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Default The thing about tools and manuals...

I saw this and had to re-post it here:

I find it to be so true... LOL

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Oh boy, isn't THAT the truth!!

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For some people ALL tools need a manual. Screwdriver = lefty loosey, righty tighty. Hammer - don't hold the nail at the top - and use the flat side to hit the nail (not your own). etc etc
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ennstruckions? I don't kneed no steenking ennstruckions!!

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First thing I do with a new tool is that I don't open the plastic bag that has the manual in it as I don't want to get those pages dirty and if the bag is left sealed then it will be as clean as new for thousands of years from now and thereby be a new fossil for some future archeologist to admire and put into a museum, plug the powertool in and use it, just don't shorten your fingers on those fast moving cutters, use eye and ear protection, keep your work area clean and the cutters sharp, just don't ever cut faster or deeper than the tool and the work piece can cope with as safety for all tools is the same. N

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The manuals I hate are the ones that have almost been translated into English from Chinese but not quite.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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I saw this and had to re-post it here:

I find it to be so true... LOL
you got that right...

there should be a place for "got lost in the translation" on that graph...

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When I worked in the instrument shop at the local university we would always get brand new equipment in to be checked because it did not do what some Phd thought it was supposed to do and it always turned out that it was never intended to do what they thought it should. So we put a big sign up on the wall of the shop
"When all fails read the manual"

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Had an electronics instructor years ago that said the manuals were translated from Chinese to English by someone who spoke neither language!

Yep, I got that impression, too!

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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When I worked in the instrument shop at the local university we would always get brand new equipment in to be checked because it did not do what some Phd thought it was supposed to do and it always turned out that it was never intended to do what they thought it should. So we put a big sign up on the wall of the shop
"When all fails read the manual"
Bob, Yeah, I have an IT background. The more specific the user was about how we should write the code the more i knew we were in trouble. In the end that translated to "you gave me what i asked for but not what i want". Rewrite.

From a hardware perspective our sign, similar to yours simply said "RTFM" meaning "Read the f...ing Manual'. No one ever did even though we did write some pretty good manuals. Turned out that way because the people that wrote them also used the programs and English was their first language. In the 1970's we needed a manual converted into Korean for a group of workers. The minister of their church volunteered to do it. All he asked for was a contribution to his church. He was truly bilingual. Best money we ever spent.

All in all, Looking back on those days, i'm glad i'm retired.
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