On the latest episode of the Ask Cool Tools Show, Kevin Kelly and I interviewed Lloyd Kahn, editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications. He shared with us many useful tips, ranging from how to get the most out of your camera lenses, to alternative activities for the senior surfer.
Lloyd has spent much of his life researching the best possible tools and products for any purpose and doesn’t disappoint with this lineup of excellent picks.
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Show Notes :
Shelter Publications Website
Some of Lloyd's books:
The Septic System Owner's Manual
Tiny Homes on the Move
Here are Lloyd’s tool picks, with quotes from the show:
Olympus OMD EM-1 Mirrorless Camera $1299
"It got me to put away my Canon cameras which weighed five pounds. This one is just so much smaller and it’s one of the mirror-less cameras...The mirrorless part is what, I think, saves on the weight...When you look at it, if you’re a Canon or a Nikon guy, it’s going to look just like a miniature of one of those cameras."
Fourth Gear Flyer Surf Mat: $139-$199
"It’s inflatable. So instead of lugging this surfboard around and worrying about getting it smashed up on the airplane or paying a hundred bucks to have it shipped, you just fold up this surf mat in your backpack...and when you get there blow up your surf mat and go surfing."
"I have fins called DaFINS...that are made in Hawaii. They’re smaller than the normal fins you see and more flexible and they’re touted as being preferred by world class body surfers."
10mm Twin-Wall Poly-carbonate 4' x 12' sheet $140
"It’s expensive, but it’s double walled so you get some insulation and it’s clear like glass. It has a ten year guarantee and I bought four by twelve sheets...we tore off the fiberglass and put that on the greenhouse so everything in the greenhouse is much happier now. I've washed it once since we installed it. I just take a soft brush and a hose and wash the dust off the roof."
Makita 18 volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Variable Speed Impact Wrench $206
"It weighs less than the typical drill that you see. There are really no controls on it other than a trigger, like you can’t set it for different speeds or different torque. What it does is it backs up a little bit. Each time it goes forward it goes back a little bit, so it kind of chatters. It’s just really great for grabbers and screws."
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