Must Buy items (under $100)

JohnGalt007

Pigeon
Thrill Jackson said:
JohnGalt007 said:
1. Sleeping mask .
2. Leatherman 300 Super Tool.(My travel tool kit)
3. Water filled punching bag ($99 Amazon) .

These were Just some recent acquisitions I enjoy and feel compelled to share .

Are those water filled punching bags quieter than a regular punching bag? Something you can use in a Apartment?

Yes. I have one about the size of a mans head 12 inch size i think. its quieter and also feels more realistic and teaches you to punch tthrough the target much better than heavy bag. I like the size of mine as it's good practice for head shots. The make bigger ones but I like the size of mine for traveling.
 

Jones

Woodpecker


For less than $20, this can help you sleep and lose weight.

I make sure to bring this with me whenever, it's on every night. It drowns out other noises (noisy roommates, trying to sleep during the day after night shifts, etc.), and keep your body cool thus speeding up your metabolism while you sleep.

It's almost to the point of classical conditioning, that whenever a fan is on I associate it with feeling relaxed and sleepy.
 

Ivanis

Kingfisher
qwertyuiop said:
I was thinking about picking up the amazon echo and trying to make my apartment smart

https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Echo-Bluetooth-Speaker-with-WiFi-Alexa/dp/B00X4WHP5E

http://intelligenthomeblog.com/amazon-alexa/

the google home looks cool too I think that one is almost under $100

Enjoy getting spied on. Not like we already are now, but it makes it much easier. There have already been some incidences around the Echo where it provided incriminating recordings of one of the people inside of the house. Not worth
the risk IMO

Jones said:


For less than $20, this can help you sleep and lose weight.

I make sure to bring this with me whenever, it's on every night. It drowns out other noises (noisy roommates, trying to sleep during the day after night shifts, etc.), and keep your body cool thus speeding up your metabolism while you sleep.

It's almost to the point of classical conditioning, that whenever a fan is on I associate it with feeling relaxed and sleepy.
+1

I can't sleep without white noise. If I don't bring a fan then I use the SimplyNoise app on my phone. Works like a charm when I'm sleeping somewhere away from home.
 
dicknixon72 said:
CENTECH OBDII Scanner - Harbor Freight - $69.99

If you own a car '96MY or newer, your systems run off OBDII. This (or something comparable) is an invaluable tool to self-diagnosing many small problems when your check engine light comes on. Pulling a trouble code and researching online through car forums can save you big money and you be surprised how many $500-1000 repairs can be accomplished with minimal tools, minimal skills, a few minutes to an hour, and for your time and the price of the part itself.
Great find. I must have been thinking cars and trucks when I saw the thread title:

- Many years ago bought a real 'factory service manual' for an old truck. Worth it's weight in gold for the time and money it has saved. It was slightly over $100 with shipping. You have to look for the real, authentic documents, same as what a dealer uses, here is where you get Chrysler and associated brands, i.e., all Mopar. Ford, GM, Nissan, BMW etc. are all out there. P.S: I see some of these are now available via online subscriptions.
 

Meadowlark

Hummingbird
Gold Member
5-7 Hedonist said:
dicknixon72 said:
CENTECH OBDII Scanner - Harbor Freight - $69.99

If you own a car '96MY or newer, your systems run off OBDII. This (or something comparable) is an invaluable tool to self-diagnosing many small problems when your check engine light comes on. Pulling a trouble code and researching online through car forums can save you big money and you be surprised how many $500-1000 repairs can be accomplished with minimal tools, minimal skills, a few minutes to an hour, and for your time and the price of the part itself.
Great find. I must have been thinking cars and trucks when I saw the thread title:

- Many years ago bought a real 'factory service manual' for an old truck. Worth it's weight in gold for the time and money it has saved. It was slightly over $100 with shipping. You have to look for the real, authentic documents, same as what a dealer uses, here is where you get Chrysler and associated brands, i.e., all Mopar. Ford, GM, Nissan, BMW etc. are all out there. P.S: I see some of these are now available via online subscriptions.

And if you're a really good digger there are PDFs of these FSMs for free or less than $10. Only print the pages you need for what you're working on.
 
DJ-Matt said:
And if you're a really good digger there are PDFs of these FSMs for free or less than $10. Only print the pages you need for what you're working on.
Got a link? I spend days and days searching back when I bought a manual from the link. Even spend time on several Dodge/Mopar/Chrysler forums, never a peep that free (or near free) versions were available. This was eight or ten years ago.

There used to be one Dodge/Jeep/Chrysler dealer in NE who had parts full diagrams available online, and sold parts via mail order. I see he's offline now and read where Chrysler forced him to cease online parts sales.

On a related note the manual saved an hour or two today, once again.
 

qwertyuiop

Woodpecker
Ivanis said:
qwertyuiop said:
I was thinking about picking up the amazon echo and trying to make my apartment smart

https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Echo-Bluetooth-Speaker-with-WiFi-Alexa/dp/B00X4WHP5E

http://intelligenthomeblog.com/amazon-alexa/

the google home looks cool too I think that one is almost under $100

Enjoy getting spied on. Not like we already are now, but it makes it much easier. There have already been some incidences around the Echo where it provided incriminating recordings of one of the people inside of the house. Not worth
the risk IMO

Jones said:


For less than $20, this can help you sleep and lose weight.

