Question: Forgo Instructions, or Follow to the Letter?

Question: Forgo Instructions, or Follow to the Letter?

Adrienne Breaux
Feb 11, 2009

In honor of February's DIY month, we combed over old Home Improvement (yes, the television show) clips and quotes in hopes of coming across some funny and helpful home tips. Well, we didn't really stumble on anything helpful, but we did notice an interesting exchange between the show's two main characters, Tim "the toolman" Taylor and Al Borland, after Tim had messed up yet another home project: Al: Didn't you study the manual at all? Tim: A real man doesn't need a manual. More after the jump!

Whether you are a man or a woman, where do you stand on the whole directions/instructions/manual situation? Do you thoroughly study all reading materials regarding a tool or a project before you even lift a finger or do you prefer to jump right in and figure it all out yourself? Have you ever worked on a project where the instructions guided you in the wrong direction, or saved you from making a grave mistake? Do you and your partner have different philosophies on the subject? Weigh in!

[Photo credit: Instructions photos from Electronics Weekly.]

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