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This is an ipod docking station really and a lot cheaper than some of the dedicated products out there.
It also has slots for other music systems, using a 3.5mm port, plus a USB port, But as an ipod docker it charges up the ipod
it measure about 115mm high by 160mm wide by 30mm deep, so it can sit on a desk without taking up too much room.
It gets it's power from the mains, which means that it runs all day long without losing any power at all. Or you can use 4 AA batteries if you want to go mobile with it.
On either side that are clear plastic covers that slide around the front of the speakers.
You dock your ipod onto the pins on the front section that sticks out. Then, using the ipod features you select the tunes you want to listen to.
It has two speakers which are small but give out a decent enough music quality, 6 watts in total, so it's ideal for sitting on your desk when you want to listen to something relaxing after a stressful time
the sound quality is great, although it's a big help to have good quality tracks on your ipod to start with, but the speakers in this give out a good enough sound. There's no bass to shout about, and there's very little 'tinniness' to complain about too.
The other good thing about it is that, when you ipods docked with this, your ipod batteries will eb charging up as you listen to your tracks.
This rather fine little docking station sells for about £30, at the most, with some places selling it for a lot less. This is one of those things that is nice to get as a presents as it is not something that you'd actually think about buying for yourself. But once you've used it you'll wonder why you didn't get it for yourself a while back.
A while back I had to do some DIY that I don't really like to do, that being plastering. I hate plastering and my up most respect goes to professional plasterers as, for me, is pure annoyance.
But, as I said, I had to do some plastering, basically, almost every wall in the house I was working on. This meant I had to get hold of a plaster mixer so that I could mix smooth a bath tub of plaster in one go.
My dilemma was whether to hire a mixer or buy one, which, after checking out the hire prices, and realising that I did not have a clue how long I would need the tool for, I thought I'd invest in one just in case I decided to do more plastering in the future And this is the one that I bought.
This looks like all other mixers of its kind. Having two handles, one either side of the motor, so that you can get a good grip of the mixer and manoeuvre it around the bathtub in order to get the plaster mixed properly. On one handle there is the on/off button which, when squeezed, kicks the motor into life.
Then, sticking out of the underside of the motor housing,
there's a chuck type clamp which is designed to hold the mixer heads, which are basically long poles with blades on the end. Think 'kitchen' mixer and you get the idea.
It comes with two paddles, of mixer heads, which are designed to be used for mixing different things. The 'two head' paddle for light plaster, paint and other lighter mixes. Then there's the strange looking head that is designed for heavier mixtures, such as cement, grouting, resin and other heavier stuff.
It offers 600 watts of power, which is plenty for mixing well.
The metal poles goes into a clamp so that the poles can be detached for cleaning. With two mixer poles coming with this unit.
All you do to use it is push the end of the paddle into the mix, press the trigger and move the machine slowly around the mixture as it mixes
This mixer sells for about £60, which is good money really for what it is.
So, if you are planning to do any form of mixing, be that paint, plaster, resin or what ever, this is something well worth looking into
It is a 710watt unit with a planing depth of 2 – 6mm with a width of 80mm
This is a straight forward looking plane, looking more like a handle for a suitcase, a large suitcase.
It starts at the top, with the handle itself, which arches over the back end of the plane and houses the trigger on the underside and the lock button to the side. The lock button allows you to lock the machine in the on position without having to keep the trigger pulled.
At the front of the machine, where the handle joins the main unit, there is a large blue knob that seems to be useless. This is not useless, it is a knob that lets you decide which way the shavings fly out of the machine, left or right. This may not sound useful but if you're in a situation where you have to shave some wood but don't want to mess up one side of the work you simply select the other side to throw the waste by turning the knob.
Further down from the selector know there is the depth guide, which is basically a dial that turns so that the actual shaving blade goes down or up, lower or higher. This dial turns in ½ mm sections, which sounds like nothing but ½ mm in shaving depth world is more than enough.
On the underside there's the footplate. This is a flat as a witches what-sits and has a slot in it that the blade slides through. There's also three grooves that act as guides for when you're planing at angles.
The blade itself is strong, a lot stronger than some blades that I've used, and manages to withstand a few whacks against hidden nails and screws. It even manages to sharpen quite quickly as well.
The handle is well designed and is large enough to hold easily, even when wearing protective gloves. Then depth changing know is a good size too, easily turned with gloves on and as the mm marks are at almost a quarter of the way around the dial you're less likely to accidentally dig too deep.
