Do you read all the manuals Before you use product/good.

@adihindu (1922)
India
October 23, 2008 8:21am CST
Today I came across a incident that misusage of one electrical product caused the person to the hospital. If he read all the manuals that are supplied with that product, then he could escape from that. In every manual, provider will specify how to use that product and all do's and don'ts. I will always read all the manual that are provided with any good. I found most of the people won't. What about you. Do you think reading of them is waste of time. If yes why so.
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124 responses
• United States
23 Oct 08
I read manual sometimes but will admit that most of the time I am too lazy to do so. I should read them though lol because I would have alot less problems and wouldn't have to call my hubby over later.
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@adihindu (1922)
• India
24 Oct 08
I do read these manuals as they contain some useful information. Thanks for posting your response.
@icegermany (2524)
• India
23 Oct 08
for any product which i have never used before or i dont know about it anything then i first thing i do is i read the manual and then use it, there are a few products whose guidelines have to be go throughed first and it is important so that we dont use it improperly and may be it may go wrong. specially the electronics should be handled carefully as it gets under repair very fast and it is really a big loss instead spending some time and reading the guidelines will really dont matter and we have to do it first and there are a few products which we use it basically and also by mouth of a word also we can manage operating it and for those items it is absolutely fine.
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@adihindu (1922)
• India
24 Oct 08
Yes, if we can manage them from problems, them we can avoid reading manuals. But I was not good at any of these products, so I prefer following the manual. Thankyou for posting your response.
@austere (2816)
• Philippines
23 Oct 08
for most of the times, yes, i do, but sometimes i dont..hehehe like when i got my PSP, well, it was actually given to me by my boyfriend..i just used it right away and didnt read the manula.. i tried to know my way through manuvering the pages.. but for those things that i dont really know how to use, i make sure that i read the product. like my samsung phone was new, i was really thankful that i read the manual or it could have been broken many months ago.. there was a not in the manula to never connect the cellphone without installing that CD to be able to transfer the files.. gfood thing i read that because i was really thinking of just connecting the phone to my PC.. i thought that was alright!:)
@adihindu (1922)
• India
23 Oct 08
So you got something good by reading the manual in the product that you like. I think there are many useful things that were specified in the manual. So I read every manual even I don't had the product but it was rare. Happy to have your response.
@austere (2816)
• Philippines
24 Oct 08
yes, it did me good that i read the manula..:) and after reading this discussion that you have started, i guess i should be reading the manula of any product before using or end up regretting if it will cause me harm or if i destroy the newly bought product just because i did not read the instruction manual!:)
@adihindu (1922)
• India
2 Nov 08
Thanks for your good motivation. Happy to share. Happy myLotting.
• Philippines
25 Oct 08
Hey there! I always read the manual before using. Whatever product that is... Specially if that is an electronic product. You better read it so to avoid any accident or destruction of the product. Like when I first have my new cellphone. Even though it's a nokia phone, which I'm very familiar with, I read the whole manual before fully using the phone. Also there are new features in the phone so I checked it out first at the manual on how to properly use it. I don't think reading the manual is a waste of time. Why would the manufacturer include the manual it is a "waste of time"? They included it to inform us the proper usage of the product.
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@adihindu (1922)
• India
25 Oct 08
yah ! Thanks for your good response. I think reading the manual is definately not the waste of time. They specify every thing in the manual. So it is very good to read. Happy myLotting
• Philippines
25 Oct 08
yeah, it is always good to read the manual before using. Bend or Bump lol
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@shooie (4986)
• United States
25 Oct 08
Do I always read them? Nope I sure don't. It really depends on the item rather or not I do. If it is something real technical then yes but mostly no.
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@adihindu (1922)
• India
25 Oct 08
we don't know what is inside in the manual. With out reading that we don't know what the manufactures specify in that. Happy myLotting
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@shooie (4986)
• United States
25 Oct 08
Personally I think more people would read them if they were user friendly. Some of them are really hard to follow. I've had my in-laws bring their manuals and instructions over asking for help because they couldn't follow what was in there. If it is an item I personally haven't used I will scan it. Do I read word for word no. But thing is just like a lot of things common sense. Everyone knows you don't use anything that is electric near water and things like that. Not every thing that comes with a manual requires reading. You know like furniture you have to put together.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
23 Oct 08
yes, I read the manual before I tend to use the product... Any electronic product will last long, one and only if we use the product like in the manual or in the prescribed format..... I want my product to be used last longer days, that is more than the warranty time.. so I always read the manual before i try the product........................
