Foscam C2W Indoor 1080P FHD Wireless Plug and Play IP Camera

This camera is easy to setup and has very good 1080p resolution. It has a built in micro SD card which can be setup to record the motion detection. The camera has its own built in web server which you can access directly by setting up the DDNS. The night vision uses a single high power IR led and works very well to light a room when there is no ambient light.

I have done a complete video reivew of this camera on my Youtube channel. You can do a search on Youtube for :
Foscam C2 Wireless IP Camera – Full Review and Setup – PART 1

This camera has many function and can be viewed via 1) smartphone Foscam app, 2) direct to Web Server of camera, 3) log into Foscam website.
So in summary the performance of this camera is very good and you just have to spend some time to learn the setup by reading the very good user manual.

BESTEK 300W Power Inverter DC 12V to 110V AC with USB Charging Ports

This BESTEK 300 Watt power inverter is a compact device that you can easily bring with you in the car. The construction is well built and solid with an aluminum case acting as a heatsink. There is a built in fan on one side which turns on when you turn on the unit and draws 200mA with no load. The 2 AC outlets are measured to output 119V AC. I have tried using it to power various tools and devices and works fine. There are also 2 USB charging ports which has one with constant 2.4A output good for charging larger devices such as a iPad or tablet, and the other is variable amperage (0-2.4A).

The built in protection this offers is very good. It offers both input and output protection. If you plug in a device that draws too much current, the inverter will shutdown and the green LED will turn red. If your input 12V does not supply enough current, it will also shutdown and LED turns red.

Overall, for the price this is a good unit and does what it’s advertised to do. You can also check out my video review on this.

 

 

Gates 91132 Belt Tension Tool To Adjust Tension On Drive Belts

I think this device works but there are definitely many ways you can easily mess up when using it. You can take 5 measurements and 3 of them might be the same. You will have to take mulitiple measurements. Also many location of the belts are in an awkward location where you can barely get your hands on and this will also make proper measurement difficult. This tool can be good to give you an idea if you are close to your target. So bottom line is I would continue using it as it would give me a better idea of the tightness and better than the finger method.

Timken HA590046 Bearing Hub Assembly for my 2004 Nissan Quest

Ordered this Timken bearing and hub assembly for my 2004 Nissan Quest. This was for my front passenger side. 3 months ago I got a local shop to replace the driver’s side that was making noise, and he used Nissan part which cost $190. The job cost me $400 total. With the passenger side going bad this time, I did some research and found that it’s not that difficult to do yourself.

So I ordered this part from Amazon and it got delivered in 3 days. Just in time for me to get the job done on a Saturday. So thumbs up to this seller. This bearing is of excellent quality and it’s made in USA.

For this job, you should use an air impact wrench, and a 6 point 32mm impact socket for the axle nut. There are 4 (17mm) bolts holding the hub assembly. For these, use a 3/8″ socket set and an extension. Don’t forget to remove the ABS sensor before pulling the hub out. This part is very expensive so you don’t want to break it.

To make this job go much easier, go to Auto Zone and pick up a bottle of CRC Freeze Out. This stuff will magically loosen all the rust on parts and get the bolts out 10X easier.

When you put everything back together, you should use a torque wrench to make sure everything is torque to spec.

If you working on the 04-09 Nissan Quest, here is the torque spec:
Axle nut 32mm: 92 ft-lbs
Rear hub assembly bolt 17mm: 44 ft-lbs
Caliper bracket holding the rotor 22mm: 115 ft-lbs
ABS sensor bolt 10mm: 15 ft-lbs

By the way, both front bearing on this Nissan went bad at around 72000 miles. I am not sure if this is normal but hopefully I won’t have to replace them again anytime soon.