There's also a small red 'leg' that, when pulled out, lets you stand this unit on the footplate without damaging the blade.
The cost of this basic electric plane is a low £80, roughly, which is good money for a machine that does exactly what it is designed to do.
There is a little LED light that shines toward the area that you are doing your work into, which means that where you are working with this there will be light.
It is only 160mm tall and about that long with the shape of it being as you'd expect any driver of its kind. Although the difference with this one is that the battery pack is a 'stick' type battery that slots into the handle itself, instead of a bulky type that slides onto the bottom of the handle. This is what makes this driver a little easier to get into tighter corners.
The trigger is where it should be, at the top of the handle where the under belly of the machine starts, with the directional button being just above the trigger.
At the front there is the torques settings, 17 in total, found by turning the easy to use dial around into the number you want lines up with the mark on the top. The lower to torque number the less pressure the chuck needs in or to stop turning.
In front of the torque setting there is the chuck itself, which is a keyless chuck and can be loosened, or tightened with one hand as it locks in place when you turn it a fraction.
Then, just below the torque dial, there is a small LED light that brightens up the area you are working on.
The battery is a 12volt Li-ion type and rechargeable using the massive charger that comes in the box. This charger allows a dead battery to get to full charge in about 30 minutes. This makes it a good thing when it comes to those longer screwing sessions. Plus, I got a spare battery in the case which meant that this driver was never out of charge really.
When charging the battery you can keep an eye on the process as the charger has small lights on it as the battery charges.
This is a fine handy driver which offers plenty of power without the bulk that some of these drivers have.
This driver can be found in many DIY shops for a good price of about £60, which is a good price for an AEG branded tool
This is a 1200watt machine with a cutting blade diameter of 165mm.with a start button on either side of the rear handle, making it fine for south paws too. It also has a front handle to get the pressure on the downward point in order to keep the saw under control.
It has a cutting depth of 54mm as a straight cut and 40mm when it's at a 45° angle.
It looks a bit of a monster really, and to be honest, it is, as it is a little bulkier than some circular saws I've used.
The blade spins at a powerful 5200 rpms, which slow down as the blade hits the wood. The blade is covered with a retractable guard that pushes back into the machine as the saw goes into the wood. This means that it is unlikely to take one of your fingers by accident as the guard doesn't allow any part of the blade to become exposed as it does what it is supposed to do.
To change the angle of the cut you simply loosen the catch at the front, then push the footplate to the angle you want, up to 45°, with the guide on the side showing the angles in number up the side. Once you have the angle you tighten the nut once more.
It also had a width guide which slides into the top edge of the footplate and is moved by loosening the nut, getting the setting and tightening the nut once more.
The handle is a good size and there's no way that you're going to loose grip of it as it seems to be moulded to anyone's hand.
There is a dust extraction port that a vacuum connector can be attached to so that when you're cutting through the wood you don't get covered in saw dust as it gets sucked straight into the vacuum cleaner.
This circular saw sells for a rather fine £50 - £60 which is good money for what you get and the power it offers.
My eldest daughter is at that stage of life where it's a new outfit each day or 'she ain't ever going out again 'cause I've ruined her life forever'. Fortunately, these days, there are a few good online shops that offer good quality clothing at a nice price. And this is one of them. It's full name being “Lipsy London”
When she first pointed me in this direction I spent a bit of time checking it out to see if it was all that it seemed, my saying is “If it's at a lower price than other places then there could be someone after my card details ….”.
But after a little checking around I found that, even though this is a reasonably priced shop, it is one of those that is trustworthy with your card details. Which is nice to know. Plus, as I found out recently, when it comes to returning an items, due to it being a wrong size, the refunding of monies back onto my card took days rather than months
The website itself is as easy an any other catalogue style site to navigate around, giving you quicker links to narrow your search of what you are looking for, such as shoes, tops, leggings, hoodies, denim and more. Or you could shop by brand instead, although I have no idea who these brands are as when it comes to fashion I am at the bottom end of the waiting list.
You do have to set up an account in order to order, but this takes minutes and, if you want to, you can have the site store your card details so you don't have to input them for future orders. I chose not to store my card details, but that's preference. As far as I can tell the site is safe and your card details are as safe as they would be on any other site of its kind.
The quality of the goods are great. My daughter has spent quite a bit of money on the site and has been pleased with everything she has bought. The only reason she had to return an item recently was because it was the wrong size. But returning it and getting a full refund the my credit card took all of four days. Which is great for any online shops as far as i'm concerned.
