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Old 06-26-2009, 12:19 AM   #46
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Failing to KISS and analyze the problem at a basic level first. I thought the switch for my oven light was broken....Or, maybe it just needed a new light bulb. DUH.

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Old 06-28-2009, 01:43 PM   #47
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Finished doing a garage and a basement with minor scratches. Soon after I was trimming a piece of plastic on an office chair floor mat with a heavy duty exacto knife. Cutting toward myself with lots of pressure I slipped and cut my thumb down to the bone in between the index finger. 6 stitches on the thumb and one on the index finger, and one ugly life time scar to go with.

The pictures are pretty bloody, available upon request.
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Old 07-06-2009, 10:03 PM   #48
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I'm such a lame DIY'er.... I only get smashed fingers and severely achy backs and arms. all of my worst injuries come from cooking... knife slips! Often right before company is coming.... Unfortunately, I have "good knives", so when they slip, they go straight to the bone. Those cuts bleed profusely, and the skin doesn't seal itself...

I have two words for those suffering from deep cuts: butterfly stiches. you can buy them in the bandaid isle. They've saved me numerous times.

I'm happy to report that every time, feeling has been restored to my fingertips within several months of the incident
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:55 PM   #49
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For some strange reason Howard earned the name of “Handy Howard”. My parents got to know them and I subsequently became friends with them. His wife wanted a hook but on the bathroom door so she could put her robe on it. Howard's actually managed to get the screws to hold the hook on into the door, unfortunately when he closed the door the hook was on the outside. He managed to give his yard a special feature. Only Howard could mess something up as simple as putting fertilizer on the plants around his house. He didn't notice that there was a hole in the bottom of the bag of fertilizer that pored out a nice trail as he walked from plant to plant. When my dad and I went over to look at the strange thing happening to their yard is wasn't to hard to figure out by the trail of taller grass that followed the path he'd taken. Howard was all set to fix the problem though, he'd gone out and bought a gallon of premixed Roundup. (A trail of dead grass would have looked better?) Naturally it took me dad an I several minutes to stop laughing so hard to be able to tell Howard to take the Roundup back and by fertilizer for the whole yard that would “even the grass up”. Howard was watching a football game and at half time noticed that the rain had slowed down. Howard grabbed a paper grocery bag and ran around the yard cleaning up the piles their dog had left. Howard didn't want to miss the game starting back up, so tried to give a little side-arm though of the bag into the garbage. Unfortunately Howard's hadn't noticed that between the rain and wet doggy doo the bottom of the paper grocery bag hand gotten soaked. So his little side-arm move spread the wet doggy doo all over his very nice and only about 2 week old convertible that had the top down. We went to their house for a barbecue. Howard had one of those round Webber charcoal grills and actually managed to get it going without burning down the house. It was sitting in the driveway just outside the garage door when it started to rain and naturally Howard and his neighbor thought it would be better if they rolled the grill just in side the garage door. It had a handle and wheels so even Howard could handle that. When I walked into the garage from inside the house I was naturally confused as to why Howard and his neighbor had piles of rags on their hands and looked like they were trying to pick up a hot charcoal drill. When I asked what he was doing Howard told me that the vent in the top of the grill was filling the garage with smoke, so they were going to turn the grill around. Without saying anything I just walked up, grabbed the handle on the lid of the grill and spun it around. I actually managed to make it back into the house before I couldn't hold it in anymore and busted out laughing. When his wife Joni saw me laughing so hard I had to brace myself against the wall she somehow knew and just said, “What did Howard do now?”


Another friend beat Howard by a mile. They'd bought a house that had all wooden floors in the upstairs. That he actually managed to rent a sander and do a fairly good job stripping the floor down was a surprise. He asked me to stop by and see if I could figure out how to fix the Polyurethane he'd put down. I couldn't believe it when I saw that floor. There was a good ¼ inch of Polyurethane (he wanted that floor to have s serious shine) that was filled with dice divots where the huge bubbles had risen to the surface as it dried. When I accede him how he'd put the Polyurethane down he reach into a room and pulled out a paint roller with a broomstick handle on it. I asked him if he'd seen the huge bubbles which he has, but thought that the Polyurethane smoothed out like a roller rink as it dried, so did the whole floor. He wasn't a Happy Camper when I told him that he needed to get about 5 gallons of stripper, take off all he could and the re sand the floor. (REAL MEN DON”T READ DIRECTIONS) Telling him that you actually put it down with sheep's wool pads would have confused him, so I just told him when he had the floor ready again to call me and I'd show him how to put the Polyurethane down the right way.
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:56 AM   #50
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One mistake I did is trust someone with no knowledge of electricity help me wire something. :o I was in high school theatre class and did the lighting system. We were preparing for our tour to the other schools and had a few custom setups such as an extension cord with a dimmer on it. So I wire up the dimmer, and someone else does the two ends. I plug everything in power on, and nothing. I figure that's weird, so I reach so I can unplug it from the wall for further troubleshooting... as my hand touches the metal ring around the plug, I get this huge shock from the hand holding the metal "grounded" dimmer box, and the hand that was about to pull the plug. It was like a flash, and I found myself a few feet behind, and did not even realize I was not holding it anymore. It was like split second reaction. We had a good laugh and nobody got hurt, but turned out the ground wire was put on the hot screw of the plugin. :o Was my first time getting a arm to arm shock, those leave you feeling funny for a while.
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Old 08-16-2009, 03:09 PM   #51
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I did this one on the car, but close enough. I had the hood open and instead of using the prop rod, I just leaned the hood back, just past 90 degrees to where it sort of balanced, but not quite leaned all the way back against the windshield. Gust of wind blew down the street and pushed the hood past 90 and onto the back of my head.

