Mr. Rational was not being a complete and total troll. You have to 'market' your posts some if you want help. Think about it a little bit before your fingers start tapping:
- First and Most important
(and I don't think this applies to you) don't ask questions that can easily be answered with a simple google search or by using the search function on the forum.
- Title should mention a specific problem or asks a specific question. "Water heater problem" is not a great title. "Low pressure in tankless water heater" is better. Or sometimes, we just need to let off steam so give a rambling tome a title like, "RANT WARNING - My chihuahua ate my electrical permit"
- Start with your questions not your background. State your goal before you go into the novel. "I need to fix the low pressure in my tankless water heater." Is a great opening statement. "Do I need to get a plumber to fix this problem that happens when... or can I fix it myself?"
- get to specifics that actually pertain to your problem ASAP. Model numbers of appliances, dimensions, circumstances when the problem occurs, your location can often help, duration of problem, etc.
- you have to seem like you are looking for help and want to learn something. So, a short statement about your experience or expectations is good. "I am an enthusiastic DIYer who can comfortably learn about anything, with good directions."
- We all have good house stories - or we wouldn't be online at 9:30pm typing away. But keep things relevant
. I am not discounting your problem or your story, but the circumstances of your real estate deal/relationship with inspector/ or most of the information in your post does not help anyone else HELP YOU
which is ostensibly what you want.
- Layout, grammar, spelling, paragraph breaks, all matter. No one is going to read a 1000 word post that doesn't have a paragraph break; nor will they READ A POST THAT IS IN ALL CAPS OR IM SPEAK. A simple a good test: Read your post out loud before you submit it
Last, but not least, quit typing while you're ahead (get it?
) This site is a invaluable resource - spend some time reading and give it another try.