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Old 10-09-2011, 08:21 AM   #21
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Depends. Sometimes I read the manuals, somtimes I just leaf through them. I do have a file where I keep all the kitchen stuff together and a file for the rest of the stuff. I don't know if the new owners appreciate it or not, but before I move out of a house I collect all the manuals for the stuff that we're leaving on the kitchen counter.

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Old 10-09-2011, 06:58 PM   #22
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What's a manual?

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Old 10-09-2011, 08:50 PM   #23
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The manuals for office stuff are...somewhere in the office. The manuals for the stuff in the family room are...somewhere in the family room or the office. The manuals for the cars are in the cars. :) The manuals for kitchen stuff are in the kitchen: some in the junk drawer, and some in the little pocket on the side of the Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer cover. I can perhaps find them if I need them. NOT in alphabetic order. :)
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:21 AM   #24
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I've been producing computer manuals for 20 years, so I cannot stand them anymore...
But I keep them all in the same place, safely stored, so when I need something I just need to dig like a madman, cursing all the time, until I found what I need (usually, the last of the pile).
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:07 AM   #25
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All the manuals are in a file folder in the file cabinet. As a writer, I am very critical of the manuals. I have returned products because the manual was so poorly written or did not include standard safety statements. If it is poorly written in English, chances are the French is worse. And, if you get rid of the appliance, being able to include the manual is helpful.
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:10 AM   #26
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You read the standard safety statements? That's a first. After reading a few, I learned not to use the microwave in the shower, or to wash the coffee maker in the dishwasher, etc.
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:13 AM   #27
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You read the standard safety statements? That's a first. After reading a few, I learned not to use the microwave in the shower, or to wash the coffee maker in the dishwasher, etc.
You're not supposed to wash the coffeemaker in the dishwasher? That explains a lot!
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:35 AM   #28
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An instruction book that came with an iron I had once, cautioned not to wear clothes while ironing. Well, duh!!!! However, I will have to admit to flipping the bottom edge of a skirt I had on to press the hem a bit.

Okay, done.

As for the reality of user's guides, I do read them and keep them, like PF, in alphabetical order in a large 3-ring binder where they're stored in plastic protective sleeves so I can see each one and access them easily.

I do go through the binder on a regular basis and remove the manuals that pertain to items that I no longer have. And, as someone else already mentioned, when I get rid of something, the manual goes with it.

When I purchase appliances, electronics, etc. at yard sales/thrift stores and such, and there's no manual, I usually go to the Internet to download a manual if available.

I'm pretty good at taking care of my stuff and still have my original Oster blender I purchased in 1968, along with its user's manual. It's still working like a champ. As are a number of other appliances I bought in the late '60s and early '70s, also all with their attendant manuals. You can probably guess that the pages in the guides aren't pristine white anymore. Just a bit yellowed with age.
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Old 10-10-2011, 10:36 AM   #29
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I wish i did. I have a bread making machine seating in the garage for 5-6 years now, waiting for my wife to read instruction so she would just explain to me how to use it. I'm bad.
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Old 10-10-2011, 11:01 AM   #30
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I usually read them twice. Once to learn to operate the thing and then again a few weeks later to figure out the extra features that aren't obvious. I am always amazed at the things I learn on that second reading, lots of features there that I didn't consider important on first blush.

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