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Most people are incompetent asses and want to push it when they
should pull it or give you some backward advice about the way it
should be done based on something they saw and misremembered
from HGTV two years ago.
So I propose a web site that gives specific instructions and tips for
who like to work alone. What's the best procedure for laying
out corners on a soccer field by yourself? How do you put up a 19
foot window casing without a helper? Lifting Sheetrock, moving
refrigerators, avoiding lonliness, locating circuits, all with the
solitary worker in mind.
[calum, Jan 19 2014]
I wrote a story about exactly this premise. [bungston, Jan 19 2014]
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||As somebody who routinely scoffs at product directions
that indicate that a second person is required for assembly
or installation, I wholeheartedly approve of this idea.
||Proud member of the anti-social networking alliance. [+]
||//Most people are incompetent asses//
||There are a great number of websites that provide clear,
no-nonsense, and most importantly free advice on
innumerable subjects, but they are hard to find amongst
the forum idiots, sales pitches, and other web bullshit. I
wholeheartedly agree that they should be unified into one
easy-access database. I think the first step is to form a
||A little while ago I got so frustrated searching for help with
an electrical issue on a project that I violated protocol and
posted a plea for help here at the HB (my thanks to all who
helped me, the on-delay works perfectly). Only after some
'bakers set me on the right track did I even know the
proper search terms (like 'octal base') to locate the
resoures I needed.
||When you don't know what you don't know, so you can't know how to find out 'how' to know...
...I hate it when that happens.
||// //Most people are incompetent asses//
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||Yeah...I'm the guy who goes into NAPA with a chunk of
mangled steel and says "I dunno what this thing was, but
it's broken and I need a new one."
||Bun! Every tutorial should be screened to make sure
it provides a picture and description of every step,
(so you don't get halfway through then realize that
there are no instructions on how to remove that
thing) and videos where necessary. Each tutorial
should begin with a list of the _minimum_ tools and
equipment that you need, and what can be
substituted if you're missing one.
||[+] Even simple stuff like the old boombox circuit trick could go here, or roof repair instructions with all the tools listed at the beginning so you don't ahve to keep going down a ladder to fetch more.
||I once found a website like this - troubleshoot and
fix. The fix instructions had links to the small
interior parts needed, which you could buy thru the
site. I fixed a VHS this way. I felt like I had
conquered a dragon.
||When I was thinking about going to med school, A
candystriper friend got me in to watch a surgery to resect a
bowel. It was interesting. It wasn't really all that
complicated; there are actually step-by-step guides. The
doctor sewed the bowel up like you would weld up a big
pipe - bottom, inside bottom, inside top, outside top.
Blood squirted just like in the movies until they clamped it
or cauterize it.
||I decided then and there I would never have the balls to do
anything remotely like that.
||@ [bungston] Great story btw.