So, if you have a daughter, or you like to buy ladies clothing at a nice price without fear of shoddy wears, then this is a good site to look into. My daughter swears by it.
It is a rectangular box shaped radio, being about 150mm high by about 280mm wide and about 65mm deep. It has one of those thin aluminium pull out aerial that, when not in use, slots into one short piece and is clipped to a little hook on the back of the unit.
On the front is the speaker, together with a small screen that shows you information such as the radio station you're listening to, the time of day and such like. The screen is about 50 by 70mm
The controls are along the top, with those being the manual tuning button, the volume, on and off, the preset channels, FM choice and more. All easy to understand and all being marked quite clearly on what they are.
You can have up to 10 preset channels, setting them in place by pressing and holding the number keys when you've found the channel you want to save.
There is a headphone socket on the rear so that you can listen to the radio without disturbing others.
There is a carry handle that stretches over the top of the unit and is easy to grip and well made so that there is little chance of the handle snapping off or you losing your grip on it.
The sound quality is second to none, although it does depend a lot on how well you've got the station tuned in, but with a bit of a jiggle of the aerial I tend to get a crystal clear sound coming from the 2watt speaker. The build is excellent really and the one I have has had a few knocks, but it's still going strong, even if the bottom right corner has a bit of a dent in it
The price of this basic FM radio is about £25 - £30, which is not too bad for the strong build of this one, even if it does not have the DAB that many others have.
This has all the controls on the front, including a 2.4 inch screen that is so clear you could watch a movie on it.
The control consist of such things as the power button, wireless connection light, home button, stop button, start button and a cursor arrangement that helps you move through the options when you're using the unit.
I mention the wireless light as this all in one is wireless, which means the only wire needed is the one that plugs into the mains socket in your home. This also means that you can print from any PC in the home, as long as you have installed the software to do so.
You can also print from anywhere in the world, apparently, but I've not done that yet so I can't say where it's a good or bad thing.
It uses the preferred four ink cartridge system, which means that you only have to replace the one colour you run out of. To check the ink levels you simply press the menu keys, scroll through though the settings and find the 'check ink level'. This gives you an idea of how much there is in each cartridge.
The printer itself is great at doing what it is supposed to do, it prints, scans and copies what ever you want it to do, and it prints as fast as any other all in one does.
You can work without a PC by simply plugging an SD card and using the menu to get to see the image son the small screen.
Using this is simple, especially if you are using a PC do do it from. All you do is turn this on, wait for the wireless system to kick in. the find the thing you want printing on your PC and press print. This sends the data over the wireless airwaves and the printer prints it out.
The scanning is the same, put the thing you want scanning underneath the top, placing it face down on the glass. Then, from your PC, or the menu controls, you press scan. The copying is as easy as the others, being a little mix of scan and print.
This printer sells for about £100, give or take, which is money well spent on something that does it all in one.
This is an 18 volt version and is shaped like most other battery operated drills of its kind. It has a handle that the battery slots into, with a trigger near the top end of the handle. There's also the standard directional button that lies just to the side of the trigger. At the front top of the handle there is a little tiny light that aims are the area that the drill/driver bit is working into. This brightens up the area when you need to as the light comes on when you squeeze the trigger.
As we look at the front there's the torque setting, 16 in all, plus a hammer-drill, driver action and drill action setting. All wrapped around the torque setting ring.
Then right at the front of the unit there's the chuck itself, which is keyless and means there's no need to worry about losing the key to lock or unlock the chuck to get the bit out.
On the top of the main body there's the gear selector, which, when pushed forward or backward slips the gears into '1' or '2' gear. This comes in handy when it's time to drill into those harder materials such as concrete or brick.
The handle has a soft, rubber grip to it which makes it nice a comfortable to hold, even when it comes to getting a stronger grip.
The chuck can be loosened, or tightened, with one hand as the chuck locks into place when you're turning it.
It has a super fast charging rate, being less than thirty minutes from completely flat to fully charged.
The charger itself is a bit of a monster but you'd expect that in a quick charge system.
All this comes in a rather fine aluminium case that has a foam inner which hugs all the pieces perfectly well.
The only down side to this is the price, which is about £160. That seems a lot of money for a drill, and it is really. But if you want a drill that is going to last a daily battle with screws and drilling then this is not too bad at all.
This is basically a portable table with four little seats attached to it, which folds into something the size of a long thin case.
To set this up you simply open the two halves of the case, laying them flat on the ground. Then you pull up the chairs from inside, which should gently pull upwards, to the side and into a more seating position. Then you simply turn the unit the right way up.
