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Old 04-03-2011, 06:19 AM   #106
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Running string lines across the top plates of the exterior walls. Threw the 6 ladder up against the studs in the corner and figured I would just run up and hook my string on the nail. To bad we had stacked several sheets of very slippery rigid foam board underneath several sheets of very slippery OSB. Face, meet exterior wall sheathing.

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Old 04-03-2011, 07:40 AM   #107
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I was hopping off an 8 wall and my ring got snagged on a top plate nail that was sticking up a bit. Had to have an egg shaped ring cut off a very swollen finger.

I also had my shirt tail caught up in a angle grinder. Thankfully it was after I switched it off but it showed me how ugly it could have been.

These were both in my younger days and were good lessons learned.
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Old 04-03-2011, 12:26 PM   #108
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I was hopping off an 8’ wall and my ring got snagged on a top plate nail that was sticking up a bit. Had to have an egg shaped ring cut off a very swollen finger.

I also had my shirt tail caught up in a angle grinder. Thankfully it was after I switched it off but it showed me how ugly it could have been.

These were both in my younger days and were good lessons learned.
RON!!! omfg!!! You are the reason I stopped wearing (exposed) jewelry! Just thinking about it makes me cringe!!
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:06 PM   #109
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RON!!! omfg!!! You are the reason I stopped wearing (exposed) jewelry! Just thinking about it makes me cringe!!
I don’t think it says as much about not wearing a wedding ring as it does about jumping off walls.

I’ve had a few nail bag snags that almost turned ugly too.

Young, dumb, piece working framers. It was all about fast.

Sure glad those days are over.
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:24 AM   #110
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This one has to do with my 70 Firebird. I had installed a set of monroe air shocks, along with a pair of n50-15 tires (big fat ones). Being the proud owner of a (then) fast car I took it to the carwash one weekend. When I was finished washing and drying my car I noticed a slight hissing noise coming from the back of my car. Getting closer I could tell it was from the left rear tire, but was it the tire or the air shocks? Well in order to determine if it was the shock I needed to put my head between the tire and the wheel well of the car. Just as I got my head in there to both visually inspect it and to hear if it was the shock, yes you guessed it the nut that holds the air line in the shock went bang, releasing all of the air from the shocks ( the things that hold up your car). So picture this here I am with my head on top of this huge tire and the car resting on my shoulders. Luckily I had very good strength in my legs and was able to hold it but not able to move it up and remove my head. Screaming set in and 4 guys ran over and lifted it off of my not so intelligent head. I sold the car to my brother in law the next week.
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I was splitting my upstairs off to it's own heating zone (hot water) this week. I decided to do it in pex, and I needed a couple more fittings, so I went out to the store on my way to dinner. I didn't get home till around 11PM, and I thought this would be a GREAT time to finish the project. I forgot to crimp one of the tee's since I was so tired, so when I turned the water on, and once the zone filled with water, the pressure built and popped, and the entire second floor zone shot out like a fire hose on my basement floor.
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Thank you all for showing me that I'm but a contender, and in very good company within the realm of stupid human tricks

I've had my share of ladder acrobatics and other "WTF-was-I-thinking" moments, but I think I earned my badge of honor without the aid of any power tools or other usual DIY implements of destruction. I was working on my addition (roughed in and roof on at the time), I had the work lights and tools powered off for the day, and we were packed up and about to head out at the end of another busy weekend. For some bizarre reason, just as we were almost ready to leave, I felt this sudden extreme urge to do a final walk-about around the inside perimeter of the project, to inspect some of the work I did around the rafters / eaves that day. Armed with a mini mag-lite. On a dark cloudy late afternoon. After I killed all the work lights. Paying very close attention to detail up in the rafters (but not certain other minor details, like where my feet were going, and the crawlspace cover that was laying beside the (large) access instead of over it). What could possibly be / go wrong with that plan?

The half-gainer-with-a-twist that followed didn't seem so elegant when my shoulder hit the concrete rat slab below. But that cracking sound wasn't nearly as disturbing as the muffled pathetic sound of idiot-man calling out to his better half from somewhere under the floor (apparently I rolled a couple times). Trying hard to sound like it didn't hurt wasn't helping my case either. I twisted my knee when my foot slipped off the edge (it may have been kinda lucky, since I think this actually spun me around in a way that I cleared the access opening without smacking my melon on the way down or on the slab). Shoulder took the brunt of it. All I can say is, it was a nice dive, but the judge was not impressed.

