Bluetooth FM Transmitter for Car, TOMPOL Bluetooth FM Radio Adapter Car FM Transmitter, 5V/3.4A Dual USB Ports Car Charger for iPhone Samsung Android Smartphone, Hands-Free Calling, U-dish MP3 Player

I really don’t know how to rate this one. The concept is easy. It works great when it does pair with the phone. But either this Bluetooth FM transmitter or the phone have an issue. I think it is the phone because other Bluetooth devises have the same problem. They do not want to connect to media. They all work great with the phone, on calls and such, but have issues playing music or sound from videos. I thought I had that problem solved, but it still creeps back every once in a while.

My kid has an Apple phone with no issues. So I think the problem is with Andriod 6. Bluetooth has problems pairing to media such as music and videos. My best solution was to delete the other 6 Bluetooth devices and go with only the 2 I need. That seems to work to a degree.

This actual Bluetooth FM transmitter works fine. Just tune it into a frequency on the radio no one in the area uses, and pair it with your phone. The phone call sound and microphone work better than expected. If the unit does not pair with your phone when you start the car, unplug it for a few seconds and plug it back in.


 

The unit will plug into your cigarette lighter. (for the older generation. It is the power port for the younger generation.) The display is a good size, easy to see, and controls are easy to use. Once the unit pairs with your phone it knows where your songs are and starts playing them. Most of the time the unit will begin playing music through your car stereo as long as you have your FM dial set to the same radio station you have the Bluetooth FM transmitter set to. It is very simple. If the music does not automatically play, hit the play button for your music app on the phone. You have a volume control in the Bluetooth FM transmitter, the phone, and you car stereo. If you don’t hear the music, check the phone. Every once in a while my phone will turn off the media volume.

The Bluetooth FM transmitter also has a control to go to the next song, or back to the previous song. The unit is nothing fancy but gets the job done. For the price and convenience, this unit it a great choice.

The Bluetooth FM Transmitter also has 2 USB ports. One is a 3.4 amp quick charger that works in phones that allow quick charging. It will adjust to your phone, or whatever you plug into charge. The other USB port is a 2 amp and doubles as a direct USB link to your phone or other media device. In other words, you can link direct to your music via USB and you do not have to use the FM transmitter.

I just checked the price and Amazon is running a sale on this unit. For the price it performs great, and the sound quality is as good as the CD player in the car stereo. Better than the FM radio and no commercials. Enjoy the drive with your own music.

Cordless Led Work Light, JIRVY Portable Rechargeable COB Led Flashlight Super Bright 3W Flood Light Torch with Magnetic Stand for Car Repairing, Workshop, Garage, Camping, Emergency Lighting (Large)

I’d like to say I was completely satisfied with this light. A cordless work light is great thing to have whenever working on, especially under a car. The magnetic base holds onto any piece of steel. You can place the light where you want it and shed concentrated light where you need it. The cordless work light is especially good when welding. The self darkening welding helmet is tinted which makes it difficult to see in low light. This cordless work light sheds enough light on the project to clearly see with a automatic darkening welding helmet on, but it is not bright enough to darken the welding helmet.

The cordless work light is rechargeable via a common USB cord. It charges in a few hours and provides a good 3-4 hours of light. The end swivels, making it possible to direct light where you need it.


 

The problems with this light are, the unit has to be charged when it runs out of battery life. That means you are without the light for a few hours. The magnet holds onto steel surfaces, but is not as strong as it should be. The switch is a 3 position switch, hi, low, and a one cell light on the end. You have to press the button once to turn it on hi. To turn it off you have to press it again to go to low, again to turn on the little light on the end, and once more to turn the light off.

Harbor freight has a more expensive cordless work light that has a longer LED light bulb, a stronger magnet, and a switch that turns off in one click. The Harbor fright light is a better cordless work light, but is more expensive. This light makes a great backup light, and is worth the money, but should have been engineered a little more to be a great cordless work light. The Harbor Freight cordless work light also has a replaceable battery you can switch out in a minute. All you have to do is buy the 18605 batteries and a charger for them. It seems like quite and investment, but well worth it when you consider all the advantages. Like I said, this rechargeable light from Amazon is a great light to try for the price. If you find yourself using a cordless work light on a daily basis, check out the Harbor Freight model.

 

3M Sand Paper Sheet 346U, Aluminum Oxide, 17-1/2 Length x 2-3/4 Width, 60 Grit

In my book 3M is the leader in sandpaper products. It has always been consistent as well as reliable. The search is on for a less expensive replacement, but all I’ve run into is a few disappointments. The 3M sandpaper lasts, does not clog as easily, and overall is the best quality paper money can buy.

