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amykim (25)

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I'm a strong person...who's deathly afraid of spiders!

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Nov. 8, 2010

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Re: "I want an IR repeater for my entertainment system"
(from FarFred 8 years, 3 months ago)
My home theater installer used this IR repeater in the system he designed form my family room redesign. It works great and we love that all the components are not cluttering up our view when we watch our blue-ray DVDs!

Because we designed a comprehensive home entertainment system, and because I didn't have the time, we used a local expert to do the work. Depending on your schedule and aptitude, you may want to consider doing the same.

Re: "I want a 10-inch compound miter saw"
(from butchy 8 years, 4 months ago)
There is a very low cost, entry level compound sliding saw called the Terratek mitre saw. For under $50 you can get a saw with the following specs:
  • 7A Motor Power, 24 teeth TCT saw blade, dust extraction facility, portable.

  • Cutting Capacity 0 degree/90 degree (H x W): 1-5/8" x 4"

  • 45/90(H x W): 1-5/8" x 2-3/8"

  • 0 degree/45 degree (H x W): 3/4" x 4"

  • 45 degree /45 degree (H x W): 3/4" x 2-3/8"

There are no Amazon reviews listed, so you are taking a chance. But for only $45 dollars, it's not much of a chance.
Re: "I want a single cup coffee maker"
(from swiharta 8 years, 9 months ago)
For a single cup of coffee on a budget, you'll get better coffee than the Keurig with a $25 Aeropress. The reusable K-Cup filter mentioned above alone costs nearly as much. The Aeropress takes up no room, storing in a drawer or cabinet when not in use. 4.5 star average with 720 reviews at Amazon. Great profile pic BTW.
Re: "I want a 10-inch compound miter saw"
(from wantbox 8 years, 11 months ago)
The main benefit of a 12-inch miter saw is that you can cut thicker stock (just under 6 inches thick vs. just under 5 inches with a 10-inch saw). The downsides are that they are more expensive and slightly larger, which could be a problem in a tight shop, and take more power to run (15 amps vs. 12 amps).

A popular and highly rated 12-inch compound miter saw is the DEWALT DW716 15 Amp 12-Inch Double-Bevel Compound Miter Saw (Price $379).

  • Rated at 4.5 out of 5 stars from 49 customer reviews

  • 90% of reviewers give it 4-stars or 5-stars

  • 15.0 Amp, 3600 rpm motor

  • Adjustable stainless steel miter detent plate with 11 positive stops

  • Handles crown molding up to 6-5/8-inch nested and base molding up to 6-1/2-inch vertically

  • Belt-drive design and gearbox design maximizes vertical cutting capacity
Re: "I want a 10-inch compound miter saw"
(from wantbox 8 years, 11 months ago)
If you want to go off spec, there are two variations you can consider from your boyfriend's specific instructions: 1) a sliding compound miter saw and 2) a 12-inch power miter saw vs. a 10-inch.

The main benefit of a sliding miter saw is that you can cut wider boards by "sliding" the saw through the wood after making the initial plunge cut. The downside is that they cost almost twice as much (over $400) and they take up quite a bit more space in the shop. If your boyfriend has a small shop, this might be a problem.

A popular and highly rated sliding miter saw is the Hitachi C10FSH 10-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser (Price $495).

  • Highly rated at 4.5 out of 5 stars from 112 customer reviews

  • 88% of reviewers give it 4-stars or 5-stars

  • 10-in sliding dual compound miter saw w/ adjustable laser marker

  • Electronic speed control and soft start to reduce noise

  • 12 amp motor, 3800 rpm, 10 positive stops

  • Stainless steel detent plate and carbide blade
Re: "I want a 10-inch compound miter saw"
(from mitch 8 years, 11 months ago)
As a hobbyist woodworker I can definitively say that my shop mitre saw (a 10-inch Delta I got 10 years ago, my Dad calls it a "chop saw") is by far the most used saw in my garage workshop. I uses it to accurately cut boards to length, to cut molding, to make fine angle cuts for railings, to cut up scrap wood before throwing it away, even to cut small firewood and kindling to size for my firepit!