So I got to wear the pointy hat all the way to emerg. My brilliance put a dent in my pride, and broken shoulder left a 6 month dent in my project.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:30 PM   #113
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I was on a commercial bldg and cut in two new roof drains and had a substantial run of 3" PVC into existing 4" cast iron drain pipe. The owner wanted to get the extra water off the roof. It was a 3 day job and I used two tiers of Baker's scaffolding on the inside to reach the floor of the roof from the inside.
With only about 20 minutes left on the job until completion, I was hurrying to replace the ceiling tile. I wanted to get home to take my kids to Chucky Cheese. I was moving so fast that I just literally walked off the 2nd tier platform and fell head first on to a commercial German printing machine. It happened so fast that I don't remember the fall. I broke the fall with my left hand and actually rolled back under the scaffolding and had to have the guys disassemble them so I could get out. My fragmented wrist gave me eight weeks off.
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:51 AM   #114
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I havent had anything really bad happen to me but one night I was fixing some water lines in my barn with 1" rubber line. We have very hard water coming out of a well and the mechanical clamp that I needed to remove had rusted and calcified up to the point it would not turn on bit. I thought it would be a good idea to take a flat head screwdriver and pry up the clamp to get some snips in there to cut it loose. Well while I was struggling to get the driver underneath the clamp to pry it up I tried to almost stab the screwdriver under with my right hand while holding the pipe with my left......

Ended up stabbing myself between my thumb and forefinger from the webbing looking skin all the way down to my wrist. 25 stitches later and I was useless for about 3 weeks.
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I grabbed nail by head instead of shaft and smashed my thumb but good
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:18 PM   #116
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Finished building a '23 Model T except for the float for the gas gauge and decided to take it out for a quick run. Yup, ran out of fuel about five miles from home.
Had a buddy with me and as we were close to a hill that would get us about halfway back it was decided to push to the crest and coast down the hill.
All went well for a while until we started to slow. Buddy jumps off the back and starts pushing trying to keep up the momentum while I sat in the bucket steering.
Here's were the bad decision was made! We were still slowing so I decided I would pull a Superman like leap out of the moving vehicle and push from the side while steering. It went really well until my foot hit the ground and that damn 18" Mickey Thompson grabbed my ankle and rolled right up the back of my leg.
As I'm laying on the ground I take a look back and my pal has got his head down pushing for all his worth, I yell, he looks up and thankfully stops pushing!
He pulls the car off me and thankfully nothing broken, just a good road rash and a three week limp.
Sorry for the long story but as far as I know I'm in pretty elite company as a person who ran himself over!

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Old 01-02-2012, 07:40 AM   #117
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I just saw this funny thread thanks to the spam post bumping it up.


I've done some stupid things over the years, most of them qualifying as small as compared to what I have seen in this thread. One that sticks out that I am still kicking myself for was one of my first ever copper plumbing jobs. I don't even recall what I was doing exactly but I was having trouble getting the last solder joint done due to a little residual water. I asked around and learned about the bread and toilet paper methods to absorb or stop the water from getting into the work... sounded good. So I got a small wad of TP and stuffed it into the copper line. It worked like a champ and I finished the soldering. Then for some DUMB reason I decided to run the TP out of the system via the kitchen faucet. Of course the TP completely fouled and stopped up the faucet. I assumed that the TP ruined the faucet by clogging the cartridge so I ended up replacing the faucet cleaning out the water line in the process.


Lesson... if you use bread or TP try to flush it out via a hose bib or utility sink... both of which I had available in that water line branch... or at least use a bathroom sink faucet and pull off the strainer/aerator. D'ooohhhh.
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Lesson... if you use bread or TP try to flush it out via a hose bib or utility sink... both of which I had available in that water line branch... or at least use a bathroom sink faucet and pull off the strainer/aerator. D'ooohhhh.
I can add - and this only applies to the dumbest of plumbers, IE ME. I was young, my first plumbing fix, and having the same problem as raylo. In all my wisdom, Instead of using a cheap piece of white bread, I used the fancy 7 grain whole wheat bread my girlfriend liked so much. Needless to say, I had the opportunity to clean out all my screens, and even take a few valves apart.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:38 PM   #119
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When we moved into our house the first thing I wanted to do was install new medicine cabinets since we had old rusted metal ones. Couldn't find any new ones I liked so I decided to build my own out of oak ply and solid oak trim. Well I cut everything out, and drilled adjustable shelf holes before assembly making sure they were measured the same on both sides, glued everything together, stain went on, I was really proud of my work and my wife loved it! It was gorgeous when I installed it and fit perfect. Well 3 days later when I receive my custom cut glass shelves and install them I find out I installed one side upside down, the shelves slanted downwards an inch lol. I had to completely rebuild it and I still have the old/new one laying in my garage as a reminder.

Another day I had to cut a piece of plexi-glass, I didn't feel like pulling my jig saw out so I figured I would use my table saw and chop saw. The table saw worked good a long as I held the plexi down and went slow, but the chop saw instantly broke up the plexi, hurled a piece who knows where, and the piece still on the table that I was holding down hit so hard my hand was completely numb for hours. Luckily I was wearing safety glasses but even more lucky I didn't get hit or cut. Never using those again, next time I'll take the extra 30 seconds to get the right tools.

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Went to jump from the bed of my pick-up over the side like I've done many times before. This time though, the left foot catches the pant leg of the right and legs dicide to remain in pick-up while body maintains original flight path over the side. Perfect tailbone to asphalt landing complete with friend watching and wondering 'WTF' ?
Really sore for month and a half.

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