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Shop stuff #204: Fighting bad installation manuals

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Blog entry by JimDaddyO posted 02-27-2021 03:05 AM 447 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m on a new project in our new home. This time I am installing a bathroom. It’s below grade and below the waste plumbing so I had to buy a very expensive macerating toilet with a pump on it to handle the waste water. With all the money these things cost you would think that they would have had someone with some technical writing skills to do the manual. But no, not these guys. A short gloss over of things is all they give you and even that is incomplete and vague. Join me as I figure this out and get the waste plumbed to the pump and the venting started. There will be an update on this one as I make more progress on it.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 02-27-2021 04:15 AM



... they would have had someone with some technical writing skills to do the manual…
- JimDaddyO

I feel ya JD... Maybe you should brush up on your,

and be able to read the un-translated manual.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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987Ron

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#2 posted 02-27-2021 02:56 PM

With all the money these things cost you would think that they would have had someone with some technical writing skills to do the manual. But no, not these guys.

- JimDaddyO

As a aspiring Engineer in the Univ. I had two semesters of prose and poetry but no technical writing. Later as an employed engineer never had a request for prose or poetry but did need technical writing often. Self taught.

-- Ron

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jkm312

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#3 posted 02-27-2021 11:42 PM

I know exactly where you are coming from, so do the rest of us. No slight intended to 987Ron. The people that write the instructions are already so familiar with the product, what seems perfectly clear to them, is NOT to the rest of us. Some of it is clearly contracted out to offshore services. In this case it is suspect if those people have ever touched the product. When it tanslated from one language to another it gets comical.

Jim, patience is the name of the game here. And, yes shall glue no pipe before it’s time!

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