I was looking at building a fence so I looked up some ‘plans’ on the internet. And as with most things found many different designs and methods. I’ve built fences before so I was just looking for some tips. You know, how to attach stuff in maybe a better way than I’ve done in the past. Here is my conclusion: nobody else really knows how to attach stuff either!
For instance, whats the best way to attach the lower rail? Toenail? Brackets? Cut a slot? Just nail it on? Typically instructions go like this – “put top rail on and screw to tops of posts” (easy) then, “attach lower rail”. Really? How? And these instructions come from large organizations who should know better. Even the videos skip past the difficult stuff. Kind of like “instructions” for installing a repeater: “climb to top of CN Tower, hoist up antenna, attach antenna and coax”. Ya. It’s not quite that easy is it!
So, if I ever post instructions for making say, a 3 element yagi and go into great detail about how to cut the boom to the correct length (which is non-critical) and then say something like “make and install gamma match” for the feedpoint, please send me some feedback. Say something like, “hey Gord, you skipped over the hard part!”. In fact, I think I’ll send some of these fence building websites feedback saying just that.
It’s not like the fence building websites are alone in this either. I see many ham radio, car repair, home repair, etc. websites do the exact same thing. If your going to provide detailed plans, then provide them or don’t bother posting any instructions. People want to know how to overcome the difficult parts – not the simple parts.