You use this 3m sandpaper on a long sanding board, or flat board. I’ve heard them called different names. I just found on a Harbor Freight for about the lowest price I’ve seen in years. The flat sanding board is for bodywork on cars with long, straight surfaces. It is also used in curved surfaces and with a little practice, you can get pretty good at straightening out cars.

60 grit is a rather rough sandpaper. 36 grit is the roughest I’ve used and use it only for the initial cut on bondo surfaces. After 36 grit to get off the really high surfaces, 60 grip is good for clean up, final straightening, and can be used with high build primers. I’ll be doing a review on high build primers later. At least the products I’ve tried.


 

I will be reviewing other products I bought from Amazon. So hit the FOLLOW ME button, sign up for new update alerts via email, and get all the latest updates. I review on Amazon but have found they can be quite restrictive at times. If I love the product and post a good review, but if I compare their product to one I feel is higher quality, those reviews are rejected. I want to be honest and let people know what works, what doesn’t work, and what works better. The only place I can do that is on my own forum.

Rayovac Platinum Pre-Charged NiMH AA Size Batteries, PL715-4 GEN, 4-Pack

I bought these Rayovac Platinum AA rechargeable Batteries because they cost a little less than the Panasonic, which are rated a little higher. This is my second set of Rayovac AA rechargeable batteries. I’ve noticed little difference between the Rayovac Platinum AA rechargeable Batteries and Panasonic batteries. They both charge at the same rate, last about the same amount of time, and deliver the same power in products you can feel the difference. In the long run, the Rayovac Platinum Pre-Charged NiMH AA Batteries do have a higher mA rating and should hold a charge longer. I’ve owned one set a number of years and that is why I went back to some these as a few extra spare batteries.

I use these Rayovac Platinum AA rechargeable Batteries in everything that takes AA batteries. I use one in my cordless mouse, my camera takes 4 batteries, and of course in flashlights. The lithium batteries are supposed to last for years without loosing a charge. Other sites may be a little more technical in their reviews. I just tell it like it is from my personal experiences.


 

I will be reviewing other products I bought from Amazon. So hit the FOLLOW ME button, sign up for new update alerts via email, and get all the latest updates. I review on Amazon but have found they can be quite restrictive at times. If I love the product and post a good review, but if I compare their product to one I feel is higher quality, those reviews are rejected. I want to be honest and let people know what works, what doesn’t work, and what works better. The only place I can do that is on my own forum.

Braun Mobile Pocket Shaver M60 Red

If you are looking to buy a new shaver, want to get a quality product at the lowest price, you should check out this electric cordless, battery operated shaver.

This Braun mobile shaver really surprised me. It has a good feel to it, shaves rather close, and best of all, takes 2 AA batteries. I bought a load of AA rechargeable batteries I use in an assortment of products, and this is one of them. The Braun shaver is very powerful, built much better than an off brand I bought a few months ago, and has a better feel than my old Panasonic shaver it is replacing. In the long run, why pay more than what you need when this will work for an everyday shaver?

I tried another really cheap battery operated travel shaver. I gave that a good review because it did shave, it worked well, it was really light weight, and it also used the AA batteries I have. The problem with that shaver was, the head wore through in about 6 months. Obviously it used cheaper steel and was only designed to be used once or twice a year. It was a travel shaver. The under $10 rotary head travel shaver may be a good buy for a once a year travel shaver, but doesn’t touch the quality of the Panasonic or Braun mobile shaver.

The Shaver has an attached folding cover to protect the head if you are traveling. In my humble opinion this will make a great everyday cordless shaver. 

I will be reviewing other products I bought from Amazon. So hit the FOLLOW ME button, sign up for new update alerts via email, and get all the latest updates. I review on Amazon but have found they can be quite restrictive at times. If I love the product and post a good review, but if I compare their product to one I feel is higher quality, those reviews are rejected. I want to be honest and let people know what works, what doesn’t work, and what works better. The only place I can do that is on my own forum.


 

 

Home Inspections

It seems the subject of home inspections, who does home inspections, why, what is inspected, are all questions both Buyers and Sellers have. Are those questions properly addressed? Although Real Estate Agents are not licensed to give opinions on the condition of the home and property, they should be able to explain the highlights of each inspection, or at least point homeowners and buyers in the right direction for answers about home inspections.

The state of Wisconsin has released a new set of forms Sellers should be filling out when it comes time to sell their homes and property. The new Wisconsin Residential Condition Report asks the homeowner questions about the home including roof, foundation, electrical and plumbing systems, and other aspects of the home. Let’s look at the roof. Most homeowners have not been on their roofs. Unless the roof has a leak, or is obviously in need of repair, the average homeowner has no idea what condition the roof is actually in. How does the homeowner answer the question on the state condition report? The best answer may be, to the best of their ability. It is not an answer from a trained professional, but an answer based on experience the seller had with the roof. The same goes for other questions on the state form.