If I were buying a replacement non-sliding 10-inch mitre saw today, I'd get this one: DEWALT DW713 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw. It is the number one bestselling 10-inch power miter saw on Amazon. With a list price of $416 and an Amazon price of half that (Price $208) it is both a great product and a great value.

Some specs:
  • Highly rated at 4.5 out of 5 stars from 60 customer reviews

  • 97% of reviewers give it 4-stars or 5-stars with no 1-star ratings

  • 15 Amp, 5,000 rpm motor

  • Stainless steel detent plate with 11 positive stops

Of course, now that I have the space in my shop, and considering how much I rely on this saw for so many shop and general homeowner activities, I'd strongly consider getting either a sliding miter saw or larger, 12-inch chop saw.

If all of my tools mysteriously disappeared overnight, the first saw I would replace would be my mitre saw (the second would be my table saw and the third, my hand-held circular saw.) In my opinion, the mitre saw is the cornerstone of a home workshop. Check other mitre saw reviews to be certain, but this one is a winner!
Re: "I want a single cup coffee maker"
(from mieyun 8 years, 11 months ago)
Today, one of the most popular and highest rated single-cup pod-based coffee maker is undoubtedly the Keurig Brewer.

No doubt you've had the chance to sample a test cup from a Keurig machine: you can find these ubiquitous coffee brewing systems everywhere these days.

Peek around the corner at your doctor's office, look on the countertop in your sister's kitchen, probably even in the waiting room of you favorite oil change establishment.

Keurig B60 Special Edition Gourmet Single-Cup Home-Brewing System (Price: $156)
  • nice variety of coffee, tea and cocoa pod flavors

  • can accommodate reusable pod filters

  • adjustable brewing temperatures

  • easy to fill water reservoir

  • nice form factor to your counter top

It is highly rated at Amazon earning 4 out of 5 stars from 900+ customer reviews. 77% of users rate it as 4 or 5 stars. One of the most common complaints with the Kuerig is that the coffee is not brewed as strongly as they would like and that the standard K-cup pods are not recyclable (see option below to deal with that).

A number of third-party companies provide K-cups for coffee, cocoa or tea that fit the Keurig:

Coffee People, Donut Shop K-Cups for Keurig Brewers, Pack of 50 (Price: $28)

Keurig Green Mountain, Hot Cocoa 24 K-CUPS (Price: $21)

Twinings Earl Grey Tea K-Cups for Keurig Brewers, 25-Count Box (Pack of 2) (Price: $23)

The Kuerig is certainly super easy to use, drop in a K-cup, pick your cup size and press start. The only way Kuerig could simplify this process would be to provide someone to carry the cup to your desk for you.

If the thought of a one-and-done coffee pod weighs on your Eco-friendly mind, you can substitute in a reusable coffee filter that you pack with your own grounds. Mother Earth thanks you with the promise of ample sunshine, vibrant Spring flowers and warm Summer breezes.

Keurig My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter (Price $18)
Re: "I want an accurate analogue scale for my bathroom"
(from timfou 8 years, 11 months ago)
Weight Watchers WW43/WW43D Memory Glass Electronic ScaleThe Weight Watchers Memory Glass Electronic Scale
My wife got the Weight Watchers Glass Memory scale. She really wanted a digital scale for the memory function. We like the way it looks in our bathroom and it is very easy to use and program.

We both like the feature where it tells you how much you have lost (hopefully) since the last time you used it. The ability to set a target weight and be shown how close you are to it is nice as well.

We have found that, because of the scale's unique leveling feature, we were able to set it up and get very accurate repeat measurements even when we stepped off the scale and weighed ourselves 10 or 15 minutes later. That is a key requirement in any digital scale as mieyun and amykim mention above.

If you are not ready to do the throwback analog, then we recommend this very accurate, nice looking and easy to use scale.
Re: "I want an IR repeater for my entertainment system"
(from mitch 8 years, 12 months ago)
I've recently solved a similar problem: my cable box is hidden behind my 42-inc LCD TV on my mantle, requiring my remote's IR signal to go around the TV to get to the box. I have also recently added a Roku box which I have stashed behind the TV as well.

I use the Logitech Harmony IR Extender System (Price: $59).

