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Review for Frigidaire 5000 BTU Mini Window Air Conditioner - White - 4 years, 1 month ago
I spent quite a bit of time researching A/C before purchasing. We live in Oregon and it doesn't get too hot but there's a month or two in the summer where the heat and humidity get oppressive in the house. I wanted an inexpensive, small, window A/C to increase the comfort. I wanted something small enough that I can store it the other 10 months.

So, after much research I ordered this model. I was going to get the 6K BTU model with the electronic controls but I figured I would get something super cheap and if it didn't work I could use it as a single room cooler. Shipped free which makes this a pretty good deal. Arrived in about a week.

Installation was easy, following the instructions in the manual. I did have to install and remove the A/C about 3 times to get all the sealing right. In the box there's a lot of different thicknesses of foam and foam tape. There is no specific instructions about what to do with this, except the stuff for the top gap of the upper sash. So, I experimented with various combos to get a good seal. We have recent vinyl windows with screens but no storms so the unit basically dropped right in. However, there are some gaps around the bottom in this configuration. I stuffed these with the thickest foam that came with the unit. This did the trick but didn't look too great. Luckly I ordered extra foam tape as another reviewer recommended, and I used small pieces of that to caulk around it inside and outside, leaving the big foam inside. It actually looks pretty neat and professional. $4 well spent ;)

Anyway, the unit is installed in our main living room. We are in a 1940's box bungalow so this room is about half of the width and length of the house. The bedrooms and kitchen connect to it.
Review for Combat Roach Killing Bait Strips - 4 years, 1 month ago
As has been mentioned, the adhesive is awful, which is a shame, because everything else about this product has made them our little silver bullets in a pretty roachy subtropical climate. They just kill more roaches faster than any other product we've tried, and we've tried many. It's kind of a bummer that we've had to either place them horizontally, or use glue/tape to make them stick to vertical surfaces, but they are so effective and their shape/size is so convenient that they are still our go-to product. Combat - for the love of God how hard could it be to improve your adhesive? If you made that simple fix you would have the best roach control product on the market hands-down.
Review for Victor M530 Disposable Fly Magnet - 4 years, 1 month ago
I have been using the competitors brand of fly trap for a year now, and altho it catches flies very well, it's rather ugly and it smells.

So, I jumped at the chance to try this product. Well, it looks rather attractive, in fact you might not know it's a fly trap. And, yes, it uses an odor attractant, so it doesn't smell nice, but it's much nicer than the competitor's product (which can stink up to 10' away).

But, my other fly trap (hung at the same time) is chock full of dead bugs, whilst this has only a few.

So, if esthetics and smell are critical to you, get this. But if you just want to kill flies without any dangerous sprays or poisons, get the other (disposable) trap. Just hide it, and make sure it's not where you can smell it.
Review for Libman 14" Looped End Wet Mop Head Refill - 4 years, 1 month ago
I've used a lot of different cloths in the kitchen. Some don't absorb, some collect an odor, and some don't last very long. These guys do everything right. They clean up the sink, they don't get that kitchen cloth smell, unless you use them and never wash them, and they really hold up. Throw them in the washing machine, and let them air dry. They are wonderful for shining glass and chrome, they have no lint, and so, they are my favorite kitchen cloths. They are a little stiff, but once you've wet them and used them a little, they soften up. Can't say enough about them. Guess that's apparent. Thank you Libman.
We wanted this to get rid of bean beetles. It says on the bottle that it will work for that, and it was recommended for that purpose on another website. So we ordered it, paid for shipping and the whole deal, in hopes of saving our green beans without the use of something toxic. We applied it multiple times, with no effect. I think the beetles were actually laughing at us as we sprayed it.
Review for Aloha Bay Votive Candle - Case of 12 - 4 years, 1 month ago
Nice candle (1 of them - you don't get a box-full It burned well and smelled good.
have used PVA mopheads for years, but could no longer find them in my local stores. In my opinion they are the best mops out there. They are more absorbent, wring out more completely and your floors dry faster. I have 5 animals all of which track in a lot of dirt. I've opted to get rid of all carpet and have all tile and laminent flooring, so a fast drying mop is a MUST. Therefore I was excited to find this product on the internet as it is absolutely the best option for cleaning my entire house.
Was in line at Petsmart and the man in front of me was buying Bil Jac dog food. That was about 6 years ago. I asked him about it because I had never heard of it. He happened to be a Scientist who had been on a dog food study team and said it was the best of all they rated. I have 12 toy poodles ( I use to breed them) and this dog food they all loved immediately. The best part is it is the only small kibble I have found that isn't so hard. I have tried so many of the more expensive, better brands and they always turned their noses up at it, but would eventually, reluctantly, eat it. Bil Jac crumbles more easily for these little guys. For Picky eaters as well. It works well with dogs who have teeth problems and older dogs as well as it does not hurt their teeth to break the kibble. In a pinch I have had to buy other food for them and they never like it. The other kind I had to soak in water before feeding them because it was so hard. I promise your dogs will love this food and it's so good for them too. I have always let my dogs "graze" ( I am a big believer of that) and leave food down all the time and they never over eat with this or get fat. Normal BM's too. Can't say enough good stuff about this dog food. Once your dog gets a taste of this, they will never want another brand! Oh, it is for big dogs too!
You call this dark?!

I love dark chocolate--the darker, the better: anything in the 80%+ cacao range is just dandy, as far as I'm concerned. Admittedly, it should have been obvious from the 54% designation on the wrapper that this was in another category altogether--call it "dark chocolate lite," for people who would really rather just have a Hershey bar. But I guess I had hoped that the fact that it was organic and fair-traded would somehow make up for the missing cacao. In general, I really support what Newman's Own is trying to accomplish.

Alas, it was not to be. My main objection is that it tastes mass produced, like a so-called high-end chocolate bar you'd buy in a supermarket but that really is just a run-of-the-mill bar imported from Europe. In particular, there's a subtle but annoying undertaste that I don't detect in the other dark chocolate bars I'm fond of. I don't know if it's the soy lecithin or something related to how it's processed--there really are very few ingredients, which is good--but each bite has elicited nothing more than "eh" from me. I shared some of it with a chocoholic friend who also has a fondness for the really dark stuff, and her reaction was the same as mine.

As a taste test, I bought one of Newman's Own's 70% cacao bars, which was the darkest I could find in that line in my local health food store, and it was somewhat better--at least the undertaste was missing. But it too falls short of what I seek in my empty calories, so I won't be buying any more of these, at least not until I see cacao content of 80%+.

If you enjoy very dark chocolate, try Equal Exchange's 80% (lovely texture), Endangered Species 88% (with the black panther on the wrapper) or Valrhona's 85%. There's really no comparison.

Two stars for an organic, fair-traded but otherwise insipid product.
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