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Old 01-30-2014, 08:00   #41
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The angle of the backsplash of most urinals. How many of you guys have had a little overspray? Especially if you taller and are stuck using the short ADA mandated urinal...

Come to think of it, the idea of an ADA mandated sjort urinal makes no sense.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:14   #42
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To me a lot of things seem badly designed, but I know that this is because I'm so far out of the normal height range that I'm a freak. (I'm 6'10" by the way).

My wife call me Chewie and often give me the line from the start of ROTJ when they are flying down to Endor. "I don't think they had wookiees in mind when they designed her."

A couple of them that I don't think have anything to do with my height though would be:

1. Front porches so small that you have to step off of them to open the screen door that swings out. You don't usually see this in too many houses, but it's really common in condos and apartments.

2. Porch lights on buildings so tall that even I need a ladder to reach them. The back porch light in our condo (that hopefully we will be leaving soon for a house) is 11 feet off of the ground. Even I need a step stool to change that one.

3. Landscaping along the side/edge of a road that makes it hard to see traffic. Just keep it with some flowers or some really really short bushes. Don't put trees or 5 foot tall bushes near the edge of the road that you can't see around.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:14   #43
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Microsoft Office. I mean, come on, M$ has had about 10 major releases of this suite and still hasn't made a product that people can use effectively and enjoy.

Windows. 'Nuff said.

Printers - "PC Load Letter"? Just print, for goodness sake. And don't install those GodAwful 2GB driver packages that kludge up my system.

Ketchup squeeze bottles where nothing happens until a flood comes out. Catsup bottles, too.

As noted, why can't someone design a good soap dish that will drain the water and hold the soap? I'd pay $5 or $10 for it.

One thing that I have banned from our house is microfiber dish cloths. The things actually repel water.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:20   #44
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bath tubs & tub enclosures. Most of them curve the tub portion in at the ends, seemingly to avoid an unsightly "corner", but because of this it pulls the shower curtain away from the tub enclosure and leaves a wide open gap for water to run out and on to the floor.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:32   #45
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We had the new style washer dryer setup in my old house. Only thing, it was on the second floor, so the drain pan was pretty much set in place. I could flip the dryer door to the left no problem, but the washer didn't have the power latch on the left. Boned.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:36   #46
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Why don't coffee filters have little tabs that stick up so you can just grab one without having to pick at the edges until you finally get just one? Now that I've said it without Googling it I'll probably find out they exist, or that I just gave away a multimillion dollar idea.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:40   #47
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Bad designs we live with:

Forum ads and non-Tapatalk mobile readers.
Car door locks that make it highly likely you'll scratch your own paint.
Unidentified pull cords on ceiling fans.
Tiny ink jet printer cartridges.
Differentials that you can't remove the pinion shaft from without pulling the ring gear. (Or, as I do, notching a couple teeth.)
Cell phone batteries that last hours instead of days.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:43   #48
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Electronic emergency brakes, how the heck am I supposed to do e-brake slides into my driveway when I'm bringing my girlfriends son home from school? It's a disappointment.
Your car doesn't have the wrong e-brake, you just have the wrong car.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:44   #49
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The human knee. It is not designed for what we do with it.

The QWERTY keyboard isn't a very good design but was done that way to slow down typists who were binding up the original typewriters. But changing it now would be nearly impossible.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:46   #50
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Every house I have ever lived in that had washer/dryer hookups, had the washer on the right, yet my washer door is hinged on the left and the dryer is hinged on the right, so the doors open into each other and I have to lift the laundry over the doors to put it into the dryer.
I've never seen that, but I have not lived in that many different houses. My house has the washer on the left, dryer on the right. But in fairness it did not matter until front-loaders became all the rage.

< Will be going back to a top-loader when the front loader dies, if they are still available.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:50   #51
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Tables that have 4 legs, none of them sit flat so they rock. All tables should have three legs and the problem is solved.

