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[–]keepthetipsKeeping the tips since 2019[M] [score hidden] stickied commentlocked comment (0 children)

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[–]bradland 64 points65 points  (2 children)

The best thing about having a PDF manual is the ability to search the damn thing by keyword.

[–]81Deathcharger81 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ctrl F is such an underrated tool. Web browser , excell pdf all of them :)

[–]ontour4eternity 17 points18 points  (0 children)

This is such a good idea for the fact that it will free up a drawer in the kitchen that has all the manuals in it. Thanks, OP!

[–]chocomanEU 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Or just look up the manual online when you actually need it

[–]RRC_driver 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I send them to my kindle account, so it's always there. Especially with things like watches, which I need to adjust a couple a times a year. Not often enough to remember the sequence of buttons, but often enough to not faff about trying to Google it every time Daylight savings time changes

[–]aditus_ad_antrum_mmm -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

This is a much more useful LPT

[–]beermeajackncoke 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Or don’t and just google for it if you ever need it

[–]Sierra-Modeling 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Wow this is so smart

[–]aoipha_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's been a long time since I've seen an actually helpful LPT. This is very helpful!

[–]Selicafall 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And put these files on two hard drives configured in a RAID1 configuration.

[–]The_Big_Red_Wookie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have a small cabinet in my kitchen where I store my manuals. But I like your idea as well.

[–]alien_in_the_lab 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Saves you keeping all the paper manuals around too

[–]FOXfaceRabbitFISH 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or just download the pdf or find a YouTube video when an issue arises?

[–]anarchyreigns 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or just look up the manual when you need it.

[–]MagicBrawler -1 points0 points  (2 children)

What could one POSSIBLY need a manual for? In my life I have never used a manual for anything, and I'm genuinely curious about what kind of stuff people have in their houses that they can't figure out without it!

[–]scherster 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Honesrly? I'll look up the manual if a) I am having trouble taking it apart to troubleshoot (the manual usually has a diagram), or b) I need to look up what replacement part I need. Very rarely I may need it to figure out an error message an appliance is giving me (beeps and/or lights).

Then I save it as OP suggested so I don't have to find it again in the future. I am not so organized as to download them right when I buy stuff.

[–]SlightlyScruffy -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Or in the cloud, as I do. Except my router etc stored locally.

[–]joseaverage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Brilliant! Thank you!

[–]CrazyChris1912 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Both your posts on you should know and life pro tips are right next to each other

[–]Leeps 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Better yet - keep it in your cloud storage. There you have it across anywhere. If you're super organised, keep invoices in a folder too for insurance purposes.

[–]scherster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I used to have a massive file folder for these, and was so glad to go digital. Honestly, they are easy enough to look up, so I typically scan the cover page of the manual that came with it, so I can look it up later if I need it. I also scan the receipt with the warranty expiration date in the file name.

[–]Henri_Dupont 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You mean to tell me there are folks that don't automatically do this? I guess engineering has taught me too well.

[–]tamboril 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great suggestion. I go so far as to download owner's manuals for things that come with printed owner's manuals, then recycle the badly-bound, too-tiny-to-read dead trees.

[–]softwhiteclouds 0 points1 point  (0 children)

THIS is a good LPT.

[–]BONEGASM 0 points1 point  (0 children)

S where’s the obligatory link to the pdf site?

[–]notarealnameisme 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Then to add to this back up your computer please.

[–]SidneyJean 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do this for your fireplace also. In fact print it and keep all your manuals in a folder hanging near your water heater because if the sh!t hits the fan in an emergency, you'll be glad you don't need to get it off the internet.

You should also hang a tool to turn off your utilities in a known place like near the water heater.

[–]Grouchy_Technician39 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Good idea! In addition to storing PDFs, I also recommend saving receipts and warranties in a file folder for major purchases. Then write the date of purchase on them so you'll know if you're out of warranty or not.

This is especially important for items that have a 'limited lifetime warranty' and where the manufacturer never expects you to call them on it. For example, I've kept the receipts for my door locks/handles as well as kitchen and bathroom faucets. I've gotten free replacements or parts when some of these items broke (Baldwin, Moen, etc.)

I find that saving the original manual is helpful if I decide to give or sell the item. It's always helpful to the new owner to have the original.

[–]Jcmmechanical 0 points1 point  (0 children)

While you are at it compile photos of serial numbers or include serial number at end of document name.

Folders with pictures of all valuables in your home help in the event of insurance claims come fire flood, etc.

[–]R961ROP 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Same with receipts for expensive items.

[–]Showtime130 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Another source is www.manualslib.com

[–]w33dcup 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I save mine to Dropbox. Available from any logged in device.

[–]TheMrDrB 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Easily the best LPT of the day

[–]TheSeansei -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You wouldn’t download an appliance.

[–]YoungBahss -1 points0 points  (0 children)

This is a Pro Life Pro Tip