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Old 02-12-2009, 09:09 AM   #31
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Definition of Dumb: defeating the anti-kickback device on my table saw to make a specific cut and FAILING to re-install the anti-kickback device immediately. Result: a 2x2 chunk of oak kicked back at me.

One of the corners hit my right index finger gouging a deep V-shaped cut, then it bounced off the back of my hand leaving a nice print of the corner (a perfect right angle right behind my thumb), and lastly SMACKED me in the mouth. Thankfully, ricocheting off my hand slowed it down enough that it only gave me a FAT LIP.

I'm sure the cut on my finger will leave a scar - a good reminder to PUT ON MY WORK GLOVES.

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Old 06-05-2009, 04:26 PM   #32
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My wife and I bought a fixer-upper house that had been vacant for a few years. One project was to remove all the wild brush that had grown around the property line. The brush had become entangled and intertwined in a chicken-wire fence that surrounded our yard. I decided a bright idea would be to use my ATV and a chain to pull the fence, the posts, and the brush all at once. I hooked on to the fence and threw the ATV in reverse. Everything was going well until the fence snapped. My foot got caught underneath one of the foot pegs and I as quickly approached my pool in reverse, I panicked and accidently pushed the throttle even harder. I ended up driving the quad over the diving board backwards and flipped it into the pool. My neighbors enjoyed the show!!!

Here's another one I heard from a friend. When he was a kid his father was splitting hard wood with an axe. The problem was he was standing in front of a clothesline. He came down with the axe onto the line and the axe shot back at him and split the top of his head open. The was a 42 sutre trip to the E.R.

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Old 06-09-2009, 02:00 AM   #33
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Future DIYers might get a tad nervous reading about the wonderful injuries we've inflicted on our selves, but I'm glad I started this thread because you can laugh at someone else besides yourself.


First the good news:


When the hammer falls off the ladder and puts a nice gash in your head, they don't shave your head (to make sure everyone sees what you did to yourself. They have a staple gun and just go pop, pop, pop.
I started riding Moto-Cross when I was 12 so have had a whole lot of stitches in my life. I never go back to get them removed I DIY them. Hint, if you slide the knot in the stitches from side to side a few times a day they don't stick and pull right out with a careful snip and pull.


Once the wound in my head healed I took a pair of needle nose and pulled the staples out pretty easily. It would have been a lot easier to have my wife pull them out so I didn't have to do everything backwards in the mirror, but she's a bit on the squeamish side.


If you haven't heard of using Super Glue to fix cuts you're missing out. They use it inside you when they perform surgery. I heard it from a doctor on a radio show many years ago and have used it ever since. He said that you could buy medical Super Glue for a lot of money, but he used the Super Glue he got from the local store because what Super Glue is made of makes it germ free.


Everyone's gotten one of those nasty paper cuts that bug you for days. If you take a little Super Glue and glue the cut closed it will never bother you a bit. You can glue some pretty big wounds. Being the neighbor hood “fix the bicycle and rider from the crash go to guy” I've had a lot of practice. The good size ones might pop open, but will glue right back closed again.


Note: You can't glue the wound until you get the bleeding stopped. If you can't stop the bleeding then it's off to the hospital.


WHAT YOU BEEN WAITING FOR, MY LAST GOOD ONE:


I live in Florida where there are a lot of roofs with concrete tiles. Age and the weather had gotten to them, so I decided they needed repainting. Naturally to get a good coat on I needed to strip the old paint off. I borrowed a friends 5,000 psi pressure washer that I had now doubt would do the job. The neighbor across the street has a plumbing company so actually had a 14' safety ladder I could use.


I decided that I would start by stripping the paint from the edges of the tiles along the end of the roof while standing on the safety ladder. I quickly found out that a 5,000 psi pressure was has a kick that makes a 12 gauge shotgun seem like a BB gun. It shot me backwards like a rocket and I didn't let go a the trigger for added speed that I didn't really need. I've done a lot of climbing and was even trained in it when I worked for Ma Bell during the summers in high school, so I at least turned myself so that I would hit and role. Unfortunately the ladder was long enough to reach the side of the neighbors house.