I've been in restaurants where the tables rocked so bad, you were scared to sit your drink down. It wouldn't be so bad if there was a deck of cards there to shim it up.
Actually that type of table would be very unstable if you put weight on it outside the footprint (which you would have to if you maintain a four-sided table). I (actually my wife) have a 3-legged "decorative" table and the plant on it falls off about once a week.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:54   #52
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Flat head screwdrivers.

ETA: Actually, the drivers aren't so bad, they're useful for a plethora of random tasks around the house. But when you have to use one in a flat head screw, well, that just pisses me off.

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Old 01-30-2014, 09:05   #53
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flathead screws are a throwback to an era when fasteners weren't mass produced. When did the Phillips (itself not a great design, but better than flat) get invented? 20's? 30's?
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Flat head screwdrivers.

ETA: Actually, the drivers aren't so bad, they're useful for a plethora of random tasks around the house. But when you have to use one in a flat head screw, well, that just pisses me off.
When your kid puts the power drill with a #2 phillips head to a screw for an hour then tells you it's stripped, taking a dremel and a flat head screw driver is the best way I've found to unscrew it (pun fully intended)

Other than that, I agree completely.
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:13   #55
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When your kid puts the power drill with a #2 phillips head to a screw for an hour then tells you it's stripped, taking a dremel and a flat head screw driver is the best way I've found to unscrew it (pun fully intended)

Other than that, I agree completely.
Craftsman has a neat tool to fix that - you drill out the head and use the other end to reverse it out.

My set has seen some use.
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Stop buying appliances from HD and Lowe's. Go to a real appliance store. They will get it right at the store, deliver it, set it up, show you how it works and make sure it is 100% before leaving.

I've got a 12 yr old Maytag Neptune I need to replace. I'm actually looking forward to it. LOL
I bought them at Best Buy and they were delivered and their guys did try to set them up. Unfortunately, they were both complete dumbasses. Their idea of trying to tell me how they worked was puzzling over the same owner's manual that I could read myself, without being subjected to the smell of the two of them.
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Stoplights with a red turn arrow. How about I just turn when it's clear just like every other stoplight?
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The spot circled in red on my home...I found out the hard way one winter, when I ended up with a waterfall inside my garage. Snow gathers in that cubbyhole, and we end up with a pretty nasty ice dam every winter. The garage peak throws a shadow on that spot by 11am, so if snow is not removed, it just builds and builds with each new snow. The last couple years, I tie a rope to my waist, climb out the bedroom window, and shovel snow out of it. Don't know what could be done to prevent it. I just hope the rope holds, and I don't end up sliding off the roof.

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The spot circled in red on my home...I found out the hard way one winter, when I ended up with a waterfall inside my garage. Snow gathers in that cubbyhole, and we end up with a pretty nasty ice dam every winter. The garage peak throws a shadow on that spot by 11am, so if snow is not removed, it just builds and builds with each new snow. The last couple years, I tie a rope to my waist, climb out the bedroom window, and shovel snow out of it. Don't know what could be done to prevent it. I just hope the rope holds, and I don't end up sliding off the roof.

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For that all I can think is a halogen spotlamp, and that may cause more problems than it would fix.

My neighbor did a major remodel on his house and it has a bay window that juts out, resulting in the roof extending out over it. It kind of makes one of these:
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Well, at the bottom of this he has a gutter but did not want a downspout because it would look funny. So he just has a gutter up there with no way for the water to get out!

I told him to remove the gutter and put one of those angle pieces on the roof just above the jutting-out portion that would route the water into the gutters on either side that have downspouts. But he won't listen.

I predict a lot of rot in that area in his future - or the dang gutter falling off.
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Round toilet bowls.

There is a biomechanical problem with this design for some people. Your schvance either rests against the inside of the bowl, which is vile, or you have to lay it across the seat to avoid that. When you wipe it is a two handed job keeping it from contacting the inside of the bowl.
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