That's all it takes to set this up, everything clicks into place when you pull them up, locking into a strong position.
To put it away you push the centre of the brackets on the underside of the chairs, which folds the chair legs in. then you push the mid section of the upper part of the chairs, which lets you push the chairs into the bottom of the table.
Then simply fold the two halves of the table to create the case with a handle.
In more detail though, when set up, the table is about 850mm by 670mm, with each seating area being 280mm by 280mm. The legs on the chair are thin yet remarkable strong, although I wouldn't let your pet elephant sit on it.
The plastic seats and table top are light yet remarkable strong, which is what you need for something is going to be sat on.
When this is set up as a table and chairs is stand about 700mm high with the chairs standing about 360mm off the ground, which is about the right height when it comes to sitting down for something to eat.
I tend to use this when ever we are off on a day out where I know we will be eating close to the car, mainly as carrying this can be a little disheartening after a few miles. But if you're planning to picnic nearer your car then this is ideal as it means that you don't have to fight with Yogi for the last picnic table.
The seats are strong enough to sit on and, even though made of plastic, they are quite comfortable really. Meaning that sitting on them for a while is not going to cause hassles to your rear end.
The table itself is big enough for most picnicking trips, giving you space to put all your food out with out worrying about the ants running off with your mini sausages.
This picnicking/camping table sells for about £30 - £40, although Argos are selling similar one for less than £30.
When it comes to tape measures you'd probably think that they are all basically the same. A long thin piece to metal that stretches out of a small box type device in order for you to measure the distance between A and B. the only difference being that some are longer than others. From a few metres to a length that would run longer than an Olympic size swimming pool
This one is a 8 metres version, which means that the metal strip comes out just over 8 metres, with the last remaining ½ metre having no marks on it.
The measuring marks are on one side of the strip, which is why the small piece of metal that is used to hold the measure in place, has only one gripping side.
The measurement marks come in mm, cm and inches, with there being a small mark every 16 inches, with that mark being used to get the right distance between such things as joists or decking supports. The mm/cm run along one side, with the inches opposite. Both marks being easy to see and as they go right to the edge of the strip you get a perfect mark on the wood each time.
The metal measuring strip is quite flexible and will bend when it it pulled out a bit of a distance, usually around the metre and a half region, then the end drops to the ground as it is unable to stay aloft on its own.
It has a locking button which is designed to trap the strip in place when you want to measure a few things at a time. You simply place the metal end on the work, then pull the casing along the work, releasing the tape from inside. When you get to the length you need you slide the button downwards, which traps the tape in place. This makes it easier to mark the work without fear of the tape flashing back and stripping your skin off your finger, which it will do if you're not too careful.
This simple to use tape measure, with a branded name on it, sell for about £8 which is not bad really for this quality of measure.
When it comes to camping I like to make sure that I have things that I can take with me that are very useful, yet very light so that I am not struggling with a heavy load on my back.
This basically means that I can not take anything that I think I may not use, and take what ever I know I can use for more than one purpose.
And these come in the latter as they are more than just a set of pans, they are a storage unit too.
Allow me to explain.
In this set I got four – I will call them – 'pans', with two of the pans acting as lids for the other two, but they can all be used as pans.
There is a 90mm high pan, with a diameter of about 150mm, with a 23mm pan with a slightly wider diameter as this one sits on the other as a lid.
Then there's another pair, a slightly narrower 135mm diameter, with a 25mm lid with a diameter of 140mm.
The idea for the different diameters and the slight change in hieghts is so that the two smaller pans/lid sit inside the other two, leaving room inside the pans for storing other small items – a first aid kit, a sewing kit, sterri-tabs and more, keeping all the things safe from harms
These pans are simply disc shaped trays so picking them out of the open fire is not going to be easy to do with your bare hands. That is why this set comes with a little handle that, with a little squeeze on the end of the handle, locks the handle onto any of the pans, making lifting the pan full of beans from the fire nice and safe. This handle can get hot if you leave it attached to the pan when the pan is on the fire so it's best to take it off while the food cooks.
There's also a small clip and buckle belt that wraps around the pans when they are packed away, but I lost the belt a long time ago and simply push the stacked pans into a sewn up pillow case. This does the same job and keep all the pans together.
They are simple to clean, as easy as any other pan, even if things get burnt to the bottom, and as they are made of a thin, yet strong metal, they are so light to carry.
This set sell for about £15 - £20, which is good money for what you get.