Thankfully the window that I ended up jamming the pressure washer through was in his garage, so didn't cause any damage. To my surprise I was uninjured.


But I wasn't through yet. While pressure washing the main part of the roof a swarm of wasps came out from under one of the tiles. Thankfully I'm not very allergic to wasp stings to begin with and managed to get most of them with the pressure washer. Then one of the little heathens landed on my leg and the same time that my brain momentarily stopped functioning.
I decide to kill him off. Yes, I blasted the wasp and my leg with 5,000 psi pressure washer at close range. It didn't peel the skin off my leg but felt like it did. I did kill the wasp, but would have felt a lot less pain had I let him just go ahead and sting me.


What makes it even worse in my case I'm a competition shooter and should have known not to shoot anything on my leg that they haven't made a horror movie out of.


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Old 06-09-2009, 10:32 AM   #34
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Good thread! It's fun reading these.

I hope you keep your health ins. and life insurance up to date! LOL
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You are heros. Soldiers of home repair.

Some of my battle wounds include.

Thinking I could just hold a piece of metal in one hand to drill a larger hole in it. Who knew that metal spun around like a blade when drilled? I am very lucky that I just superficially cut a couple of fingers.

Ha, never carry a wide board in front of you impairing your view. I somehow managed to step into the miter saw on the floor and down I came. There was nothing I could do to regain any balance and not fall straight down. The board actually cushioned my fall, may have saved my neck, and thankfully my miter saw is manual so I just got scratched and very shaken up. My miter saw was destroyed.

This one I'm not considering my fault. I had friends over to help me install a staircase. So I'm on the bottom level and my tape measure is on the second floor I needed to measure something so I asked my friend to "pass the tape measure". I remember hearing everyone go, "ohhh, owww, ouch, are you okay", before I even knew what happened. My tape measure is a metal Stanley 25 footer. Tossed from 10 feet above into your forehead is quite a blow. I assumed that he would measure out 10 or so feet, lock it and then lower the tape measure. Not toss it. After procuring a suitable hat to wear to hide my newfound unicorn horn, I resigned myself to the kitchen where for that day I belonged.

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I take blood-thinners for my phlebitis and to keep me from having a pulmonary embolism (man, that makes me sound OLD!) so any small nick results in LOTS of blood. This makes for good DIYer street-cred (see this blood stain, it's from when I installed my drywall).

Super glue works GREAT but it REALLY stings when you put it on. I keep 'stingless' nail glue in my tool box - you can get it at the drug store - next to the press-on-nails.
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Forgot I made a post of my bumper sticker slogan earlier.

I once stayed at a Holiday Inn.


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My last house I installed a new slider on the back of the house where a window used to be
The door on the side (same room) I took out & put a window in
I was screwing in the plywood under the window (not sure why I didn't use nails)
After finishing I stood up & admired the "finished" project
I then realized my keys were in the house, and the house was locked
I proceeded to unscrew the plywood so I could get back in the house
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I took an 18v drill battery to the head when the bit grabbed and the drill spun around and tagged me in the face.
- That same thing happened to me! I was using a spade bit to go through the top plate of a wall to run some network cable. The bit bound up, the drill jerked HARD (it was on its high-torque gear) and it hit me right in the temple. Also twisted my wrist pretty good in a way that it wasn't prepared to go. No stitches or anything.. just felt like an idiot, and had to drill with my other hand.

- I'm in the process of redoing the electrical in my garage (I have a thread on it in the electrical forum), and I mounted a fluorescent strip light on the side of a 2x4 cross member, above the garage door, about a foot in. I figured I was smart to mount the light sideways to allow ample clearance for the door. As I was mounting the light though I wondered why the corner of the 2x4 was planed down.. it was real sloppy, so I figured it was just some re-purposed scrap.

The next day I opened the garage door and - BAM - it crashed right into the fixture. If I'd done it just a little harder I would've had pieces of the bulb embedded in my head. They'd planed down the 2x4 to let the door clear.

