Are the other fora of this quality out there?


Old 10-08-06, 08:53 AM
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Are the other fora of this quality out there?

I like this forum; I never get bad or wrong advice. Of course, sometimes that means I get no advice.

I really haven't been able to find other fora of this quality [both content and ease of use] for additional advice, and the rules prevent linking to others, don't they?

So, how can I ask for help? Can I ask for search engines and search terms that bring up other good links on the first page?

Can I ask some-one to PM me other links?

Is there any alternative to slogging through all 802,000 links that come up from google?
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Old 10-08-06, 11:08 AM
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The current rules prevent linking to general sites, but if someone has a specific webpage that answers your specific question, it can be posted. No problem asking what someone is using for search words.
Old 10-08-06, 05:10 PM
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Hmmm ...

So, if my specific question is, 'Are there any other fora of this quality out there?' ...

I REALLY need the message boards. Most of the tutorials and instructions I find are so neat and tidy, all right angles and plumb and level. Even the people working on the houses are wearing nice sturdy jeans and matching work-gloves. These people are the June Cleavers of the fix-it world; always tidy and everything resolved in thirty minutes.

[My home improvement projects are a bit more like The Sopranos; the storylines run all season and are filled with ignorance, poor judgement, and brutality. Well, at least injury.]

It's easy to get advice on how to do things right, but I need lots of advice on everything that can go wrong, because something new goes wrong every time.

I just walked into a store and bought a framing gun. Just paid my money and bought a tool I have no idea how to use, and I suspect I could kill myself, well more probably someone else, with it. Why did I buy it? Because I've hurt myself too badly to use a hammer. That's just not right.

So what do I do? I cruise the web, worry myself sick, procrastinate and delay, and go buy some plants. Then I work in the yard until I get some unspecified contact dermititis, take two benadryl, and watch some home improvement shows.

Eventually I start the project and sure enough some bizarre problem that I have never heard of but feel I should have anticipated comes up. So I damage something, often myself, and I yell at the dog, have a fight with the spouse, take two whiskey, and watch some b-rated horror shows. These are more relaxing that HI shows.

So, I do some more work, and draw some more blood, and shrug it off as an offering to the gods of home-improvement, who make Artemis and Hera looks like, well, June Cleavers in heels and pearls, and at every step I have to figure out how to deal with some problem that I will not see again for seven years, by which time I will have forgotten how I solved it.

Eventually, the project is completed and I hate the sight of it because it is not artisan-perfect, and I can always find the bloodstains no matter how hard I worked to remove or hide them.

So all I want, in addition to complete instructions on every step I must take, is a complete inventory of every single thing that might go wrong in the course of a project, and instant advice on what to do for every little problem that comes up.

That's why I wish I knew of a couple of more places that could warn me that I could knock chunks of plaster out of my office ceiling when I put new flooring the attic. [Haven't actually done it yet; that's scheduled for next week-end.]

Anyone have any tips on how to find some other good general DIY boards? TIA.
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Old 10-09-06, 04:58 AM
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Originally Posted by jhomeowner
So, if my specific question is, 'Are there any other fora of this quality out there?' ...
No [but I'm a little biased].

In the final analysis, you'll make mistakes regardless. We all do, even on jobs we have done dozens of times. Doo-doo occurs. When I fixed my Uncle Sam's airplanes for a living I must have stabbed myself in the thumb and fingers with safetywire 5,000 times even though I learned on about the second day that it HURTS.
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Old 10-09-06, 03:12 PM
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wow. I hope you are a writer for a living. If not, you should be. That was one of the best descriptions of "do it yourself" i have ever seen.
Anyway, you live and you learn. learn to ask questions from people you trust, from people you buy equipment from, and from us at the forum.
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Old 10-09-06, 06:42 PM
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Why, thank you.

I did think I caught both the determination and desperation of the diy'er.

Actually, I'm a chemist, which actually comes in handy a LOT around the house.

[With no false modesty, I will say I write some of the best procedures and instructions I have ever read, and most of my skill comes from DIY instructions; 90% will teach you how to write good instructions, and the other 10% will teach you how not to write poor ones.]

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