Bluebird House with Camera

Bluebird houses are quick and easy to build and great projects for using leftover wood from the scrap pile. They can be inexpensive, depending on how complex you want the house to be. You can also get your kids involved and teach them a little about woodworking and birds at the same time. I went with a simple design that I modified to allow me to add an outdoor Wyze wireless camera to record the bluebird nest. I built the house a couple of inches taller to fit the Wyze camera inside. I also added a door to make it easy to clean out the old nest and charge the camera.  Bluebirds can be picky about where they build their nest, so make sure you follow these important steps.

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How to Control MacBook Volume When Connected to External Display

When I plug my Mac into a DisplayPort or HMDI monitor that has built-in speakers, Mac’s volume controls become disabled. Not being able to control my monitor’s sound has annoyed me for years, but I’ve never looked for a solution. When upgrading to the new MacBook Pro M1, I hoped Apple would have fixed the issue. Unfortunately, the problem still happened, so I when searching for a solution.

I came across several articles that were outdated and recommended Soundflower. I kept searching for a better solution and came across MonitorControl. After a quick install, I found MonitorControl to be a great solution to my problem. MonitorControl has tons of options, such as controlling the brightness of your monitor and keyboard shortcuts. I can now control the volume and mute from my Logitech MX mouse. Read More

How to Pin Chrome Extensions in the Toolbar

To pin an extension to the Chrome toolbar, click the extension icon on the toolbar and click the “Pin” icon next to the extension.

A couple of years ago, Google Chrome redesigned the way it shows extensions in the toolbar. By default, now extensions have to be “pinned” before they will show in the toolbar. In this video below, we will teach you how to pin a chrome extension to the toolbar.

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Tankless Water Heater DeScaling

If you have a tankless water heater, make sure you descale it every couple of years. They sell kits, but you can do it yourself with a 5-gallon bucket, a pair of washer hoses, 2-4 gallons of white vinegar, and a 1/4hp submersible pump.

Hard water contains minerals that can lead to limescale build-up. As lime builds up in the unit, the exchanger needs to work harder and provide hot water. This can significantly shorten the lifespan of this component and cause a marked increase in your utility bills. To make matters worse, the lime buildup isn’t covered in most warranties. As a general rule, your tankless water heater should be flushed once per year to maintain efficiency. However, the hardness of your water plays a part in this, and you may find it better to flush every couple of years. If you follow the steps in the video below, you will save yourself money by doing it yourself, and your tankless water heater will last longer. Make sure you read the manual for your model before attempting to do this yourself. Read More