5 staples, a lot of blood, and a nasty concussion later, I always use the prop rod.
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Old 06-19-2010, 03:15 AM   #52
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Picture this , I was redoing a rather steep section of my lawn with my trusty

Troy built 8 hp tiller when I hit a big solid chunk of clay.

Being that I'm rather good sized I put a death grip on it and tried to muscle

it through that spot , like I've done many times in the past.

Well not this time , it flipped me off my feet and as I was rolling down the

hill the tiller still running was tumbling and following right behind.

I found out that day that I'm faster than a troy built down a hill !
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Old 06-19-2010, 03:33 AM   #53
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This is how I wasted all of yesterdays afternoon .

I'm doing some electric in the basement , needed to put in a 4way between 2, 3 ways.

A piece of cake right ? Should have been.

I got my wires mixed up and couldn't fathom that it was the problem.

Blamed the switch , electricians that wired the house ect. then I got out my multimeter.

Started getting some weird readings , thought my leads were messed up, nothing made sense , now I'm more confused than ever.

Finaly my wife came home from work ( whom knows nothing about meters
or electric ) sais maybe you need new batteries.

DUHH , I had it figured out in nothing flat.
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Old 06-20-2010, 01:19 PM   #54
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This is how I wasted all of yesterdays afternoon .

I'm doing some electric in the basement , needed to put in a 4way between 2, 3 ways.

A piece of cake right ? Should have been.

I got my wires mixed up and couldn't fathom that it was the problem.

Blamed the switch , electricians that wired the house ect. then I got out my multimeter.

Started getting some weird readings , thought my leads were messed up, nothing made sense , now I'm more confused than ever.

Finaly my wife came home from work ( whom knows nothing about meters
or electric ) sais maybe you need new batteries.

DUHH , I had it figured out in nothing flat.
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:09 PM   #55
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6 weeks ago I was DIY'ing repairs on my truck... replacing u-joints. I was beating the old ones out with a hammer- dink, dink, dink, thud. I thought, "WOW, that hurt". Checked and didn't feel broken (no wiggle ore looseness), so I went back to work. When I went to pick up a tool, the thumb bent backwards.... yup, it's broken.
Sad part is I had to put the driveshaft back in before I could drive myself to the hospital. I ended up breaking it in two places.
This put a major hold on my summer DIY plans. I got the cast off 2 weeks ago, and now have a brace and physical therepy.

Lesson learned- use the right tool for the right job.
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Old 06-21-2010, 10:42 PM   #56
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In '96 while working as an over-the-road truck driver I fell getting out of my truck cab and broke my wrist resulting in surgery with external fixation as well as internal pins. The company would not let me drive until I was adaquately healed- at least 6-8 weeks. But that didn't stop me from DIYing arund the house.

I had shrubs that needed to be pruned. So I found myself on a step ladder with loppers-couldn't even use my left hand, had to use the crook of my elbow on the other handle. Of course that is when I would tip the step ladder over. Fortunately no further damage to the wrist, just lots of excruciating pain.

I was actually more afraid of how I would explain to my wife what I was doing on the ladder with my wrist in traction.
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:42 AM   #57
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I'll play... Both dealing with electricity...

Went to change a broken 3-way light switch for my parents. Very simple job. When I got there my dad told me that he shut off the electricity. When I asked if he was sure, he said yes. Turns out he turned off the wrong breaker.

I had a new furnace put in while I was at work. When I got home, they were finishing up and the HVAC guy told me that he flipped a few breakers in my electrical box. I sort of forgot about him telling me that until I was continuing to wire up my garbage disposal/dishwasher when I cut through a wire. Turns out it was one of the breakers he turned on. I didn't get hit with too much electricity, but it did scare me to the point where I fell off the ladder I was working on... didn't feel too good.

There are plenty more, but that's enough for now.
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:40 PM   #58
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I did this just now. I decided to use Great Stuff so I could seal between the spiral vent tube and the plastic connector of my portable AC unit as it was blowing some hot air out. Being a rather small gap it was hard to get the stuff to go in properly, so I decided to use my finger to spread the stuff into the crack.

I STILL can't get it off my thumb! Tried WD-40, Goo Gone... about to try gasoline. LOL Worse part is, I did read the warnings and it does mention it is very hard to take off, but I did not figure it would be THAT hard lmao.
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:54 PM   #59
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Don't feel bad. I was sealing the rim joists in the basement one time. I was very careful and wore gloves, long sleeves, long pants, shoes.

I was reaching up to seal gaps above my head. It never occured to me to cover my hair.
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I just let it wear off over a week's time... lol

In your HAIR???? How did the family like your new haircut?

Acetone MIGHT work... (fingernail polish remover)

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