammer half decently opt for that option instead. It is far quicker and hassle free compared to using this unwieldy beast of an item.
On the plus side this post rammer is incredibly well made and sturdy and will handle up to a 6 inch post. It has a tubular steel body and the top is made of re-inforced steel. It also has 2 handles which run down either side of the ram. These handle are made from the same steel as the rest of the ram. They have no form of grip on them and your hands will take a real battering even while wearing gloves. The ram measures 28 inches long. The long length is meant to make the ram easier to use but I just found it awkward. It is also pretty heavy weighing in at nearly 15kg. The weight certainly does pack a punch but makes it very cumbersome indeed. Fine for a few posts but certainly not for any more.
It was also very expensive at around the £65 mark. Buy a decent sledge hammer for around £25 and treat yourself to a nice meal with the other £40 instead.