We got started late (as in Bed Time - yeah, that's when we started.....and, yes, it's the last day of Spring Break), so I knew it wouldn't work out that the kids would all sleep in their new beds tonight. What I had forgotten (since the last time we put together furniture) was the pure joy of matching all the A's to the EV294Fs and not losing any of the J89K4s because then you're screwed with the 5-9s.
So, just in case you are going to be ASSembling anything soon, I have put together a little list for you so that you won't be screwed like we were/are (you're welcome).
1. Get started at the ass crack of dawn so that you might be able to finish in one day. Set the f&*%ing alarm if you have to (Or borrow my three year old - she loves to set alarms. She set hers - who gave BABY an alarm for Pete's sake??? - this morning for 7:30 a.m., woke the whole house up, yelled out that it was her alarm - not to worry - and she was turning it off and going back to bed. Thank you, baby.)
2. IMPORTANT (and, I quote): PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS BOOKLET BEFORE STARTING ASSEMBLY. Who does this? Not us. We don't even count all the tiny pieces (or the big ones). After screwing up numerous projects and having to start all over at screw one, I am now an avid fan of reading ALL the directions first.
3. It doesn't make a crap of difference if you read all the directions first, so don't waste your precious time doing it. (Sorry, it looks like I just contradicted myself. Kind of like DIRECTIONS.) I swear we could read all the directions first and we would still screw something up. I wonder do attorneys and IRS agents have this problem, too? Is it just us?
4. The directions are written by people who don't care if you screw up or not, so just plan on screwing up. A lot. Here is how directions are typically written: Insert A7100 into B8765 with 94TR. There is some fine print that says, "hole on opposite side." WTF? Is that English really? "hole on opposite side?" Notice that is written in fine print (requiring my bi-focals) ON the actual picture of MV20. So, I pass the directions to hubby (and you know men never read directions) who says, "WTF? What holes? Holes for what?" We then skip a few pages of directions (there are 495 pages all together) and realize that we are screwed. Two hours into the project, we have screwed in the first boards incorrectly because there are no holes in MV20 ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE or any side for that matter. If the people writing the directions cared they would read something like this, "Now, you are going to need to look carefully to see that you are screwing in the correct board that has the holes on the outside into the correct side of the bed (you might want to skip to page 7794 so that this all makes sense. These holes might look insignificant, but if you will see page 9548, they are for the ladder - that will actually be quite significant later." And, stickers all-freakin'-over-the-place on the actual boards (instead of just at the ends where no one looks, and they rub off) would help, too.
5. There is one Allen wrench to put together bunk beds. The Allen wrench is small. Does that seem logical? I would give the customer about 10 of those. So, my advice to you: Have about 10 Allen wrenches on hand for when you lose them all (starting with the one they gave you).
6. If you are assembling furniture with another adult make sure you have a great relationship that can endure flying tools and loud cursing. If this happens to be a marriage, make sure your marriage is solid and has weathered crises before attempting to assemble furniture together. If not, you may end up in counseling. If you have children in the house, make sure you prep them for the furniture assemblage by explaining that assembling furniture for adults is on par (stress-wise) with nuclear war and that the only safe place for them is the neighbors' house.
6. Drink heavily. (Alcohol.) (And I should have put this one first, but I am trying to prepare you for the total post reading. Or not.) Then when #4 happens and you have to unscrew everything you just freakin' screwed you can laugh about it instead of cursing the idea of ever doing a room re-do.
That's all I got for now. We are not done, so I might have a post script for this one. The part that really made me