I make sure to bring this with me whenever, it's on every night. It drowns out other noises (noisy roommates, trying to sleep during the day after night shifts, etc.), and keep your body cool thus speeding up your metabolism while you sleep.

It's almost to the point of classical conditioning, that whenever a fan is on I associate it with feeling relaxed and sleepy.
+1

I can't sleep without white noise. If I don't bring a fan then I use the SimplyNoise app on my phone. Works like a charm when I'm sleeping somewhere away from home.

Yeah that is a concern I think. For the average person I wouldn't worry too much but still I don't know.

I wanted to do all that smart home stuff but maybe I'll just stick with other cool technologic things like this:

http://intelligenthomeblog.com/tech/top-smart-water-bottles-available/
 

Meadowlark

Hummingbird
Gold Member
5-7 Hedonist said:
DJ-Matt said:
And if you're a really good digger there are PDFs of these FSMs for free or less than $10. Only print the pages you need for what you're working on.
Got a link? I spend days and days searching back when I bought a manual from the link. Even spend time on several Dodge/Mopar/Chrysler forums, never a peep that free (or near free) versions were available. This was eight or ten years ago.

There used to be one Dodge/Jeep/Chrysler dealer in NE who had parts full diagrams available online, and sold parts via mail order. I see he's offline now and read where Chrysler forced him to cease online parts sales.

On a related note the manual saved an hour or two today, once again.

I could send you the ones I have, but since it's copyrighted stuff obviously it's hard to find. My best advice would be to run a search for "factory service manual ford f-150" or whatever car, and when you're combing through the results look for Forums where they posted a link to the PDF on their dropbox or something. That's how I've always located a manual.




Also on the topic of fans, if you own your place I would recommend putting in ceiling fans. I purchased 2 fans from Menards for $70 each and they have remotes too! Makes it easy to turn the thermostat up to 78 and not notice.
 

Hypno

Crow
DJ-Matt said:
Also on the topic of fans, if you own your place I would recommend putting in ceiling fans. I purchased 2 fans from Menards for $70 each and they have remotes too! Makes it easy to turn the thermostat up to 78 and not notice.

another advantage of fans is that they create white noise which can give you better sleep.
 

polar

Pelican
Gold Member
Blender bottle with stacking containers:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M0DPGKS/

Already the best shakers on the market.

I use this as my water bottle, protein shaker, to mix up matcha tea, carry the occasional smoothie, etc. Containers are great for any powder or small snack - BCAA, protein, matcha tea, nuts, etc...and they detach so you can toss them in your bag when empty, or leave them for later. They even have a small pill container in the lid - I don't use it often, but the option is nice.

Carabiner clip to attach to your bag.

And what they don't want you to know...they have a warranty for the pieces. The tops crack after 6-9 months (my one gripe), but after you send them a picture through their website, they'll mail you a replacement piece. I just got one replaced - didn't know this until recently.
 

sonoran_

Kingfisher
Gold Member
The sedentary lifestyle nowadays means tight muscles and weak abdominals. For this reason I am glad I purchased

1) Ab roller - Doing 1-2 sets of slow "negatives" style reps once in a while at home helps tighten those abs up.

2) Spiky foam rollers- regular foam rollers are gay, the spiky types hit those deep tissues much better.
 

str8_thggn

Pigeon
str8_thggn said:
True Balla said:
Bodyfat scale. This one comes with a hydration analysis too, which gives you a pretty accurate analysis when you +/- your adjust hydration level with your bodyfat %. Plus it looks sleek and modern in my bathroom. Nice accessory that makes your bathroom look nicer and is very practical for use.

http://www.healthometer.com/body-sc...ith-bluetooth/BFM147DQ-01.html#sz=12&start=12

Do you find that it is accurate at measuring body fat?
Yes, if you offset it with hydration, it definitely is solid. For example I always measure after my shower usually post workout since I keep it in the bathroom. If my bodyfat is 20%, I usually have a hydration of 57%. 19%BF is 58% Hydration. 17% bodyfat is usually at 60% hydration. Hydration is just basically a second number, but great for me cuz its also great if you're measuring at different times of days and want to know if you're dehydrated. But 60% hydration is optimal, so I always peg it against the 60%, so my bodyfat is about 17%. Its super easy, just a little difficult to explain on this. But I love the scale.
 
IvanDrago said:
110 Flux core welder for doing small repairs or learning how to weld. They aren't pretty like a nice MIG but they are great for little projects and for learning before you step up to something bigger.



https://www.amazon.com/Goplus-Welde...7&sr=8-2&keywords=110+welder+flux+core+welder


$35 auto darkening welding helmet

https://www.amazon.com/Antra-AH7-22...505446689&sr=8-4&keywords=auto+welding+helmet

Wow, I'm impressed, Never would have thought you could get a welder for under $100.
 
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