I bought four of these LED recessed lighting fixtures a couple of years ago when they were $20 each. They are easy to install and work well. I just found out that Amazon is selling them for $5 each, if you buy a 4-pack and check the little online coupon box on the page (why does Amazon do that?). Read the rest
We have a lot of guitars, ukuleles, and cigar box guitars leaning against walls, stacked in closets, and hiding under beds. I just bought this four-pack of guitar hanger hooks for $8. They're highly rated on Amazon. Read the rest
This auto-ranging multimeter has good reviews on Amazon. It has an LCD backlight, a non-contact voltage detector, a diode check, 15 minute auto shut-down, and the probes have built-in clips. It's regularly $13, but if you use code 54GCYL5X it's just $7.78 Read the rest
Lloyd Kahn is one of the coolest people I know. He was the "shelter" editor of the Whole Earth Catalog. He is also the publisher of Shelter Publications. In this video, he demonstrates seven of his favorite tools.
Below, a video from 2011, when Lloyd was just 76 years old, about his passion for skateboarding:
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There is so much more cool stuff in the world besides cool tools. Every week Mark, Claudia and I (the team behind the Cool Tools website) encounter great podcasts, bingeable video series, amazing people to follow, memorable destinations, perfect tips, and many other types of things besides tools we’d like to recommend. Thus was born Recomendo a year and half ago. Conceived as a weekly email, Recomendo now has about 15,000 subscribers. (Sign up here, free.)
We thought that after 73 weeks of 6 recommendations per week, we’d make Recomendo even better by compiling a categorized version on the web. So Claudia rounded up the past issues and sorted all the recommendations by subject. The Recomendo website now offers all the travel tips, or cleaning techniques, or browser hacks in one place. Check it out, it’s pretty neat. The links have been rechecked and updated. This compendium can serve as an alternative way to refresh what we’ve raved about recently, or it is also a perfect way to inform a friend about our collective recommendations. Over 450 great tips and recommendations of cool stuff. To share on social media use this shortened link: http://goo.gl/7Zpa6b
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Image: Kevin's sketches for the Recomendo logo. Read the rest
Only a few minutes remain on this deal - a $9 hand-cranked conical burr grinder. Good for travel. I bought one for an upcoming five-week stay in Japan. Read the rest
I went to the dentist for the first time in about 10 years, because I had a cracked tooth. The dentist told me my teeth looked good but said I should get an electric toothbrush. I asked what kind, and he said he liked Sonicare. I got one for about $60, but now I see Amazon has one one sale for $12 Read the rest
This is probably the lowest price for the Classic Stanley Flask -- 11.90 on Amazon. I've admired my friend's for a while, and now I'm getting one for myself. Don't forget to pick up a flask funnel, too! Read the rest
I have a few different phone charging batteries, and the 6700mAh Anker Astro candy-bar sized battery is my favorite, because it's the perfect combination of itty-bittyness and high-capacity. It'll charge an iPhone 7 twice. My wife adopted mine so I just bought another. The price is $13.19, an all-time low on Amazon. Read the rest
I bought some digital measurement calipers mainly as a tool for 3D printing, But I quickly learned that it was useful measuring other things - pipe diameters (inner and outer), screw diameters, small pieces of wood, and so on. If you're interested in 3D printing or model making, I'd say getting one of these for $10 is a no-brainer. Read the rest
Unless you really love crappy color printouts, get rid of your inkjet printer and buy a cheap wireless laser printer, like this one: the Brother HL-L2340DW Compact Laser Printer. I've had a similar one for years and the best thing about it is the cheap 3rd party toner cartridges. I buy them using Amazon Prime. Here's a 2-pack for $11. I've never had an incompatibility, leakage, or smearing problem with this brand. Read the rest
The Philips Norelco OneBlade hybrid electric trimmer and shaver is regularly $35. Amazon is selling it for $17.47, which is lower than it's ever been. I've heard good things about it, so at this price I bought one. Read the rest
I've been using Aukey's Flush Fit Dual Port USB adapter since early 2016. Once you push it into the car's "cigarette lighter" hole, it's close to a flush fit. It could be a chore to pull it out, but I've never had a reason to. Read the rest
It was a treat to have my friend and regular Boing Boing contributor Andrea James on the Cool Tools Show podcast. Andrea is a writer, director, producer, and activist. Her last film, Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy, aired on SHOWTIME. She's developing a talk show called Conversations with Coco and will direct the film Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps in 2018.
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Braun Silk-épil 9 ($110)
"I own one of the oldest websites on hair removal, and that came out of some work I've done helping transgender women with consumer issues. And when I started on the Internet it was the Wild West and there were a lot of scams, and so I just started answering questions and putting them online, and now it’s 1300 pages of information. …This is a kind of rotary tweezer. So it’s a rotating head like an electric shaver, but it has tweezers on it, and as they spin they open and close and can tweeze much more quickly than a standard one-at-a-time or two-at-a-time tweezer. And the reason that this Braun Silk-épil 9 is really great is that they’ve added a little LED light on it so you can see the hairs, which is really helpful for someone like me who has very fine blonde hairs on my legs and things like that, and I can see them much easier as I use this."
Streamlight ProTac Tactical Flashlight ($60)
"I had a detached retina a few years ago, so my night vision is not great in one eye, and so I've become quite the connoisseur of flashlights. Read the rest
I've been waiting for the price to drop on this adjustable folding utility table. It's usually $40, but right now on Amazon it's S26 so I just bought it. The price is bound to go up soon. It has three height settings (22-Inch, 29-Inch and 36-Inch) and can be compactly folded and carried with a built-in handle.
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We got this picnic blanket in 2016 and use it every time we go to the beach. It folds out to 60" x 78", and folds up to a 12.5" x 10.6" rectangle complete with handle. The bottom is made of some kind of tough waterproof material and the top is easy to wipe clean. It's padded, and the top surface feels nice and has a pretty leaf pattern.
It was $27 when we got it but if you use coupon code BQ9PEOCY you can get it for $16.
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Last year I bought this mailbox light. You stick it inside your mailbox (it's got peel-off sticky tape). Two sensors - light and motion - sense what's happening. If they sense darkness and no motion (door closed) nothing happens. If they sense light and motion (opening the box in the day) nothing happens. If they sense darkness and motion (opening the box at night) the light goes on for a couple of minutes, allowing you to see the mail.
It runs on 3 AAA batteries, which last months. When it is time to change the batteries, just pull on the case to release it from the magnetic back cover (which is attached to the mailbox with the sticky tape).
At 2 for $15 (give one to a friend or install in a cabinet) this is worthwhile convenience. Read the rest