UNBOXING: AUKEY Dual Dash Front / Rear 1080p Camera & AUKEY Hardwire Motion Detection Sensor!

I have front dash cams on all my cars.  I wanted to try out a front and rear dash cam and bought a AUKEY Dual Dash Cam – 1080P HD Front and Rear Camera! ( https://amzn.to/2THPihQ ) and a AUKEY Hardwire Motion Detection Sensor ( https://amzn.to/2D7zXBI ) which plugs into the OBDii port of the car for power.

This quick video is just an unboxing of the two products and a brief test and initial review.  I will create install video later.   I have already installed this camera and the hardwire on my car. Overall it was a simple install.

The AUKEY hardwire with Motion Detector Sensor powers and sends a signal to dash cams with a Parking Mode to trigger a recording.  The attached box is a motion detection sensor need to be installed  onto the windshield of the car.  I found visibly annoying to take up my windshield real estate.  I later took removed it.

I also did not want to drain my car’s 12 volt battery when I leave my car on business trips.  For a future DIY  I plan to add a battery power bank to enable the parking recording without draining my car battery.

In addition,  it uses the car’s 12 volt battery with the OBD-II DLC port  by the drivers foot well.  This is convenient if you do not want to use a fuse tap ( https://amzn.to/2VSlLDV ) or slice wire for 12 volt power.

If you use your OBD-II port for other devices, don’t like the motion sensor box, or don’t like using your OBD-II port for power, there are other 12 volt hardwire kits that uses fuse taps ( https://amzn.to/2Fxedkz ) for your dash cam or USB powered devices.

Look out for more videos about this Dash cam installation, footage, and other car reviews  in the future.

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Costco Tresanti 78″ Fireplace (Infrared) TV Console! $529!!!

Costco has the Tresanti 78″ Fireplace (Infrared) TV Console for $529!  I believe they had 74″ a couple of years ago.  There are other fireplace TV consoles online ( https://amzn.to/2spDC7V ) but not as long as the one at Costco, with the elongated fireplace.

You can probably make your own sized TV console with other infrared electric fireplaces: http://amzn.to/2m8VEHQ  .

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Costco! Pike & Main 5 PC Counter Height Dining Set w/ Saddle Seats! $399!!!

Costco has this stylish rustic  Pike & Main 5 PC Mahogany Counter Height Dining Set w/ Saddle Seats for $399! I love the saddle seats and the Mahogany wood construction!  The two tone accent finish is stylish.   There are other similar counter height dining sets with saddle seats online : ( https://amzn.to/2D8WVIA ) .

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Costco! Home Pop Blue Nail Bead Fabric Chair! $199!!!

Costco has this stylish Home Pop blue nail head trim Fabric Chair for $199!!! That a great value considering other similar nail head trim chairs online costs about $300+ ( https://amzn.to/2FtsFLh ) .  This accent chair adds a new elegant look to a living space!

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Costco! ROWENTA Vertical Steam Iron $59 or $44 with savings!!!

Costco has the  ROWENTA Vertical Steam Iron $59 or even better at $44 with limited time instant savings.  Other Rowenta steam iron models are sold online: https://amzn.to/2CjhSPo .

The precise point on the iron makes this unit stand out from other irons which are wider. At the $60 price its good value considering its made in Germany and outputs 1800 watts of heated steam.  At $44, its a terrific bargain.

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Costco! Sunbeam Aero Ceramic Digital Iron! $19!!!

Costco has Sunbeam Aero Ceramic Digital Iron on sale now for $19 with coupon!  This is an awesome price considering it costs about $36+ online:  https://amzn.to/2M5IIzf

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Costco! Flex Seal Clear Rubber Spray – 2 Pack! $17!!!

Costco has a two pack of  Flex Seal Clear Rubber Spray 2 Pack for  $17!!! Its sold online for about $13 a can or $24 for two: ( https://amzn.to/2VLQsLb ).

I heard many different reviews about Flex Seal and how effective it is some are positive and some are not as positive.  Overall its basically rubber spray.

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Costco! Intuit TurboTax Software (Deluxe, Premier, Home & Business, Business) $15 OFF!!!

Costco has Intuit TurboTax Software (Deluxe, Premier, Home & Business, Business) on sale right now for  $15 OFF!!! With the new year this is perfect for folks who want to get their refund as soon as possible!  Its also sold online: https://amzn.to/2VPhUaG   .

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EASY DIY: How to Clean Tea & Coffee Stains off Stainless Steel Carafe / Travel Mugs!

