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    Some Assembly Required, Are You Kidding! What is the most frustrating/time consuming item that you've ever had to assemble?

    I purchased a fryer/steamer. I thought the set up would be as simple as pulling it out of the box and then plugging it into the outlet. Heck no..... I had to first find a screwdriver so I could attach 4 legs and 2 handles before I could use it. It was simple, even a Bumpkin as myself can put it together, but, it was frustrating and time consuming. So this got me to thinking about some of the items that  you guys/girls may have purchased in the past that turned out to be a nightmare to assemble. Do any of you want to share your experience?

    +18  Views: 1788 Answers: 18 Posted: 12 years ago
    country bumpkin

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    "Aw, come on now Don."

    18 Answers

     IKEA!!  people bring their stuff that they have bought at Ikea to me so that I can assemble it for them.This is after they have had a crack at it,lost the instructions & some of the parts & are totally frustrated.I have always managed to finish them off but not without turning the air blue with my cussing & swearing.LOL.

    country bumpkin

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    Do you travel? I have a another project for you to assemble. Ha-Ha.
    Tommyh

    Been there,done that CB.I'm a "stop at home"{ tradie now.LOL
    Flip

    I must assume IKEA is a discount store, much like Walmart here in the states???
    FISH-O

    Ikea is not a discount store... Ikea is the affordable Swedish Furniture Store ... extravaganza ... one stop shopping, Yellow and Blue giganta-thon experience.
    country bumpkin

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    An Ikea was opened near Dallas app. 5 years ago but I've never been there.
    Tommyh

    everything you buy there has to be assembled by you.
    country bumpkin

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    No fun, no fun at all....
    Mr.Den

    IKEA is in some of the states here now.......It has caused some local companies to close....
    digger

    Swedish Shite !
    Tommyh

    One thing is good there,You can get a full breakfast for $2.95.We have had them here about 20 years now.Most of the stuff the sell looks like a million bucks but it's made cheaply in China.Swedish designers,Chinese manufacturers & suckers for assemblers!LOL
    mycatsmom

    We have an IKEA here in a burb of Detroit. People come from miles around to see it.They have good Swedeish Meatballs in their cafeteria .
    Tommyh

    Someone started a rumour that the meatballs were made from horse meat.But it's lies I tell ya! Lies!.Hahaha!

    I worked in a factory for 23 years, assembly is my forte......

    country bumpkin

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    That's a long time. Do you mind if I ask what you assembled? I'm curious because I've been told that I should work in a factory because I'm not a people pleaser... Screw them! LOL
    jhharlan

    Traffic control stuff. The mechanics you see at an intersection (the lights) and the computers that run them...I wired the cabinets you see on the corners.....and right, screw them......
    mycatsmom

    I always thought I should have worked in a factory, b/c working directly with people can be very stressful.
    mycatsmom

    CB,You're an akaQA pleaser. You make everything more enjoyable here .

    A Heathkit dual trace oscilloscope. 

    country bumpkin

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    An electronic instrument that produces an instantaneous trace on the screen of a cathode-ray tube corresponding to oscillations of voltage and current. Shew, this definition alone was hard to assemble.. HA-HA.
    robertgrist

    I have had complex electronic test equipment since I got out of high school...50 years.
    mycatsmom

    Years ago,when in H.S., my bro assembled a Heath Kit tuner and amplifier. He bought woofers and tweeters and built and stained the cabinets for them.
    robertgrist

    Easier than an old computer to assemble. Before computers there were tubes and repairing or making them was a chore that looked like a job for kids forever..... until things went solid state with all those instrument design challenges. Back then we had to make things simple, easy to work on and understandable so it could be repaired. Otherwise it was a waste of money...break it and it's trash was the state of the art....then. The experience of that made it worth while.

    I like puzzles and so assembling things is fun for moi!

    country bumpkin

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    I haven't put together a puzzle in years. This sounds like fun. (*~*)

    Anything made in China requiring assembly with the help of Chinese assembly instructions written by illiterate Asian engineers who can't draw in 3D  if their lives depended on it. Gas BBQ's top the list.

    country bumpkin

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    Grill assembling seems to be a common pain in arse for the members here at akaqa. (*~*)
    robertgrist

    Three-dimensional thinking is a skill that you must enforce into your own thinking as a child and use through-out your life and pass on to your own children after you have played and worked this skill in your own childhood. Those "born-with" such acquired skills and awakened into their application early-on, have clearly demonstrated their heritage in many wonderful ways. We all have many such gifts and that must be exercised to bloom and carry-on.