@adihindu (1922)
• India
23 Oct 08
You are great and you are only the first one that reads the manual in this discussion. Keep it up. I do read the manual before I use them. It was very good for the product life.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
1 Nov 08
Thanks for the award//
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
23 Oct 08
It isn't really a waste of time, considering that your reading something that would make you more knowledgeable with the product that you have acquired but, honestly, I don't read it all. I just read what seems necessary for me to make it work and I wouldn't be doing anything unnecessary to it. If I encounter problems, I'd go back reading again. Of course, one could easily distinguish for themselves that most things shouldn't be used for purposes that the product wasn't made for.
@adihindu (1922)
• India
23 Oct 08
I don't know why I always read the manuals before using the product. But it was not only for the sake of knowledge in that product, it tells me how to handle safely and safety is the main term for any one. Safety doesn't depends on knowledge and experience. With out safety, we are just putting our life in risk. So, I read the manual for safety guidelines and how effectively I can utilise the product.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
23 Oct 08
(^_^")Seems like you answered your own question in that reply, you read it all not only for knowing the things you should with regards with the product but, more over for the safety on using and handling them. As I said, its not a waste of time. Different people have different ways on handling that things that they have after all. (^_^ )
@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
25 Oct 08
Depending on what the product is, i usually always read the manuals Before I use the product/good. For instance if it is something simple like a gadget of some sort, say a transistor radio for example, no I probably will skip the manual or instruction sheet. If it is a new appliance, electronic piece such as a router or a new sound card, it is most likely that I will read the manual. Usually because i don't want to do something that will harm the product. Misuse cancels the warranty for example. The reason I usually will consult a manual is not for health reasons but for what is best for the product. When I decide to skip reading the manual, it is usually because I already know how to handle the item.
@adihindu (1922)
• India
25 Oct 08
ok . Your opinion is good. Thanks for yours good response. Happy myLotting.
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
25 Oct 08
If it is a replacement product that I have used before, no, but if it is new to me, absolutely. I would hate to ruin it or get hurt.
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@adihindu (1922)
• India
25 Oct 08
ok good. thanks for your response. I read all the manuals what ever I use if it is new or old to me. Happy myLotting.
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@sunnbk (26)
• China
24 Oct 08
It's a very good thing that falling into the habit of reading the manuls before the usage of a new product.The special manul will make the product practice more efficient and keep users away from some incidents.But nomally people fell very bad if have to read the manuls before using the product.As to me,i often make use of the product directly and carefully.Maybe i will read the manuls when i encounter some questions during the usage.Then,if the manuls contain some technology knowlege about the product,I may study up that part carefully.
@adihindu (1922)
• India
24 Oct 08
It was very good if we read the manuals. We will find the safety precautions and some other useful information from them. Thanks for posting your response.
@DiDeCo (50)
• Canada
24 Oct 08
It is extremely important to read the instructions. My husband did not a few years back, and he almost caused a house fire. Though it is a lot easier to read a pamphlet rather than a small booklet. Not everybody reads them unfortunately. Out of six family members only three of us read the instructions. The other three open it up and say something like, it's all Chinese and close it and try to do whatever needs to be done but without the instructions.
@adihindu (1922)
• India
24 Oct 08
Yes, most of us won't read as they feel it was in chineese. You are almost escaped from a big accident. If we read the manuals, then we can find some useful things. Thanks for sharing your experience.
@Jade13 (262)
• Malaysia
24 Oct 08
I don't either. I will scan it through though. But won't go into details. When i need to find out certain function. Then I will flip and find the info that I want and read it.That's how i do it.
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@adihindu (1922)
• India
24 Oct 08
Thanks for posting your response. Atleast you are scanning the manual, most of the persons throw it in the dustbin as they feel it was waste.
@jesbellaine (4157)
• Philippines
23 Oct 08
Yes, I always read the instructions on the manual and follow it with certain products that I buy. I mean, it's better to be safe than sorry. I have to admit though that there are times, I am too LAZY to read manuals and I operate it on my own then if I can't that's the time I will read the manuals. lolz.
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@adihindu (1922)
• India
24 Oct 08
Thanks for posting your response. We can find some useful information even in the products that we regularly use.
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Oct 08
hi adihindu to me a person who doesnt read the manual before using the product or goods is a fool, just like' a doctor who when ill doctors himself, or a lawyer who in legal trouble treats himself, they are fools. You need to know all the ins and outs of your new product or goods so you can use them safely without serious damage to self'or property. Just like people who dont read the rules here, then whine because they arent making anything,or mylot deleted their discussions, whats so hard about reading the rules so you can follow them and not lose discussions.