Cleaning tea and coffee stains off stainless steel is easy.
So a I got a heavily tea and coffee stained 2 liter carafe from my coworker.  These carafes cost about $30 – $50 online : https://amzn.to/2sfl7TG . They rinsed and washed it but  the build up of tea is high and did not want it any more.  I heard you can clean tea stains with denture cleaners tablets or baking soda. So I went to a discount dollar store and paid $1 for a 20 pack of denture cleaners – it was so inexpensive i figure it was fun to experiment. They also sell denture cleaner tablets online ( https://amzn.to/2SAuyZq ) , but it was way too expensive to experiment .  I already had baking soda in my fridge.   

Quick disclaimer: This for entertainment only.  You should follow your container makers directions of how to clean your container.  You use this video and instructions on your own risk.

I first cleaned the carafe of old tea leaves and debris. There may be debris stuck in the top valve and spout.  Take off the gaskets and clean with dish washing liquid.  Wash and rinse the entire container.

I added HOT tap water into the carafe. According to the temperature gauge it reached 100 degrees.  I placed 3 tablets into the dark tea stained carafe and replaced the carafe cap to retain heat.   I let it clean overnight for 12 hours..  I also put two denture cleaners into a cup of dirty pennies to see if it would clean those too.

Alternatively, you can also use 4+ tablespoons of Baking Soda ( https://amzn.to/2CT8GTo )  to clean tea and coffee stains. It works well with clothes and will work will work with cleaning tea and coffee stains too.  The basic nature of the baking soda will soften the stains and debris.  It will probably take about 12 hours as well.

The next day, the carafe and the pennies were really clean!  The carafe water was luke warm and had floating tea and coffee stains in the water.  Inside the carafe was overall clean but still needed some scrubbing with a kitchen bottle brush or scrub and dish soap. I also scrubbed the gaskets and top seals an cap threads.  It looked as good as new!  Super clean!   I hope this DIY helps.  See you next time!  Thanks for dropping by!

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DIY: Replacing my 3 year old UPS battery!!!

Small consumer Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) are sometimes user serviceable. For my UPS’s I replace the battery every 3-5 years.  My UPS will start beeping and alerting that the ” battery is low”  or will not hold charge.  Replacing the battery saves me from buying a new unit every 3 years.  Basically buying a $18 battery versus paying $60 to $80 for a new UPS.

But the newer UPS has many new features and functions.  For basic models it may be more cost more for the replacement battery than to buy a new unit.  Some UPS costs about $30 to $50 (  https://amzn.to/2Rxa46j ) which is nearly the same cost buying a replacement battery would cost $20 to $25 dollars.   If your UPS failed in less than 2 years, it may be a bad design or failing electronics, so buying a new one would be a better choice if you can afford to.

I list out the simple instructions on the video.  Disclaimer : Do this at your own risk.  This is how I do mine. Your UPS may be different or non-service able.  In which case you should have it professionally repaired, serviced, or disposed of.

Basic Steps:
1. The battery goes bad every 3-5 years and will start alerting that it can not hold charge.
2. Check if the UPS is serviceable by the consumer.  Search the internet on the UPS model and if its worth it to repair or replace. If not bring it to a professional service or recycle and buy a new one.
3.  Unplug and turn off UPS.
4. If serviceable – the battery bay is usually accessible. Open the cover and slide the old battery out.
5. Confirm the battery model and type. Buy a new replacement battery.
6. After the new battery arrives, check if the batteries size and model match exactly.
7.  Remove the original battery and disconnect the negative (black) wire from the battery terminal. ( You should cover the battery terminal with electric tape to prevent short).
8. Disconnect the Positive (Red) cable from the battery terminal. ( You should cover the battery terminal with electric tape to prevent short).

Install the new battery.
9. Make sure the UPS unplugged and power off.
10. Remove the terminal cover off  Positive (Red) terminal of the new battery and replace with the UPS Positive (Red) cable.
11. Remove the terminal cover off  Negative (Black) terminal of the new battery and replace with the UPS Negative (Black) cable.
12. Slide new battery back into UPS and close cover.
13.  Follow the original instructions from the UPS to plugin and power on the unit.
14. The unit my take a few minutes to test itself and check the battery.   It may take a few hours to fully charge the new battery.
15.  Observe the UPS in the next few hours and days to make sure the battery and UPS is operational.
16. Recycle the old battery according to your local laws and recycling locations.
17. Done!

This is how i do it for entertainment, do so at your own risk or bring it to  repair or professional. Thanks for watching.
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