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Monoprice Releasable Cable Ties – Item of the Day

cabeltiesEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is something I feel no one should be without.  They just do too much, for too little cost to not have some.  They are Monoprice Releasable Cable Ties and at only seven bucks and some change for 100 pieces they are a steal.

Get a few bags and do the following.  Make up bundles of about 20-30 a bundle.  Just use one tie to hold the rest together.  Put a bundle in your BOBs, put one in every glove box of your vehicles, put some in your garage where you can see them and just grab them, etc.  Heck I keep half a dozen as part of my EDC, you don’t even notice them in a cargo pocket until you need them.

The key is the releasable part!  We even use these for keeping gates closed on our low fences for our ducks.  I keep a few tied on top of various fences all over the property, so if you need one there is always one close by.   They are very strong and stay flexible a long time.  They tend to last about 1.5-2 years if in direct sun before becoming brittle.  Otherwise they seem to last forever.

I use them for many other things as well.  I use them to tie up new seedling trees for say a month until they stiffen up.  Since you can remove and reuse them it is cheaper than plant tape.  I use them to tie 4 large hog panels into a square and make an on the fly animal pen.  There is no limit to how useful these things are.

Sure they are kind of small at 6 inches, but you want 18 inches?  Put three together and when you don’t need that any more take them apart.

So just how versatile are cable ties in general, okay I am going to tell you a story, I am NOT SUGGESTING THAT you do it, it is just what happened.  Many years ago when I was in the Army I had two friends, Brad and Dean.  Dean was the one that owned a truck and he was a “character” to say the least.

Dean would just toss Brad or I the keys anytime we needed his truck.  One day we wanted to run to the PX, so Dean tosses Brad the keys.  In we jump and to the PX and back we go, beer run of course.  Brad is a typical guy from Southern Louisiana so he bends speed limits till they break.  We get back an Dean says, “oh yea, I should of told y’all to take it easy until the new tie rod gets here”.

Brand and I get down and look and see that fricken Dean had used 4 tie wraps to hold a broken tie rod together.  As in it had broken in two and he tie wrapped it back together.   For those that don’t know, the tie rod holds the front searing brackets to the frame so you can turn.   Kind of an important function!  So Brad almost kills Dean but later we laughed about it, because when you are 20 you are stupid!

That has always stuck with me and while I would not replicate it as a “temporary repair”, I would replicate it with great care and driving very slowly to get a vehicle to safety in a similar situation.   Trust me and if you don’t keep cable ties in your preps, start doing so and the best ones for flexibility and usefulness are Monoprice Releasable Cable Ties.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. I have brought this item back a few times, the reason is simple, if I made a list of the top 5 most useful things on my homestead, I am sure it would change over time, but these would never fail to make the list.

 

 

 

Lanshion 8 Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip with 4 USB Ports Desktop USB Charging Station – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Lanshion 8 Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip with 4 USB Ports Desktop USB Charging Station.  What I love about this product is how much it does with such a small foot print.  It is designed for desk top use, IE not crawling under your desk every time you need to plug something in.

From an AC standpoint it gives you a total capacity of 1875 watts and of course provides surge protection for all devices plugged into it.  It also give you 4, 4.5Amp USB charging ports.  This means rapid charging of up to 4 USB devices at once.  Again clearly this object is designed for desk top use.  However I see some other great uses for it.

One would be a simple charging station for phones and what have you that also gives you plenty of power outlets.  Set up on a entry table this would be a great way to provide USB charging for guests and still have plenty of power outlets for any needs.

Another would be a kitchen counter top.  Talk about a place where power can be at a premium.  Since it is compact and frankly looks good it can go back in a corner and out of the way yet be there for anything you need to plug in.  Likely you would never use all 8 ports that way but what ever you needed you’d have.

Then there is the best use I can think of, and why I ordered one!  A central distribution point for a Steven Harris Battery Bank or a emergency Generator.  Set this baby on a kitchen table and power it up.  Now you can charge your mobile devices, your enLoop Batteries and run your AC powered items from a central and most importantly a compact point, all with surge protection.

The last one and this seems like a really great use as well is a work bench out in a shop building.  The ability to plug in power tools, chargers, etc to a single compact space seems awesome, and the USB ports make it easy to charge your mobile device while listening to tunes and you complete your projects.

I of course checked FakeSpot and this item gets a solid B grade with over 300 reviews and 4.5 total stars.  Frankly in looking for an item like this I had to wade though a ton of them with F’s, yes F’s on fake review grading.  Sometimes I wish Amazon would cut a deal with Fakespot and do an API based link to them.  It would end fake reviews and end them fast.

In any event the Lanshion 8 Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip with 4 USB Ports Desktop USB Charging Station is a solid performer with a great reputation and might be the perfect fit for your needs in one of many areas.  So check it out today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

 

 

TP-Link AC750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

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Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the TP-Link AC750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender.  I just got one of these to provide better WiFi signal to all my guests during our workshop that starts today.  I am a big fan of TP-Link and already reviewed their TP-LINK Archer C7 Wireless Router in a prior review.

The two work together great but this extender will work with any wireless modem running on 2.4 and/or 5GHz.  Here is what I love about this extender vs. others I have tried.

There is no software to configure it and the start up guide is DEAD simple.  You simply plug it in and take any computer with wireless and connect to it, you log in as the admin with included info for that.  You then attach it to any other networks in your home and tell it the password for those.  It learns them and done, you can now plug it in anywhere it gets a good signal and it will simply reconnect.

What this does is pretty cool.  Other similar items I have used instead basically attach to your network and create a new network.  For instance, we will call your main network A and your extender creates a network B, B has its own login info, etc.  So you are on one network and get too far away, if your device manages to self switch to B fine but this usually doesn’t happen.  Sometimes your devices become confused as to which network to be on if both are weak etc.

Instead with this device if your network is Network A, this device simply becomes an extension of Network A.  And if you are running a cool router like the TP-LINK Archer it is every better.  The TP-LINK Archer runs at both 2.4 and 5GHz, which is great because for instance our older printer is only on 2.4 and for some reason our smart TV only like 5.  But we also have “Guest Networks” on the TP-LINK Archer.  This isolates guest logons from our main devices in their own network.

So when I configured the TP-Link AC750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender I attached it only two the two guest networks.  So now when my guests arrive I can provide good quality WiFi on both bands so everyone can connect.  I created a relatively simple password for this week that will be changed later and only the guest networks are accessible.

If any of this sounds complicated it isn’t.  Despite what people think about me I am not some sort of a bad ass hacker or anything, if you can update your iPhone you can install this repeater and again while I think it is a beautiful match for the Archer 7 Router the TP-Link AC750 Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender is “vendor agnostic”, meaning it doesn’t care what manufacture it is extending it just works.  So if you have dead zones or just want your WiFi to reach the back of your property consider getting one of these today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.