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Figuring Out New Gadgets

Image from page 70 of "Blueprint reading; a practical manual of instruction in blueprint reading through the analysis of typical plates with reference to mechanical drawing conventions and methods, the laws of projection, etc" (1919)

 

Ever bought a new piece of equipment; a new phone, a flat pack or even a vaccuum cleaner and been baffled by how it goes together or how to get the thing to work? You can always try the old advice of 'If all else fails, read the instructions' ... but sometimes it's not that simple. Sometimes those instructions resemble something like the picture above, or there actually aren't any! I bought an air mattress on the weekend which had no instructions, and almost tore off the non-return valve thinking it was just a bit of protective packaging that was meant to be removed before use! Luckily I ddn't and the valve is working fine, but have you ever broken a new piece of kit by pulling something that was mean't to be turned, sliding something that was meant to be pushed or removing something that wasn't meant tobe removed? - Alex

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