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This is the last nail file you need to buy. Do yourself a favor by replacing those sandpaper disposables with Tweezerman’s 3in long Pedro Fina ceramic file.
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Best book on how to hire people: http://kk.org/cooltools/archives/452
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"There I was with a nice advance from a New York publisher to write a book, and there was only one tiny problem, which I did not discuss with the publisher. I’d never written a book and didn’t know how. I knew how to write, to edit, even to publish, but authoring? Help!" - Stewart Brand reviews A Writer's Time.
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In the past we've highlighted an astonishing array of useful books that covered topics ranging from bioremediation to underground home building to fermentation. These books are tools because they not only help us learn but also put knowledge to use.

Help us fortify our library of useful books by submitting your favorite text for a particular subject including an explanation of why you think it's essential. We want to feature that dog-eared book that you wouldn't lend to a friend for fear you wouldn't get it back. It can be the best beginner's guide, or a slightly more advanced technical manual detailing materials or techniques. If you can, please include scans of pages that we can use to illustrate the book's content. This has been done before but never with any insight or explanation of what makes the book useful or cool.

What's the essential book for carpenters? Metalsmiths? Landscape designers? Tailors or seamstresses? What about information design? Or sous vide? Tanning or taxidermy? Home brewing? Car repair? Bicycle frame building? The list goes on and on.

Every trade and hobby has their own bible, and we want to identify and collect them all in one place so that others may benefit.

Submit your recommendation (or request) here, post it in the comments below, or feel free to email it to editor@cool-tools.org.

-- Oliver Hulland
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Today's review of Tiny Homes provides a fantastic look into what simple living can mean. If you're interested in more check out this longer form piece on the tiny house movement from Alec Wilkinson at the New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/07/25/110725fa_fact_wilkinson
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Today's review of the Sous Vide Supreme sparked some interesting conversation. Specifically there was a question about the use of plastic bags during cooking over extended periods of time, but it was very quickly answered by one of our knowledgeable readers who pointed out this piece by former Microsoft exec now Modernist chef Nathan Mhyrvold who says their are no health risks associated at that temperature.
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This is the last nail file you need to buy. Do yourself a favor by replacing those sandpaper disposables with Tweezerman’s 3in long Pedro Fina ceramic file. http://kk.org/cooltools/archives/1129
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Today's Cool Tool was a nifty Wire Wrapper that allows for creating connections without solder. Does anybody know of a good tutorial for wire wrapping? What about an easy electronics project that someone could practice with? 
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Hello world! 

We plan on experimenting with the  new Communities page, and we hope you'll contribute! If you have any ideas you'd like to see come to fruition, post them below or email us at editor@cool-tools.org!

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Today's Cool Tool, Squeak No More, goes a long way towards fixing those annoying creaky floors, although a lot of commenters have pointed out that this means you can't hear your kids (or robbers) trying to sneak in.
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Lifehacker finds another great DIY solution for the previously reviewed MagnoGrip. Very cool!
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Don't forget to check out the details of our Cool Tools Gift Guide Contest. The best new review as well as the best re-review of a tool in our archive wins a prize. Keep an eye out as we'll be adding two bigger ticket prizes this week.
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Slitti's Rusty Tools are certainly the best tools ever!
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Cool Tools is a web site which recommends the best/cheapest tools available. Tools are defined broadly as anything that can be useful. This includes hand tools, machines, books, software, gadgets, websites, maps, and even ideas. All reviews are positive raves written by real users. We don't bother with negative reviews because our intent is to only offer the best.
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