@adihindu (1922)
• India
24 Oct 08
I do read all the manual instructions for getting some safety precaution, tips and warranty terms. I found most of the goods void warranty as their owners won't read the manual. It doesn't take much time in reading those manual, but it saves our property. Thanks for a nice response.
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
23 Oct 08
I'm afraid I'm guilty of hardly ever reading the instructions. Especially if it's something which I've had before which I think should be relatively straightforward - a toaster or an iron, for example. My husband is also guilty - he only ever reads instructions if he gets stuck with something!
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@adihindu (1922)
• India
24 Oct 08
Mostly manuals are not for the use of getting directions. It can be useful in finding the safety precautions, and good tips. Thanks for sharing your response.
• Lubbock, Texas
23 Oct 08
If it's a product I'm familiar with, coffee pot, toaster, blender etc. I glance through it, but usually don't read the whole thing. If it's something like computer, monitor, printer, something to do with the TV, lawn mower or other yard equipment, I read the manual all the way through, then start from the beginning and do everything step by step. I know a person whose motto is "if all else fails, read the instructions". A lot of people are like that.
@adihindu (1922)
• India
23 Oct 08
Yes, you are right. Most of the persons motto is "if all else fails, read the instructions". But it was not a good practise. Even though we are familiar with those products, we have to read all those manual instructions. How many people know how to handle liquids when microwaving. Liquids has a property superheat, by which they change their state by sudden explosion while heating instantly. This was one of the microwave manual instructions and most of the people don't know that. Today I saw a discussion on the same that one boy tried to make coffee with microwave, but he experienced a sudden explosion causing high level skin burns. All this burns are for just heating water in microwave without the knowledge of instructions.
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@teclive (247)
• Canada
23 Oct 08
For the most part, yes, i read the manual first, i like to know all the goodies my 'whatever it is' has to offer :) if its a simple thing, such as a glamorized toaster, then no, i wont read it. however if i get a manual that has more than 4 pages to it i pull up a chair, make a tea and start reading..this way also, i can recite it to my hubby just to ensure it doesnt get broken ;)
@adihindu (1922)
• India
23 Oct 08
It was great. You are also ensuring your hubby to make things right. Thanks for your response. Happy myLotting.
@teclive (247)
• Canada
23 Oct 08
hahah i try, but i still cant get him to do the reading himself LOL i got a star :), why do i have a star? what is a star?
@adihindu (1922)
• India
24 Oct 08
You will have this star when you completed 100 responses. And the number in your star is your reputation in myLot.
@BYOLA2871 (4373)
• South Africa
26 Oct 08
most times before i get any electrical gadget i would have read a lot about it from the internet ,so mostly i dont read so much of the manual unless i get into troubled waters though i agree that it saves us a lot of pains to go through the manuals
@adihindu (1922)
• India
27 Oct 08
Thanks for your good response. Manual gives so many good guidelines to us. Happy myLotting.
@BYOLA2871 (4373)
• South Africa
27 Oct 08
thanks and i hope i willlearn to start reading the manuals well
@adihindu (1922)
• India
2 Nov 08
Thanks for your good decision. It will helps you a lot. Happy myLotting.
@reezjohn (26)
• India
24 Oct 08
Most of the times i dont read it. i read manuals only when i dont know much about the product.
@adihindu (1922)
• India
25 Oct 08
The product manufactures specify each and every point about their product about how to use that. I think if we follow their specification we will use that product properly.
• India
25 Oct 08
yes thats true. but we dont always get the time to patiently read the manuals. for instance, if we buy a phone, the first thing we do is, explore it on our own and then start using it. i doubt if anybody actually goes through the manual.
@adihindu (1922)
• India
2 Nov 08
I think any body not follow the manual. But most of the people follow the manual before using the product. If you have no time to read all the manual just you have read some guidelines and do's and don'ts. It is also some what helpful to us. Happy to sharing. Happy myLotting.
@nini89 (670)
• India
4 Nov 08
Hi adhindu! Yes i used to read the manuals before it is been ussed. Otherwise how come we will know about the instruction given how to used and handle. Or the any matter which concern will known after goiing through the manuals. If it is electrical item then we should be very careful. happay posting and have a nice day.
@adihindu (1922)
• India
4 Nov 08
Its good to read the manual before using the product. Happy to share. Thanks for your response. Happy myLotting.
@nini89 (670)
• India
5 Nov 08
Yes we should read why to create problem without its knowledge so always read the instruction. Happy posting and have a nice day.