Okay, you may have noticed that we fell out there for a week … between a pair of posts on luxury kitchens from SubZero Wolf, Poggenpohl and WoodMode. Both posts part of my ongoing coverage of #BlogTourVegas. BlogTour Vegas took me to the first-ever Design & Construction Week earlier in the year.
I mean – it is a hard fast goal to get at least one post up a week. But that week, a couple of extraordinary factors came into play.
First, I have been doing a guest experts spot on the Home Depot-owned, RedBeacon.com. It’s been fine, I quite like answering questions (and actually I’ve only done two – one of which was on Bathroom Vanities), but they can be time-consuming, and in a way – a little bit humbling. (Back to that “expert” part in a minute.)
Sure, Barry too is still working through his coverage of the 2014 International Builders Show, but as always with him – he fits it in when he can … between his jobs for his real world carpentry biz.
Second, I made an overnight trip to American Standard’s New Product Showroom in New Jersey. As evidenced by the link back there, I had been there once before, as a blogger. And while some of you might think this had something to do with AmStand’s launch of a new luxury line, called DXV, it did not. I headed up, as a pro, to install, evaluate and re-write the instructions for a popular set of their shower doors.
Building Moxie Writes Instructions for American Standard (And who knows, maybe next time this information helps you with Reading Instructions)
If you’ve read my posts, then you probably know I am not always comfortable telling you, well, how you should go about doing something. I mean – I know for myself, and in real life – I can usually come up with, idk, a myriad of ways to accomplish any single task. Ever skin a cat? Sure. And heck, you are smart people (you’re reading this blog after all), you don’t need me always telling you what to do. Nope, Smarties … certified, thinking-on-your-feet, smart people. Right? Yeah, you. Right!
In a way, that’s the dish here. It is more like, idk, color commentary … and leaving the play by play for someone else. That’s it – we’re Color Guys (myself, as well as Barry).
You can see some of that “color” in some of my early rants on, well, instructions. Here’s a good one >> One Way to Fix the Front Load Washer Vibration. (Ironically, too, that post recently yielded, as these posts sometimes do, a somewhat cryptic and out of the blue message || Subject: Thank you for Frigidaire washer vibration solution. Body: Thank you. We removed the 4 shipping bolts. A miracle.
Elizabeth in Tennessee.)
I mean – Instructions – they’re a special thing, aren’t they? As a writer of instructions, you just don’t know what the individuals in your audience, well … know. (Key word “individuals.”) And surprisingly, as was the case with my assignment – instructions are not always written by writers, but rather by engineers. (And in a way, that simple fact seems to help give purpose to all us how-to bloggers out here, and hacking away.)
And anyway …
So as you can imagine, I had to both analyze and “edit” as I was doing. For my part, I was trying to distill down the most straightforward and easy to follow set of steps, which anyone – from an experienced contractor to someone who might be turning a screwdriver for the first time – could follow. Not as easy as you would think.
I guess that’s that – I really don’t know if I want to go into too much more detail other than to say – I have delivered my “report,” but I have not heard any final word on what will come of it. In my eyes, the exercise was valuable (for both parties) and I was pretty proud of what I ultimately delivered.
And okay, if you really must know – the Curved Saver Door available at Lowe’s and I felt it was both handsome and sturdy and it was reasonably well-designed, though the instruction were … a little difficult to follow.
Revisiting “Building Moxie :: Remodeling Experts”
As I was saying at the top, I am sometimes uncomfortable with the tag “Remodeling Expert.” Ironically, though, I recently sent this text to Barry:
Approximately two days later, I received this comment from a YouTuber –
Subject: New Comment on Your Video. Body: I’m no expert, so correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t you just create an S-trap under the vanity? I’ve been told that after the P it should vent at or near the first vertical drop to the soil pipe. Am I missing something here? Won’t the S-trap cause the water to siphon out and allow sewer gases in?
He was commenting on my post here, and he was absolutely right – I had dropped the ball. Further, for me – it happened to be the second time in six months that I discovered I had posted a pic that blatantly broke code. Now, I know – I probably have plenty of stuff up here that breaks code, but in these two cases – inexcusable and downright stupid.
I thanked the commenter for his note (I truly was thankful) and I removed all offending images (taking down a pretty popular set of videos).
Beyond that it was a gentle reminder (and yeah, I dwelled on it a little) that people can call me what they will, but really, at the core – there is still much to learn and there is still plenty of room to grow.
Thanks for reading. Next time, the last of my #BlogTourVegas coverage, the best for last you could say – a feature on the steam fixture maker – Mr. Steam, a long-time BlogTour sponsor.
Great weekend and cheers. ~jb