Results for - Impossible direction--I attempted to decipher maintenance directions today, with little luck. It seems that difficult to impossible instructions are far too common.

1,620 voters participated in this survey

1. Speaking of the lawnmower, (or other power equipment), how many of you have encountered the following?

Directions that apply to multiple models which don't quite match up to the model you have.
25%
404 votes
Directions that rely heavily upon photos--that don't look like what you have
19%
306 votes
Directions that tell you to clean by brushing when there is no brush known to humankind that will clean the areas that need to be cleaned
10%
157 votes
Directions that tell you to perform maintenance when the odometer, (or other contraption) reaches a certain point, which your particular odometer, etc. will never reach.
8%
134 votes
N/A
61%
987 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
17 votes

2. And recipes! Usually I can guesstimate, but learning cooks, how frustrating! How many of the following cause problems?

Salt and pepper to taste. (before it even hits the oven--who knows?)
24%
383 votes
Two tomatoes, zucchini, etc. What size?
19%
309 votes
Add butter. (salted or unsalted?)
16%
256 votes
Bake until done (I love this one)
33%
533 votes
N/A
47%
767 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
14 votes

3. Crafts--I'm most knowledgeable about knitting, so my frustrations lie there. Have you dealt with the following?

Gauge measured in pattern stitch. (do I really need to complete four inches of a complicated pattern to decide what needle size to use?)
13%
210 votes
Pick up five stitches (by what method?)
13%
209 votes
Cast on and off (by what method)?
10%
166 votes
N/A
74%
1,204 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
9 votes

4. So much effort goes into many instructions that I am left wondering why more precision is not available. Do any of these seem possible?

English is the author's second (or third) language
27%
435 votes
It is a failed attempt to prevent me from having early onset Alzheimers
10%
166 votes
A devious method of ensuring you will have to buy another lawnmower, more zucchini, or more yarn
15%
248 votes
It is a method of reminding me of my inferiority to the author of the directions.
14%
220 votes
N/A
53%
860 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
20 votes
08/01/2015 Living 1620 22 By: susand24224

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