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Old 02-07-2011, 05:04 PM   #91
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Good one! I wonder if they ever got that cord untangled?

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Old 02-07-2011, 08:33 PM   #92
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I was doing electrical in a very packed junction box, so I ended up undoing everything so I can add a box extender. Not thinking, I just put all the whites together, forgetting one of them was actually a hot from the switch for the lights.

When I turned on the breaker it tripped in my hand, I thought I just miss flipped it, so I did it again. It took me 3 times to realize it was actually tripping!

Out of the 24 stab loks, at least I know that one works.
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:49 AM   #93
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Nothing too serious yet.

  • Some near falls off of scaffolding or stupid use of ladders.
  • Lots of nice clean deep cuts with utility knives.
  • Drill bits into the thumbnail...
  • Lots of 120v shocks
  • bruised and sore hands from drilling big holes with big nasty drills that like to catch and spin out
Long boring story:

My worst one was probably when I was a laborer and fairly new. Big boss man was on site so I was putting on some extra hustle and was jogging to where I was needed.

I was going past a pile of rubble that earlier a big excavator or some sort of machine must have demo'd some concrete and there was rebar twisted and broken or cut and sticking out...

All of a sudden I stopped moving and my leg was stuck. I tried to jerk as a natural reaction, I thought my pant leg caught something, but my leg wouldn't move at all. So I look down and there's a piece of rebar straight into my leg, to the left of the shin area.

My leg wouldn't move, I had to jerk it backwards really hard and fast and it disconnected with the rebar. It was like a sharp spear. So I hopped over to where I was supposed to be and lifted up my pant leg. there was a perfectly round hole in my leg and blood flowing out and down my leg into my boot.

So they wrapped it up with gauze and the boss ended up taking me to the med clinic in his truck... it didn't start hurting until halfway there. they cleaned it out, found a flap of skin they could sew and wrapped it up. I have a nice round indent and scar on my leg now


Ever since then, I've been a slow-and-steady type. I take my time and careful with power tools. Most of my injuries are with hand tools

When you're in a rush you get hurt.

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Old 02-08-2011, 03:56 AM   #94
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such errors are not limited to DIYers. The pros have their share of huta syndrome and get hurt too.

I did the big no-no of leaving a hammer on top of my ladder when I went to grab some material. I forgot about it, went to move the ladder and the suddenly, just as it hit my head, remembered where I left my hammer.

Boy can head wounds bleed. As soon as it happened, I looked around to make sure nobody saw this dummy take the hit.
I always hold ladders straight up when I move them because I always leave stuff on there (bad habit). So I never get hit on the head. Can't say the same for the poor suckers who use my ladders without asking first
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Old 02-12-2011, 07:59 AM   #95
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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. I never, never got hit that hard in any fight I was ever in! Honestly I thought I had shattered my eye socket, so I was relieved to just end up with a few stitches and a black eye.


We could be twins on this one. Same exact situation. Same eye. 4 stitches in the brow....
Needless to say, I use both hands whenever I'm drilling near my face now.
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Old 02-12-2011, 08:24 AM   #96
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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.

I get bad dry skin cracks at the front corners of my finger nails, and on the tips of my fingers, during the winter months. Super glue is a life saver.
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:07 AM   #97
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I have Many. I'll start with two automotive related. I was fairly young at the time, working on a 67 Dart GT. There was a "clangy" noise coming from beneath. I climbed under the car, while running, to see if I could diagnose the sound. I had pulled the flywheel cover off previously, and while under there, I took a rag to wipe some oil off the oil drainplug thinking it might need to be tightened. Well, the vacumn that the spinning flywheel and torque converter was making sucked the rag and my hand with it. VERY lucky for me, my hand came free just as the flywheel nicked one finger. No worse than a hangnail, but I laid there for a couple moments thinking about how it could of sucked my whole arm up in there, and I would of laid there bleeding to death, as I was alone at an isolated location, pre cellphone.
I had to put a breaker bar on the crank pulley just to back the motor up to get the rag out.

Same car, same day. One of the tires had a slow leak. I figured it out. One of the balancing weights was causing it to leak at the bead. Obviously (in retrospect) I should of let the air/pressure out, but no. I took a screwdriver and pryed if off.....and off it came, like a bullet. Hit me square in the center of my lower lip/chin. Split it open clean through to the inside of my mouth.

Decided to call it a day, and drive myself home (in a different car:-) The whole time, thinking how I nearly lost a hand and an eye.
And for added visual, saliva was running down my chin through the hole

Sorry for the long windedness......
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My absolute worse mistake, a cartridge fuse for starter on a conveyor system kept blowing because of a timing issue on a transfer and it was always the same fuse, the floor around the control panel was about a 1/2 deep in water.

