Preppers and survivalists are very proud of all the acronyms that they use when referring to many of their activities or the reasons for being prepared. They have their BOB’s and their EDC ready if the SHTF. Learning to RTFM can be another great skill for everyday use in being prepared.
What is RTFM? Simply put it means Read The “Friggin” Manual. Many times problems can be avoided by simply reading the instruction manual, guidebook, or whatever that comes with your gun, your tool, or your appliance. The manufacturer’s, after all they actually MAKE the item, spend lots of time and money on preparing these and they can be a wealth of information. This is information that is right at your fingertips.
Whether it’s a new gun or gun cleaning kit, a new grain mill, or a new tool of some sort, take a little time to actually READ and become familiar with your owner’s guide or instruction booklet. You will be surprised what you can learn about your tools and equipment by doing this simple little thing.
The best example I can give of the problems you can have by NOT reading the instructions is the child’s swing set. If you have ever tried to put one together and DIDN’T read the instructions, you probably had to disassemble and re-assemble it a couple of times before you got it right. I learned the hard way a long time ago, about 30 years, when my children were a lot younger than they are now.
Do you RTFM?
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