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    Tuesday
    Jan242017

    Chad's Crappy Corner and his final 'gifts I got' gadget.

    Chad ends his series for January of 'gifts he received for the holidays'.

    This week he reviews his Zircon Leak Alert.

     

    Here's what Amazon said about it: Prevent serious water damage in your home with the help of Leak Alert. This self-contained battery-powered unit will sound a loud alarm the second it gets wet, alerting you to a potential water leak. Place it Anywhere the Potential for Flooding or Leaking Exists: Under sinks. near water heater, in basements, etc. Loud alarm (95 dB) sounds for up to 72 hours. In the event of a flood, unit will float and continue to sound alarm until battery is depleted. Fully automatic operation--no wiring required. Low battery indicator for optimum safety and performance. $12.60, free shipping, but not Amazon Prime:

     

    http://amzn.to/2k94ciX

     

    And Chad's take? Chad liked the Leak Alert. There's no screw to take out to install the required (not included 9 volt battery.) But Chad showed us, there's not enough wire on the battery connected for it to fit in the battery compartment. But it does fit inside the device, even though it shakes around a bit. It's very sensitive as you see Chad demo in the video. On the down side Chad wished it didn't make almost the exact same sound as a smoke detector. And it also makes the exact same sound to warn you of a low battery. And finally you have to be home to hear it, but it's still a decent safety device for under $13.00. So Chad says it's definitely not in the 'crappy gadget' category. 

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1607

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