    43 years as a service technician in the printing/copying industry gave me a lot of experience. With patience, anything can be fixed or reassembled.

    country bumpkin

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    It also helps when there are no parts or screws missing. LOL

    I have a neighbour that i go to for anything that needs to be assembled,i give him a few dollars for his trouble and another neighbour that helps with problems with my computer.

    country bumpkin

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    Python, You lucky duck, you have some good neighbors.
    Mr.Den

    I hope your neighbors do not join a Union.........you will be paying more then.......LOL

     A Mercedes V8 Diesel sorry I take that back just fitted a Powertronic gearbox in a Volvo Fm Dustbin wagon talk about shit


     

    country bumpkin

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    Oh you poor guy! I had a friend that had an old volvo car and that in itself was a nightmare to have to work on.

    I am Afraid to I LOVE them its so thereputic love any thing you have to put together !

    country bumpkin

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    How about you "put together" a big dinner party and invite all of us! LOL
    melandrupert

    @ country bumkin when and where yes yes yes I would love to that would make my day heeee xxxx

    Spent two days assembling a barbeque.

    Flip

    LOL: Reminds me of so many years ago when my eldest daughter was in college and she bought us a new barbecue. We were away for the weekend and she took both days assembling it.
    Mr.Den

    Was this a gas barbeque?
    mom

    lol...sadly, no , it was a basic bbq.
    country bumpkin

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    Hi mom:
    Poor girl! I hope all that time spent assembling that grill made the food taste extra yummy! (*~*)
    The food probably seemed to taste 10x's better because it was 10x's more rewarding after all the trouble you had. (*~*)
    mom

    lol...I think you may be right. I was certainly glad to get the silly thing put together.

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    marrige

    country bumpkin

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    I botched up two of those. You must be very good at "keeping" things together. (*~*)
    Mr.Den

    On my second marriage now. First one lasted 7 years(She couldn't stay off of dope, had to take 2 young kids away) This marriage now is lasting up to 14 years and still growing !!

    Everything that comes needs to be assembled. We  bought a nice Queen bed sometime ago, luckily for us the men who delivered it assembled it too, phew! They also assembled the other furniture that came with it.

    country bumpkin

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    Did they charge you extra? Too bad not all companies practice this.
    eggplant

    No, they did not charge extra.

    I am pretty handy but not reading the instrutions on the tramopline a  few years ago cost me a couple of hours... you have to put that mat on the way it tells you or it will never go on... Silly me.

    country bumpkin

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    Im impressed that you were able to get something that big put together. Wow, it would have taken me days to figure it all out. LOL

    Doing anything according to the diagram, is impossible for me. It never makes sense no matter how many times I try to follow the simple instructions! I can't even find "the paper jam" on a photo copier!  I'm pathetic!         :(

    country bumpkin

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    I know the feeling, we can put our two pathetic heads together and the possibilities will be boundless. LOL
    Bob/PKB

    Well, to be honest, my fireplace is falling apart a little bit.
    If we put our THREE heads together, we'd probably knock each other out.
    Ducky

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    Two heads are better than one and three heads are better than two!
    Bob/PKB

    Let's plan a dinner party in Scotland. NO haggis.
    Ducky

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    Both of those ideas sound good to me. :)
    country bumpkin

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    No Haggis for dinner, but I'll fry us up some blood sausages/black pudding for breakfast. (*~*)

    (LOL..We'd probably knock each other out).
    Ducky

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    Umm...not very hungry at breakfast time. :(
    country bumpkin

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    LOL.....It take a while for me to eat it-only little bites at a time because the thought of what it is constantly plays through my mind. It does have a very rich flavour.
    Ducky

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    Now I had to look it up...worse than I thought. Eeeeeeewwwwwww....

    http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-blood-sausage.htm
    Bob/PKB

    How about some nice French toast. Simple, all well-known ingredients. Nothing weird sounding.
    country bumpkin

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    French toast sounds good to me, but guess who does not like it. (*~*)
    Bob/PKB

    Well, shoot, I want him to be included in our delightful meal. Perhaps he can be the server??
    My French toast is excellent; even the French find it award-worthy.
    country bumpkin

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    I want to try your French Toast. Great idea, he can serve us in a tartan apron.
    Bob/PKB

    School is out end of May.
    country bumpkin

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    Our Welcome mat is in place!

    A couple of years ago, I, alone, assembled a large fireplace style heater for my mom.  It is nearly 5 feet tall and at least 6 feet wide, with a great mantle.  It fit right under the flat screen TV I helped mount to the wall.  :D

    I worked on assembling a pocket watch someone had disassembled into a small box. It took about ten days because I had no experience and I could keep it if I put it together and make it work. A couple of parts required replacement and I only started to work on it when I got a little book on how the mechanism works. The watch was a Walthum Vanguard Pocket watch and had a temperature compensator i the mechanics. I sold it some years back for $2500.00. They cost over $5000.00 now.

    Ducky

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    I wish you were my neighbor! :)

    i can't stand the frustration of assembling difficult items.  i have patience with people, but not with things.

    country bumpkin

    Moderator
    I hear you. (*~*)

    An ELEPTICAL.

    mycatsmom

    sawali,That's a BIG job !
    country bumpkin

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    Some of those are huge. Good exercise workout, I used to have one several years ago.


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