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Silicone Rubber Tape Sticks To Itself Without Being Sticky

Silicone rubber tape differs from other tapes in that it fuses to itself without using glue or adhesive. This means that there is no sticky side that can leave a…

Silicone Rubber Tape Sticks To Itself Without Being Sticky
Efergy RF Remote Controlled Power Switch (Stand-By Eliminator)

Remote Controlled Power Switches let you turn any mains appliance on and off with a remote control.

They consist of a remote control and a set of receivers. You plug each…

Efergy RF Remote Controlled Power Switch (Stand-By Eliminator)
Aussie Automatic Coin Counter

The Aussie Automatic Coin Counter is a coin jar with a lid that contains a coin slot and an electronic counting mechanism. The mechanism measures the diameter of each coin…

Aussie Automatic Coin Counter
Asus EAH5670 PCI Express Video Card with ATI Radeon HD5670 GPU

Today I purchased an Asus EAH5670 PCI Express Video Card with 1GB GDDR5 RAM, based on the ATI Radeon HD5670 Graphics Processor Unit. It has VGA, DVI and HDMI connectors,…

Asus EAH5670 PCI Express Video Card with ATI Radeon HD5670 GPU
LineX Stereo FM Transmitter

The LineX Stereo FM transmitter transmits any stereo audio signal that you connect to its 3.5mm jack. This can be from any audio device including your iPod, MP3 player and…

LineX Stereo FM Transmitter
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Latest Posts » Archive by category 'Health and Fitness'

Confidence Stow-A-Bike Foldable Exercise Bike

Written by Vlad on July 10, 2011 – 2:21 pm - 14,468 views

The Confidence Stow-A-Bike Foldable Exercise Bike - unfolded position on left, folded position on right

This is an exercise bike with a folding frame, designed to be easy to set up and put away when you’re not using it. If you are short of space in your bedroom or living room, this is a godsend.

It has a magnetic resistance system with 8 resistance settings and a 4-function cycle computer that tracks your riding time, speed, distance, and calories burnt. The cycle computer is powered by a single AA battery, so no mains power is required.

It weighs 17kg (approx 37.5lbs), so it is easy for a single person to carry with two hands.

When unfolded, it takes up 88cm x 45.5cm (2.9ft x 1.5ft) of floor space, with a maximum height of 126.5cm (4.15ft)

When folded, it reduces to 52.5cm x 45.5cm (1.7ft x 1.5ft) of floor space, with a maximum height of 147cm (4.82ft)

It also features non-skid foot pedals with straps, and a height-adjustable padded seat.

I bought it on special for $100 from oo.com.au, during their end-of-financial year sale. It is also available on eBay.

Why I Bought The Confidence Folding Exercise Bike

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Mrs Pegg’s Handy Line – A Portable Folding Clothes Hanger That Doesn’t Rust

Written by Vlad on April 29, 2011 – 1:35 pm - 10,987 views

Fully loaded Mrs Peggs Handy Line (small version) - a sturdy, rustproof washing line made of aircraft aluminium and polyester

Mrs Peggs Handy Line is a sturdy, yet light and portable clothes line. It is made from strong corrosion resistant materials, so it can be left outside permanently and not rust. It comes in small and large sizes.

The small version costs $174 and measures 153cm x 129cm x 65cm providing 8 lines and 10m of drying space. It weighs 2.6kg

The large version costs $189 and measures 171cm x 135cm x 75.5cm, providing 10 lines and 16m of drying space. It weighs 3.0kg

I purchased the small version for $174 from their Australian website. They also have websites in the USA, UK, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

Why I Bought Mrs Peggs Handy Line

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Ecoforce Recycled Clothes Pegs – Rustproof and UV stable

Written by Vlad on April 28, 2011 – 12:16 pm - 6,849 views

24 pack of Ecoforce Recycled Clothes Pegs - UV stable and waterproof

Ecoforce Recycled Clothes Pegs are waterproof and made out of UV stable plastic. They are immune to many of the problems that plague traditional clothes pegs like rusting, rotting and being damaged by exposure to sunlight. They come in a pack of 24 consisting of 12 green pegs and 12 yellow pegs. They are made by Ecoforce, who are based in the UK.

I bought these from my local Coles Supermarket for $3.99, and they are also sold at Woolworths.

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GLH Hair Thickening Spray (Hair in a Can)

Written by Vlad on January 18, 2011 – 7:24 pm - 4,901 views

GLH - Good Looking Hair - Hair Thickening Spray covers bald patches and thickens thinning regions of hair

We all saw those infomercials on TV in the 90’s – people with bald patches had them instantly eliminated with an aerosol spray. It looked like they were spray painting their heads. Most people I know chuckled in response to seeing the commercials, but I didn’t. Even though I had a full head of hair at the time, I knew I would eventually cross paths with “Hair in a Can”.

In 2004, I ended up ordering a can online for $16.