The fuse blew again and I like an idiot without fuse pullers hooked my fingers behind the fuse and pulled out, well the fuse released from the load side, leaving the line side connected and at that moment so was I, yes that wonderful Ontario 600 volts surging through me while standing in water.

In a matter of a millisecond, I was picking myself off the floor about 7 ft away from the panel, needless to say, every muscle in my arm and right side, was sore for about 2 wks.

Lesson learned, never and I mean never, work on electrical equipment without the proper tools!!!!!!!!!!

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Ok, great thread! Post #81 regarding walking down the street all bloody reminds me of another......

I'm installing some shelfs in my mothers basement some years back. Just some 1 x 10's atop cheap shelf brackets. You know the kind. The 90 degree cheap metal ones, usually grey. Well one of the brackets was exactly ear high, and not paying attention, I walked past it, catching my ear. It nearly cut the top 1/2" completely through. Deep enough, that the top of my ear drooped over, mutt dog style.
No one around, so I had to drive myself. As some of you are aware, the ear is a very vascular part of the body. Needless to say, there was blood everywhere, And I just happen to be wearing a white sweatshirt. The funniest part of the incident? Sitting at a stop light on the way to the hospital. I looked over at the car beside me, and saw horror in the passengers eyes......
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I love this thread!
I thought I was the only one that did stupid things!!!
We're working on a room addition - (Aurora, Ill. - 2nd story - Nasty).
The windows arrive.
One of the windows is 1 inch too tall - suppliers mistake.
No problem - we used double 2 x 12's as headers - we'll just rip an inch or so
out of the header.
We're rushing (as always) - I get up on a saw-horse (stable - 2 X 8 top)
and proceed to start the process.
I go to step down off the saw-horse - blade is still turning (luckily, it wasn't
a worm-drive).
"PWANG" - the blade stopped turning and I had a nice tear on my jeans -
on my right thigh.
First I thought - Oh, no problem, I tore my jeans - no blood, no pain!
Then, I looked inside the tear, clamped my hand down onto it - off to the
hospital!
140 plus stitches, inside and outside (Demerol is your friend!).
I watched them clean it and stitch it. (Demerol = It wasn't my leg).
The blade-guard had jammed back. OOPS!

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Old 03-29-2011, 03:08 PM   #101
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I love this thread!
I thought I was the only one that did stupid things!!!
We're working on a room addition - (Aurora, Ill. - 2nd story - Nasty).
The windows arrive.
One of the windows is 1 inch too tall - suppliers mistake.
No problem - we used double 2 x 12's as headers - we'll just rip an inch or so
out of the header.
We're rushing (as always) - I get up on a saw-horse (stable - 2 X 8 top)
and proceed to start the process.
I go to step down off the saw-horse - blade is still turning (luckily, it wasn't
a worm-drive).
"PWANG" - the blade stopped turning and I had a nice tear on my jeans -
on my right thigh.
First I thought - Oh, no problem, I tore my jeans - no blood, no pain!
Then, I looked inside the tear, clamped my hand down onto it - off to the
hospital!
140 plus stitches, inside and outside (Demerol is your friend!).
I watched them clean it and stitch it. (Demerol = It wasn't my leg).
The blade-guard had jammed back. OOPS!

rossfingal
I may have mentioned this before. I worked for a guy once who supplied us with power tools. One was a circular saw whose blade guard would stick open. Every time we set it down after using it, it would chase us around!
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:12 PM   #102
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I installed several combination doors in a condo building one time. The first customer was a drop dead gorgeous 20-something. I was SO distracted, that I installed the pneumatic closer on the same side as the handle. I just had to reinstall it on the correct side and patch up the screw holes, but the embarrassing part was when I mentioned it to another customer who curtly replied that she'd noticed I didn't screw up HER door!
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I installed several combination doors in a condo building one time. The first customer was a drop dead gorgeous 20-something. I was SO distracted, that I installed the pneumatic closer on the same side as the handle. I just had to reinstall it on the correct side and patch up the screw holes, but the embarrassing part was when I mentioned it to another customer who curtly replied that she'd noticed I didn't screw up HER door!
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Now , THAT is profound!
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Old 04-03-2011, 12:07 AM   #105
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I tested a hot wire with a continuity tester, had the bulb blow up in my face...duh!~~

Besides that, I just waste a lot of materials...also I tend to buy and return a lot of stuff cause I rush into things and don't think things out

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