There's no denying a manual's a good thing to have for any piece of equipment, but I'm with you.
Sometimes you commit the sin of being without one. Maybe you lost it, maybe you never got around to buying one, maybe you can't find one - whatever. It happens.
Funny thing is - I think with most people on this board, if a neighbor came by and asked for some advice with some equipment they didn't have a manual for, they wouldn't snap at them to go buy the manual, or tell them to google it.
Would be nice if the same courtesies extended in real life would carry over to the internet.
But - that's life in a faceless world like we have here.