Honeywell RLV430A 5-2 Programmable Digital Thermostat Review

We purchased for review, the   Honeywell RLV430A 5-2 programmable digital thermostat for the   electric baseboard heaters used around the house. At a cost of approximately $53 from Lowe’s home improvement center, they priced this programmable thermostat fairly. The RLV430A is much quieter (no clicking sounds as it operates the heaters), as this digital thermostat like its non programmable … Continue reading Honeywell RLV430A 5-2 Programmable Digital Thermostat Review



Sony MDR 7506 Professional Studio Monitor Headset Headphones Review

We owned the Sony MDR-7506 professional studio monitor headphones Headphones for over a decade, and so we’ve played them with many CD players, headphone amps, iPods, mixing boards, USB audio interfaces, and stereo receivers. We found them exceptional audio devices in numerous aspects. These earphones appear very similar to the MDR-V500 units, that we’ve also owned and discussed. So just … Continue reading Sony MDR 7506 Professional Studio Monitor Headset Headphones Review



Setting Default System Voice, Windows 8

While syncing our iPod Nano, 4th generation with spoken menus enabled, we found the Windows 8 default system voice (David in our case) not to our liking, and so, wanted to change it before attempting another iPod population.  The following procedure accomplished this. Open Control Panel   from the desktop by clicking on the Start button, … Continue reading Setting Default System Voice, Windows 8



IPod Touch 3rd Gen Screen Lock Backlight Issue

There are two functions that the 3rd generation Apple iPod Touch Screen Lock feature provides in version 5.1.1 of iOS: Input disabled.  When the screen locks, further touch screen input is not accepted until you unlock it. Backlight extinguished.  Also, there’s a power-saving feature incorporated into this lock mechanism.  After the screen locks and goes … Continue reading IPod Touch 3rd Gen Screen Lock Backlight Issue



J-B Weld Steel Reinforced Epoxy Bond 8265-H Review

J-B Weld Cold Weld Epoxy, for how strong it appears, is an affordable, low-odor bonding solution for many household and auto shop repair jobs that require high-temperature bonding and continued holding of parts together. We use this product to repair “hot items” like the lid on our electric kettle, which we use multiple times per day.  … Continue reading J-B Weld Steel Reinforced Epoxy Bond 8265-H Review



Electric Baseboard Heater Noise, How to Fix

We’ve dealt with the problem of electric baseboard heater noise for a decade now in our second floor bedrooms. Baseboard heaters are great for adding to the home’s base heating (the furnace). They can fix a room always being cold.  But unless you’ve spent extra money for quiet hydronic heaters, common electric baseboard heaters tend to … Continue reading Electric Baseboard Heater Noise, How to Fix



Duracell Coppertop Alkaline Battery Review

You can find the Duracell Coppertop Alkaline Battery in many battery-operated devices; electronics like smoke detectors, universal remotes, thermostats, stud finders, circuit testers, atomic clocks, flashlights, cameras, digital recorders, and lanterns. Coppertop batteries supply long-lasting, dependable power over the past couple decades that we’ve used them,  Rarely have they leaked, and they hold their charge on the shelf for years. Duracell … Continue reading Duracell Coppertop Alkaline Battery Review



Apple Earphones Earbuds Headphones Volume Control Gripe

Our one BIG complaint about the Apple Headphones Volume Control as it functions on the various generations of the  iPod Touch, is that the UP and DOWN increments that the volume control keys generate when pressed are too big. In version 5.1 of the Apple firmware (the latest version supported on our Touch from 2010), you only get 16 steps to go … Continue reading Apple Earphones Earbuds Headphones Volume Control Gripe



Copying Digital Talking Books To NLS Player Cartridges

Questions: How do you burn to the NLS digital player blank cassettes?  How do you copy a new talking book onto a blank NLS cartridge? Answers follow. The blank cartridges available for the digital talking book (DTB) players from the National Library Service for the Blind (NLS) are actually just USB thumb drives housed in bigger-than-typical cases.  I’ve purchased … Continue reading Copying Digital Talking Books To NLS Player Cartridges



Thermos Vacuum Insulated 16 oz Food Jar Review

Concerned about BPA and other plastic-related chemicals getting into our hot-foot lunch items, we’ve opted to get rid of the recycled plastic water and hydration bottles, and zipper leftover bags, and buy this Thermos Vacuum Insulated Double Walled 16-ounce capacity food jar. It’s a portable, all-in-one lunchbox accessory, because it comes complete with a bowl … Continue reading Thermos Vacuum Insulated 16 oz Food Jar Review