Sophisticated illustration from the original blog postDid you know that you can email me to give me feedback or offer comments about this blog? Or to make suggestions about things you’d like me to write about? Or just to be nice and say hello?
Did you know that NO ONE EVER emails me to give me feedback on this blog (or for any other reason, for that matter).
Well, I take that back. A couple dozen people have emailed me to thank me, and all of them have thanked me for one single blog post.
It’s a blog post from way back in 2011, where I make fun of the assembly instructions for the Allaire floor fan from Restoration Hardware, and I explain how to actually assemble the thing.
Three years later, I am still getting emails in response to that one post. Incredible. Here are some of the comments I’ve received:
Thank you so much for your Restoration Hardware Allaire Telescoping Fan! If it wasn’t for you I would not have figured it out — RH was of no help and were telling me to hire a professional to assemble it.
Thanks for your instructions, I would have pulled my hair out trying to figure out the installation of this fan. The instructions with the fan were HORRIBLE. Thanks again and thanks to Google so I can Google how to get stuff done.
Without your RH Allaire Fan instructions, we never would have figured out how to put this thing together! You saved us so much time. I still can’t believe they hide an integral part of this process under a black sticker. Unbelievable! And, it’s obvious a non-English speaking person wrote the so-called instructions.
After throwing up my hands in frustration at trying to put this ridiculous thing together, I finally decided to Google whether other people found “pit the standing pole” similarly vague and unconstructive. The RH store and toll-free agreed that they, too, didn’t know what “pit” meant when used in this context, but other than telling me that they’ve sold 100 of these fans and no one else has had any trouble, they were of no assistance. I appreciate the blog post, the functional instructions, and validation!
Thank you so much for putting these instructions on line. I am glad I found them. I’ve seen some bad assembly instructions in my time and these rank up there as one of the best.
Thanks for writing, fan assemblers! Everytime one of you writes, it makes my day!
UPDATE, 5-10-15: I know it's fan season again, because I just got another thank you email from a frustrated Restoration Hardware customer:
Dude — I was ready to throw this thing out the window until I came across your blog post on how to actually assemble that fan. Hilarious and spot on! You saved my life, or at least my fan, and I am still blown away at how absurd the instructions are and that you figured it out anyway. Thanks!
You're welcome, day-maker!