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ErrosionOfAccord

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I think there was a thread of similar interest on GIM1. Over the course of the last few months I've found a couple of products which I find to be worth while and wanted to start a thread where we could share our experiences in this regard.

I want to start by promoting Dollar Shave Club. On it's face the idea seem preposterous. Who wants to order razor blades through the mail? I refuse to pay obscene prices for multi blade razors and when it started getting harder to find blades for my Gillette sensor I simply switched to Gillette Good News disposables. I used them for a few years but was never quite satisfied. I did some price checking and found that the dollar shave club offers twin blade razors at the same price as the disposables so I took the plunge.

Not unlike Gillette, who gave the handle away and took profits from the blade sales, DSC is making their cash on the vanity items such as shave gel, hair gel, and man face moisturizer. For the same price as a Gillette disposable I get five blades a month shipped to my door, the blades are sharper and last longer.

Since I work very long shifts I usually have a shadow and shave perhaps seven times a month. Usually not until my beard starts to itch. With that being the case, I only use a razor per month and hoard the other four, but there are options. I could have them send more or fewer blades if I wanted. My plan is to get a pile of them and then just cancel the "membership".

While the other products are nice, if you want to be a miser stick to the razors only. I like the shave gel but don't have to have it.
 
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Trip Advisor (It's spelled the way the site spells it)

The wife is one of the top contributors to this site. We are foodies, and have been traveling to the tropics as well as within the states. This service has been a great asset when planing trips as well as while we are there. The reviewers are somewhat vetted and all posts are moderated. Negative reviews are welcome, just don't be obscene. More often than not we find the reviews of the places we visit to be accurate but the rating system is subjective. For instance, if you drop into the local burger shop because it has a five star rating don't expect Filet Mignon to be on the menu. Likewise if you stop into the local steakhouse with three star rating, don't expect Filet Mignon to be on the menu. A Mortons Of Chicago will always rate high, while a Golden Corral might get five stars too so you have to use your head a little. If you are a hillbilly like me but you like nice places and good food then Trip Advisor is a godsend.
 

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Uber

So I was at an eatery, which was selected using Trip Advisor. The tuna ahi could have been fresher so they were rated a three... Anyway I need to get a ride to the show we were going to attend and asked the waitress which cab service I should call. Without hesitation she said "I use Uber". I have heard of Uber but always thought the idea was a bit sleazy. In my mind, Uber was imagined to be a bunch of high school kids driving around in 1982 Chevettes making money after school. The waitress assured me that my ignorant opinion was completely incorrect so I decided to give it a try.

I was surprised how quickly the first car arrived to pick us up (5 minutes), and I started quizzing the driver, he was driving a late model Chevy Cruze which was in immaculate condition. He said they make $.60 per minute, are vetted for criminal records, and must have their cars inspected in order to become an Uber driver. After the show we used the service again. I'm sure Uber drivers were circling the place when the show let out, but we were picked up within two minutes of our submission. I usually do not let apps have my location but this service allows for curbside pickup so it was well worth it to allow Uber to track me for a few minutes. If you find yourself in a city where you don't want to drive I highly recommend Uber.
 

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Trip Advisor (It's spelled the way the site spells it)

The wife is one of the top contributors to this site. We are foodies, and have been traveling to the tropics as well as within the states. This service has been a great asset when planing trips as well as while we are there. The reviewers are somewhat vetted and all posts are moderated. Negative reviews are welcome, just don't be obscene. More often than not we find the reviews of the places we visit to be accurate but the rating system is subjective. For instance, if you drop into the local burger shop because it has a five star rating don't expect Filet Mignon to be on the menu. Likewise if you stop into the local steakhouse with three star rating, don't expect Filet Mignon to be on the menu. A Mortons Of Chicago will always rate high, while a Golden Corral might get five stars too so you have to use your head a little. If you are a hillbilly like me but you like nice places and good food then Trip Advisor is a godsend.
We used Trip Advisor a lot during our 11 state, 6 week trip this last spring. It served us well.
 