This stands about 360mm in height and can hold 1.9 litres of liquid, be that hot water, cold water or your favourite hot beverage. It manages to fill four average size cups without too many difficulties, with
The main body is made of aluminium which makes it nice and strong. The lid, spout and handle are all made of plastic, strong plastic, which means that the entire flask is strong enough to take a few knocks. The spout itself has taken a few hits and is still going strong, with no cracks of pieces missing.
The lid not only acts as a plug in order to stop the liquid from spilling out it also acts as a spout to gently pour the liquid into the awaiting container, be that a cup or a mug, or even straight into your mouth.
The spout is wide enough to pour the liquid out of without having to wait for ages as the liquid drips out, this one pours it out at a good pace.
To get the liquid to pour you simply press the large button on the top of the lid. Then, with the aid of a pumping action, the liquid comes out of the spout.
It has a good sized handle which makes this easy to hold as it is a bit tricky holding it as you would a normal flask as this one is a good 130mm in diameter, which is a little bit too much for grabbing with your hand.
This one sells for about £25, which is not to bad considering what this does as it hold plenty of liquid, keeping it hot for later. Then, when you need it, you simply press the button on the top rather that tip the flask to fill up the cups.
It is one of those flasks that may be a little on the large size when it comes to taking to work every day, but if you're planning on having a picnic when the weather decides to stop raining then this is something that you should consider, especially if there's a few of you wanting a brew all at once.
This is shaped like most, if not all, jigsaws of its type, having a handle at the top that houses the power button and a locking button. Then there's the footplate at the bottom which the blade slides through in order for it to do it's job. At the rear, above the footplate, there's a hole that you connect a vacuum nozzle to in order to suck away the dust as you saw. Then, on the front, just behind the blade, there's a little hole that blows out air in order to clear the dust away from the line you're cutting.
It has a good 3 metre cable slotting into the back of the saw which helps keep the wire from the blade itself.
That's really what this looks like. There's no bells and whistles, as they say. There's no fancy lights and levers. It's simply a jigsaw that cuts in either a vertical or an angled manner.
To get the angles cut you have to loosen the footplate, which is done by unscrewing the two screws on the underside a little bit. Then you move the plate to what ever angle you want, tightening the screws back up when you're done.
The blade changing is a little awkward on this as it consists of unscrewing a couple of screws then tightening them up, once you've positioned the blade in place. This can take a little getting used to as positioning the blade can be tricky.
The good thing about this screw system is that this saw takes both types of blades, the 'T' and the 'U', so it doesn't matter which one you buy from the DIY store.
The other good thing about this saw is the price, that being about £25, which is great value for something that does exactly what it's supposed to do and it does it well.
For me, this is one of those jigsaws that the DIYer should have, or have used, as it is simple to use, easy enough to set up and feels safe enough for even those who are a little afraid of power tools.
This is a standard shape strimmer, with the handle being just under a metre in length which means less bending your back for long periods.
It is battery powered, which means no cables to trap you to the mains socket. Wit the battery sliding into the under side of the upper part of the handle, clicking into place.
It has a second handle for better control which can be repositioned to make life easier for yourself.
The base, or the cutting area, can be rotated in order to trim the edges. This is achieved by simply pressing the button on the top side of the cutting edge and turning the entire head around.. And to top it all, this has a plastic wheel that helps when pushing the trimmer in this position along the edges of the lawn. This is a simple idea and is a lot easier than some trimmers I've used
There's even a little pedal near the bottom that, when pressed with your foot, allows you to lower or raise the handle, a little like a vacuum cleaner in a way, so that you can get the device into those more awkward places.
It has a cutting diameter of about 250mm with over half of the cutting area covered by a protective plastic shield. This stops the bit of grass, or twigs, or even pieces of the actual line, from flying up into your face when you're trimming.
It is cordless and houses a light enough 24volt 1.6Ahr rechargeable battery. It is this that made me take this back to the shop for a full refund as the battery just seemed to drain after a few minutes of use. Even when i'd fully charger the thing, even an longer charge as the leaflet suggested. The battery drained seconds after I turned the trimmer on. I barely had time to place the cutting head onto the grass before the motor began to slow down.
This cost about £70.00 in the shops but I would advise you to walk straight passed it and get yourself a good pair of scissors rather than this.
For me, i'm glad I got my money back for this as it really wasn't worth the effort and frustration. It's not put me off buying from Flymo as I have had many many good devices from them. But everyone has a bad day sometimes.