Originally Posted by CarpenterJim
Alantic, you're right on what you're saying but you may need to back it down to a more "homeowner friendly" vocabulary. You can confuse somebody not meaning too.
That's all true, but if I were to break-down "every little detail" for "every answer" I write, I'd be at the computer all day, and all night...sometimes providing needless details.
What I prefer to do "sometimes", is to provide an answer to get them on the correct thinking track/correct path. Often, the poster can "fill-in" some of the "blanks". The ones they can't figure out, they usually come back and ask about. That eliminates having alot of needless typing and eye-blurring blather, about what they may already know, or, what they may be able to figure out on their own.
(Example: I mention installing hinges. The average person should be able to do a search on the web for "Door Hinge Installation". Can you imagine writing about "all" the nuances of door hinge installations?)
So, instead of doing a huge amount of writing, an incredibly detailed diatribe (all about doors, door installations, door hinges, door frames, door jambs, door openings, what each part is called, etc).....I initiate with the basic answer: Where they should start at.
Often, that get's them into the specific area that they need to look into. Then they can ask the specific questions, after that.
Example: "OK, thanks for your reply, I understand about this, and I understand about that, but what I meant to say, was what about A & B, and how do I make C fit into D."
Voila, specific questions now asked, for either myself, or other members to answer more precisely (which they often do).
An incredibly, overly-detailed instruction-dissertation = unnecessary.