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Another great lubricant/solvent/preservative is Break Free, I use it for my guns & reels.

https://www.safariland.com/more.../break-free/
+1...yep that is great stuff......i personally use Eezox for most everything else i think Eezox and Break free are the two oil products i would recommend ......the post above i use for high value gun storage ....i use their bags..and the blocks you put in your gun safe to block rust for high value blued guns...they also have a Silver Tarnish preventing product but i have never used it...
 

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Gold Toe socks. I get them from Amazon. I wear work boots a lot and like tube socks. These aren't cheap fall down your calf socks. They last a lonnnng time. The elastic is strong. Material is thick, you are getting what you pay for. At least I don't have to pull my socks out of my boots anymore. Added bonus is they are actually sized and really fit well
 

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Gold toe also makes dress socks. i wear them to the office. i get them in 4-packs or 6-packs at costco very reasonably priced.

second the recs for uber and a qualified one for trip advisor. TA will give you a lot of information, but a lot of the people who post aren't that experienced. so for example i stated at a european hotel in a smaller city that was not very good but TA rated highly. So its a good place to generate ideas, but not as good as distinguishing between ideas. To use the other poster's idea, you might be unaware that there is a golden corral nearby, so that is good information, but if you go to the golden corral because its rated 2 stars higher than mortons would be a mistake. the same concept applies to other things TA rates, like hotels.
 

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Aloe vera juice available at Walmart in health & beauty for $6.50/gallon. The berry flavored is $1 more. Excellent for acid reflux and constipation.
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here is a gun anti-rust product i use......i have no affiliation with this company.......see link........currently "colt25 " coupon code gets 25% off

http://www.zerustproducts.com/products/product-category/firearms-ammo-weapons/
Indeed good stuff.

On the topic of razors, I rinse mine with alcohol after each use (or just put some in a glass and toss the razor into that) and blades last forever. Water settles on the edge and rusts, that is what makes them dull. Not some wimpy hair.
 

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Over the years, I have used so many Philips head screws of all kinds. Most of them were probably drywall screws and the long construction screws. I cursed them year after year when they stripped or when I had to use super-human force on the driver to keep them from stripping. And then I had a time when I had to work between studs and could NOT assert enough force because of the situation. I got muscle cramps from the totally awkward positions I had to use. Note that I have tried many different Philips bits that claim to have the "special" ridges or features to get a good grip.

I wish I had seen this sooner. For a higher price (about $3.70 per pound) I can buy screws with Torx T25 heads. These NEVER strip. I NEVER have to assert force when driving them. I ALWAYS get good results. Yes, they are ghastly expensive, but I will probably never, ever buy Philips head screws again.
 

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I used to keep a few Maglites in the house in case of emergency, power outages, that sort of thing. But those things are huge.

So, I replaced them.

http://www.fenixoutfitters.com/fenix-tk35-led-flashlight-2015-edt-960-lumens/

They have a newer model now. More than twice the lumens for an additional $30.
http://www.fenixoutfitters.com/fenix-tk35-ultimate-edt-2015-led-flashlight-2000-lumens/

For a smaller carry (backpacking, camping, that sort of thing) I bought this:
http://www.nitecorestore.com/Precise-P16-960-Lumens-Tactical-Flashlights-p/fl-nite-p16.htm

The links are to the actual company websites. Great for doing a quick compare with other models to weigh lumens against price.

If you do some searching, you can find their products at reduced prices.

I actually got my Fenix on eBay redeeming my ebucks
 

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I am actually in the market for a line trimmer, edger and leaf blower. Am leaning heavily toward highest amp corded electric, but will consider battery operated. I want to avoid gas because I just don't want to mess with it. They don't last more than a couple of years in Florida.
 

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I'm looking to get a new cordless power tool set this fall. Which brand should I go with?? I was thinking DeWalt, but would like some other opinions. Thanks!
 

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This was really meant to be a thread based on personal experience.