My couch is ten or fifteen feet away from the TV and, right now, I am using the individual remotes that came with each device in my system. I have one for the Sony DVD player, one for the Westinghouse TV, one for the Verizon FiOS cable box and one for the Roku box.

I do have a Logitech Harmony remote, which would work great with this setup, but I just haven't programmed it with all my new components yet! I do love the remote and will be happy when I finally combine four remotes into one!

Anyhow, the Logitech IR system works great. It is super simple to setup (no programming required), is not too expensive and is low-profile enough to blend in nicely with my entertainment system setup. Its "universal design" works with all infrared remotes.

For what it's worth, it is very highly rated on Amazon earning 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 44 customer reviews. I am very happy with my purchase and would happily recommend it as a low-cost, low-profile solution to other users, especially ones who hide their entertainment components inside cabinets or closets. Happy clicking!
Re: "I want two pair of women's Miken shorts"
(from wantbox 9 years ago)
It looks like your best bet is eBay:

Also, the Miken corporate website recently moved to the following address:
Re: "I want an ultralight laptop"
(from mitch 9 years ago)
No doubt, the Macbook Air would be a great option for you. Super light and thin, nice screen and keyboard. Plus, it's a Mac. Amazon actually sells them a bit cheaper than the Apple Store.

Macbook Air 11-inch:

Macbook Air 13-inch:
Re: "I want some modern art for my living room"
(from mieyun 9 years ago)
Anne is a French artist based in Newton, MA. I saw some of her work at a recent Newton Open Studios event and I loved it. Anne specializes in metal, concrete and bronze sculptures, as well as paintings and collage

Here is a sample of her wonderful collage work:

And, a concrete sculpture:

She has her contact info on her site.
Re: "I want an accurate analogue scale for my bathroom"
(from mieyun 9 years ago)
My family got this Salter scale for the same reasons you mention. We grew to seriously dislike the "accuracy" of our old digital scale. It seems like the weight could swing plus our minus a pound just by the way you stepped on it!

Granted, we do miss the body fat percentage that our old scale would provide, but even that was flaky depending on if you stood on it before the shower or after. Or if you measured in the morning versus at night. We ended up using this dedicated hand-held monitor instead. It gives more consistent reading than our old scale used to and is very simple to use.

We don't miss the memory function as we never figured out how to use it and prefer tracking our weight, body fat, key measurements and blood pressure in a Google spreadsheet that we can share with each other. It's nice to graph your stats and see your progress clearly on one page, very motivating!

Also, we've found that measuring other components of our fitness like waist, leg and chest measurements is a good and meaningful way to measure overall fitness and body composition. We use a simple tape measure to do that. It is almost more satisfying to see a couple of inches come off your waist than to see a couple pounds disappear from the scale. After all, the trimmer waist is direct positive feedback that your body is changing!

As far as the Salter scale, though, it is accurate, sturdy, easy to read and fast. No more waiting for the digital scale to calibrate before giving you a reading to the tenth of a pound.

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Amykim has posted 5 Wants

"I want a 10-inch compound miter saw" posted on Dec. 23, 2010, 9:15 a.m. [5 replies]

"I want a single cup coffee maker" posted on Dec. 22, 2010, 1:58 p.m. [3 replies]

"I want an IR repeater for my entertainment system" posted on Dec. 9, 2010, 3:05 p.m. [3 replies]

"I want an accurate analogue scale for my bathroom" posted on Nov. 12, 2010, 4:17 p.m. [3 replies]

"I want some modern art for my living room" posted on Nov. 9, 2010, 4:03 p.m. [2 replies]

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Amykim has posted 7 Comments

"Thanks mieyun! Very thorough and helpful review!" submitted on the reply "The Keurig B60 single cup coffee maker: prices, ratings and video review" on March 11, 2011, 12:07 a.m.

"Thanks Swiharta! I'll check out the Aeropress." submitted on the reply "Re: I want a single cup coffee maker" on March 11, 2011, 12:06 a.m.

"My family only buys Zojirushi as well. Too funny. I miss my Mom's water boiler so much!" submitted on the reply "Counter top hot water boiler recommendation: Zojirushi and Panasonic" on Jan. 14, 2011, 12:23 a.m.

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