I have to tell you, the state of Wisconsin does not allow Real Estate Agents to guess at the condition of the property nor tell sellers what or how to fill in the Residential Condition Report. What Real Estate Agents can do is point people in the right direction for answers. In this case a pre-listing home inspection by a state licensed home Inspector may be the right ticket.

It may be a scary feeling for some people to call in an inspector to look over their home. The home inspector may uncover something the homeowner didn’t know about that may cost money to repair. On the other hand, what happens after the Seller accepts an Offer to Purchase and the Buyer decides to hire a home inspector? Now the home inspector is working for the Buyer. Does that make a difference? It shouldn’t. But there can be difference down the road as the sale of the house goes through the process.

If the sale of the property is contingent on a loan, the lender sends out an appraiser that may uncover defects. In most cases those defects have to be corrected before the loan is approved and the sale can close.

Certain loans require some sort of verification that the work is complete and the issues corrected. The easiest, most reliable, and quickest way to provide verification the defects have been cured is to have the state licensed home inspector look over the repairs and write an amendment to the inspection report. In many cases the underwriter working on the loan is looking for verification from the licensed home inspector. The problem is, many home inspectors change fees to reinspect and write amendments. If the Buyer chooses not to send their home inspector back to the properly to reinspect, that can leave the seller in a difficult situation.

The Real Estate Agent working for the seller should monitor the repairs and request lien waivers from all the contractors involved. In some cases the underwriter may accept lien waivers as proof the repairs have been made. If that is not enough, the seller may have to provide pictures, a letter from each contractor, or other proof. The list could go one forever and take weeks to solve an issue that should have been solved with a simple amendment from the home inspector.

When the home inspector is hired by the Buyer, problems may come up. The Seller has little or no control. But if the Seller hires a home inspector to perform a pre-listing home inspection, the inspector, verification, and amendments are only a phone call away.

A pre-lising home inspection paid for by the seller could in fact save a lot of time, money, and aggravation on certain houses. A pre-listing home inspection is something every seller should consider.

Electric Grinders

Which electric grinder is right for the job? This is more of an article on finding the right grinder for around the house, garage, and small shop. There are a variety of grinders available in a wide range of prices. Are the expensive electric grinders worth the price? When your income relies on your tools, the choice is obvious. Especially when those tools become a tax deduction. But what about around the house and for those weekend projects? We will look at a number of grinders, stones, cutoff wheels, wire wheels, and other attachments for electric grinders.

There are 2 basic sizes of electric grinders, larger 7 inch and smaller 4 ½ inch grinders. Grinders come in different speeds, have different attachment sizes, and offer different features. First we will look at the different sizes and some of the features.


 

Electric Grinder Sizes

Let’s start with the 4 ½ inch electric grinders. They are smaller, easier to handle, and have much higher RPM’s. That means they rotate at a much higher speed. There are advantages and disadvantages to higher speed. You have to match the stone or abrasive to the speed. Check stones, etc for speed ratings. The problem with a high speed grinder is, they can tear up a wire wheel in minutes. Not to mention, sending wires all over the place.

The 4 ½ high speed electric grinder come in speeds from about 7000 to 12,000 RPM. Slower speeds are normally found on cordless, battery operated models. There is a little trick to speed. There is an item called a Router Speed Control. You can buy one for under $20 and it will basically give you a 3 speed grinder. You can slow it down for wire wheels, and speed it up for rough stones. If they are rated for high speeds.

4 ½ electric grinders get into some restricted places. There are other choices for restricted areas we will discuss later. Prices vary, but consider how often you will be using to tool.

There is an advantage to economy electric grinders. You can purchase a few and set them up for different operations. Which saves time without having to change stones, wire wheels, etc, when moving from one task to another.

Harbor Freight offers a dependable 4 ½ inch electric grinder for well under $20. They last a long time, and with a good stone, have no trouble with just about anything you would grind. I’ve run a number of them through tests, and they are all still running.

Next up is the 7 inch grinders. Of course these are for larger jobs in open areas. They weigh more and are a bit more difficult to handle. Many 7 inch grinders come with a variable speed option. That can come in handy. The old tried and true Milwaukee 7 inch electric grinders and other brands seem to last forever. They are the choice of professionals as well as companies in many industries. The heavier they are, the more heavy duty they seem to be. Top brands also cost more, but will last the weekend user a life time. Again, check out on line ads and second hand stores for some real bargains. It seems this next generation has little or no interest in the tools dad or grandpa used. So lots of those old grinders wind up in second hand stores, or at the local junkyard. Small towns now have recycling centers where tools like these are taken out of the dumpsters and resold at very low prices. I’ve see it happen.


