While the man of the house spent your tax payers money on conference tour to continental Europe last week (he claims it was work!), I was left with the dubious honor of dismantling his lounge furniture for our upcoming move. Fortunately, he owns some fancy schmancy USM Haller designer shelving system that is meant to completely come apart. A kind of steel Lego for grownups. The bad news is that it doesn't work as advertised. As I had to find out, the over-engineered connectors that help binding the corner elements to the straight tubes tend to get wedged inside the tubes, making it impossible to reach the screw at the other end of the same tube.
The ill-designed connectors turned out to be quite a nuisance and for a while I was pretty worried that I wouldn't manage to break the shelf into small enough pieces to get it though the door and down the stairs. At one point I even made a few panicky phone calls to the London distributors. Luckily, in the end patience and a few well placed whacks managed to get the job done, so I have a few more boxes of books, a pile of steel, and an empty wall to show. Oh, and the alcohol collection, which so far has not been packed up.
Guess what the licensed engineers at the two authorized London USM Haller distributors said when I described my problem over the phone: "Yeah, happens to me all the time. Try to jiggle it a bit." and "If you want we can come and take it apart for you."