- This might just be the stupidest thing ever, but I was doing it professionally, not DIY: I was using a 6ft. ladder while running some CAT5 through a drop ceiling. I coiled up some cable, and had the cable in one hand and a tool or two in the other. Looking up into the ceiling trying to determine if there were any obstructions, I tried to climb the ladder. The first step seemed a little shaky. Then the second step ... ????? I fell through where the second step should've been, and took a hit on the chin from the top step.

I was climbing up the back of the ladder. Well, trying to climb up the back of the ladder.

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I was climbing up the back of the ladder. Well, trying to climb up the back of the ladder.

LOL, that is a good one.
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Good stuff on this thread.. Just went back and read the rest of your posts (I stopped when I hit kc's before), and now I feel like a real wuss with no ER visits.. ::knocking furiously on wood::

I got one more in case you're not tired of hearing from me.

My wife and I were going to take down a wall in our house, before we moved our stuff in. She was worried about it being a load bearing wall, and that it might have wiring or plumbing in it. With a whole lot of bravado I pointed out various reasons why it wasn't load bearing, and that there were no utilities running through it. (I could see the top of the wall from the crawlspace hatch between the first and second floors, btw. It's not like I have magic x-ray vision or anything).

Shortly after, I started knocking some holes in the drywall in each stud bay, just to double-check that all was clear. After about the third stud bay I said, "this is stupid. I can see that there's nothing in that wall", and I grabbed my sawsall and started cutting across the wall at about waist height. Of course in the middle of my cutting I smell burned plastic, and some smoke came pouring out of the cut. I used my hammer to break open that part of the wall, and yup, there were two ends of a piece of romex, both a little toasted.

Luckily it shorted to ground before it could short to me, and there was no fire. Turns out the cable was neatly tucked against the side of a ceiling joist, out of my line of view from the crawlspace hatch. I felt like a complete idiot, and my wife had a pretty good smirk going.

Incidentally, I had NO idea what that wire did, and there happened to be another tripped breaker in the box (to this day I don't know why it tripped) which is of course the only one I saw. It took me about 2 hours of wire tracing and troubleshooting before I found the m#$#$*@ing breaker that I'd tripped, and found out it was for the backyard motion sensor lights (which wouldn't have turned on anyway because it was DAYTIME -- makes troubleshooting very difficult).

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During a shower remodel - I put in new in line ball valves.

Checked they were off, and went to turn on the main water.

Heard water running at the main, figured it was just a toilet refilling.

By the time I got to the shower - the room was flooded.

When the handle is in line - that means water is on, but the worst part is I knew that, and even double checked that it was "off" .
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Not a DIY, but still funny
Neighbors son was into building things (very young - not a teenager)

Well he was in the basement hammering boards together
He came running out "Dad Dad we're RICH - I Hit Oil!!!

Yup - he hit the buried oil line from the tank to the boiler
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I take blood-thinners for my phlebitis and to keep me from having a pulmonary embolism (man, that makes me sound OLD!)
My aunt died at 40 from that, so you don't have to be old. I'm glad you caught it before it was too late.

Most of my injuries come from working on my cars. Doing a timing belt a few months ago, I gashed my finger, a real gusher. Well, because of a few other things, the procedure took quite a while, and it was almost healed when I got back to the job. And of course, where do I completely gash my finger again? Yup, same place. Luckily, its looking like it won't permanently scar.

A real stupid thing I did that didn't involve injury, though, was use a sack of Quikrete to hold down a slip and slide. Yessir, those bags are water soluble.
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I have an embarrassing one I've never told anyone before....

I was putting up a backsplash in the kitchen and took a break for the night. The next day I grabbed the bucket of what I thought was the mastic. After about an hour, I realized I grabbed the bucket of taping compound!!! Same size, same container, same color and same consistency.

They were 2"x2" tiles on 12"x12" sheets. I had to pull them all off, soak them in water, clean them then reapply each one individually. Boy was I mad!

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