 

There are a number of other, smaller grinders, but to keep this article short, I will cover the majority of those in another article about pneumatic tools and grinders.

Dremel and other companies produce very small electric grinding tools. They are more along the hobby range. I don’t have a lot of experience with those, but if you want to add a comment about your favorite tools and grinders, be my guest.

One of the things I’ve noticed about those small electric grinders is they come with a cord, and are now offered as battery powered units. Look at the battery type to make sure it is the newer Lithium batteries, and not the older type that last maybe a year or so.

Grinder Speeds

Many 7 inch electric grinders come with variable speed controls ranging from very slow speeds to up over 8000 RPMs. 4 ½ inch grinders usually begin at about 10,000 RPMs and may go well over 12,000 RPMs. Does speed matter? In a sense it does. For one thing, you have to purchase and install a stone or other implement on the tool that exceeds the speed rating on the grinder. In other words, make sure your stone, wheel, or whatever you put on the grinder is rated for the maximum speed of the unit.

That brings us up to another issue, wire wheels. Wire wheels also have speed ratings. The faster a wire wheel rotates, the faster the wire breaks, is pulled off the wheel or cup, and wears down. Try and use wire wheels at slower speeds. Variable speed 7 inch grinders are best. If you use a wire wheel on a 4 ½ inch grinder, consider buying and using a speed control unit.


 

Amps

Amperage is a measure of the tool’s power, The higher the amperage, the more powerful the tool is. Amperage is also an indication of quality, and how long the tool will last. Higher amps can be a better buy, but do you need the maximum about of amps available? At times you need the power. A good stone will do the job, and you really don’t need to bear down on a grinder to get the job done. Let to stone or wheel do the work for you.

Stones

There are a variety of grinding stones and wheels to do a number of tasks. Rough stones are used to grind welds. Welded material is much stronger and harder than most normal metals. Stones come in different shapes and sizes. Thin wheels known as cut off wheels are used for cutting material as well as cutting through welds. Flat wheel are used for larger areas. Make sure the speed ratings on wheels and stones exceeds the maximum speed of the grinder you are using.

The main feature of stones and other attachments you need to pay attention to is the attachment point. 5/8-11 thread is the most popular for 7 inch grinders. Some grinders may come with a metric thread. Make sure the attachments you buy match the thread on your machine.

There are also open or non threaded attachments that use a large flat nut tightened by using a spanner wrench supplied with the grinder. Some wheels are universal fit. Check out all the features. And if you shop on line, read the reviews. You can tell a professional review from a backyard review in seconds. Not all wheels are created equal. Especially wire wheels. Some wire wheels have very good steel that will last a long time. Other wire wheels use cheap steel that shreds the first time you use it. Check the wire diameter. More expensive wire wheels and cups use a thicker wire. You don’t want to buy a wire cup, get half way through the job to find out, the wires are all over the floor. The last thing you want to do is track those wires all over the carpeting in the house. You know when you are going to find them. When you are walking around barefoot. And keep on mind, those wires can and will lodge themselves on your pet’s paws.

Cutoff Wheels

Cutoff wheels have their uses. Mostly for cutting off small object, cutting through rusted bolts, and cutting off welds. Cutoff wheels come in different diameters and thicknesses. Once again check the speed ratings. Also check the write ups on cutoff wheels to make sure they are designed for the material you will be cutting through.


 

Variable Speed

I can’t find a 4 ½ inch variable speed electric grinder. There are pneumatic die grinders and other grinders available I will cover at a later time. 7 inch grinder are available with built in variable speed control that comes in handy. Many of those are combination grinders/polishers. I’ve had a lot of luck with the lower priced Harbor Freight model. I also tried the router speed control that seems to work as a three speed control switch. Harbor Freight offers an extended warranty, but do you really need that if you plan on using it 2-3 times a year?

Safety

I can’t cover all the safety warnings here, but read the manual that comes with the machine. Here are a few common sense ideas you should follow.

Clean and double check your work area to make sure you are not going to bump into or get tangled up in anything. Especially the cord. Know where your cord is an how you plan on moving the grinder before you begin. Also look at where the sparks will be flying.

Wear eye protection, That us a given. Check out the full face masks available. Check the ratings on all eye protection gear.

Wear leather gloves. The newer gloves made from nylon will melt when sparks fly in them. By the time you are done you will have a nylon glove full of holes.

Clean up the floor and work area. You don’t want to be dragging grinder dust through the house or have children or pets walking through it.

Always be safe, take your time, and be safety conscience.

As always, if anyone has a copyright conflict, contact me on the DCMA Notice on top and I will take that information down.