Answer the question they've asked, and include a warning about the equipment.
Leave a comment warning about the equipment.
Down vote any dangerous answers you see, and leave a comment why it's dangerous.
Aside from those options, there's not much you can do.
Why would it be in bad taste? It's another way of giving positive feedback -- beyond commenting, upvoting and accepting -- to the people who helped you with the problem you were having.
In the related question, Something to encourage? Photos/followup to questions., they talk about doing it either as an update to the question, or posting a separate answer....
Questions on the site should be of the form
How do I solve this problem?
with sufficient detail about the problem of course.
Then the answer is how to solve that problem, be it
Do this procedure
Buy this product
This should be the same across the network, the only problem being that on some sites people abuse the system so questions ...
No, questions dealing with resale value are not typically considered on topic. Prices, preferences, and market values change far too much too quickly. These types of questions will be out of date fairly quickly, and so will require constant updating.
While cost and resale value are a part of most projects, it's not the part of the project we focus on. ...
The issue isn't asking for reviews of your work (this is DIY after all, and it would be silly to say you can't ask for help). A question should be specific for what it's looking for in an answer. A general "Here's what I've done. Does it look OK?" is likely to be closed as Too Broad.
Be specific in your question. Take pictures of the parts you're unsure ...
This is not the place for that type of question, and I don't know of any SE sites where that question would be on topic.
You should contact a local real estate agent, as they'll have more detailed information based on your specific location.
If the question was as broad as you make it out to be ( "How do I make this chair" ) with no details as to what you tried and research you have done, that would not be a good fit.
You could ask:
I saw this chair online, and I want to build it, but I can't seem to figure out how the slats in the back are fastened in place to give them strength. Glue only ...
It would definitely be on-topic: we have several questions about repairing tools or powertools already (there's some overlap in the queries because there are a few questions with both tags) and several more about drill presses.
I'd also say that it's more appropriate for Home Improvement than for Woodworking because a drill press can be used on other ...
You'll have to use the appropriate markup, or wait until the feature is implemented. The mobile app currently does not support adding photos, at least not that I'm aware of.
The markup is:
: link to image
Sample image http://w3.org/Icons/valid-xhtml10
This functionality has been added to the Android app. When editing ...
See this answer to what may be a duplicate question. It comes down to asking the user to post a photo in the comments, and if one is really needed to answer the question, then cast a vote to close with "unclear what you're asking" as the reason, or flag it for moderator attention.
A bit of general advice:
If you see questions that you think are duplicate, but you don't have the reputation to vote A to close flag it for moderator attention. One of the moderators will then check out and and close as a duplicate if they agree. If I'm unsure I'll leave a comment pointing at the possible duplicate so other community members can review. ...
This is a grey area on the site and perhaps one we should have been clearer on from the outset. All sites must have borderline questions and there will always be discussions about which side of the border questions lie.
It could be that people are interpreting the "installation" part to mean just the physical installation and not the setup of the appliance ...
Post another question
In a forum, it wouldn't be kosher, but SE isn't a forum. We prefer questions (even similar ones) be separate. Just make sure that
There's something truly new to add
You link to the previous question
Why not edit the old question? Because you might invalidate the answers. That's a problem, since your answerers might not check back to ...
Counterpoint: what good does it do to have the exact same question on two different pages, with answers scattered between the two?
If you new information to provide that's not covered by the existing answers, feel free to post it. Your answer would bump the question to the front page where people will see it and have the opportunity to vote or comment on it....
My personal dividing line is if the question invites products as a potential answer, making users unfamiliar with the site likely to be accidentally labeled as a spammer. The site feels more inviting if new users aren't encouraged to post content that would get them banned from the site after a single mistake.
Even the first linked question I personally see ...
We tend to reject questions about furniture. However, we often accept questions about built-in furniture.
Your question would probably be okay if you couched it in terms like,
I am installing a shelf and have a flexible covering (cloth) that is exactly the width of the shelf with no excess to cover the exposed front edge. How can I cover this edge to ...
Comments are the accepted way to request more information from the asker.
Beyond that, users post what they think is important. The trouble really, is that most users lack experience in the building trades. Because of that, they don't know what information is important.
Unfortunately, there's not much we can do to guide them before they ask the ...
Using the linked Wikipedia article as a guide:
Potentially on topic, when asking about the use and maintenance of said tools.
Off topic. See Seasoned Advice.
Off topic, unless asking about the maintenance, repair, or installation of washers and dryers.
In addition to what ChrisF mentions, there are two other considerations:
The question is very localized and it's unlikely that someone else with this same model will come here rather than finding the solution in the product manual or on the vendor's website.
I hate to say it, but the hats may have something to do with it. People are getting a hat for down ...
Questions about how to use a tool (which could be used for home improvement) are considered on-topic here. I'd recommend including a photo and steps you've taken to try to use it. Of course, if it's an old drill and you've tried the obvious, it may just be broken.
This wouldn't be a good question for the site. It's not about how to improve your home, rather it's about how to take potentially legal action against a contractor. The answer depends on where you live and I don't know of any SE site where it would be on topic.
If the user was asked to separate the question into multiple question, and the resulting question still asked multiple questions. Then the user should be asked again to separate the questions.
There's not much else that can be done, apart from editing out all but a single question. Which may be appropriate, if the user continues the behavior.
Consider off-grid setups, sprawling home sites (West Texas, Australia), or developing countries. Where there is no utility, they have utility-like things on their own side of the demarcation line, or standard practice/expectation is that electrical workers cross the demarcation line as needed.
Another way of looking at it is, do we have a right to impose ...
Perhaps we need another off-topic closure reason. Something like this
Questions about bypassing utility intervention are off-topic. You will need to consult with your local utility to resolve the problem, as DIY workarounds may be illegal and/or dangerous
This off-topic reason limits closures to people trying to work around calling the utility (or, in this ...