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IKEA Shelf Assembly Instructions a Tad Murky
The curse of bad instructions struck again in the booklet that accompanies a shelf unit Jon Titus bought from IKEA. The original instructions for Step 1 show how to attach two brackets and eight screws and dowel pins to the top, bottom, and sides of the shelf. But, if you’re not mechanically inclined, it’s easy to miss where the items go. Jon’s marked-up instructions, below, explicitly show where the pieces go. The brackets (A) look fairly obvious, but someone with poor vision might miss where to put the other parts, B and C. Things get even sillier, as underscored in another cartoon from the instructions:
Perhaps an appropriate caption for this image would be; “Take careful aim at screws from at least half a meter away.” Or, “To start screw threads, hold screw firmly in screwdriver blade and run at the wall.”Tags: blade, brackets, careful aim, poor vision, shelf unit