Why I Bought GLH Hair Thickening Spray

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Desire Beautiful Feet? Enjoy an Instant Pedicure with the Ped Egg

Written by Vlad on October 12, 2010 – 4:59 pm - 4,179 views

Picture of the Ped Egg being used to exfoliate skin on the heel of the foot

The Ped Egg is a foot file designed to gently remove callouses, dry and cracked skin from the feet and toes, leaving them soft and smooth.

It consists of an ergonomically designed ellipsoid container, with a metal file on the bottom and an emery board on top. The metal file has a thatched pattern, reminiscent of a kitchen grater. It is designed to exfoliate the skin and trap the exfoliated skin flakes inside the container. Once you are finished, you can open the container and empty it into a garbage bin.

To use it, you hold the Ped Egg in your palm and move the metal surface back and forth across the areas of hard skin until you have exfoliated the dry and cracked layers. You then turn the Ped Egg over and use the side with the emery board to polish the skin to make it smooth and silky. If you like, you can then apply any of your favourite nourishing skin creams or oils.

Why I bought the Ped Egg

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Breathe Easier With The POWERbreathe Lung Exerciser

Written by Vlad on September 27, 2010 – 9:34 pm - 3,368 views

POWER breathe Classic Lung Exerciser - Sports Model - Isometric View POWER breathe Classic Lung Exerciser - Sports Model - Front View
POWER breathe Classic Lung Exerciser - Sports Model - side view showing mouthpiece POWER breathe Classic Lung Exerciser - Sports Model - rear isometric view showing resistance gauge on handle

The POWERbreathe Lung Exerciser is like a “dumbell for your lungs”. It is a resistance training tool that strengthens your inspiratory muscles – the muscles that you use for breathing in when you inhale. This is an aspect of fitness that is neglected by most exercise regimes.

It resembles a large asthma inhaler – two coloured plastic cylinders stuck together at a 90 degree angle, with a removable mouth piece and cover for the handle. A knob at the bottom of the handle is used to adjust the resistance level between 1 and 9. It is light, but sturdy and is easy to clean.

The recommended exercise is to do two sets of 30 breaths through the POWERbreathe twice a day, preferably before training or exercising. You should set the resistance so that you are just able to complete each set of breaths. They say that you can expect to see results within 4 weeks.

POWERbreathe Classic Lung Exerciser - Sports Model - Dismantled POWERbreathe Classic Lung Exerciser - Sports Model - Bottom View

Why I Bought the POWERbreathe Lung Exerciser

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Dentek Dental Pick and Scaler Removes Stains on Teeth

Written by Vlad on August 18, 2010 – 10:08 am - 3,968 views

Dentek Dental Scaler and Pick

The Dentek Dental Pick and Scaler is a set of dental tools consisting of a dental scaler for removing stains, plaque and tartar and a dental pick for removing food and other debris from between teeth. There is also an illuminated mirror for seeing inside your mouth. The packaging states that “both picks are made from soft steel that safely cleans without damaging tooth enamel.”

Why I Bought the Dentek Dental Pick and Scaler

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Rotating Mop Helps People Who Hate Getting Their Hands Dirty

Written by Vlad on August 16, 2010 – 10:30 pm - 2,522 views

This rotating mop has a circular head and comes with a special bucket that contains a pedal-powered rotating basket. When you need to dry the mop, you stick the bottom into the basket and press on the pedal with your foot. As the basket spins, centrifugal force wrings the excess moisture out of the mop, which then flows back into the bucket.

I bought this on Catchoftheday for about $35, but it is also sold on eBay and a number of other daily deal sites. It goes by various names including Amazing 360° Roto Mop, Spinning Mop, Spin Mop and Magic Mop.

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Neckline Slimmer Neck Exerciser

Written by Vlad on August 11, 2010 – 2:08 pm - 2,510 views

The neck exerciser is a small piece of exercise equipment to help you exercise your neck and jaw muscles. It consists of a spring-loaded plastic piston – top end has a curved end designed to support the jaw, and the bottom end rests on the base of your neck.

I paid just under $20 on eBay for it, including shipping to Australia.

Why I bought the Neck Exerciser

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Portable UV Sterilizer Wand Disinfects Computer Keyboards and Phone Keypads

Written by Vlad on August 11, 2010 – 12:41 pm - 2,861 views

The Portable UV Sterilizer makes it easy to kill germs on surfaces that cannot easily be washed, such as computer keyboards and telephone keypads. It works by generating UV-C light with a peak wavelength of 253.7nm, which damages the DNA and RNA in pathogens such as viruses and bacteria, making them inactive and preventing them from growing or reproducing.

I bought this on eBay for just under $20 including shipping. It takes four AAA batteries. The specifications state that it generates 2W of light output and weights 65g. The expected lifetime of the UV tube is 10,000 hours.

Why I Bought the Portable UV Sterilizer

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