questionsdo you read the instructions when assembling…

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I have friends who just seem to know without even looking how to put things together. I, on the other hand, spend an inordinate amount of time following each step carefully. It is a long and arduous process sometimes, and I hate to buy K/D stuff.

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Real men don't read instructions. They fumble around and when they are hopelessly lost, they make their wives read them.

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i enjoy reading the instructions--means i only have to assemble it once. on the other hand just because i read them doesn't mean i follow them....

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@eviloverlord333: Truer words have never been spoken. However, you left out swearing, followed by banging on everything with a hammer even though there aren't any nails to be driven.

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@moosezilla: You have captured my sentiments exactly. Well done.

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@moosezilla: I do the same, but usually have to back up and start over at least once :/ And I a lways have those pesky extra pieces left over. it must be the instructions. It certainly couldn't be my fault.

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@eviloverlord333: snicker Been there several times.

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I always read instructions (I am a male). It's much easier to do it right than it is to do it twice.

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it has been pointed out to me that "the instructions would be a great way to do that, IF those were the parts they had given me to do it with"

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I really want a new office/computer chair, but I remember all too well the horror of assembling the one I now have. And, I do read the instructions -maybe that is the trouble. And it was missing parts too!!

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Always. I'm both analytical by nature and I used to be a technical writer. Both of these mean that I read the manual from cover to cover on most things.

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But sometimes you still have extra parts even when you follow the directions.

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Depends on how much it's complicated I guess. But usually I'd follow the instructions from the book than by instinct since I'm prone to having things put backwards or upside down.. true story.

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I wouldn't even open the box until I was ready to read the instructions from cover to cover. And I usually get "someone" to help me by re-reading the whole thing as it is being assembled (and/or holding pieces together while I fasten them)

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I like looking at the Ikea pictures...but that's about it

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It's like my dad says "When all else fails, read the instruction. But only when everything else has failed." He's not that eloquent, sure, but he gets his point across.

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I was planning to write pretty much what @moosezilla did.

A friend of mine once pointed out that in many cases (especially with less expensive items), the least useful engineer or designer is the one tasked with writing the instructions. Thus, I frequently use the provided instructions as little more than a guide and will add extra parts (screws and/or brackets, etc.) when I think it is warranted.

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I guess it depends. If its something simple like a table and chair I glance over it and realize "hey, this is a simple chair", I don't read any details. If somehow it gets complicated I'll read the directions. On the other hand if it is something like a 100 piece ikea entertainment center you bet I read the instructions.

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I read the instructions and my wife puts it together.

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I like to purchase several different items, then switch the instructions and parts around randomly. You would be amazed at some of the things you come up with!

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Only if there's more than 1 size of screw.

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@zippy the pinhead: I can come up with amazing things working on only one item, that is the problem!